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Ships for 2016
Horizon for New Cruise Ships Sailing Around the World
It's 2016 and
the beginning of "Wave Season"—the
time of year when winter doldrums set in and it's time to think of
warm sea breezes and booking a cruise.
2016 will see the
introduction of ships that are first in their "classes" as well as
some that follow a familiar profile. Cruise Diva is happy to
Class of 2016.
New Ship Launches:
April 2016 Holland America will launch its first new ship since
2010. Koningsdam is the first ship in the line's all new
Pinnacle Class and, while the 2,650 passenger vessel will be
traditional Holland America in design, it will include some new
features for the line, including ocean-view cabins for single
travelers and families.
Ovation of the Seas—The
third ship in Royal Caribbean's high tech Quantum Class is
designed for the expanding Asian market and will call Tianjin,
China its home after its April 2016 debut; however, the 4,180
passenger ship will offer four Australia and New Zealand
itineraries in December 2016 through January 2017.
Viking Sea—The second
oceangoing cruise ship from Viking Ocean Cruises offers its
930 passengers a boutique ship experience with a
distinctly Scandinavian vibe, along with traditional cruise ship features such as multiple
dining venues and two swimming pools.
Carnival Vista—In May 2016,
Carnival introduces the 3,954 passenger ship with a number of
cruise industry's first IMAX theater and the
first cruise ship brewery. It will also have the line's longest
water tube slide,
which measures more than 450 feet long, and SkyRide, a
suspended ride along an open-air track atop the ship.
Harmony of the Seas—in
June 2016, Royal Caribbean launches the world's largest cruise
ship. At 227,000 tons, it will accommodate 5,497 passengers in
double occupancy and 6,410 when booked to maximum capacity. An
Oasis Class vessel, Harmony incorporates the"neighborhood"
concept of themed areas as well as a new water slide area with
three slides dubbed "The Perfect Storm" and a 10-story spiral
slide called "The Abyss."
Regent Seven Seas Explorer—Set
to sail in July 2016, Regent Seven Seas' newest and largest ship
will carry 738 passengers, all
accommodated in a suite, which will feature
top-of-the-line amenities, such as marble and stone details,
designer toiletries, and private balconies. The
ship will feature six restaurants and a Culinary Arts Kitchen, a
first for the line.
Seabourn Encore—To end the year,
the 604 passenger Seabourn Encore will set sail in December 2016—the
largest vessel in the fleet of all-suite luxury ships. In
traditional Seabourn style, passengers will find a marina deck
stocked with water toys for fun and a spa for relaxation. For enrichment,
an extensive program of experts, such as explorers, chefs, and
performers in fields such as arts, sciences, politics, and the
humanities is planned.
We'd like to share the
insider details. Alas, the cruise industry is generally secretive when it
comes to revealing all the new features they plan on adding to wow passengers.
Instead of star-gazing for answers or predictions of what's to come,
we'll continue to report the latest in
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