New Cruise Ships Set to Sail in 2014/15
There’s nothing better than being on a cruise holiday on a brand new cruise ship. Since the new millennium dawned in 2000, there have been 167 new cruise ships built. But there is plenty more where they came from, with more ships and innovations set to sail in the next cruise season.
This year will see the launch of 6 new-build ships, followed by another 8 in each of 2015 and 2016 – including the Titanic II.
For those thinking of embarking on a holiday cruise, here are some of the new vessels cresting the ocean's waves in the next 12 months, as well as just what makes each unique.
Costa Cruises - Costa Diadema
Italy's biggest ship, with capacity for 3700 passengers, is being unveiled by Costa Cruises in October 2014. One highlight of the Costa Diadema will be a 4-storey wellness area including day spa, gym, 3 pools and 8 hot tubs.
Tastebuds will be just as well catered for, with 7 restaurants and a full 15 bars! After the sun sets, passengers will be entertained with a 4D cinema, 3-storey theatre and 2-storey games area with laser shooting and video games - perfect for that family cruise vacation.
Royal Caribbean - Quantum of The Seas
Virtual reality meets cruising in November 2014 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. The cruise ship’s passengers in inside cabins will be able to enjoy new virtual balconies - floor-to-ceiling TV screens linked to the ship’s external camera.
This spirit of innovation is also evident in the North Star Pod, which will hang over the ship for panoramic views, as well as a unique skydiving simulator.
Avalon Waterways – Avalon Tapestry II/Avalon Tranquility II
Europe river cruises will welcome the arrival of Suite Ships from Avalon Waterways. The Avalon Tapestry II and Avalon Tranquility II are being unveiled with discerning travellers in mind. Both ships will feature two decks of all-suite accommodation, with larger cabin space to really give the impression of a floating up-market hotel.
P&O Cruises - Britannia
But for glamour and sophistication on the high seas, P&O Cruises new ship Britannia will set the standard when it launches in February 2015. To further capture the ambience of a luxury hotel on the ocean, culinary innovations will include the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, Glass House bar and Market Café serving a special Champagne afternoon tea.
Kiwi cruise travellers therefore have plenty of new options to consider for their next cruise holiday, whether that be to sun-kissed Mediterranean shores, stunning Norwegian fjords or sweeping European rivers.
Britannia image: P&O Cruises
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