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7 New Cruise Ships of 2017

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1. Viking Sky

photo: Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Debuting: February
  • Capacity: 930 guests
  • Itinerary: Mediterranean and Northern Europe
  • Features: All-veranda rooms, holistic LivNordo spa with snow grotto, afternoon tea service in The Wintergarden, wine tastings, included shore excursions, and the market-to-table The Kitchen Table restaurant.

2. Majestic Princess

photo: Princess Cruises

  • Debuting: April
  • Capacity: 3,560 guests
  • Itinerary: inaugural season in the Mediterranean and then to permanent home of China
  • Features: classic Italian restaurant Alfredo’s, SeaWalk glass walkway, Chinese cuisine restaurant Harmony, a water and light show called Water Color Fantasy, and the SeaView bar with “flair” bartending.

3. Norwegian Joy

Rendering: Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Debuting: June
  • Capacity: 3,850 guests
  • Itinerary: China/Eastern Asia
  • Features: a two-level racetrack, Food Republic restaurant with dishes and flavors from around the world, two multi-story waterslides, bumper cars, interior rooms with virtual balconies, a noodle bar, and a new category of staterooms called Concierge.

4. MSC Meraviglia

Rendering: MSC Cruises

  • Debuting: June
  • Capacity: 4,500 guests
  • Itinerary: Western Mediterranean
  • Features: The Carousel Lounge for Cirque du Soleil shows, an indoor promenade with an LED “sky”, a tech lab for kids, three pools, ten types of staterooms, four water slides, and twelve dining venues.

5. National Geographic Quest

Rendering: Lindblad Expeditions

  • Debuting: June
  • Capacity: 100 guests
  • Itinerary: Alaska and Central America
  • Features: fresh and local cuisine, adjoining cabin options for families, guest speakers, photography talks, a bar, LEXspa, kayaks, boats for getting closer to the nature, and gear for snorkeling.

6. Viking Sun

photo: Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Debuting: November
  • Capacity: 930
  • Itinerary: Cuba/Caribbean/World Cruise
  • Features: included shore excursions, all-veranda rooms, holistic LivNordo spa with snow grotto, the market-to-table The Kitchen Table restaurant, and free wifi.

7. MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside rendering: MSC Cruises

  • Debuting: December
  • Capacity: 5,179
  • Itinerary: Caribbean
  • Features: three glass outdoor catwalks, open-air promenade, bowling alley, 5D cinema, a zip line, an interactive water park, 20 bars, and an Asian restaurant in partnership with Chef Roy Yamaguchi.

We are so excited for all of these new ships coming this year – and especially are interested in seeing how MSC Seaside bound for Miami, and Norwegian Joy for the Chinese market will turn out.  Which new ship are you looking forward to the most?

Featured photo: MSC Cruises

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