Here is a list of the best new cruise ships coming in 2024

New cruise ships coming in 2024: 2024 will see no slowdown in the cruise industry’s continued expansion. The most recent batch of new cruise ships includes the first cruise ship from Cunard in more than ten years, as well as the highly awaited first-in-class ships for Princess and Royal Caribbean. A new Disney cruise ship will be welcomed with cheers from families.

For those who enjoy luxury, siblings to ships that arrived in 2023 will be released by Silversea and Explora Journeys. New ships from Viking and Ritz Carlton are on the way, and each has unique modifications made to the original designs from which those ships were built.

AmaWaterways is growing both the number of ships it operates and the number of destinations it offers for river cruising. On the Douro River in Portugal, Avalon is introducing a new vessel.

These are the top cruise ships that we anticipate arriving in 2024.

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New cruise ships coming in 2024

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas

With record-breaking sales, the anticipation for Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Icon of the Seas, has been growing for a while. The line’s newest class will make its debut in January 2024. The new glass-covered AquaDome on the 7,600-passenger ship is sure to be a show-stopper. With 600 glass panes, this 82-by-164-foot area will include restaurants, Royal’s first food hall, the AquaDome Market, and a trademark AquaTheater.

Though thrill-seekers are focusing on Thrill Island, a Category 6 waterpark featuring numerous slides and an underwater obstacle course, we’re more thrilled about Icon’s newest relaxed community. Four of the ship’s seven pools, including the Cove Pool with its infinite edge to the ocean and Swim & Tonic, Royal’s first swim-up bar at sea, are located on Chill Island. We’re especially excited about The Hideaway, which is the first suspended infinity pool on a cruise ship, towering 135 feet over the sea.

  • Release Date: January 27th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 250,800 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 7,600

Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess

For Princess Cruises, Sun Princess Ushers in a Whole New Class. With the launch of the 4,000-passenger Sun Princess, the first of the line’s Sphere-class ships, scheduled for February 2024, Princess Cruises is also introducing something entirely new. In an area called Park19, there are a number of new elements that families in particular should look forward to. The ship is introducing Sea Breeze, an electric ride with a top speed of 11 mph, which is the first rollglider at sea. In addition, there will be a ropes course and the two-decker Coastal Climb, an obstacle course and ladder adventure.

The Reserve Collection and the Signature Collection are two brand-new suite categories that guests who prefer the suite lifestyle should definitely check out. There are benefits specific to these new suite segments. Each Signature Collection suite features a sun deck, lounge, and restaurant of its own. The Reserve Collection suites consist of the new Cabana cabins, which have access to a private sundeck and whirlpool as well as a Reserve Collection restaurant, and the old Club Class cabins on Princess ships.

  • Release Date: February 8th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 175,500 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 5,189

Cunard’s First New Cruise Ship Queen Anne

Though they have been waiting a long time for a new ship from the Grande dame line, Cunarders appreciate tradition. When the 3,000-passenger Queen Anne is introduced in May 2024, the 12-year drought comes to an end.

How much the line is affecting the culinary scene is what makes Queen Anne so intriguing. The line and two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux have collaborated to create a new menu for the Golden Lion tavern and the Queens Grill on board the ship. Additionally, the ship will have Tramonto, a brand-new alfresco dining restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

Aji Wa, a Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and an omakase tasting menu; Aranya, a new Indian restaurant; and Sir Samuels, an upscale steakhouse, are Queen Anne’s three new specialty restaurants. The Golden Lion and Tramonto are included restaurants.

  • Release Date: May 10th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 113,000
  • Guest Capacity: 3,000

Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas

For Royal Caribbean in 2024, Icon of the Seas isn’t the only attention-grabbing project. In July, the 6,700-passenger Utopia of the Seas will debut the Ultimate Abyss slide and the line’s popular Oasis-class layout, along with the iconic Central Park and Boardwalk districts.

That being said, Utopia won’t be an exact replica of its sibling ships. A brand-new immersive dining establishment with a train-themed interior is in the works. The ship’s focus on brief three- and four-day trips from its homeport in Port Canaveral makes it particularly special because you can never see everything in a single trip.

  • Release Date: July 22nd, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 236,860 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 5,668

Carnival Firenze

With the Carnival Venezia last year, Carnival cruise line introduced its “Fun Italian Style.” Now Carnival is bringing back the Costa Firenze.

Carnival Firenze, built in 2021, has a gross tonnage of 135,000 and seats 4,000 passengers. Italian sculptures and Renaissance-style decor decorate this ship.

This cruise ship has over 13 restaurants. In addition, there’s an Aperol Spritz Bar.

There are lots of fun things to do. It has a ropes course, two waterslides, mini golf, and a sports court.

  • Release Date: April 25th, 2024

  • Gross Tonnage: 135,156 GT

  • Guest Capacity: 4,126

Virgin Voyages Brilliant Lady

This was supposed to be Virgin’s Brilliant Lady’s first cruise in December 2023. Brilliant Lady’s MerMaiden voyage was delayed because of supply chain issues, construction delays, and staffing issues.

Virgin Voyages hasn’t confirmed when their new ship will be released.

There are over 20 dining options on the Brilliant Lady, from casual snacks to Michelin-starred meals. There’s plenty to do on Virgin, like going to bar, and nightclubs, or even getting a tattoo!

It’s pretty much the same layout as the Valiant Lady and the Resilient Lady.

  • Release Date: TBD (delayed from December, 23rd 2023)
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 2,770

Disney Treasure

The 4,000-passenger Disney Treasure, a sister ship to Disney Wish, features an adventure theme that places Aladdin front and center. The ship’s new venues include the interactive Plaza de Coco restaurant, which is modeled after the “Coco” movie; Jumbeaux’s Sweet Shop, which draws its influence from “Zootopia”; and adult-only lounges that are modeled after Disney theme park attractions.

Little ones will love the AquaMouse slide, which features two laid-back cafes called after the princesses Moana and Mulan, along with a brand-new adventure story with Mickey and Minnie as the theme.

The first-ever Disney Treasure cruise is scheduled on December 21, 2024.

  • Release Date: December 21st, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 144,000 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 4,000

Silversea’s New Approach Silver Ray

The 728-passenger Silver Ray, the second ship in Silversea’s Nova class, will have an asymmetrical design similar to its sister ship, Silver Nova, with a greater emphasis on the ocean. The redesigned pool deck, which places views of the sea front and center, is the highlight of these ships. While Silver Ray is home to many of Silversea’s most popular restaurants, the most intriguing feature of this type of ship is the newly relocated S.A.L.T. Lab, where adventurous diners can treat themselves to a 14-course tasting menu.

The Otium spa and the brand-new Otium suites at the ship’s back are two further noteworthy features in this class. A hallmark of Silversea, butler service is included with every stateroom, giving you a genuine sense of indulgence. July 2024 will see Silver Ray’s debut.

  • Release Date: June 27th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 54,700 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 728

Explora II

August 2024 will see the debut of Explora Journeys’ second luxury ship, the 922-passenger Explora II, after a triumphant launch in 2023. The same magnificent amenities that have dazzled visitors thus far should be anticipated, such as an exquisite lobby bar, exquisite pools, and a variety of dining options, including an endless raw bar in the ship’s Emporium Marketplace.

Constructed by the MSC Group as a high-end venture, Explora Journeys is a sister company to MSC Cruises and seeks to extend the posh atmosphere beyond the ship. Excursions are referred to as “experiences,” and based on what we’ve observed thus far, they certainly provide things that are different from the norm. An additional pleasant touch is that Explora II welcomes families, a unique offering from a high-end cruise operator.

  • Release Date: August 19th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 63,900 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 922

Ilma from Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

When the upscale hotel chain Ritz-Carlton introduced the Evrima, its first cruise ship, in 2022, it created a stir. Ilma, the company’s newest vessel, seeks to carry out similar operations but on a larger scale. The ship, with 456 passengers, is much bigger than the Evrima, which could only accommodate 298 people.

The Ilma will continue to have a luxurious crew-to-passenger ratio. Anticipate an extended marina area, good eating options, and the same yacht vibe. Families are also welcome at the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, albeit there is a charge for the Ritz Kids program.

  • Release Date: September 19th, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 46,750
  • Guest Capacity: 448

Viking Ocean Fleet Transition with the Arrival of Viking Vela

Since Viking began launching ocean ships in 2015, the ships have consistently been the same. When Viking Vela arrives, it will break that mold because it will be somewhat bigger and able to accommodate 998 guests. The additional area will be used to house 17 more cabins (all of Viking’s ocean liner accommodations have vistas) and store more technical equipment.

Aside from size, don’t anticipate significant changes to Viking’s acclaimed recipe. There will be great restaurants and a thermal spa that are all included in the menu, as well as the Scandinavian design philosophy.

  • Release Date: December, 2024
  • Gross Tonnage: 48,900 GT
  • Guest Capacity: 998

American Cruise Lines to add two Coastal Catamarans

In 2023, American Cruise Lines added 100-passenger coastal catamarans—a new class of ship intended for cross-country travel—to its fleet. In 2024, two further small ships, American Liberty and American Legend, will make their premiere. The line eventually intends to have twelve of these distinctive vessels.

These ships’ itineraries truly make them unique; in addition to sailing on some of America’s rivers, they will stop at locations like Chesapeake Bay and islands off the coast of the country like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Florida Keys.

AmaWaterways new routes

As soon as you thought river cruising had reached its peak, AmaWaterways upends the status quo by not only creating new ships but also creating itineraries in a whole new region and river. The 60-passenger AmaMagdalena will make her debut on the Colombian Magdalena River in November 2024.

Additionally, AmaWaterways is increasing its footprint in Egypt along the Nile River. Along with AmaDahlia, the 82-passenger AmaLilia will provide itineraries that start in Cairo before to the cruise and end in Luxor when the passengers board the ship for a round-trip voyage.

Avalon Expands Its Fleet in Portugal

The 102-passenger Avalon Alegria will be the first river cruise ship from Avalon to sail the Douro River in Portugal in 2024. Avalon’s renowned Panorama Suites, with their beds facing the river, will be available on the ship.

Excursions that fit within the categories of Classic, Discovery, and Active are yet another mainstay of Avalon. Some of the tours that have been made public include a guided bike ride around Porto’s Douro quaysides, wine and food tastings, a lesson in baking traditional Portuguese pastries, and a visit to one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley, where guests can stop and enjoy some local fare. Additionally, the company is organizing an interactive painting workshop where guests may work with a professional painter to make one of the classic azulejos (blue and white tiles) that are seen all around Portugal.

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