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New Cruise Ships in 2019


MSC Bellissima
Launch Date: March 2019
Tonnage: 167,600
Berths: 4,500
MSC Bellissima is the second of the line's Meraviglia-class ships (the first, MSC Meraviglia, launched in June 2017). Bellissima will be identical to Meraviglia both in terms of size and features, and will include Cirque du Soleil at sea. A promenade with an 80-meter LED ceiling that changes throughout the day (think the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas) will be the ship's hub; there will be partnerships with various celebrity chefs, 12 restaurants, cutting-edge technology including RFID wristbands; a huge kids' club with partnerships with LEGO and Chicco; a sports complex and a huge "ship within a ship" complex, the Yacht Club.
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Costa Venezia
Launch Date: March 2019
Tonnage: 135,000
Berths: 5,260
Named and themed after the Italian city of Venice, Costa Venezia is the first Costa Cruises' ship to be purpose-built for the Chinese market.
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Spectrum of the Seas


Launch Date: April 2019
Tonnage: 167,800
Berths: 4,180
Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas will debut in 2019. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fourth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.
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MSC Grandiosa

Launch Date: October 2019
Tonnage: 177,000
Berths: 4,900
At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Cruises' MSC Grandiosa will carry nearly 6,300 passengers and combine unique facilities and onboard entertainment. Venues include a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. MSC Grandiosa also features a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with a range of restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.
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Norwegian Encore

Launch Date: Fall 2019
Tonnage: 163,000
Berths: 4,000
Norwegian Encore will be the fourth ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class and will be the same size as fleetmates Joy and Bliss, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying nearly 4,000 passengers. It will homeport out of Miami.
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Costa Smerelda

Launch Date: 2019
Tonnage: 180,000
Berths: 5,176
Costa Smerelda is the first ship in a brand new class for Costa Cruises that will have the largest passenger capacity at sea (6,600 cruisers at full capacity) and be capable of using LNG fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.
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Sky Princess

Launch Date: November 2019
Tonnage: 143,700
Berths: 3,560
Princess' fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.
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Carnival Panorama

Launch Date: November 2019
Tonnage: 133,500
Berths: 3,934
Carnival Panorama will be similar to fleetmates Carnival Vista, which debuted in Spring 2016, and Carnival Horizon, which comes out in spring 2018. Carnval Panorama, part of the line's Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship.
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New Cruise Ships in 2020


Celebrity Apex

Launch Date: Spring 2020
Tonnage: 117,000
Berths: 2,900
Celebrity Apex is the sister ship to the game-changing Celebrity Edge and will feature a number of new-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and transforms into a bar, a restaurant and an extension of the embarkation area; Infinite Veranda, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor using bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again in size; a Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; a Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the hugely popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area that includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.
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Enchanted Princess

Launch Date: June 2020
Tonnage: 145,000
Berths: 3,560
Enchanted Princess will debut in 2020 in Europe. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.
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Carnival Mardi Gras
Launch Date: August 2020
Tonnage: 180,000
Berths: 5,200
The first of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises, which will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The ships will be largest in the world by passenger capacity. The vessels also will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.
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MSC Virtuosa
Launch Date: September 2020
Tonnage: 177,000
Berths: 4,900
At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Virtuosa will carry nearly 6,300 passengers and combine unique facilities and onboard entertainment including a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. Meraviglia Plus will also have a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen showing events and vistas around-the-clock. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.
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Royal Caribbean (Odyssey of the Seas)
Launch Date: October 2020
Tonnage: 108,865
Berths: 3,100
Royal Caribbean's fifth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2020. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fifth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.
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