18 exciting new cruise ships you’ll want to explore now


Monkeys congregate near the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, where they often scavenge for food.
Slide 1 of 69: Luxurious spas, sky diving and cocktails served while you’re suspended over the ocean – the world’s new and soon-to-launch cruise ships have some seriously exciting features. And while mega-boats are certainly having a moment, there are smaller, intimate vessels hitting the world’s waterways too between now and August 2020. So whether you want to sail the high seas in style, or float elegantly along genteel rivers, join our voyage of discovery to find the right new ship for you.
Slide 2 of 69: Initially renowned for its top-notch river cruises, Viking has expanded its fleet and currently has five ocean-going ships, with Jupiter bringing the number to six. Aimed at travelers who like to throw themselves into new cultures and experiences, Viking’s ships are quiet and refined affairs, with all 930 passengers aged 18 or over. 
Slide 3 of 69: Onboard, guests will find a Scandi-chic design throughout the ship. All 465 staterooms have balconies and even the smallest come supplied with toiletries, robes and slippers.
Slide 4 of 69: Other facilities include the LivNordic Spa, which has a thermal suite, two cinemas and pool. And don’t miss afternoon tea served in the Wintergarden or a dip in the glass-roofed pool that's opened up when the sun comes out.
Slide 5 of 69: The ship will be offering itineraries around the Mediterranean and Norway during 2019 with sailings departing from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice and Bergen. As an added bonus, this smaller ship is just the perfect size to dock at some of Norway’s more petite ports, including magnificent Flam, taking passengers directly into the heart of the fjords. Departing on 23 May 2019, a 15-day Viking Homelands cruise costs from $6,173 (£4,790) per person. 
Slide 6 of 69: When MSC Cruises's Bellissima is launched at Southampton in March 2019 she will be the largest ship ever to be christened in the UK. There are 20 bars onboard, 10 restaurants, a shopping center and space for 4,500 passengers. 
Slide 7 of 69: Laying on fabulous facilities for young people, MSC Cruises are ideal for families. In addition to the LEGO-themed rooms in the kids’ club there is a large water park with a series of twisting slides and a pool to keep youngsters occupied.
Slide 8 of 69: During the evening there’s a chance to catch original shows from Cirque du Soleil, with two performances held six nights each week in the purpose-built Carousel Lounge.
Slide 9 of 69: Spending its first summer sailing around the Mediterranean, cruises depart from Southampton, Genoa (pictured) and Marseille. Later in the year she moves to the Middle East leaving from Dubai. Departing 4 March 2019, an eight-night voyage from Southampton, UK to Barcelona, Spain costs from $965 (£749) per person. 
Slide 10 of 69: Anyone who wants to slow down the frenetic pace of life is sure to love a European river cruise. With the added bonus of docking right in the heart of cities and ports along the river, they allow you to simply stroll off the ship, no coach transfers required. And what better introduction than on a brand new ship such as the MS Amalia Rodrigues? Set to launch in Porto on 20 March 2019, the ship joins six others in the CroisiEurope fleet and will operate itineraries on the Douro river, taking passengers through Portugal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border. 
Slide 11 of 69: Special features include flat-screen televisions in every cabin and large panoramic windows to view the river as you sail. The ship has 66 double-occupancy cabins (58 of which also have French balconies) and capacity for 132 passengers so it will appeal to those looking for a small-ship experience.
Slide 12 of 69: As the Douro valley is also home to one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in Europe there will be plenty of opportunity to try local tipples. Excursions cost a little extra but options include hiking along the Douro, a visit to Vila Real and Mateus Palace and a tour of Porto by tram. Departing on 19 March 2019, a seven-night Douro River cruise costs from $1,565 (£1,214) per person. 
Slide 13 of 69: Formerly known as Thomson Cruises, Marella has a new name and a second new ship: the Marella Explorer 2. She launches this spring and will spend her first winter season in Barbados – perfect if you're looking to escape chillier climes. 
Slide 14 of 69: For those who enjoy a round of golf the Marella Explorer 2 has lots of offer, including a mini-golf course. There is also a golf-themed bar, aptly named The 19th Hole, where guests can enjoy cocktails and craft beers while seated in a golf buggy. After something a little more refined? Head to Flutes, a champagne bar, or book a massage at the Champneys spa.
Slide 15 of 69: For its first voyage in 2019 the Marella Explorer 2 will be sailing around the Mediterranean. Then during the winter season the ship will relocate to Bridgetown, Barbados (pictured), making regular stops at tropical havens such as St Lucia, Aruba and the Grenadines. Departing on 23 April 2019, an eight-night Treasures of the Mediterranean sailing costs from $1,150 (£893) per person. 
Slide 16 of 69: Sailing from Shanghai, Spectrum of the Seas will be based permanently in Asia. She’s the first in Royal Caribbean's "Quantum Ultra Class" of ships and offers some exciting features for her 4,246 passengers.
Slide 17 of 69: Accommodation onboard for families has been carefully considered and includes a 2,809 square-foot family suite with room for 11 guests including grandparents. The apartment features an in-suite slide so kids can zip from the upper level to the family space below.
Slide 18 of 69: In addition to the bumper cars, roller skating and basketball, a RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator and FlowRider surfing simulator, there will be a Sky Pad, a virtual reality trampoline and bungee experience. Meanwhile chefs Jamie Oliver and Dong Zhenxiang – famed for his roast duck – will operate two of the many restaurants onboard.
Slide 19 of 69: Her first voyage departs from Barcelona, Spain, taking 51 nights to reach Shanghai. Afterwards, sailings from Shanghai start from June 2019, with 27 itineraries available incorporating new stops for Royal Caribbean such as: Niigata, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines (pictured); and Vladivostok, Russia. Departing on 18 May 2019, a three-night Tour of Malaysia costs from $835 (£649) per person. 
Slide 20 of 69: Avalon Waterways is known for its sophisticated river cruises and the Avalon Envision, launching in April 2019, is no exception. Its route will show passengers highlights across the Danube. (Pictured is sister ship the Avalon Expression).
Slide 21 of 69: Passengers on Avalon Envision will find it packed with technology. Rooms have individual climate control and wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which allow you to view the sights of the Danube River. FitBits are also offered to guests who wish to track their activity levels too. (Pictured is sister ship the Avalon Expression with a similar interior to the new Envision).
Slide 22 of 69: East or westbound itineraries along the Danube are available, taking in some of central and Eastern Europe's most spectacular cities including Prague, Budapest and Vienna (pictured). Excursions range from lunch and wine tasting in the Hungarian countryside to classical music concerts in Vienna. Departing on 21 April 2019, the 11-night Blue Danube Discovery costs from $3,470 (£2,696) per person. 
Slide 23 of 69: AmaWaterways has long held a reputation for being the leaders when it comes to luxury and is launching three new ships in 2019. The AmaDouro will be its second ship on the Douro river, sailing across Portugal. 
Slide 24 of 69: One of AmaWaterways' smaller vessels, most of the ship's 52 staterooms and suites have outside balconies. When you're not exploring Portugal's prettiest towns and cities on shore, facilities include a fitness room, spa and sun deck pool.
Slide 25 of 69: The cruise will showcase the Douro River Valley (pictured), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is known for its vineyards and offers plenty of wine-tasting opportunities. Departing on 6 April 2019, a seven-night Porto to Porto cruise costs from $2,972 (£2,310) per person. 
Slide 26 of 69: A few weeks later, AmaWaterways will launch AmaMagna, one of the largest ships on the Danube. If you're used to larger ocean-going ships and are nervous about trying river cruising then she could be the vessel to convert you. Carrying 196 passengers, AmaMagna offers different experiences from many river cruisers with a watersports platform, choice of restaurants and fitness facilities.
Slide 27 of 69: Twice the width of most river vessels, AmaMagna will have facilities that go above and beyond the standard river cruise offering. The spacious staterooms will have large bathrooms with double sinks and walk-in showers and most have balconies.
Slide 28 of 69: And while many cruises are positively gut-busting there’s a genuine focus on healthy living thanks to locally-sourced foods and the Zen Wellness Studio, which will offer group fitness classes.
Slide 29 of 69: AmaMagna will be cruising along the Danube in Europe from May 2019, with many itineraries going from Budapest (pictured) to Vilshofen and also the reverse. Pick from wine cruises to romantic-themed sailings that take you through Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Departing on 5 May 2019, a seven-night Romantic Danube cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest costs from $3,699 (£2,784) per person. 
Slide 30 of 69: Packed with unique wildlife, the Galápagos Islands are a nature lover's dream. And there’s no better way to see them, moving from island to island, than on a small ship such as the 100-guest Celebrity Flora. The first of Celebrity Cruises’s new launches to appear in our list, she’s been specifically designed to operate in the Galápagos.  
Slide 31 of 69: With so much to see you’re sure to want to keep time spent in your stateroom to a minimum. But when you are relaxing in your cabin, you'll find large bathrooms, king-sized beds and personal suite attendants.
Slide 32 of 69: Features of the ship include a dedicated stargazing platform, naturalist center and an open-air space with loungers and private cabanas. Celebrity Flora’s public areas have been designed to offer 360-degree views of the islands too.
Slide 33 of 69: Inner and outer loop routes are available with stops including Baltra, Rabida, Tagus Cove, North Seymour Island and Punta Pitt, to name a few. Departing on 2 June 2019, a seven night Galápagos Inner Loop Itinerary costs from $10,575 (£8,199) per person. 
Slide 34 of 69: Emerald Waterways's new ship the Emerald Harmony will launch in September 2019 and will sail exclusively on the Mekong River. The ship is specifically designed to travel into urban ports, such as Ho Chi Minh City, and promises to offer guests a balance between exciting destinations and time for relaxation.
Slide 35 of 69: The Emerald Harmony is packed with luxury touches from free Wi-Fi to queen-sized beds and luxury toiletries and bath robes. And you can put your flat-screen television to good use too thanks to the extensive film selection.
Slide 36 of 69: Designed to be a close-knit and intimate experience the ship has room for just 84 guests. The 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio also ensures a very high standard of service.
Slide 37 of 69: There will be three itineraries available taking in stops including Hanoi, Siem Reap and ​Ho Chi Minh City (pictured). Departing on 27 September 2019, an 18-night Treasures and Temples of Vietnam and Cambodia cruise costs from $6,041 (£4,695) per person. 
Slide 38 of 69: Glitzy and glamorous, Princess Cruises's offerings are for those who like a bit of sparkle with their relaxation. Sky Princess is the fourth "Royal-class" ship in its fleet with space for 3,560 guests. Fittingly for a regally-named ship it continues the tradition of formal nights, where putting your glad rags on is a must. 
Slide 39 of 69: Staterooms, such as the one pictured here, are always luxurious on Princess Cruises's vessels. But those staying in one of the two new Sky Suites are in for an extra treat. Accommodating up to five guests, their 700 square-feet balconies are a great place to host a private party while watching the Movies Under the Stars outdoor cinema.
Slide 40 of 69: Fans of Princess Cruises’ existing ships will be familiar with features including the adults-only Sanctuary relaxation area and the Lotus spa. One of the most fabulous pampering palaces you'll find at sea, it offers everything from hot stone massages to men's shaves, in addition to a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite.
Slide 41 of 69: But the most unique additions to this ship are those designed to maximize the outside space. They include a new pool on the aft deck, a couple of deep-tank top deck pools and two cantilevered hot tubs.
Slide 42 of 69: Before she arrives at her home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December 2019, Sky Princess will be touring the Mediterranean, taking in destinations including Rome, Athens and Barcelona. Then, after crossing the Atlantic, she will be sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean routes until April 2020. Departing from Athens on 20 October 2019, a six-night cruise currently costs from $1,863 (£1,448) per person.
Slide 43 of 69: One for travelers who really like to get off the beaten track, Aurora Expeditions specialize in polar voyages. This new expedition vessel is named after the company’s co-founder and is packed with state-of-the-art features, meaning you don’t have to scrimp on luxuries when in the world’s coldest corners. 
Slide 44 of 69: While many expedition ships can be a little rough and ready, often with shared bathrooms, expect nothing but sleek luxury here. Staterooms come with balconies and en suite facilities and the ship only has space for 160 passengers.
Slide 45 of 69: Conscious of preserving the environment in which she is sailing, the ship has a virtual anchor that keeps the boat in position without disturbing the sea floor. An enhanced bow means the ship uses less fuel and slashes pollution, while still being about to cut through the waves of Drake Passage, the notorious waters between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica.
Slide 46 of 69: Despite the swanky facilities you won’t want to stay onboard long. Aurora Expeditions offers a huge range of activities such as polar skiing, where you can tour glacial slopes, see penguins and follow Shackleton’s footsteps in South Georgia. You can also try ice camping, kayaking and snowshoeing, while only the very brave take the “Polar Plunge”, stepping off the ship into the icy waters, before being quickly plucked from the sea by waiting crew. Departing on 30 October 2019, the 12 day Spirit of Antarctica cruise costs from $10,500 (£8,157) per person. 
Slide 47 of 69: Spread across 15 decks the Carnival Panorama is a gigantic playground for children and adults alike. Accommodating nearly 4,000 passengers, the ship continues Carnival’s reputation for bigger, and better, cruise liners. In fact, the ship is so keenly awaited that it won Most Anticipated Cruise Ship of 2019 at the Cruise Hive Cruise Ship Awards.
Slide 48 of 69: One of the most exciting new features of the ship is the 12-lane trampoline court. In partnership with the Sky Zone chain, this state-of-the-art center will give all passengers the opportunity to bounce around as they sail the high seas. If that isn’t exciting enough, the ship also has its own water park, complete with flumes and rapids.
Slide 49 of 69: Carnival Panorama will be sailing the Mexican Riviera, departing from Long Beach Cruise Terminal (near Los Angeles) on seven-day itineraries. Stopping at three ports along the way you'll see the highlights of Cabo San Lucas (pictured), Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.  Departing on 18 January 2020, a six-night cruise costs from $524 (£407) per person.
Slide 50 of 69: Celebrity Cruises’s ships are renowned around the world for their high-end and luxurious interiors and Celebrity Apex will be no exception. The second Edge-class ship in the fleet (sister ship Celebrity Edge was launched in November 2018), her 3,000 guests can chill out in one of the spa’s suspended cozy cocoons, tuck in at one of the 29 restaurants and enjoy evening entertainment in the state-of-the-art theater.
Slide 51 of 69: One other innovative feature is the “Magic Carpet”, a platform on the side of the ship which can move between decks. During the evening the Magic Carpet will be used as bar or turned into an exclusive restaurant. On port days it will move to a lower deck, transforming into a moving walkway to allow easier access to tenders (tiny boats used to transfer passengers to shore at smaller ports).
Slide 52 of 69: When it comes to accommodation there are budget-friendly options from interior staterooms with flat-screen TVs through to two-story Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools. Public relaxation areas include the three-leveled plant-filled Eden at the stern of the ship (pictured here on Celebrity Edge), the Grand Plaza with a Martini Bar and a spa on deck 14.
Slide 53 of 69: Celebrity Apex will be sailing a brand new Capital Cities Cruise with visits to iconic spots including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Paris. Departing on 13 April 2020, the 10-night cruise costs from $1,995 (£1,550) per person. 
Slide 54 of 69: Describing itself as a boutique experience on water, the Ganga Vilas is the newest ship from the Exotic Heritage Group. She will sail itineraries on India's Kolkata’s River Hooghly and Varanasi’s River Ganges. An exclusive ship, there are only 18 cabins.
Slide 55 of 69: The decor incorporates minimalist designs with Colonial style. Cabins all have a French balcony and luxury en suite and there is also a 40-seater buffet restaurant, which serves continental and Indian foods.
Slide 56 of 69: Kick back in the relaxation areas such as the Upper Deck, which features teak steamer chairs and sunloungers, or head to the spa for a massage.
Slide 57 of 69: A typical voyage will journey from Kolkata (pictured) to Murshidabad in West Bengal, with itineraries lasting between seven and 15 days. Prices for 2020 cruises are not yet available.
Slide 58 of 69: P&O’s latest cruise ship, Iona, will set sail for the first time in May 2020. For her first summer season she will be sailing a stunning circuit from Southampton, UK to take in Norway’s most impressive fjords, with space for 5,200 passengers.
Slide 59 of 69: Iona has several unique features, including 95 new conservatory-style cabins with an extra lounge area. Public spaces include the SkyDome, a glass-roofed area with natural light. During the day you grab a coffee or lounge by the pool, while by night the space is the place to let your hair down as it's transformed into a theater-style venue featuring aerial performers and party nights. 
Slide 60 of 69: Another exciting feature is the grand atrium, which offers passengers panoramic sea views and natural light. It acts as the hub of the ship and leads out to a number of dining and activity venues. With an extensive selection of food options, designed by celebrity chefs Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White, Iona is designed to appeal to all tastes.
Slide 61 of 69: Sailing exclusively around Norway, passengers on Iona will get unbeatable views of fjords, waterfalls and countless river passages. Geirangerfjord (pictured) is one of the iconic sights planned in the ship’s route. Departing on 23 May 2020 from Southampton, a seven-night cruise costs from $1,350 (£1,049) per person. 
Slide 62 of 69: Enchanted Princess joins the Princess Cruises fleet in June 2020 and is aimed at families, couples and single travelers. It will be a ship packed with features, including specially-designed mattresses and panoramic balconies for her 3,660 passengers.
Slide 63 of 69: With nine restaurants, including a gelateria, and unique chocolate creations from chocolatier Norman Love, it's best not to pack your skinny jeans for this cruise. There are traditional Italian, British and American dining locations too, plus afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters.
Slide 64 of 69: Like the Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess also features a Sky Suite with a 700-square-foot veranda that has a 270-degree panorama and a private view of the ship’s Movies under the Stars screen. Inside, the suite itself doesn't scrimp on luxuries, which include four flat-screen TVs, two refrigerators and complimentary 24-hour room service.    Now discover the world's most expensive cruise ship suites
Slide 65 of 69: Enchanted Princess's inaugural cruise will leave from Rome and sail to Southampton, taking in destinations such as Rome (pictured). Departing on 18 June 2020, prices for the 10-night cruise start from $1,788 (£1,389) per person.
Slide 66 of 69: Silver Moon promises guests the change to sail the Mediterranean in glamorous style with all-suite accommodation. Pictured here is the sister ship Silver Muse, which has a similar layout and has been part of the fleet since 2017.
Slide 67 of 69: Carrying just 596 passengers, this is a vessel for those who enjoy the finer things in life. There are nine grades of cabins, from the Veranda Suite with a marbled bathroom to the Owner's Suite with its down duvet covers, afternoon canapés and bar stocked with your favorite drinks. Pictured is the Silver Suite, a two-bedroomed option with lots of space for families.   Love cruises? Read our know-before-you-go hacks and tips here
Slide 68 of 69: Public spaces include quiet areas such as Connoisseur’s Corner, where guests can sample premium whisky and cognac. On the highest level of the ship you'll also find Tor's Observation Library – perfect for taking in the views with a good book. While the ship might be comparatively small in size the dining options are extensive with six restaurants and cuisine inspired by global destinations. Spaccanapoli, named after a street in Naples, Italy, serves up pizza, while Kaiseki is the place to head to for teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi.  Don't miss our feature on the strangest things to ever happen on cruise ships
Slide 69 of 69: Silver Moon's inaugural journey will take you from Trieste to Rome, sampling the beaches and cities of the Adriatic Sea along the way including the old town of Dubrovnik (pictured). Departing on 6 August 2020, prices for the 11-night cruise start from $7,067 (£5,490) per suite.  Still need convincing a cruise is for you? We've busted all the common cruise myths here

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February 2019: Viking Jupiter, Viking Ocean Cruises

Initially renowned for its top-notch river cruises, Viking has expanded its fleet and currently has five ocean-going ships, with Jupiter bringing the number to six. Aimed at travelers who like to throw themselves into new cultures and experiences, Viking’s ships are quiet and refined affairs, with all 930 passengers aged 18 or over. 

February 2019: Viking Jupiter, Viking Ocean Cruises

February 2019: Viking Jupiter, Viking Ocean Cruises

February 2019: Viking Jupiter, Viking Ocean Cruises

The ship will be offering itineraries around the Mediterranean and Norway during 2019 with sailings departing from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice and Bergen. As an added bonus, this smaller ship is just the perfect size to dock at some of Norway’s more petite ports, including magnificent Flam, taking passengers directly into the heart of the fjords. Departing on 23 May 2019, a 15-day Viking Homelands cruise costs from $6,173 (£4,790) per person. 

March 2019: MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises

When MSC Cruises’s Bellissima is launched at Southampton in March 2019 she will be the largest ship ever to be christened in the UK. There are 20 bars onboard, 10 restaurants, a shopping center and space for 4,500 passengers. 

March 2019: MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises

March 2019: MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises

March 2019: MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises

Spending its first summer sailing around the Mediterranean, cruises depart from Southampton, Genoa (pictured) and Marseille. Later in the year she moves to the Middle East leaving from Dubai. Departing 4 March 2019, an eight-night voyage from Southampton, UK to Barcelona, Spain costs from $965 (£749) per person. 

March 2019: MS Amalia Rodrigues, CroisiEurope

Anyone who wants to slow down the frenetic pace of life is sure to love a European river cruise. With the added bonus of docking right in the heart of cities and ports along the river, they allow you to simply stroll off the ship, no coach transfers required. And what better introduction than on a brand new ship such as the MS Amalia Rodrigues? Set to launch in Porto on 20 March 2019, the ship joins six others in the CroisiEurope fleet and will operate itineraries on the Douro river, taking passengers through Portugal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border. 

March 2019: MS Amalia Rodrigues, CroisiEurope

March 2019: MS Amalia Rodrigues, CroisiEurope

As the Douro valley is also home to one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in Europe there will be plenty of opportunity to try local tipples. Excursions cost a little extra but options include hiking along the Douro, a visit to Vila Real and Mateus Palace and a tour of Porto by tram. Departing on 19 March 2019, a seven-night Douro River cruise costs from $1,565 (£1,214) per person. 

April 2019: Marella Explorer 2, Marella Cruises

Formerly known as Thomson Cruises, Marella has a new name and a second new ship: the Marella Explorer 2. She launches this spring and will spend her first winter season in Barbados – perfect if you’re looking to escape chillier climes. 

April 2019: Marella Explorer 2, Marella Cruises

April 2019: Marella Explorer 2, Marella Cruises

For its first voyage in 2019 the Marella Explorer 2 will be sailing around the Mediterranean. Then during the winter season the ship will relocate to Bridgetown, Barbados (pictured), making regular stops at tropical havens such as St Lucia, Aruba and the Grenadines. Departing on 23 April 2019, an eight-night Treasures of the Mediterranean sailing costs from $1,150 (£893) per person. 

April 2019: Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Sailing from Shanghai, Spectrum of the Seas will be based permanently in Asia. She’s the first in Royal Caribbean’s “Quantum Ultra Class” of ships and offers some exciting features for her 4,246 passengers.

April 2019: Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

April 2019: Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

April 2019: Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Her first voyage departs from Barcelona, Spain, taking 51 nights to reach Shanghai. Afterwards, sailings from Shanghai start from June 2019, with 27 itineraries available incorporating new stops for Royal Caribbean such as: Niigata, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines (pictured); and Vladivostok, Russia. Departing on 18 May 2019, a three-night Tour of Malaysia costs from $835 (£649) per person. 

April 2019: Avalon Envision, Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is known for its sophisticated river cruises and the Avalon Envision, launching in April 2019, is no exception. Its route will show passengers highlights across the Danube. (Pictured is sister ship the Avalon Expression).

April 2019: Avalon Envision, Avalon Waterways

April 2019: Avalon Envision, Avalon Waterways

East or westbound itineraries along the Danube are available, taking in some of central and Eastern Europe’s most spectacular cities including Prague, Budapest and Vienna (pictured). Excursions range from lunch and wine tasting in the Hungarian countryside to classical music concerts in Vienna. Departing on 21 April 2019, the 11-night Blue Danube Discovery costs from $3,470 (£2,696) per person. 

April 2019: AmaDouro, AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has long held a reputation for being the leaders when it comes to luxury and is launching three new ships in 2019. The AmaDouro will be its second ship on the Douro river, sailing across Portugal. 

April 2019: AmaDouro, AmaWaterways

April 2019: AmaDouro, AmaWaterways

The cruise will showcase the Douro River Valley (pictured), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is known for its vineyards and offers plenty of wine-tasting opportunities. Departing on 6 April 2019, a seven-night Porto to Porto cruise costs from $2,972 (£2,310) per person. 

May 2019: AmaMagna, AmaWaterways

A few weeks later, AmaWaterways will launch AmaMagna, one of the largest ships on the Danube. If you’re used to larger ocean-going ships and are nervous about trying river cruising then she could be the vessel to convert you. Carrying 196 passengers, AmaMagna offers different experiences from many river cruisers with a watersports platform, choice of restaurants and fitness facilities.

May 2019: AmaMagna, AmaWaterways

May 2019: AmaMagna, AmaWaterways

May 2019: AmaMagna, AmaWaterways

AmaMagna will be cruising along the Danube in Europe from May 2019, with many itineraries going from Budapest (pictured) to Vilshofen and also the reverse. Pick from wine cruises to romantic-themed sailings that take you through Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Departing on 5 May 2019, a seven-night Romantic Danube cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest costs from $3,699 (£2,784) per person. 

May 2019: Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises

Packed with unique wildlife, the Galápagos Islands are a nature lover’s dream. And there’s no better way to see them, moving from island to island, than on a small ship such as the 100-guest Celebrity Flora. The first of Celebrity Cruises’s new launches to appear in our list, she’s been specifically designed to operate in the Galápagos.  

May 2019: Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises

May 2019: Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises

May 2019: Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises

Inner and outer loop routes are available with stops including Baltra, Rabida, Tagus Cove, North Seymour Island and Punta Pitt, to name a few. Departing on 2 June 2019, a seven night Galápagos Inner Loop Itinerary costs from $10,575 (£8,199) per person. 

September 2019: Emerald Harmony, Emerald Waterways

September 2019: Emerald Harmony, Emerald Waterways

September 2019: Emerald Harmony, Emerald Waterways

September 2019: Emerald Harmony, Emerald Waterways

There will be three itineraries available taking in stops including Hanoi, Siem Reap and ​Ho Chi Minh City (pictured). Departing on 27 September 2019, an 18-night Treasures and Temples of Vietnam and Cambodia cruise costs from $6,041 (£4,695) per person. 

October 2019: Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

Glitzy and glamorous, Princess Cruises’s offerings are for those who like a bit of sparkle with their relaxation. Sky Princess is the fourth “Royal-class” ship in its fleet with space for 3,560 guests. Fittingly for a regally-named ship it continues the tradition of formal nights, where putting your glad rags on is a must. 

October 2019: Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

October 2019: Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

October 2019: Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

October 2019: Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

Before she arrives at her home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December 2019, Sky Princess will be touring the Mediterranean, taking in destinations including Rome, Athens and Barcelona. Then, after crossing the Atlantic, she will be sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean routes until April 2020. Departing from Athens on 20 October 2019, a six-night cruise currently costs from $1,863 (£1,448) per person.

October 2019: Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

One for travelers who really like to get off the beaten track, Aurora Expeditions specialize in polar voyages. This new expedition vessel is named after the company’s co-founder and is packed with state-of-the-art features, meaning you don’t have to scrimp on luxuries when in the world’s coldest corners. 

October 2019: Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

October 2019: Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

October 2019: Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

Despite the swanky facilities you won’t want to stay onboard long. Aurora Expeditions offers a huge range of activities such as polar skiing, where you can tour glacial slopes, see penguins and follow Shackleton’s footsteps in South Georgia. You can also try ice camping, kayaking and snowshoeing, while only the very brave take the “Polar Plunge”, stepping off the ship into the icy waters, before being quickly plucked from the sea by waiting crew. Departing on 30 October 2019, the 12 day Spirit of Antarctica cruise costs from $10,500 (£8,157) per person. 

December 2019: Carnival Panorama, Carnival Cruises

December 2019: Carnival Panorama, Carnival Cruises

December 2019: Carnival Panorama, Carnival Cruises

Carnival Panorama will be sailing the Mexican Riviera, departing from Long Beach Cruise Terminal (near Los Angeles) on seven-day itineraries. Stopping at three ports along the way you’ll see the highlights of Cabo San Lucas (pictured), Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.  Departing on 18 January 2020, a six-night cruise costs from $524 (£407) per person.

April 2020: Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’s ships are renowned around the world for their high-end and luxurious interiors and Celebrity Apex will be no exception. The second Edge-class ship in the fleet (sister ship Celebrity Edge was launched in November 2018), her 3,000 guests can chill out in one of the spa’s suspended cozy cocoons, tuck in at one of the 29 restaurants and enjoy evening entertainment in the state-of-the-art theater.

April 2020: Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Cruises

April 2020: Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Cruises

April 2020: Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Apex will be sailing a brand new Capital Cities Cruise with visits to iconic spots including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Paris. Departing on 13 April 2020, the 10-night cruise costs from $1,995 (£1,550) per person. 

Spring 2020: Ganga Vilas, Exotic Heritage Group

Spring 2020: Ganga Vilas, Exotic Heritage Group

Spring 2020: Ganga Vilas, Exotic Heritage Group

Spring 2020: Ganga Vilas, Exotic Heritage Group

May 2020: Iona, P&O Cruises

May 2020: Iona, P&O Cruises

Iona has several unique features, including 95 new conservatory-style cabins with an extra lounge area. Public spaces include the SkyDome, a glass-roofed area with natural light. During the day you grab a coffee or lounge by the pool, while by night the space is the place to let your hair down as it’s transformed into a theater-style venue featuring aerial performers and party nights. 

May 2020: Iona, P&O Cruises

May 2020: Iona, P&O Cruises

Sailing exclusively around Norway, passengers on Iona will get unbeatable views of fjords, waterfalls and countless river passages. Geirangerfjord (pictured) is one of the iconic sights planned in the ship’s route. Departing on 23 May 2020 from Southampton, a seven-night cruise costs from $1,350 (£1,049) per person. 

June 2020: Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises

June 2020: Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises

June 2020: Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises

Like the Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess also features a Sky Suite with a 700-square-foot veranda that has a 270-degree panorama and a private view of the ship’s Movies under the Stars screen. Inside, the suite itself doesn’t scrimp on luxuries, which include four flat-screen TVs, two refrigerators and complimentary 24-hour room service.  

June 2020: Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises

Enchanted Princess’s inaugural cruise will leave from Rome and sail to Southampton, taking in destinations such as Rome (pictured). Departing on 18 June 2020, prices for the 10-night cruise start from $1,788 (£1,389) per person.

August 2020: Silver Moon, Silversea

August 2020: Silver Moon, Silversea

Carrying just 596 passengers, this is a vessel for those who enjoy the finer things in life. There are nine grades of cabins, from the Veranda Suite with a marbled bathroom to the Owner’s Suite with its down duvet covers, afternoon canapés and bar stocked with your favorite drinks. Pictured is the Silver Suite, a two-bedroomed option with lots of space for families. 

August 2020: Silver Moon, Silversea

Public spaces include quiet areas such as Connoisseur’s Corner, where guests can sample premium whisky and cognac. On the highest level of the ship you’ll also find Tor’s Observation Library – perfect for taking in the views with a good book. While the ship might be comparatively small in size the dining options are extensive with six restaurants and cuisine inspired by global destinations. Spaccanapoli, named after a street in Naples, Italy, serves up pizza, while Kaiseki is the place to head to for teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi.

August 2020: Silver Moon, Silversea

Silver Moon’s inaugural journey will take you from Trieste to Rome, sampling the beaches and cities of the Adriatic Sea along the way including the old town of Dubrovnik (pictured). Departing on 6 August 2020, prices for the 11-night cruise start from $7,067 (£5,490) per suite.

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