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New in 2017
The cruise lines are launching an interesting variety of new ships in 2017 — four large mainstream ships, two luxury ships, two mid-sized premium ships, two small ships, and two ships that were significantly reburbished before being put in service by a new owner. Another new twist is that two of the mainstream ships, the Norwegian Joy and Majestic Princess, were purpose-built for the Chinese market.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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The Seabourn Encore
The 600-guest luxury ship the Seabourn Encore was the first new ship christened in 2017. She is the fourth ship in the Seabourn fleet, and has many venues and cabin layouts that those who have sailed on Seabourn's three other ships — the Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Quest, and Seabourn Sojourn — will recognize and love.
The Seabourn Encore also has exciting new features that cruise travelers appreciate like the two new dining venues — The Grill by Thomas Keller and Sushi, which is a small dedicated sushi restaurant. The Grill is by reservation only and includes menus designed by American chef Thomas Keller.
The Seabourn Encore sails worldwide itineraries for Seabourn Cruises.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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The Viking Sky and Viking Sun
Viking Cruises is doubling its fleet of ocean ships by adding the 930-guest Viking Sky (February 2017) and Viking Sun (October 2017) to its fleet. These ships are almost identical to the innovative Viking Star (2015) and Viking Sea (2016).
The Viking ships are geared towards destination cruising but haven't sacrificed anything that cruisers might expect on board except for a casino. The ships all have an elegant but simple Scandinavian design and gorgeous common areas, cabins, and suites. In its ocean fleet, Viking has also incorporated some of the popular concepts of its river cruises such as included shore excursions and wine or beer with lunch and dinner. None of the restaurants have an additional surcharge, making the Viking ships almost all-inclusive.
Although the Viking Ocean ships primarily sail in Europe in the summer and in the Caribbean in the winter, the Viking Sun is the first Viking ship to visit Cuba and also has the company's first world cruise in December 2017... through April 2018.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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The Silver Muse
Silversea Cruises launched its new classic luxury ship the 596-guest Silver Muse in the spring of 2017. The cruise line purchased and significantly updated three expedition ships over the past few years, but the Silver Muse is the first new-build for the cruise line since it debuted the Silver Spirit in 2009.
Silversea has captured small ship intimacy, service, and luxury on the Silver Muse, and all of its cabins/suites have balconies. The Silver Muse also has outstanding common areas and eight dining venues for its guests to enjoy. Returning Silversea guests will be happy to see The Grill and La Terrazza; but also be anxious to try the new restaurants like Atlantide, a seafood and grill; the Asian-themed Indochine; and an Italian poolside restaurant, Spaccanapoli.
Like other Silversea ships, the Silver Muse features worldwide itineraries and guests can easily combine voyages to have an extended-length cruise. In 2017, the new ship visits 34 countries and 130 ports of call.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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The MSC Meraviglia
The MSC Meraviglia of MSC Cruises is the largest cruise ship launched in 2017. The new ship has a guest capacity of 5,714 (4,488 at double occupancy) and is the largest ship ever built by a European cruise line.
Like many large ships, the MSC Meraviglia really excels in her onboard entertainment and activities. The most exciting new entertainment is the result of a partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil. Two new Cirque du Soleil shows will be performed onboard in the evenings, 6 nights per week, at the purpose-built Carousel Lounge. In addition, MSC Cruises will offer an exclusive on-site dinner service for up to 100 of the 450 guests booked for the show.
Guests will love the three swimming pools on the MSC Meraviglia — a main outdoor pool, an indoor pool with a sliding roof that can be opened when the weather is good, and a second outdoor pool
Another new entertainment and activity venue is the Super Amusement park and children’s area. The Super Amusement Park includes a... multi-purpose sports arena, two F1 Simulators, a 5D cinema, a Flight Simulator and fun arcade games, and a full-length bowling alley.
The onboard Aqua Park includes four action-packed water slides, a splash pool, and champagne bowl. And, the Himalayan Bridge will thrill adventure seekers, who can attach themselves to a rope and cross the ship, nearly 200 feet above the water.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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The American Constellation
American Cruise Lines launched its newest small ship the 175-guest American Constellation in May 2017. As you might expect, American Cruise Lines is flagged in the United States, so its ships have American crew and can sail American coastal waters without including a foreign port.
The small ship is sailing in New England and the Southeastern United States during her inaugural season and will move to Puget Sound and Alaska in March 2018. This ship is an excellent option for those who love to cruise but want to explore ports of call in the United States.
Like American Cruise Lines' other ships, the American Constellation delivers an almost-all-inclusive experience.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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The Norwegian Joy
Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the 3,900-guest Norwegian Joy cruise ship into the Chinese cruise market in June 2017. The crew on the ship speaks Mandarin, and the cuisine and onboard experiences are specifically designed for the Chinese market.
The Norwegian Joy home ports in Shanghai and sails Asian itineraries.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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The Majestic Princess
Princess Cruises launched the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess in July 2017. The new ship was purpose-built for the Chinese market and is primarily sailing from Shanghai and marketed to Chinese cruise travelers. However, the Majestic Princess is sailing in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific during the September 2018 to March 2019 cruise season in the southern hemisphere. Those itineraries are also being sold to English-speaking travelers.
The Majestic Princess is in the same class as the Royal Princess and Regal Princess cruise ships. Although the ship has features that will appeal to Chinese travelers, past Princess cruisers will recognize many of the common areas and dining venues seen on other Princess ships.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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National Geographic Quest
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic launched its first new-build ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest, in June 2017. The new ship is designed for adventure, with onboard gear like sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and Zodiacs that are all available for exploring and fun.
The entire ship was designed with education about the destinations and local wildlife in mind. The ship has lots of public outdoor deck space for viewing wildlife and indoor space for presentations and learning opportunities. The small ship also has a spa and fitness center for rejuvenation after a long day exploring.
The National Geographic Quest has a narrow draft, which makes it perfect for coastal cruising in Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and Belize.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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The MSC Seaside
The 4,140-guest MSC Seaside of MSC Cruises debuts in December 2017. She is the first MSC ship to be christened in the United States and MSC's second ship to be based in Miami year-round, joining the MSC Divina.
The MSC Seaside is perfect for families seeking a warm-weather cruise. Almost three-fourths of the cabins on the ship have balconies, and some of them have both a covered and uncovered portion. Large family groups will love the large modular connected staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 people.
Other features on the ship are great for Caribbean cruising. The ship has a 360-degree promenade deck with outdoor/indoor shops and restaurants. It also has six public pools, a huge water park, and two zip lines onboard.
Cruising is more than just enjoying the outdoors, and the MSC Seaside has 11 dining venues and many indoor surprises for kids and adults.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Celebrity Xperience Expedition Ship
Galapagos Cruises are all about the destination, but guests don't have to sacrifice amenities when sailing with Celebrity. The 24 cabins on the Celebrity Xperience are all ocean-view and the small ship has dining option inside the restaurant and outdoors on the deck. Certified naturalists help the guests learn about the region and what they are seeing and experiencing onboard and ashore.
The Celebrity Xperience features all-inclusive Galapagos cruises of 7, 10, or 13 days.
Celebrity Cruises has two other small ships sailing the Galapagos Islands — Celebrity Xpedition and Celebrity Xploration. The 100-guest Celebrity Xpedition joined the Celebrity Cruises' fleet in 2004 and has been sailing the Galapagos year-round since then. Like the Celebrity Xperience, the Celebrity Xploration joined the fleet in 2017. The two... ships sailed the Galapagos for local tour company Ocean Adventures before being purchased by Celebrity in 2016.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Celebrity Xploration Expedition Ship of Celebrity Cruises
Like the Celebrity Xperience, the Celebrity Xploration was acquired by Celebrity Cruises from Ocean Adventures in 2016, underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, and was launched in March 2017.
This small ship is a catamaran with only 8 cabins, making it perfect for families or groups to charter for the Galapagos cruise of a lifetime. The ship sails 7-day cruises of the Galapagos and visits ports inaccessible to larger ships.