2015 has proven to be an exciting year for the cruise industry with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, and Viking Ocean Cruises all launching new ocean cruise ships. Here is a look at the most anticipated cruise ships that have come out, and will be coming out in 2015.
The Britannia is the largest cruise ship ever built by P&O Cruises and one of the top 15 largest cruise ships ever built at 142,000 gross tons. Built for the U.K. cruise market, the bow features a 94 meter Union Jack flag.
The layout of the ship is similar to the Royal Class ships from Princess Cruises (both cruise lines are owned by Carnival Corp.), but with her own unique touches. During the summer months, the Britannia will sail to the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Baltic, and Norwegian Fjords. In the winter months, the ship will sail 14 night cruises to the Caribbean.
Anthem of the Seas (April 2015)
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is nearly identical to her sister ship, Quantum of the Seas. This smart ship also has Two70, SeaPlex, North Star, iFly, and virtual balconies on all inside staterooms.
The Anthem of the Seas also has Dynamic Dining that first debuted on Quantum of the Seas. Instead of having main dining rooms, passengers can choose from up to five complimentary main restaurants, with an additional six smaller dining venues also included in cruise fares. There will also be an additional seven dining venues that will have a surcharge.
The ship will sail to Europe out of Southampton, England for six months before heading over to Cape Liberty, New Jersey for cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Viking Star (May 2015)
Viking Cruises, a leader in river cruises with over 50 longships, began offering ocean cruises in 2015. The Viking Star is the first of three state of the art cruise ships being built by Viking Cruises.
The 930 passenger Viking Star has complimentary WiFi, every stateroom has a balcony, a snow grotto, complimentary shore excursions, and the first infinity-edge pool at sea. The ship is currently sailing to Europe and the Mediterranean and has port stops in Venice, Rome, Bergen, Anthens, Ephesus, Instanbul, London, Paris, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, and Stockholm.
Norwegian Escape (October 2015)
The 4,200 passenger Norwegian Escape will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Norwegian Cruise Line at 164,600 gross tons. The Norwegian Escape will feature the cruise line’s first snow room and the largest thermal suite at sea. There will be a grotto area on the ship’s aft with soothing waterfalls, hot tubs, sun loungers, and large TV screen.
The ship will also have the largest waterpark at sea and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed mini golf course. The legendary Tobacco Road bar and a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will also be on the Norwegian Escape.
Norwegian Escape will sail out of the cruise capital of the world Miami, Florida, and sail six to eight night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.