The past few years have been particularly exciting for fans of cruise ships, as some of the biggest and classiest cruise ships in the world have begun to roll through their itineraries. But, the world of cruise ships is fast evolving, and those cruise ships that currently seem new will quickly be displaced by some of the crazy amazing ships that are currently finding their ways out of dry docks around the world.
In the coming year, some of the biggest cruise ships to sail the seas will make their maiden voyages. In addition to this, one cruise line that’s world-renowned for river cruises will make its first foray into ocean going cruises. In the years that follow this one, even more ships are set to embark on brand new adventures. One of the most interesting and controversial that’s still a few years out comes in at #9 on our list, and there’s currently doubt as to whether that ship will even ever see the light of day.
So come check out some of the most exciting cruise ships that are currently being built. You’re sure to find one from your favorite cruise line, and just maybe you’ll decide to book your passage on its maiden voyage!
1. Anthem of the Seas
Construction on this behemoth is almost complete, and it is set to launch in just a few short months.
One of the main entertainment on Anthem of the Seas is sure to be the bumper cars, which will be a first for cruise ships.
Passengers can also take a ride on the North Star, which will extend out over the water offering breathtaking views.
2. Viking Star
Viking has stuck to the rivers of the world. That is, of course, until this spring when it launches the Viking Star, its first sea-going cruise ship.
Even though it will be sailing the high seas, passengers will find many of the things they’ve come to love about Viking’s river cruise boats.
One of the central features of this new cruise ship will be a promenade that extends all around the ship.
3. Le Lyrial
This ship will be the latest addition to Ponant Yacht Crusies & Expeditions luxurious line.
Le Lyrial is set to join its sister ships, like the Le Soleal, out on the open ocean in April of 2015.
Passengers who cruise on this boat will learn what it’s like to have the yacht-going experiences of the rich and famous.
4. Norwegian Escape
This is yet another behemoth that’s set to take to the seas. Currently, it’s scheduled to launch in October of 2015.
The Norwegian Escape will be able to carry 4,200 passengers, and will be familiar to fans of the Breakaway and the Getaway.
Onboard, The Waterfront will be a frequent destination for passengers, as it offers a place to eat and drink outdoors.
The AIDAPrima is being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, and is set to launch in October of 2015.
Once finished, the ship will be capable of carrying 3,300 passengers on the high seas.
There will be many fun features onboard, including AIDA Racer, which includes two exciting water slides.
6. Viking Sky
With the Viking Star safely underway, the Viking Sky will follow in March of 2016, and will look quite similar.
The Aquavit Terrace will be one of the most popular gathering places on board the cruise ship.
Of course, those looking for a more relaxed environment may prefer to check out the sun-drenched Explorer’s Lounge.
7. Ovation of the Seas
During the Spring of 2016, Quantum of the Seas will join Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas out on the water.
Rooms without balconies onboard Ovation of the Seas will feature simulated balconies that make use of LED screens.
Like Quantum of the Seas, the ship will also feature an exciting entertainment space called Two70.
8. Carnival Vista
It’s been awhile since Carnival has launched a new ship, and fans of the line will have to wait until Spring of 2016 for Vista.
Once launched, the Vista will be capable of carrying up to 4,000 passengers as it traverses the world’s waters.
Many are excited to see what kinds of high-tech upgrades Carnival has in store for its new ship.
9. Titanic II
An Australian billionaire who’s named Clive Palmer is building this replica of the original Titanic.
It’s won’t be an honest replica when it’s finished. Unlike the original, this one will run on diesel rather than coal.
Originally, it was scheduled to launch in 2016, but financial issues have delayed progress on the project, and it’s now not expected to be completed until 2018.
10. Norwegian Bliss
The Norwegian Bliss is set to join its sister ship, the Norwegian Escape, sometime in the Spring of 2017.
Both of the ships will comprise Norwegian’s Breakaway-Plus line of cruise ships.
Since little is currently known about the design for the Norwegian Bliss, fans of the cruise line will have to make assumptions about it based upon the Escape, which is launching earlier.