15 New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2023

Construction is well underway for ships on the 2023 order book, and there are some exciting new vessels coming our way next year. They include the first ship from MSC Group’s luxury cruise line Explora Journeys, Royal Caribbean’s first Icon-class vessel, Carnival Cruise Line’s third Excel-class ship, and Celebrity’s fourth Edge-class vessel.

Let’s get right into the details on 15 new cruise ships scheduled to debut in 2023.

New Cruise Ships Coming in 2023

1. Brilliant Lady

Scheduled Debut Date: December 2023
Line/Class: Virgin Voyages / Lady Ships
Size: 110,000 gross tons / 2,700 passengers
Itineraries: Caribbean

Highlights:

  • Pink Agave Mexican restaurant
  • Gunbae Korean barbecue restaurant
  • The Loose Cannon nautical-themed bar
  • The Manor nightclub
  • Squid Ink tattoo studio
  • The Athletic Club outdoor playground
  • Spa thermal suite with a mud room, salt room, sauna, and hot and cold plunge pools
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(Image via Virgin Voyages)

2. Carnival Jubilee

Scheduled Debut Date: October 2023
Line/Class: Carnival Cruise Line / Excel Class
Size: 182,800 gross tons / 5,374 passengers
Itineraries: Caribbean

Highlights:

  • BOLT roller coaster
  • RedFrog Tiki Bar
  • Rudi’s Seagrill
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • Family Feud Live
  • Adults-only Serenity Retreat sundeck
  • Big Chicken
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse
  • Cloud 9 Spa
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Carnival Jubilee (Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

3. Celebrity Ascent

Scheduled Debut Date: December 2023
Line/Class: Celebrity Cruises / Edge Class
Size: 140,600 gross tons / 3,260 passengers
Itineraries: Caribbean

Highlights:

  • The Retreat ship-within-a-ship complex with two-story sundeck
  • Magic Carpet moving platform
  • Two-story Sunset Bar
  • Le Petit Chef projection mapping dining experience
  • The light-filled Eden with the Eden Restaurant, Eden Bar, and Eden Café
  • Rooftop Garden with the Rooftop Garden Grill
  • Adults-only Solarium
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Celebrity Ascent (Rendering courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

4. Emerald Sakara

Scheduled Debut Date: February 2023
Line: Emerald Cruises / Mega Yacht
Size: 5,300 gross tons / 100 passengers
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Seychelles

Highlights:

  • La Cucina Italian restaurant
  • Amici Bar & Lounge
  • Elements Spa with sauna
  • Sky Bar
  • Observation Lounge
  • Zodiacs, kayaks, and paddleboards
  • Infinity pool
  • Aqua Café
  • 88 percent cabins and suites with balconies, the other 12 percent are oceanview staterooms
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Emerald Sakara (Rendering courtesy of Emerald Cruises)

5. Explora I

Scheduled Debut Date: May 2023
Line/Class: Explora Journeys / Explora Class
Size: 63,900 gross tons / 922 passengers
Itineraries: Various

Highlights:

  • All-suite, all-balcony accommodations
  • Four pools, including one with a retractable roof
  • Sakura Pan-Asian restaurant
  • Malt Whiskey Bar
  • Gelateria & Creperie at The Conservatory
  • Med Yacht Club Mediterranean restaurant
  • Crema Café
  • Marble & Co. Grill steakhouse
  • Indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area
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Explora I pool area (Rendering courtesy of Explora Journeys)

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6. Icon of the Seas

Scheduled Debut Date: Fall 2023
Line/Class: Royal Caribbean / Icon Class
Size: 200,000 gross tons / 5,600 passengers
Itineraries: TBA

Highlights:

  • Royal Caribbean’s first liquefied natural gas-powered ship
  • A mysterious sphere on the top deck that the line’s president Michael Bayley calls “the pearl”
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(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

7. MSC Euribia

Scheduled Debut Date: June 2023
Line/Class: MSC Cruises / Meraviglia Plus Class
Size: 183,500 gross tons / 6,327 passengers
Itineraries: Northern Europe and Mediterranean

Highlights:

  • A colorful hull design by artist Alex Flämig
  • Five pools, including the one at Coral Reef Aquapark — one of the largest water parks at sea
  • Kaito Teppanyaki
  • Jean-Philippe Chocolat & Café
  • Aurea Spa with thermal suite
  • French and Vietnamese dining venue Indochine Restaurant
  • HOLA! Tacos and Cantina
  • Masters of the Seas British pub
  • MSC Yacht Club exclusive ship-within-a-ship complex
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(Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises)

8. Norwegian Viva

Scheduled Debut Date: August 2023
Line/Class: Norwegian Cruise Line / Prima Class
Size: 142,500 gross tons / 3,219 passengers
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Caribbean

Highlights:

  • Onda by Scarpetta Italian restaurant
  • Three-story Viva Speedway go-kart racetrack
  • 24-hour The Local Bar & Grill
  • Galaxy Pavilion with virtual reality games
  • Indulge Food Hall with outdoor lounge and “fire” pits
  • Infinity Beach sundeck with infinity pool
  • 10-story tall The Drop and The Rush slides
  • A water park
  • Vibe Beach Club with infinity hot tubs
  • The Haven ship-within-a-ship complex
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(Photo via Fincantieri)

9. Resilient Lady

Scheduled Debut Date: May 2023
Line/Class: Virgin Voyages / Lady Ship
Size: 110,000 gross tons / 2,770 passengers
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Australia/New Zealand

Highlights:

  • The Loose Cannon nautical-themed bar
  • Pink Agave Mexican restaurant
  • The Manor nightclub
  • Squid Ink tattoo studio
  • Gunbae Korean barbecue restaurant
  • The Athletic Club outdoor playground
  • Spa thermal suite with a mud room, salt room, sauna, and hot and cold plunge pools
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Resilient Lady (Rendering courtesy of Virgin Voyages)

10. Seabourn Pursuit

Scheduled Debut Date: April 2023
Line/Class: Seabourn / PC6 Polar Class
Size: 23,000 gross tons / 264 passengers
Itineraries: Various

Highlights:

  • Two custom-built submarines
  • A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Landing Zone mudroom
  • All-suite, all-balcony accommodations
  • Constellation Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Colonnade buffet
  • Infinity pool and two hot tubs
  • Bow Lounge
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(Rendering courtesy of Seabourn)

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11. Seven Seas Grandeur

Scheduled Debut Date: November 2023
Line/Class: Regent Seven Seas Cruises / Explorer Class
Size: 55,500 gross tons / 750 passengers
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Panama Canal

Highlights:

  • Pacific Rim Pan-Asian restaurant
  • Prime 7 steakhouse
  • Infinity-edge plunge pool
  • Chartreuse French restaurant
  • A golf net
  • Coffee Connection café
  • Sette Mari at La Veranda Italian restaurant
  • Serene Spa
  • Mini golf
  • Culinary Arts Kitchen cooking classes
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(Rendering courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

12. Silver Nova

Scheduled Debut Date: July 2023
Line/Class: Silversea Cruises / Nova Class
Size: 54,700 gross tons / 728 passengers
Itineraries: Various

Highlights:

  • La Dame French restaurant
  • The Cliff infinity-edge whirlpool
  • Kaiseki Asian restaurant
  • Arts Café
  • S.A.L.T. Kitchen restaurant with destination-inspired menus
  • The largest pool in the Silversea fleet
  • The open-air Marquee space, which includes both The Grill with its ‘hot rocks’ concept and Spaccanapoli, the ship’s pizza venue
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The Marquee on Silver Nova (Rendering courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

13. Viking Saturn

Scheduled Debut Date: April 2023
Line: Viking
Size: 47,800 gross tons / 930 passengers
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Northern Europe

Highlights:

  • Aquavit Terrace with infinity pool
  • Manfredi’s Italian restaurant
  • The Nordic Spa with thermal suite
  • Torshavn Lounge
  • Light-filled Wintergarden
  • Main pool and hot tub with retractable roof
  • Two-story Explorer’s Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • The Kitchen Table cooking school
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(Photo courtesy of Viking)

14. Vista

Scheduled Debut Date: April 2023
Line/Class: Oceania Cruises / Allura Class
Size: 67,000 gross tons / 1,200 passengers
Itineraries: Various

Highlights:

  • All-balcony staterooms and suites
  • Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center
  • Toscana Italian restaurant
  • The Culinary Center cooking classes
  • Artist Loft workshops
  • Ember American restaurant
  • Baristas café
  • Mini golf
  • Red Ginger Pan-Asian restaurant
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The Pool Deck on Vista (Rendering courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

15. World Seeker

Scheduled Debut Date: May 2023
Line/Class: Atlas Ocean Voyages / Explorer Class
Size: 9,300 gross tons / 200 passengers
Itineraries: TBA

Highlights:

  • All-suite cabins with 90 percent featuring step-out balconies and 10 percent featuring French balconies
  • Glass-domed observation lounge
  • Polar Library open 24 hours a day
  • Spa treatments and a sauna
  • Heated saltwater plunge pool
  • Kayaks, paddle boards, and Zodiacs
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Sister-ship World Navigator (Photo courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages)

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