Cruise NewsCruise Lines Launch Their Biggest Cruise Ships Yet

Cruise Lines Launch Their Biggest Cruise Ships Yet

Over the past month, three of the most popular cruise lines have launched their largest cruise ships to date.  Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line have all launched new ships that keep changing the way we cruise.

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Here’s a look at these three new cruise ships and the features that they offer.

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever built at more than 225,000 gross tons. For comparison, that is over 5 times larger than the Titanic. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class cruise ships have revolutionized cruising and Symphony of the Seas continues that trend.
world's largest cruise ship, symphony of the seas

The cruise ship is divided into the following seven neighborhoods: Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Entertainment Place, Youth Zone, and Vitality Spa and Fitness.

Symphony of the Seas has all of the great new features that Harmony of the Seas brought to cruising  including a 10 story slide, robot bartenders, an ice skating rink, an aqua theater, and will have over 20 restaurants on board. New dining concepts and family activities, awe-inspiring theater, aerial, ice and aqua entertainment, and the most dynamic suite in family travel joins the lineup of Royal Caribbean exclusives.

Symphony of the Seas will sail week long cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami after an inaugural season in Europe.

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Carnival Horizon

Carnival Cruise Line’s 26th and largest cruise ship, Carnival Horizon went into service just two weeks ago.  The cruise ships features a Dr. Seuss themed water park, new Family Harbor Cabins, and has all of the great features of her sister ship Carnival Vista. This includes an IMAX, the Sky Ride, LED centerpiece in the atrium, and the Havana cabins and relaxation area among other features. Read 5 things only you’ll see on Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon is currently sailing a short season in the Mediterranean before heading to New York to be christened by Queen Latifah. After a summer in New York, Carnival Horizon will head to her home in the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami.

Once in Miami, the cruise ship will sail six and eight night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

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Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Bliss earlier this week and the cruise ship currently holds the title as the newest cruise ship in the world. One of the most talked about features on Norwegian Bliss is the Go-Kart track on the top deck.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship built for Alaskan cruises, Norwegian Bliss will sail seasonally in Alaska and the Caribbean beginning in Summer 2018. Promising to be Norwegian’s most incredible cruise ship yet, the Observation Lounge is be the perfect spot to watch bald eagles soar over glaciers or dolphins splashing in the Caribbean.

At 168,800 gross tons, Norwegian Bliss will be the largest cruise ship to ever sail to Alaska. There will be ocean views from almost every venue, spacious and thoughtfully designed accommodations that fit with every cruiser’s needs, and a variety of exciting and engaging venues that will continue Norwegian’s history of innovation in providing the ultimate dining and entertainment experiences at sea.

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These three aren’t the only new cruise ships debuting in 2018.  Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, and MSC Cruises each have new ships debuting later this year.

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Ben Souza
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Cruise NewsCruise Lines Launch Their Biggest Cruise Ships Yet


  1. It is really cool how the Norwegian Bliss has built a go kart. I have always wanted to do that. I love how Carnival Horizon has an IMAX. Every cruise should have an IMAX. So, that way I won’t have to worry about missing a movie on a cruise.

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