New cruise ships in 2021: Despite pandemic, cruise giants launch new ships

www.traveller.com.au
4 min read
fairly easy
In the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.
For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser .

Cruise companies blindsided by the pandemic in 2020 had to put new ships on hold. Now, in the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.

MSC VIRTUOSA

The latest MSC Cruises ship sails from April 16 on Mediterranean and northern European cruises. By year's end – fingers crossed – it will be in the Persian Gulf, offering seven-night itineraries taking in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Doha.

Those familiar with MSC's high-tech Meraviglia-class ships will recognise Virtuosa's dome-topped promenade of restaurants, bars and boutiques, but this ship has an extra 16 metres in length, resulting in extra public space and more cabins, plus two new restaurants and an enhanced Yacht Club. It will also feature a world-first humanoid bartender called Rob that can mix cocktails and chat to guests in eight languages.

MSC will also launch similar ship MSC Seashore in August. See msccruises.com.au

MARDI GRAS

When this ship starts operations on April 24 it will easily be the largest in Carnival Cruise Line's fleet, carrying 6630 passengers. Mardi Gras will be homeported in Port Canaveral in Florida and operate week-long Caribbean cruises.

The ship is all about family fun. Six zones are themed on destinations such as Italy, France and the South Pacific, while the Ultimate Playground is dedicated to basketball, mini-golf, rope courses and five waterslides. Bolt, the first rollercoaster at sea, whizzes passengers around the ship's funnel.

Mardi Gras is notable for operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a first for a big ship in North America. Similar ship Carnival Celebration is expected in 2022. See carnival.com.au

Advertisement

ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS

Royal…
Read full article