New Ocean Cruise Ships for 2014

Posted November 13th, 2013

By the end of 2013, 167 new cruise ships will have been built since 2000, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Ranging in capacity from 32 to 5,400 passengers, these river and ocean cruising vessels have introduced an incredible array of designs, activities, dining and accommodation at sea.

This year has been one of the slowest for construction of ocean liners, but one of the fastest for newly built river vessels - a trend that looks set to continue for the next couple of years.

However, 2014 will see the launch of 6 newbuilds on the oceans, followed by 8 in 2015, while 2016 already has 8 scheduled - including the newest Seabourn yacht, and Clive Palmers' Titanic II. The following ships are some of the new vessels gearing up to debut at sea next year and introduce a lot more special features to cruisers:

NCL's Norwegian Getaway

  • Launch: February 2014 in Miami
  • Passengers: 4,208
  • Shipyard: Meyer Werft, Germany
  • Highlights: Tropical themed outdoor bars and restaurants; Latin-inspired food; the Grammy Museum; "Illusionarium" special-effects magic show; and a broadway show, "Legally Blonde"
Princess Cruises' Regal Princess
  • Launch: May 2014 in Europe
  • Passengers: 3,560
  • Shipyard: Fincantieri, Italy
  • Highlights: The Seawalk, a glass-enclosed walkway extending beyond the ship's edge; poolside cabanas; Princess live! television studio; and a larger atrium known as the Piazza

The Skywalk will feature on Regal Princess, as on sister-ship Royal Princess

Costa Cruises' Costa Diadema

  • Launch: October 2014 in Europe
  • Passengers: 3,700
  • Shipyard: Fincantieri, Italy
  • Highlights: Italy's biggest ship with a 4-storey 7,800m2 wellness area (day spa, gym, 3 pools, 8 hot tubs), 7 restaurants, 15 bars, 4 D cinema, 3-storey theatre, 2-storey games area with laser shooting and video games

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

  • Launch: November 2014, New Jersey
  • Passengers: 4,180
  • Shipyard: Meyer Werft, Germany
  • Highlights: Bumper cars; skydiving simulator; the North Star Pod that hangs over the ship for panoramic views; "virtual balconies" in inside cabins (floor-to-ceiling TV screens linked to the ship's external camera)

Bumper Cars on board Quantum of the Seas

A few other ships will also be renamed and revamped early next year, including Windstar's Star Pride (the former Seabourn Pride) and Orion, becoming the National Geographic Orion.
Which of these new ships are you most looking forward to, and are you booking a cruise on any of them? If you would like some information on itineraries and pricing, please call one of our Cruise Specialists on 1300 954 661.
Source: Cruise Weekly, 12 November 2013

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