The 8 greatest new cruise ships launching in 2024

The approaching yr can be an enormous one for brand new cruise ships, with three main new vessels on the best way that promise to interrupt new floor in cruising.

Probably the most notable of the three, Icon of the Seas, is the primary of a brand new collection of megaships from Royal Caribbean that can be bigger than any cruise vessels ever constructed. It will be loaded with all types of gee-whiz points of interest, eating places, bars and leisure.

Icon of the Seas is only one of two main new Royal Caribbean cruise ships arriving in 2024. Additionally on the best way is Utopia of the Seas, the sixth and last vessel within the line’s vastly profitable Oasis Class of ships.

The yr can even convey the primary new ship in additional than a decade from storied cruise line Cunard (Queen Anne) in addition to the primary of a brand new class of ship from cruise large Princess Cruises (Solar Princess).

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Each of the latter vessels will characteristic notable new designs for the manufacturers with an expanded lineup of eating places, bars and leisure areas.

These three vessels — Icon of the Seas, Queen Anne and Solar Princess — are the three new cruise ships for 2024 which have us probably the most excited right here at TPG. However they’re removed from the one main new cruise vessels arriving in the course of the subsequent 12 months.

To whet your urge for food for cruising within the yr forward, check out our record of the eight new cruise ships arriving in 2024 which have us probably the most excited.

Carnival Jubilee

Maiden voyage: Dec. 23, 2023

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This latest ship for cruise large Carnival technically arrives on the finish of 2023, however its maiden voyage is so near the beginning of 2024 that we’re calling it a brand new vessel for 2024.

The 15-deck-high ship is a sister to the road’s not too long ago unveiled Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, which have made waves prior to now two years for his or her large dimension and what may be probably the most uncommon attraction ever on a cruise vessel: a deck-top curler coaster.

Like Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee will measure 183,521 tons, placing it in a tie with the previous ship for the place of largest vessel ever to sail for Carnival (at 181,808 tons, sister ship Mardi Gras is barely smaller). Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras, notably, are a whopping 35% larger than the next-biggest Carnival ships at present afloat, and they’re additionally larger than all however a dozen different cruise vessels on this planet.

Like Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee may have a curler coaster on its high deck. Dubbed Bolt: Final Sea Coaster, it will be just like the curler coasters on its sister vessels, with an 800-foot-long observe and autos that attain speeds of 40 mph — give or take.

Additionally, like its sisters, Carnival Jubilee has been designed to carry as much as 6,630 passengers. That is only a tad beneath the 7,600 passengers that can be capable to match aboard Royal Caribbean’s soon-to-debut Icon of the Seas — the brand new world’s largest cruise ship (extra on that vessel beneath).

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Along with a curler coaster, Carnival Jubilee may have an enormous water park on its high deck. Like its sister, its interiors can be full of a far broader array of suites than earlier Carnival ships. However the vessel will not be a carbon copy of the earlier vessels. New options will embrace two ocean-themed zones with new bar and eating choices — together with an underwater-themed bar adorned with octopus arms that can serve drinks.

The event of ships on the dimensions of Carnival Jubilee and its sisters has been an enormous deal for Carnival. Till not too long ago, the road had resisted the pattern amongst main manufacturers to construct even larger vessels that supply a supersized megaresort-at-sea expertise.

Carnival’s final new vessel earlier than the arrival of Mardi Gras in 2021, Carnival Panorama, did not even crack the highest 40 record of largest ships when it debuted in 2019.

After an preliminary transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England, to Galveston, Texas, Carnival Jubilee will sail seven-night voyages to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston. Fares begin at $669 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs.

Icon of the Seas

Maiden voyage: Jan. 27

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas throughout sea trials in 2023. ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Name it the brand new grande dame of the megaship world. At 250,800 tons, Icon of the Seas would be the largest cruise ship ever constructed, and it will be chock-full of extra amusements, eating places, bars and leisure venues than any cruise vessel ever.

In different phrases, should you’re a megaship fan, that is your new go-to ship — assuming you do not thoughts vacationing with plenty of different folks.

In dimension, Icon of the Seas can be about 6% larger than the most important of the Oasis Class ships, the one-year-old Marvel of the Seas. Nevertheless it’ll be capable to maintain about 7% extra folks — 7,600 passengers as in comparison with Marvel of the Seas’ complete capability of seven,084 passengers. That is a brand new all-time document for a passenger ship.

The larger passenger capability is partly as a result of ship’s larger deal with household vacationers. Icon of the Seas is being constructed with extra cabins providing further bunks to accommodate households with kids. It will even have extra facilities geared to households, together with a new-for-the-line out of doors “neighborhood” referred to as Surfside devoted to households with younger kids.

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Surfside notably will characteristic splash areas for infants and children, swimming pools and lounge areas for folks, family-friendly eateries and retailers, and a bar with “mommy and me” matching mocktails for youths and cocktails for grownups.

Icon of the Seas can even characteristic the most important water park ever constructed on a cruise ship, with a document six waterslides. No different vessel comes shut relating to water points of interest on a cruise ship.

Different notable new points of interest will embrace the AquaDome — a large, glass dome-covered space on the entrance of the ship. A real engineering marvel (the 363-ton glass dome needed to be constructed individually subsequent to the ship and winched into place), the AquaDome can be residence to the AquaTheater — a venue present in a special location on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships that hosts acrobatic and diving reveals in a high-tech stage/pool.

The AquaTheater would be the marquee attraction throughout the AquaDome, which additionally will provide eating and ingesting venues, in addition to cozy seating areas for daytime and night hangouts. One such spot, the Overlook, is an elevated lounge that includes particular nooks (Overlook Pods) and wraparound home windows offering improbable ocean views and simple viewing of the aqua reveals.

As well as, Icon of the Seas may have a record-for-a-ship seven swimming pools, 4 of which can be at a major pool space referred to as Chill Island. The latter space can be residence to the road’s first swim-up bar on a ship, Swim and Tonic.

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Ten new meals shops on the ship will embrace Surfside Eatery, a family-friendly buffet within the Surfside neighborhood, and Empire Supper Membership, an upscale venue designed to evoke the ambiance of New York Metropolis within the Nineteen Thirties. The latter will serve an extravagant eight-course meal (suppose: caviar and wagyu), with every dish paired with a cocktail created by celeb mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.

Amongst lodging choices, Icon of the Seas will boast 14 new cabin and suite varieties plus 14 classes of rooms that exist already on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. That is a whopping 28 sorts of lodging in all.

Many of those cabin classes are family-friendly rooms that sleep 4 company; some can accommodate six or eight company. In complete, 313 cabins and suites are listed particularly as family-focused lodging, although many common room varieties can sleep greater than two folks.

Notice that Icon of the Seas is simply the primary of three sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for supply by 2026, all of comparable dimensions. Collectively, they are going to make up what is named the Icon Class.

Icon of the Seas will function seven-night voyages to the Caribbean out of Miami. Fares begin at $1,577 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs.

Solar Princess

Maiden voyage: Feb. 8


Like Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises goes larger with its subsequent new ship — loads larger.

Underneath improvement for greater than six years and the primary of an all-new collection of vessels for the road, the 4,000-passenger Solar Princess is about 21% larger than the most important ships at present within the Princess fleet. And but, whereas it is 21% larger, it is designed to carry simply 17% extra passengers.

In different phrases, its space-to-passenger ratio can be larger, making the ship really feel roomier — if solely modestly.

Solar Princess can even be the primary Princess ship with suites that include unique entry to a personal restaurant, lounge and solar deck — an indication Princess is lastly getting critical about pampering its greatest prospects.

As well as, Solar Princess will boast an modern new kind of “cabana cabin” alongside the ship’s extra-wide tenth deck, which can include entry to a personal deck space (form of a riff on the Havana-class cabins discovered on a handful of Carnival Cruise Line ships). Plus, the highest deck of the ship is getting some unusual-for-Princess sizzle with the addition of a glass-dome-topped pool space that can remodel right into a nightspot after the solar goes down.

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Different notable variations between Solar Princess and earlier Princess ships embrace the dearth of a buffet restaurant on its major pool deck. Don’t fret, buffet lovers: There’ll nonetheless be a buffet-like venue on the ship. It will likely be eight decks beneath the pool deck, nearer to the ship’s central piazza and simply off the ship’s exterior promenade.

The ship’s major theater, to be referred to as the Princess Enviornment, can even have a brand new look. Its new-for-Princess in-the-round form will be transformed right into a extra conventional proscenium-type theater or a keyhole-type theater to permit for several types of productions.

The ship’s three-deck-high piazza referred to as the Solar Princess Piazza, is getting an improve, too, with a brand new round form, a stage that pops up from the middle of the ground for performances and an enormous, three-deck-high moveable LED display that can play a job in night productions within the house.

Amongst different standout venues, Solar Princess will characteristic a secret hideaway for magical performances designed in partnership with the Magic Citadel efficiency venue in Los Angeles. Children ought to love the new-for-Princess enjoyable zone referred to as Park19, that includes a ropes course and what’s being billed as the primary roll glider at sea, an electrical journey that goes as much as 11 mph.

Solar Princess initially will sail in Europe via the autumn earlier than repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for voyages to the Caribbean. Fares begin at $467 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs, for a five-night Caribbean crusing.

Queen Anne

Maiden voyage: Might 10

An artist’s drawing of Queen Anne. CUNARD LINE

It has been a very long time coming, however storied cruise line Cunard is lastly launching a brand new ship. Constructed to an all-new design for the 183-year-old model, the three,000-passenger Queen Anne can be Cunard’s first new vessel in 14 years — an unusually lengthy interval for any line to go with no new ship.

Queen Anne, notably, will embrace the most recent traits of journey and cruising in a means that Cunard ships have not finished earlier than, together with a brand new deal with selection in eating and leisure, wellness and onboard celebrations.

The ship will provide 15 completely different locations to seize a chunk, greater than double the quantity on the road’s different ships. The choices will embrace Aji Wa, a brand new restaurant idea for Cunard that can serve Japanese delicacies influenced by the seasons of the yr. Additionally new for Cunard can be Aranya, an Indian eatery; Sir Samuel’s, a high-end steakhouse; and Tramonto, which can serve Mediterranean dishes.

Wellness-focused areas will embrace a new-for-the-line, glass-enclosed Wellness Studio on the high of the ship that can provide lessons in yoga, Pilates, Zumba and line dancing in the course of the day and ballroom dancing lessons at sundown.

A brand new juice bar and a restaurant close to the principle pool will serve wholesome dishes, and the ship’s spa is being constructed as a temple to wellness. It will provide a sprawling thermal pool advanced that features eight heated loungers, 4 experiential showers, a reflexology footpath with textured stones flowing with scorching water, a chilly room (a primary for Cunard), a big steam room, a Himalayan salt sauna and a conventional sauna. A rest room and wellness suite will spherical out the choices.

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On the celebrations entrance, Queen Anne may have a lounge particularly designed for weddings that spills into an indoor reception room and, simply past, a new-for-the-line personal rooftop terrace house for wedding ceremony and vow renewal receptions.

Different notable options of the ship will embrace an expanded Commodore Membership commentary lounge and a major pool space (The Pavilion) topped with a retractable glass roof designed to be as a lot a showpiece as a practical construction.

Not all the things about Queen Anne can be completely different from earlier Cunard ships. Lots can be acquainted. As is at all times the case for Cunard vessels, Queen Anne may have a hovering Grand Foyer with a cascading staircase the place you possibly can take selfies in your formal evening splendor. That staple of all Cunard ships, the ballroom often called the Queens Room, can also be making a comeback.

Queen Anne initially will sail in Europe earlier than setting off on an around-the-world cruise in January 2025. Fares begin at $449 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs, for a fast two-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Southampton, England. Seven-night sailings in Europe begin at $849 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs.

Silver Ray

Maiden voyage: June 27

Silver Ray can be a sister ship to Silver Nova, which debuted in 2023. SILVERSEA CRUISES

The latest ship for the luxurious line Silversea Cruises is a sister to the model’s not too long ago unveiled Silver Nova — a groundbreaking vessel that has been turning heads because it debuted in August.

Like Silver Nova, Silver Ray can be larger than Silversea’s earlier ships and have an uncommon, asymmetrical design for its public decks that reorients its key options towards the perimeters of the ship as an alternative of the middle. Whether or not you are floating within the ship’s major pool or eating at its open-air Marquee restaurant, you will be searching on the sea (or no matter vacation spot the ship is visiting) such as you’ve by no means been capable of earlier than.

Silver Ray’s pool space, particularly, can be putting, as is the pool space on Silver Nova. The lengthy and slim pool will not be in the midst of the deck however offset to its starboard facet, and it will be oriented to face outward to the ocean. Practically all of the lounge chairs across the pool will face in the identical route towards the ocean, too.

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As we wrote about in our current first take a look at Silver Nova, a part of what makes this new outward-facing orientation for these ships so magical is that they have no buildings rising from the starboard sides of their pool decks. Passengers floating within the swimming pools on these ships or lounging on close by lounge chairs get an unobstructed view of the ocean off the starboard facet.

Silver Ray’s asymmetrical design can even be evident at two meals and beverage venues on the high of the vessel — each new-for-Silversea ideas that first debuted in August on Silver Nova.

The primary, Marquee, can be an alfresco eating venue that can also be off-center, with an orientation that gives commanding views of the ocean from the ship’s port facet. It will be residence to The Grill, Silversea’s signature out of doors “scorching rocks” eating venue, and likewise double because the ship’s Spaccanapoli pizza outlet. The second venue, The Nightfall Bar, can be an open-air sky bar behind the vessel that, like Marquee, is positioned on the port facet of the ship.

The pool deck on Silver Ray can be oriented to the ocean in the identical means as it’s on the road’s new Silver Nova. GENE SLOAN/THE POINTS GUY

Extra eating venues on board will embrace variations of Silversea’s major signature restaurant La Terrazza, French eatery La Dame, seafood eatery Atlantide and sushi outlet Kaiseki.

Along with asymmetry in lots of areas, one factor that can be significantly noticeable about Silver Ray is its spaciousness — one thing it can share with Silver Nova. At 54,700 tons, the 2 ships are about 34% larger than Silversea’s final three new vessels — Silver Muse, Silver Moon and Silver Daybreak — however they’re designed to carry solely about 22% extra passengers. That offers them considerably extra space per passenger.

With each berth stuffed, Silver Ray will sail with 728 passengers — the identical as Silver Nova and simply 132 greater than the three earlier Silversea vessels.

The additional house on the 2 vessels has allowed Silversea to broaden its lineup of cabin classes, with extra massive suites. As is at all times the case with Silversea ships, each cabin on the ship can be a collection. However Silver Ray and Silver Nova provide new premium aft suites, together with a large 1,324-square-foot advanced referred to as the Otium Suite.

Even the smallest cabins on Silver Ray will measure no less than 357 sq. ft, which is unusually massive for a cruise ship cabin.

Silver Ray will initially sail in Europe earlier than repositioning to North America in December 2024 for winter sailings to South America and the Caribbean. Fares begin at $4,600 per particular person, together with transfers, for a nine-night South America crusing out of Panama Metropolis.

Utopia of the Seas

Maiden voyage: July 22

An artist’s drawing of Utopia of the Seas. ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Royal Caribbean’s second new ship of the yr can be an enormous, too, although not fairly as massive as Icon of the Seas. The sixth and last vessel within the line’s groundbreaking Oasis Class of ships, Utopia of the Seas is anticipated to hold as much as round 6,700 passengers and measure round 237,000 tons, which might place it simply behind Icon of the Seas because the world’s second-biggest cruise ship.

Just like the 5 earlier Oasis Class ships (the most recent of which, Marvel of the Seas, is the present dimension chief within the cruise world), Utopia of the Seas can be loaded with numerous family-focused points of interest, together with a number of major pool areas, a kiddie splash zone, browsing simulators, a miniature golf course, a basketball courtroom and even a zipper line. And that is simply on its high deck.

Contained in the vessel, you will discover extra lounges, bars, eating places and retailers than you possibly can think about, plus an enormous on line casino, spas and theaters with Broadway-style reveals.

As with earlier Royal Caribbean ships, it will even have an indoor ice-skating rink.

In design and options, Utopia of the Seas can be practically an identical to Royal Caribbean’s final new Oasis Class ship, Marvel of the Seas, which debuted in 2022. Like that vessel, it will have a devoted suite space with a personal lounge, restaurant and solar deck — one thing not discovered on the 4 earlier Oasis Class ships.

Utopia of the Seas can be based mostly in Port Canaveral, Florida, for brief three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. Fares begin at $431 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs, for a three-night crusing.

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Explora 2

Maiden voyage: Aug. 19


The world’s latest cruise line, three-month-old Explora Journeys, is doubling in dimension in 2024 with the addition of Explora 2.

Designed for 922 passengers, the high-end vessel can be an nearly an identical sister to Explora 1, the road’s first ship, which debuted in August. It can equally goal the luxurious market.

Like Explora 1, the brand new ship will provide oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be “houses at sea,” and it will be filled with upscale facilities. They’ll embrace 10 distinct culinary experiences, 10 indoor and out of doors bars and lounges, 4 swimming swimming pools, out of doors deck areas with personal cabanas, wellness amenities and leisure.

A creation of the deep-pocketed MSC Group, which already owns MSC Cruises, Explora Journeys plans to launch no less than six of the superluxurious vessels by 2028, with the primary 4 being roughly the identical dimension and the final two being even larger.

In only a few years, that’ll give Explora Journeys an even bigger capability than such well-known luxurious cruise operators as Seabourn and the not too long ago relaunched Crystal.

Explora Journeys is competing in the identical upscale cruise house as Seabourn and Crystal, in addition to luxurious strains like Viking, Silversea and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Assortment. It is run fully individually from its sister model, MSC Cruises, which caters to a mass-market viewers.

Explora 2 will initially sail within the Mediterranean earlier than repositioning to North America for the winter. Fares begin at $4,275 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs, for a seven-night Caribbean crusing.

Disney Treasure

Maiden voyage: Dec. 21

An artist’s drawing of Disney Treasure. DISNEY CRUISE LINE

Disney Cruise Line is shifting into progress mode once more with the disclosing of Disney Treasure, its second new ship in two years (after a 10-year interval the place Disney did not unveil a single vessel). Due on the finish of 2024, it is popping out in comparatively fast succession to Disney Want, a equally designed ship that arrived in 2022.

Like Disney Want, Disney Treasure is a part of Disney’s new Triton Class of vessels, and it will share most of the identical options and structure as its older sister. However will probably be removed from a precise copy. Disney has introduced fairly a number of main adjustments for Disney Treasure, together with the addition of an all-new Mexican restaurant referred to as Plaza de Coco that’s themed across the occasions of the “Coco” film. It replaces the “Frozen-” themed eatery on Disney Want.

There additionally can be a brand new Haunted Mansion-themed bar that can substitute the “Star Wars-” themed Hyperspace Lounge on Disney Want.

Different new venues embrace Jumbeaux’s Sweets, an ice cream parlor and sweet store impressed by Jumbeaux’s Cafe within the film “Zootopia,” and Skipper Society, a brand new bar impressed by Disney’s Jungle Cruise journey and its wisecracking skippers. On the latter, which can be positioned the place The Bayou is on Disney Want, passengers will discover a menu of themed cocktails and light-weight snacks, resembling waffles.

Yet one more new drinks venue is Periscope Pub, impressed by Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Underneath the Seas” (and Disney’s 1954 film model of the ebook and theme park attraction). It can substitute Want’s Keg & Compass as Disney Treasure’s sports activities bar. The bar is designed to appear like the Nautilus submarine from the story, full with an enormous periscope, porthole home windows and a ceiling designed to appear like you are underwater.

Disney can also be launching a brand new Broadway-style musical on Disney Treasure, “Disney The Story of Moana.” The present will characteristic in style songs and characters from the animated film and mark the primary time Disney has introduced the story of Moana to the stage.

The ship’s two different major reveals, “Magnificence and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Journey,” are repeats from earlier Disney ships.

Like Disney Want, Disney Treasure’s massive top-deck attraction can be AquaMouse, a water journey that swirls across the high of the vessel.

The ship will maintain 2,500 passengers at double occupancy (two passengers per cabin) and as much as 4,000 passengers with each berth stuffed.

Disney Treasure will sail seven-night voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral. Fares begin at $1,862 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs.

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Different new ships

Along with the above, newcomers for 2024 embrace a number of small oceangoing cruise vessels from such small-ship cruise operators as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Assortment and American Cruise Traces, in addition to small river ships from river strains AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Viking.

Among the many most notable of those smaller vessels is the 60-passenger AmaMagdalena, which is being billed as the primary main river ship designed to sail on the Magdalena River in Colombia. Avalon’s new entry for 2024, the 102-passenger Avalon Alegria, can be that line’s first vessel on the Douro River in Portugal.

On the finish of 2024, Viking will roll out yet one more ship within the collection of practically an identical oceangoing vessels it started launching in 2015. To be referred to as Viking Vela, it will be the eleventh ship within the collection.

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