2016 promises to be an exciting year for the cruise industry with several new builds coming out, including the largest cruise ship ever built. Here is a rundown of five epic new ocean cruise ships arriving this spring in the order that they will make their debut.
Viking Sea (April 3) – Viking Cruises entered the ocean cruise market in 2015 with Viking Star. Their 2nd ship, Viking Sea, will debut on April 3, 2016 and have all the great features of their first ocean cruise ship. Viking Sea will have an aft infinity pool, thermal suite with snow room (complimentary), two story explorer’s lounge, and every stateroom comes with a private veranda. One shore excursion in each port, Wi-Fi, specialty restaurants, thermal suite, laundry room, and 24/7 room service will all be complimentary.
ms Koningsdam (April 8) – Soon to be the largest ship in Holland America Line’s fleet at just under 100,000 GT, ms Koningsdam will feature a 270 degree LED screen in the theater. The World Stage will allow the room to be transformed into anything the designers imagine. There will be several venues that have a musical theme including Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage, and B.B. King’s Blues Club.
Koningsdam will debut on April 8, 2016 and sail a season in Europe before heading to Port Everglades. Once in Ft. Lauderdale, the ship will sail 7-11 night cruises to the Caribbean.
Ovation of the Seas (April 14) – The 3rd Quantum class ship from Royal Caribbean, Ovation of the Seas will enter service on April 14, 2016 and will home port in China. Ovation of the Seas will have the same innovative features that Quantum of the Seas introduced to the cruise industry in 2015.
Carnival Vista (May 1) – One of the most anticipated cruise ships arriving in 2016, Carnival Vista will be Carnival Cruise Line’s first new ship since Carnival Breeze was completed in 2012. This first Vista class ship will be the largest ship in Carnival’s fleet and will bring many new innovations to the cruise industry. Read the 8 must see features of Carnival Vista.
Carnival Vista will debut on May 1, 2016 and sail a season in Europe before heading to PortMiami. The ship will then sail year round to the Caribbean. View Cruises on Carnival Vista
Harmony of the Seas (May 22) – Royal Caribbean’s 3rd Oasis class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will be the largest cruise ship ever built when completed in the spring of 2016. The ship will feature most of the amenities of the previous Oasis class ships, along with many new additions. These additions include robot bartenders, 3 multi story water slides, a dry slide that will drop 10 stories, Royal WOWBands, and larger staterooms.
Harmony of the Seas will home port in Port Everglades (after a season in Europe) and sail week long cruises to the Caribbean. View Cruises on Harmony of the Seas