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New Ships

New Cruise Ships in 2019


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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New Cruise Ships in 2021


Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Early 2021

Tonnage: 135,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be the first new build from Disney since 2012, when Disney Fantasy debuted. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids' clubs.

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The next Oasis-class ship will surpass Symphony of the Seas in size (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)
Royal Caribbean's Oasis V

Launch Date: Early 2021

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,860

Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class ship (yet unnamed) is scheduled for delivery in 2021. It will be built at Saint Nazaire's STX shipyard. Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley has said the ship will be slightly bigger than Symphony of the Seas, the current biggest ship in the cruise line's fleet.
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Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Fall 2021

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

Celebrity Cruises' third Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2021. Like its sisters, it will feature a number of stand-out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which 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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Holland America Ryndam

Launch Date: May 2021

Tonnage: 99,500

Berths: 2,650

Ryndam will be Holland America's fourth ship to carry that name and the third ship in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, which debuted in November 2018. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. Ryndam will feature a music walk, which will include B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, French brassiere Sel de Mer, and Blend, a wine-mixing Venue. It also will include a World Stage, a 360-degree entertainment venue that blends music and dance with a wraparound screen, which comes to life and integrates with the live action.
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Costa Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2021

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,776

The second 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.


New Cruise Ships in 2022


Cunard (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Early 2022

Tonnage: 113,000

Berths: 3,000

Cunard's first new-build ship since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010, the as-yet-unnamed next-generation vessel will become the largest in the fleet (by passenger capacity) when it debuts in 2022.
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Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Fall 2022

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

Celebrity Cruises' fourth Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2022. Like its sisters it will include some stand out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which 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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Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

This is the first of six new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line that will be part of the Leonardo Class. At 140,000 gross tons and holding 3,300 passengers, the Leonardo ships are larger than the line's 2,500-passengger Jewel-class ships but smaller than the 4,000-plus-passenger Breakaway- and Breakaway-Plus ships. The ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have been released, but the line says one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency.
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Carnival Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,200

The second 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 Cruises World Class

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 200,000

Berths: 5,400

The first of up to four liquid nitrogen gas-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises, MSC Cruises' yet-unnamed World-class ship will feature cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers. It will have a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, MSC says.
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Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: NA

Berths: 5,000

The first ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 143,700

Berths: 3,560

Princess' sixth Royal-class ship will debut in 2022. 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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Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 135,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be the sister ship to Disney's 2021 vessel. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.
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New Cruise Ships in 2023 and beyond


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The second of six new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships. This ship will be significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons less and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according ton Norwegian.

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Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 135,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be a sister ship to Disney's 2021 and 2022 vessels. Details are sscant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.
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Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 175,000

Berths: 4,300

The first in a new class of ship for Princess Cruises, this ship will be powered in part by LNG fuel.

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MSC Cruises World Class

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 200,000

Berths: 5,400

The second of up to four LNG-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises. The ships will have a cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers, a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, according to MSC.
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Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: NA

Berths: 5,000

The second ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Norwegian Cruise Line's Project Leonardo (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)
Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The third of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be smaller than the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according to Norwegian.

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Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The fourth of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 175,000

Berths: 4,300

The second in a new class of ship for Princess Cruises that will be powered, in part, by LNG fuel.

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Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The fifth of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.
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Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2027

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The last of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.

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