2016 saw the introduction of a number of fabulous ships including Royal Caribbean’s futuristic Ovation of the Seas and the gigantic Harmony of the Seas. To continue to supply the growing demand, many more cruise lines will introduce a range of new and exciting vessels throughout the course of 2017. While some of these vessels will cater for the ever-growing market in the western world, some vessels will be positioned in Far East Asia to provide for a newly-establishing market. This week, Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at six cruise vessels which are set to launch throughout 2017.
Set to become Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Breakaway Plus Class ship, Norwegian Joy will offer a range of unique amenities that have never before been seen on the seas. Despite weighing 163,000 gross tonnes, she will only carry 3,900 passengers – much less than some of her sister ships. New features include a two-story go-kart course and an open-air laser tag area, while other popular Breakaway-Plus class features such as the Haven will return on board Norwegian Joy. She is set to debut in summer 2017 and will cater specifically for the Chinese market, operating cruises out of Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing).
Upon launch, the 596-passenger Silver Muse will become the flagship for the Silversea fleet and has been given the tagline Simply Divine. At just 40,700 gross tonnes, you would be forgiven for thinking this was a small vessel, but this is not the case. She will feature a total of 34 signature Silver Suites, which will collectively span the top three decks. There will also be a total of eight restaurants on board with no main dining room, which will mean guests can sample a wide range of sumptuous cuisine from around the world at no extra cost.
With capacity for a total of 5,700 passengers, MSC Meraviglia – meaning “wonder” in Italian – will become not only the largest vessel ever built by a European-based cruise line but also the largest in the world in terms of passenger capacity when she launches in June 2017. She will feature RFID wristbands, which will enable passengers to make purchases and bookings and even track the whereabouts of their children. The ship will also feature cluster-cabins which will be ideal for families, a total of 12 restaurants and entertainment performances that include Cirque de Soleil at sea.
Following the successful rise of Viking Ocean Cruises, the line will launch their fourth vessel later this year in the form of Viking Sun. With such a winning formula, it comes as no surprise that the vessel will be almost identical to her three sisters, but it is worth noting that Viking Sun will spend her maiden season embarking on the line’s first-ever world cruise – a 141-day itinerary which will take passengers to five continents.
MSC Seaside sends out a statement of intent by the cruise line, marking the beginning of the line’s new Seaside Class and opening up a wealth of new opportunities. The ship will become the line’s first to cater for the US market and is part of a 9-billion Euro fleet expansion plan that will enable the line to double its capacity by 2026. Features will include suspended glass floors, a giant aqua park and a new Asian restaurant partnership with Roy Yamaguchi.
Majestic Princess is a 3,600-passenger vessel due to launch in summer 2017 which will send out a statement of intent for Princess Cruises to deliver to the growing Asia market. She will become the line’s third Royal Class ship, alongside Royal Princess and Regal Princess and will be based in China year-round. Despite being catered for a Chinese market, she will offer many familiar features including a multi-story atrium, adult-only sanctuary, glass SeaWalk and much more.
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