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New Cruise Ships 2018
Carnival Horizon - (April 2018/ Passengers 4716 /Gross Tonnage 133500t / Decks 14 )
||Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship, is nothing short of enchanting! Guests can be sure of a memorable cruise worth a thousand words – with nearly as many options for fun and entertainment onboard! This 133,500 ton vessel has a capacity of 3,936 guests and 1,450 crew members. Accommodations will vary from Havana Staterooms and Suites to Family Harbor Staterooms, Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms and many other affordable options. The various dining options onboard Carnival Horizon are an endless array of mouth-watering delicacies presented in irresistible forms. Walk into Seafood Shack for rustic favorites like Crab Cake Sliders, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse for your choice of steak cuts, The Chef’s Table for an exclusive meal, and many more. Don’t forget to head over to the Sportsquare for Carnival Horizon’s most popular aerial attraction – the SkyRide. To learn all about the different amenities, dining options and onboard activities on Carnival Horizon – or to discuss her various itineraries – contact Cruise Deals Today
Symphony of the seas - (April 2018 / Passengers 5475 - 6870 / Gross Tonnage 230000 gt / Decks 17 )
||Get ready for the world’s largest and boldest ship ever. Arriving April 2018, Symphony of the Seas is gearing up to be a game-changer in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class with ripple effects in the cruise industry. Once onboard, venture into the Ultimate Abyss – world’s tallest slide at sea - for a thrill of a lifetime as you prepare to scale every height on the dual 43-foot rock-climbing walls. For a more adventurous experience, zip line nine decks in the air above Symphony of the Seas. Now how’s that for a cruise vacation?!? Accommodations range from Royal Suite Class and Family Suites to Balcony, Oceanview and Interior Staterooms. With 20 dining options ranging from quality, hand-cut steaks at Royal Caribbean's Chops Grille to Japanese grill specialties and a new teppanyaki menu at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, your gourmet, globetrotting cravings will be satisfied. – contact Cruise Deals Today to learn more about Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the world’s most anticipated ship to sail the high seas!
Norwegian Bliss - (April 2018 / Passengers 4200 - 5200 / Gross Tonnage 164600 gt / Decks 20 )
||Making her anticipated debut in summer of 2018, Norwegian Bliss, the 3rd ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class will make headlines as the youngest ship cruising the Last Frontier. With a weekly 7-day itinerary departing from Seattle and making her way up to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and other destinations in Alaska, guests will experience enormous beauty, fascinating wildlife and inspiring scenic glaciers like never before. Following the completion of her Alaska cruise season, Norwegian Bliss will head to Miami for a weekly 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. ‘The Haven’ - her most precious jewel - will provide luxurious accommodation for roughly 4,000 guests. Check back with us for more updates on this custom-built ship meant for glacier lovers and island hoppers.
Msc seaview - ( May 2018 / Passengers 4134 - 5179 / Gross Tonnage 154000 gt / Decks 17 )
||With homeports in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona, MSC Seaview has been set up to bring the best at sea with special design elements suitable for warmer weather and the wave of Mediterranean sunshine. As the second of two identical ships in the Seaside generation with a maximum capacity of 5,429 guests, you can expect more spacious balcony staterooms where the sea views are more than a figment of your imagination. Even more luxurious is the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite that redefines elegance at sea with exclusive 24-hour butler service, dedicated concierge, and modern amenities needed to make your cruise experience a memorable one. Access to this elevated stateroom requires membership in the MSC Yacht Club. Walk into an exclusive sanctuary and savor the best of this private sea world. Don’t forget the impressive 360° promenade on MSC Seaview with lively recreational areas, all-glass railings, shops, bars and alfresco dining. Immerse yourself in a richer depth of knowledge while cruising with MSC Seaview in popular Mediterranean ports of calls such as Naples, Messina and Valetta.
Nieuw Statendam - (November 2018 / Passengers 2650 - 3194 / Gross Tonnage 99500 gt / Decks 12 )
||Proudly reflecting more than 140 years of Dutch seafaring tradition, ms Nieuw Statendam is the second of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships with legendary architecture, signature service, opulent interiors and grand light-filled spaces; a staple of the nautical heritage for which the cruise line is known. Launching in December 2018, ms Nieuw Statendam will raise the bar for 21st-century cruising with elegant designs, breathtaking central atrium, subtly changing high-definition backdrop projections and brilliant hospitality. Expect dazzling entertainment featuring Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard venues and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club associated with the new “Music Walk” experience. The ms Nieuw Statendam is a sister ship to ms Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle-class ship of Holland America Line. Together, these spectacular new vessels combine classic style with carefully crafted itineraries that allow you to see the world in a whole new light.
Celebrity Edge - (December 2018 / Passengers 2918 - 3373 / Gross Tonnage 129500 gt / Decks 14 )
||Celebrity Cruises’ latest revolutionary new ship, Celebrity Edge, has us on the edge of our seats. This breakthrough in modern luxury travel features extraordinary amenities, breathtaking views, mini-escapes, mouthwatering delicacies and stylish, top-of-the-line cruise accommodations. This ship is so unique, we consider it a destination in itself! As the first of four vessels from Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class of cruise ships, Celebrity Edge can boast of a world-first Magic Carpet, Destination Gateway, Rooftop Garden and seamless cabins with open air access. The 2,900 passenger vessel is positioned to provide modern luxurious travel like you’ve never experienced.
One of the most important choices to make before you book a cruise is whether to sale on a big or small ship. get it right and you will have a fabulous holiday, make the wrong decision and you will spend the cruise looking wistfully at any small ships you spot, wishing you cpuld enjoy the same peace and quiet as their passengers. Or vica versa of course. You could find youself on a small ship looking longingly at all the fun things there are to do on the big vessals.
And that, in a nutshell explains the difference between the big and small ships. The former are lively, active and packed with people, they have pool games, action packed kids and teen clubs and music wherever you go. The latter makes a truly relaxing holiday, a small ship gives you room to breathe, to socialise, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.Which you choose depends mainly on personal preference.
Cruise ships come in all sizes from Hebridean Island cruises diminitive 49 passenger Hebridean Princess to Royal Caribbean International's behemoth Oasis of the Seas which holds more than 6,000 people when full and has a water park, rock climbing walls, Surf parks, multiple dining options and more.
In between these extremes there is huge choice. If you want big there is Norwegian Cruise Line's new Norwegian Epic which holds almost 5,000 people, Carnival cruise line's fun ships, Crown, Emerald and Ruby Princess from the Princess cruise stable, and Royal Caribbean's Freedom and Voyager class vessals which hold around 4.000 when full.
Costa cruises new generation big ships have a lively italian style with 4d cinemas, discos and formula 1 simulators.Likewisw Msc cruises newest ships. If you prefer a british style P & O cruises Ventura has a rock school for teens, bungy trampolines and noddy for the toddlers.
Coming down in size, there's as much choice, from british style Fred Olsen and Saga, to the discovery brands Spirit of Adventure and Swan Hellenic, both with 350 passenger ships. There are Premium lines Oceania and Azamara Club cruises with ships that hold just under 700 passengers and exclusive super luxury brands Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises and yachts of Seabourn, which has 3 212 passenger sisters and 2 'big' ships that hold 450.All are aimed at passengers who want a peaceful cruise with time to relax, enjoy a lecture or two and not feel pressured by the constant entertainment.
For something very differant, there's Windstar Cruises and Star Clippers, each of which has a fleet of 3 sailing ships that hold between 148 and 312 passengers and on which the sails are hoisted when the wind is in the right direction. Definitely one for couples in search of romance away from crowds.
Pros and Cons
So why would you choose a big ship ? All the activities and places to eat - 24 alone on Oasis of the Seas - are the main attraction, especially if you are cruising with kids. They can be off having fun, leaving mom and dad to have a holiday as well. There's also the entertainment. Choose Norwegian Epic and you can see the blue man group one night and the cirque dinner and dreams - an acrobatic cum pantomime show - another. Oasis of the Seas has hairspray in the theatre and spectacular diving at the aquatheatre.Carnival Dream has a night time laser show Celebrity Eclipse has stunning aerial acrobatics. From a practical point of view, anuone worried about motion sickness is also better off on a big ship as they are more stable than smaller ones. A mid ship cabin low down is the best bet.
The Small Ships have none of the lively activities and the entertainment tends to be unexciting, but they have plenty of appeal - the relaxed atmosphere, the friendliness that comes with having a few hundred people on board, the fact that you don't have to walk miles from your cabin to the dining room. Then there is the lavish life style that comes as standard on the ultra luxury ships, where there is almost one member of the crew for every passenger and personal service is everything. These top end cruise lines throw drinks and gratuities into the cruise price ( Crystal is an exception , but they give away so much cruise credit that you will rarely have to put your hand in your pocket) which only adds to the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.
Small vessals can also slip into off the beaten track, away from the busy ports that get overrun with cruise passengers in high season. The caribbean is a prime example,where there are only around 5 or 6 ports available to large mega ships. Folks on small ships can also feel very smug about queues - or the lack of them - which unfortunately are a fact of life on large ships.