By Erica Kritt, The Cruise Web Team
If you are thinking of cruising soon, you are in luck because the cruise lines have just unveiled new ships and their plans to build even newer ships. So far in 2013 there have been 15 ships christened.
Why was 2013 such a big year for new ships?
The answer in two words is: river cruises. Recently river cruises have become so popular, that in an effort to keep up with demand, river cruise lines are building new ships to accommodate the interest. In March, Viking Cruises set a record when it christened 10 ships at once. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection debuted one new ship, the Queen Isabel and Avalon Waterways christened two of their Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II and Avalon Expression.
This year also saw the christening of two highly anticipated big ships. Princess Cruises finally added a new ship to their fleet, the Royal Princess. This was their first new ship since 2008. The ship is 20 percent larger than any other Princess ship and was christened by Her Royal Highness Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton). Norwegian Cruise Line made headlines with the Norwegian Breakaway, which debuted in May, featuring a boardwalk, a two-story ropes course and five waterslides.
What’s ahead in 2014?
The answer is still river cruising. Despite adding 10 ships this year Viking plans to unveil 12 more ships next year. Avalon will debut three more ships and two other big ocean vessels will be revealed by the major cruise lines.
In February the Getaway, the sister ship to the Norwegian Breakaway will start sailing out of her homeport in Miami. The ship will have many of the same features of the Breakaway, but a few unique ones like a magic show and a collection of music memorabilia at the GRAMMY experience.
At the end of the year Royal Caribbean will unveil Quantum of the Seas. This ship will come complete with bumper cars and a simulated sky diving experience. The Pièce de résistance on the Quantum will be the North Star, which is a feature that transports passengers over the side of the ship in a capsule for amazing views.
Still more in 2015
Viking will debut its first custom-built ocean ship. The Viking Star will only have 928 staterooms, which will all have verandas. The intention is to bring the spirit of Viking’s river cruises to the oceans. The spring will see the debut of Anthem of the Seas the sister ship to Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, although details on this ship have yet to be announced.
Which ship do you want to sail away on? Do you think we’ll see even more ships in 2016?
Erica Kritt works at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation! Visit The Cruise Web for the best Caribbean cruise deals.
Thanks Erica. Who knew there were so many new ships? Which ship do I want to sail on?….ALL OF THEM!! I hadn’t really thought of taking a river cruise before, but it sounds like lots of fun.