AmaWaterways will launch AmaSiena, 156-passenger, which will sail 7, 10 and 11-night itineraries along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers.
Uniworld’s new ships will include S.S. Sphinx in Egypt, 42-Suites; Mekong Jewel in Vietnam and Cambodia, 34-Suites; S.S. Sao Gabriel in Portugal, 50-Suites & Staterooms; S.S. La Venezia in Venice, 63 Suites & Staterooms.
Virgin Voyages will introduce the first of 4 planned vessels with the first being, the Scarlet Lady, 2,770-sailors (passengers). Designed for sailors aged 18 and over this ship-based initially in Miami for a series of Caribbean sailings will offer 86% balcony cabins and 93% will feature an ocean view. Dining and entertainment are geared for adults.
Celebrity Cruises to launch Celebrity Apex, 2,910-passenger, will initially sail the Mediterranean from Southampton and then move to Fort Lauderdale in November to sail the Caribbean. The Apex, second in the Edge series, features an innovative outward-facing design and an exterior cantilevered, floating platform called the Magic Carpet that serves as a restaurant or space for private parties.
Hurtigruten’s newest expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, 530-passengers, features a hybrid engine that is expected to reduce fuel consumption by about 20%. Itineraries will include 11 to 21 days Antarctica and the Arctic.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will base its new Seven Seas Splendor, 750-passengers, in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. They are the first cruise line to have a female caption, Serena Melani, to captain a new ocean cruise ship at launch.
Carnival Cruise Line will debut Marti Gras, 6,500-passengers, named after its first ship introduced in 1972, will be powered by liquefied natural gas. Passengers can choose from more than 20 different stateroom categories.
Ponant, a French luxury expedition line, will launch 2 92-Stateroom ships, the Le Jacques Cartier and the Le Bellot. Both ships will feature Blue Eye, the multi-sensory underwater lounge.
Crystal Expedition Cruises’ first luxury expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, 200-passengers, debuting voyages ranging from 12 to 22 days to include Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The new ship will sail some of the more remote places to include Antarctica via the Ross Sea, the Arctic, Russian Far East and the North-East Passage. The ship will feature 18 Zodiacs; Kayaks; one 7-guest submersible as well as a helicopter.
Silversea Cruises, Silver Moon, 596-passenger ship, is the sister ship to the Silver Muse.
Royal Caribbean will launch its 27th ship, Odyssey of the Seas, 4,246-passenger Quantum Ultra Class ship, to homeport in Fort Lauderdale for 6 and 8-night Caribbean cruises. The itinerary includes Aruba, Curacao, Georgetown (Grand Cayman) and their private island CocoCay. The line will introduce 2 “amplified” or “transformed” ships, Explorer of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which are part of the line’s $1-billion modernization program.
Viking will launch the Viking Osiris, 82-passenger, river ship designed for the Egypt market on the Nile River.
MSC Cruises will launch MSC Virtuosa, 6,334-passengers, to sail the western Mediterranean.
Princess Cruises will introduce, Enchanted Princess, 3,660-passenger, and Discovery Princess, 3,660-passenger, enhanced with the Medallion Class service. The Medallion Class upgrades will continue with the Ruby Princess (January 2020), Grand Princess (March 2020), Emerald Princess (August 2020) and Coral Princess (October 2020).