Thinking about a cruise this year? Here are some really cool ships fresh off the dock!
Carnival Vista: Carnival’s latest ship Vista will be the line’s first since 2012’s Carnival Breeze. Vista is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It features Carnival’s 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship, which will be the line’s 25th “Fun Ship.” This is the first ship in the Vista Class, which will include a second unnamed ship set to debut in spring 2018.
Ovation of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum Class vessel will sail in 2016. Like its sister ships -Quantum and Anthem, this third ship will feature new-to-the-seas activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature “virtual balconies” — essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship.
Harmony of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis Class vessel will be built and ready to sail by April 2016. A fourth-in-class ship, still unnamed, will launch mid-2018. When these ships are complete, they will be the largest passenger ships afloat.