Cruise holidays are a great way to experience the old world charm of seafaring with all of the comforts of an ultra-modern luxury hotel. With so many to cruise ships choose from, we've rounded up the brand new ones that are making waves in the industry to help you pick which is best for you.
Boasting stunning artwork and dozens of staircases lashed in Swarovski crystals, it's easy to see how this luxurious MSC Cruises ship got its Italian name.
Outside, you'll find an atmospheric pool and a desert-themed water park, and inside you'll see a two-tiered indoor promenade adorned with an extraordinary 80-meter-long LED and lined with places to shop, eat and drink.
Bellissima comes equipped with a voice-activated speaking assistant called Zoe that can speak seven languages and answer over 800 of the most popular questions. The hi-tech features continue into the on-board entertainment; sit back and watch the highly skilled dancers, acrobats and characters up in lights in immersive Cirque du Soleil-at sea shows designed especially for MSC Bellissima.
The first in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum of the Seas is all about thrills. It features all sorts of new features, including ultimate family suites with slides and a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall for the kids to enjoy, an extraordinary VR trampoline experience, a skydiving simulator and a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet in the air to give beautiful panoramic views.
If that doesn't convince you, how does the fact that we love this ship so much we've nominated it for an award make you feel? Vote in our Travolution Consumer Awards now.
A symbol of beauty, style and Italian hospitality, Costa Smeralda is named after Sardinia's popular tourist coast. With Milan inspired cabin designs and each deck represented by a well-known destination, your journey on the ship will feel like a holiday in itself.
Not only is the ship beautiful, but it can also be applauded for its low environmental impact for being powered by LNG, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
Specifically for tours of the Galapagos, the luxurious Celebrity Flora is a mix between a cruise ship, private yacht and scientific research vessel. Designed with green initiatives in mind, the energy-efficient ship even has a special positioning system in place to ensure it doesn't damage the seafloor.
Setting sail in November of this year, MSC Grandiosa will feature everything you would expect from MSC, plus the first-ever at sea classic and contemporary fine art museum.
On-board, experience authentic dining options and out of this world entertainment with new panoramic areas. Thrill-seekers can have fun in the spectacular double-deck amusement park and outdoor water park, while those wanting to relax and be pampered can enjoy a treatment in the MSC Aurea SPA, a luxurious Balinese spa offering a thermal area, beauty salon and nail boutique.
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