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New Cruise Ships On Order

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While it's true that some cruise lines, such as those under Carnival Corporation & plc, have slowed down the production of new ships as an ongoing COVID rebound strategy, other lines are doing the opposite. 

Between 2024 and 2028, over 25 new ships as expected to enter service across the globe. From the Disney Adventure for the Asian market to three Icon Class ships for Royal Caribbean by 2026, there's a lot to look forward to in the cruise industry! 

Here's a list of cruise ships making their debut this year and beyond. 

Note that these dates are subject to change as a result of construction delays; we've seen numerous inaugural sailings get pushed back, including the Disney Wish in 2022. 

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International (January 2024)

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The next ship setting sail in January 2024 is Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, the very first of its class. In fact, Royal Caribbean has not released a new class of ships since the Quantum Class in 2014. 

Kept under lock and key for years, Royal Caribbean finally unveiled the details of Project Icon in late 2022; she's nothing like anything they've ever built before!

Icon will rightfully steal the title of largest cruise ship in the world, but until her debut, Wonder of the Seas will continue to hold it.

There are all sorts of new features and changes to look forward to, such as a waterpark with the largest waterslides at sea, revamped pool decks, additional dining and drink venues, new stateroom categories, and a whole lot more. 

When completed, Icon of the Seas will be 1,198 feet long, measure 250,800 gross registered tons, and carry 7,600 passengers at maximum capacity. 

Sun Princess, Princess Cruises (February 2024)

Sun Princess Concept Art

Sun Princess will be the third ship to be honored with the same name. The first sailed under Princess Cruises from 1974 to 1988 and the second from 1995 to 2020. 

When launched, Sun Princess will be the cruise line's largest ship, as well as the first ship in the Sphere Class, and feature an epic sphere atrium, the first-ever geodesic dome inspired by the terraces of Santorini, 29 bars and restaurants, and 1,500 balcony cabins.  

Additionally, Sun Princess will be the line's first liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship and measure 175,500 gross registered tons with the ability to carry 4,300 guests at double capacity. 

The maiden voyage is currently planned for February 8, 2024 out of Barcelona, Spain. This 10-night cruise will visit popular European cities like Mallorca (Palma), Spain; Athens, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Naples, Italy before concluding in Rome. 

Queen Anne, Cunard Line (May 2024)

Cunard Queen Anne Concept Art

Queen Anne was initially scheduled to join Cunard's fleet in 2022; however, her launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Technically, Queen Anne will be the 249th ship in Cunard's history, and she'll be the first Cunard ship to grace the seas since Queen Elizabeth in 2010!

Once completed, Queen Anne will measure 1,058 feet long, 113,000 gross registered tons, and have the ability to host 2,996 guests.

Onboard, passengers can expect to find luxurious and unique venues and events, including the Pavilion Wellness Studio, which will be located on the top deck of the ship, and gala evenings. 

On May 3, 2024, she'll embark on her first-ever sailing to Lisbon and La Coruña from Southampton, England.

Silver Ray, SilverSea Cruises (June 2024)

Silver Ray Rendering

Silver Ray will be the second Nova-class ship released by SilverSea Cruises. Onboard, you'll find a new selection of spacious suites, many of which guarantee 270° views of the ocean from the sky to the sea. There will also be eight restaurants to dine at, as well as numerous bars and lounges. 

As a luxury ship, she'll be much smaller than the new mega-ships launching in 2024, including Icon and Utopia of the Seas. Measuring only 54,700 gross registered tons, her guest capacity is much smaller, too, with the ability to transport only 728 passengers. 

Her inaugural sailing is slated for June 15, 2024 out of Southampton, England.  

Utopia of the Seas (July 2024)


Royal Caribbean is set to launch the sixth Oasis Class ship, Utopia of the Seas. She will be the first in the class powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

While she'll have all the basic characteristics of an Oasis Class ship, she'll be different from all other vessels. Onboard, you'll find unique venues, such as an immersive train car dining experience and Pesky Parrot Bar that will replace the Bionic Bar. 

Additionally, she'll be the first brand-new vessel specifically designed for short voyages. Utopia of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida on 3- and 4-night cruises to The Bahamas, including their private island: Perfect Day at CocoCay

The gross tonnage is expected to be around 236,860, with the ship's length near 1,188 feet long. At double occupancy, Utopia will be able to hold close to 5,630 passengers. 

Upon completion, Utopia will be the fifteenth vessel delivered to Royal Caribbean by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and the 29th ship in their fleet.

The maiden voyage is slated to depart on July 22, 2024

Explora II, Explora Journeys (August 2024)

Explora Journeys

(Pictured is concept art for Explora Journeys)

The second ship in Explora Journeys' fleet is set to make her introduction in August 2024. Explora I and Explora II will be nearly identical. 

The ship will measure 64,000 gross tons and host 922 passengers per sailing. 

On September 6, 2023, Explora II completed her float out when she touched water for the first time. 

The maiden voyage will begin on August 11, 2024, when Explora II departs from Barcelona en route to Rome on an 8-night cruise. 

Viking Vela, Viking (December 2024)


(Pictured is concept art for Viking)

Viking Vela will hold only 998 guests and measure less than 800 feet long. As a small ship, she'll be able to take passengers on cruises to more unique destinations, such as Narvik, Norway; Montpellier (Sète), France; and Vigo, Spain. 

Her maiden voyage is slated for December 2024. 

Disney Treasure (December 2024)

DCL treasure

(Pictured is Disney Wish, the first Triton-class ship)

Disney Treasure will be the second ship in the line's Wish/Triton Class and is planned to be "adventure-themed." 

The inspiration for the three-story hails from Asia and Africa and will be home to Jasmine and Aladdin statues. Unlike the bright and inviting Grand Hall onboard the Disney Wish, the Grand Hall will be outfitted with shades of dark blue and gold trimmings.

Disney Treasure will embark on her maiden voyage on December 21, 2024 and sail to the Eastern Caribbean.

Mein Schiff 7, TUI Cruises (2024)


(Pictured is Mein Schiff 6, which was launched in 2017). 

In November 2022, TUI Cruises released new details regarding their upcoming ship, Mein Schiff 7. 

The company acknowledges the recent demand for solo cabins, so the ship will be outfitted with twelve interior and fourteen ocean view solo staterooms. 

Mein Schiff 7 will also feature 12 restaurants and 17 bars. There will be some new restaurants, such as a café on deck 5 and a sushi eatery. She can accommodate 2,894 passengers in 1,461 cabins. There will also of a crew of roughly 1,0000. 

Her float-out ceremony took place on December 1, 2023. 

MSC World America, MSC Cruises (April 2025)

MSC World Europa

(Pictured is MSC World Europa, the first World-class ship by MSC Cruises)

MSC World America will be the second in MSC Cruises' World Class family, following the launch of MSC World Europa. 

She will be 215,863 gross tons and 1,060 feet long with a maximum capacity of 6,762 guests. There will be some differences compared to MSC World Europa, as MSC World America is being built with a North American market in mind, versus European. 

When released, she will sail round trip itineraries from Florida to the Caribbean. 

Read more: MSC Cruises opens bookings for new cruise ship to launch in 2025

Norwegian Aqua, Norwegian Cruise Line (April 2025)

Norwegian Aqua Concept Art

The third ship in Norwegian's Prima Class, Norwegian Aqua, will set sail in April 2025. 

At 1,056 feet long and 156,300 gross registered tons, she will be about 10% larger than Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, which both come in around 965 feet long and 142,500 gross registered tons. 

Plus, she'll be the first ship in the fleet to feature a hybrid rollercoaster. This, however, means that there won't be a racetrack onboard. 

Read more: Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship to feature a hybrid rollercoaster

Star Princess, Princess Cruises (August 2025)


(Pictured is a rendering of Star Princess released by Princess Cruises)

Star Princess will be the second Sphere Class ship launched by Princess Cruises. She's set to have similar measurements to Sun Princess, coming in at 175,500 gross registered tons and a guest capacity of 4,300. 

Additionally, she'll be the third ship in Princess' fleet to bear the name "Star Princess." 

Her inaugural season in 2025 will be in Europe. 

Allura, Oceania Cruises (June 2025)

Oceania Marina

(Pictured is Marina, an Oceania vessel part of the Oceania Class)

On Oceania's website, the first scheduled cruise for Allura, the second Allura Class ship following Vista, is on June 8, 2025.

Onboard Allura, you'll find all-verandah cabins and suites that radiate elegance throughout. Plus, like Vista, Allura will have Concierge Level Verandah Staterooms for solo travelers. 

Star of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International (August 2025)

star of the seas concept

Star of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's second Icon Class vessel, will sail from Port Canaveral when she launches in 2025. 

At the time of writing, Royal Caribbean had yet to release details about what brand-new features will be found onboard. 

The ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

Celebrity Xcel, Celebrity Cruises (November 2025)

Celebrity Beyond

(Pictured is Celebrity Beyond, the third ship in the cruise line's Edge Class)

Celebrity Xcel will be the fifth ship in Celebrity's award-winning Edge Class. 

She'll be similar to her sister ships — Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Beyond, and Celebrity Ascent — but will also feature brand-new experiences. 

Celebrity Xcel will be based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for her inaugural season beginning in November 2025. 

Unnamed third Wish/Triton Class cruise ship, Disney Cruise Line (2025)


(Pictured is Disney Wish, the first Wish/Triton Class ship)

Little information has been revealed about this ship other than the class of ship and its expected completion year. She, too, is supposed to be able to accommodate around 4,000 passengers and have a gross registered tonnage of 144,000. 

Unnamed Viking cruise ship, Viking (2025)

Viking Sea

(Pictured is Viking Sea)

Little information has been revealed about this ship other than its expected completion date. 

Disney Adventure, Disney Cruise Line (2025)


(Pictured is the Disney Fantasy)

In November 2022, Disney Cruise Line acquired the cruise ship formerly known as Global Dream. 

According to a press release, "The ship's previous owner filed for bankruptcy before completing the vessel, enabling Disney Cruise Line to secure it at a favorable price and within the capital expenditure guidance The Walt Disney Company provided on its recent earnings call."

At 208,000 gross tons with a passenger capacity of 6,000, it will be the largest Disney cruise ship.

Disney Adventure will sail from Singapore. 

Unnamed third Icon Class cruise ship, Royal Caribbean (2026)

Thrill Island

(Pictured is the rendering concept art for "Thrill Island" onboard Icon of the Seas)

Little information has been revealed about this ship other than the class and expected completion year.

Unnamed third and fourth World Class cruise ships, MSC Cruises (2025 and 2027)

MSC World Europa

In early 2020, MSC Cruises signed a contract with Chantiers de l'Atlantique for two more World-class vessels that are to be completed in 2025 and 2027, respectively. 

Little information has been revealed about any ship-specific details or maiden season sailings.

Unnamed fourth, fifth, and sixth Prima Class cruise ships, Norwegian Cruise Line (2026, 2027, and 2028)


(Pictured is Norwegian Prima, the first Prima-class ship in Norwegian's fleet)

Little information has been revealed about these ships other than their class and expected completion year. They will technically be part of Norwegian's Prima Plus Class. The latter two will be larger than Norwegian Aqua and the unnamed fourth ship, as their expected gross registered tonnage is supposed to be around 169,000. 

Explora III, Explora IV, & Explora V, Explora Journeys (2027, 2027, & 2028)

MSC Explora 1

(Pictured is a rendering photo of Explora I, which is set to launch in July 2023)

As a new cruise line, Explora Journeys' is quickly trying to expand its fleet, releasing a total of five ships between 2023 and 2028. 

Other than the ship names, no information has been revealed about ship-specific details or future voyages. 

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