As a nation it seems our love of cruising is matched only by the endless variety of out-there experiences. How do you fancy an immersive underwater odyssey as part of your next cruise? Or perhaps you enjoy cruising so much that you’d like to buy into a residential community at sea?
The appeal of cruising shows no signs of abating, with cruise passenger numbers from the UK and Ireland hitting two million for the first time in 2018. It seems more of us are keen to give cruising a try too, with the number of shorter “taster” cruises of between 1-3 days on the rise.
Travel reviews site TripAdvisor has launched a dedicated cruise section for consumers to share ship reviews, testament to the never-ending popularity of the cruise market.
Not only do the residents on board The World – the largest private residential ship on the planet – own their own homes at sea, but collectively they own the ship. As a consequence, they have a say in the vessel’s yearly itineraries.
And whilst 2018 saw the unveiling of the world’s largest cruise ship (Symphony of the Seas) there are plenty of new features to get excited about on board this year’s latest arrivals…
Scenic Eclipse, dubbed the world’s first discovery yacht, is set to launch in August 2019 offering daily dives on board Scenic Neptune, its custom-built six-seater submarine. The vessel can reach depths of up to 300m with seating for up to six guests and a pilot.
MSC Cruises’ MSC Bellissima boasts a promenade with a constantly changing 80-meter LED ceiling and two new, exclusive ‘Cirque du Soleil at Sea’ shows. Plus MSC’s answer to Alexa, ‘Zoe’, to answer guests’ most commonly asked questions. There’s a Grand Canyon themed aquapark, magic school for children and Formula 1 simulator too.
MSC Grandiosa, their largest ship to date, will include a fine art museum when it launches in October 2019.
The newest addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, is set to redefine the Chinese cruise market from its home port of Shanghai. The ship includes the cruise line’s first Star Moment karaoke venue and ‘virtual balconies’, floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the vessel.
With a maiden voyage in July 2019, Saga Cruises is set to cater specifically for the British market on its more modest Spirit of Discovery. Maintaining the Saga small ship cruise experience, the new-build will have just 540 cabins, 100 of which have been specifically designed for solo travellers. But there’s nothing standard about this ship, with each cabin having its own private balcony.
Travellers wanting something really unusual will have to wait until October 2020 and the launch of Odyssey of the Seas. The 168,000 tonne Royal Caribbean vessel will feature onboard bumper cars, skydiving simulator and the ‘North Star’, an extendable pod that will enable guests to rise up over the ship for 360-degree views.
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