Bigger and better seems to be the mantra for most cruise companies heading into the next year.
And this healthy dose of competition means good news for travelers, as each ship seems more extravagant than the last.
ENVIRONMENT: THE BEST OF BRITISH
Travel in style: the newly renovated liner Ambience will set sail from London Tilbury next year
The new British cruise line Ambassador enters the market next April with a recently renovated ship, Ambience. Sailing from London Tilbury to the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the Norwegian fjords, the Ambience is primarily aimed at over 50s.
The classic cruise includes afternoon tea and captain’s gala dinners.
Specialty restaurants include Sea & Grass, serving steak, or the chef’s table for a gourmet experience.
Pictured is Ambience’s elegant atrium – the ship will embark on her maiden cruise in April 2022
Theme cruises include ‘Cricketing Legends’ hosted by Garry Richardson on December 11, 2022.
RESERVE: Inaugural four night cruise from London Tilbury to Hamburg on April 6, 2022 from £ 529 pp (ambassadorcruiseline.com, 0808 102 8030).
CELEBRITY BEYOND: VILLAS ON THE WATER
Step out onto a rooftop garden that stretches out over the ocean at Celebrity Beyond or reserve a two-story villa with a private pool.
Staterooms with endless terraces blur indoor and outdoor living, while The Retreat, a resort within a resort, has a two-level deck.
Kelly Hoppen CBE and Tom Wright’s design creates an indulgent, contemporary lifestyle with 30 restaurants, bars and lounges, a two-story Sunset Bar, and Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud’s Voyage restaurant.
Celebrity Beyond joins the Celebrity Cruises fleet on April 27, 2022. There’s a big focus on wellness with experiences and products from Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, Celebrity Wellness Advisor.
RESERVE: 10-night maiden voyage of Western Europe from Southampton on April 27, 2022, from £ 1,649 pp (celebritycruises.com, 0344 493 2043).
MSC WORLD EUROPE: LONG WITH EMOTIONS
MSC World Europe will enjoy an inaugural season sailing from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Qatar in December 2022
With a Y-shaped stern that opens onto a 341-foot (104 m) boardwalk overlooking the ocean, MSC World Europe not only looks different from other cruise ships, it is an environmentally focused city at sea.
The revolutionary ship also promises thrills with The Spiral, a slide that spans 11 decks to reach from the top of the ship to the boardwalk.
At 1,092 feet (333 m), MSC World Europe is the longest ship in the fleet and the first MSC ship to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO of MSC Cruises, says: “This marks another step forward in our long-term vision of zero emissions.”
The Spiral, pictured above, is a slide that spans 11 decks of the MSC World Europa cruise ship.
A representation of the ship’s Jean-Philippe Chocolate & Cafe: MSC World Europe will have 13 places to dine
The ship’s districts range from quiet adults-only to lively children’s areas, six pools, a water park, and 13 restaurants, including six specialty restaurants. A pub is divided into two decks and brews craft beer.
There are 19 cabin styles and the Yacht Club duplex suites have large balconies and a whirlpool tub. After an inaugural season sailing from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Qatar in December 2022, the ship moves to the Mediterranean.
RESERVE: Cruise only three nights round trip on ‘Emirates’ from Dubai on 21 December 2022 from £ 239 per person (msccruises.co.uk, 0203 426 3010).
ARVIA: 16 SURPRISE DECKS
The Arvia’s retractable SkyDome, pictured, is a relaxing pool area during the day with meals and entertainment in the evening.
In Latin, Arvia means ‘from the seashore’ and the new 16-deck ship from P&O Cruises lives up to its name by letting sea air in through the Celestial vault, a relaxed pool area during the day with dining and entertainment in the evening.
A high ropes experience 177 feet (54 m) above the ocean, three pools, including an infinity pool, a swim-up bar, and 12 restaurants add to the attractions. Green & Co with Mizuhana serves a plant-based and fish menu, plus a sushi bar, while 6th Street Diner offers retro seating, a jukebox, and American fried chicken and bourbon mascarpone waffles.
The 1,131-foot (345 m) ship, powered by LNG, is home to the Oasis Spa and Health Club, the Ocean Studios cinema, 1,300 square meters of shops, miniature golf and a casino.
RESERVE: The 14-night maiden voyage to the Canary Islands departs on December 9, 2022, with rates starting at £ 1,449 pp (pocruises.com, 03453 555111).
NORWEGIAN COUSIN: SCANDI CHIC
The elegant décor of Norwegian’s 3,215-passenger cruise ship Prima, launching next summer
Making the most of the ocean views is central to Norwegian Prima’s design with an Ocean Boulevard surrounding Deck 8.
The 3,215-passenger ship launches next summer, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s six new Prima class ships, and the outdoor life continues with an infinity pool on each side of the ship, glass bridges and a lounge. open-air with forward-facing ocean views. points of view.
Guests can also get in touch with their artistic side at The Concourse, a sculpture garden with a wall of art by David Harber and installations by Alexander Krivosheiw.
The 3,215-passenger ship is the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s six new Premium-class ships.
There is a mix of indoor and outdoor seating at the restaurants, including a steakhouse, a noodle emporium, Tamara for Indian dishes, a tapas food truck, and a Garden Kitchen for salads.
For an additional fee, guests can make reservations at the Onda By Scarpetta restaurants, serving Italian cuisine, Los Lobos Mexican cuisine, and The Local Bar & Grill, serving classic American cuisine. The 294 m (964 ft) long ship offers 13 suite categories. But for added luxury, The Haven by Norwegian is a ship-within-a-ship resort with 107 suites and a terraced courtyard, infinity pool, and spa.
RESERVE: The inaugural eight-day cruise ‘Northern Europe: Iceland to Norway’ departs from Amsterdam on August 17, 2022 with fares from £ 2,137 per person (ncl.com, 0333 241 2319).
WONDER OF THE SEAS: THE LARGEST OF THE LOT
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, with capacity for 5,734 passengers, will become the world’s largest cruise ship
Royal Caribbean’s 5,734-passenger Wonder of the Seas debuts in March 2022 to become the world’s largest cruise ship, featuring a nine-deck zipwire, 19 pools and the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide on the sea.
Families can also book the Ultimate Family Suite, which has a slide from the children’s bedroom to the living room, and a LEGO wall.
The 18-deck ship’s 26 bars, lounges and restaurants include Hooked Seafood, where you can order oysters.
The ship features a nine-deck zipwire, 19 pools, and the Ultimate Abyss (which will be the highest slide at sea)
The ship will be seen for the first time in the US and Europe, setting sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Caribbean on March 4, 2022, before heading to Barcelona and Rome in May.
RESERVE: The five-night ‘Western Caribbean & Perfect Day’ cruise from Fort Lauderdale calls at Cozumel in Mexico, the private Perfect Day island at CocoCay and the Bahamas.
Cruise-only price from £ 506 pp (royalcaribbean.co.uk, 0344 493 4005).