It’s a new year, and a whole new slate of cruises and cruise ships are set to take to the world’s waterways in 2015. Many popular cruise lines are adding exciting new destinations and passages to their normal itineraries, and some are even slated to unveil brand new cruise ships with state-of-the-art amenities.
This list compiles some of the most exciting cruises and cruise ships of 2015. On this list, you won’t just find amazing transatlantic voyages. You’ll also find stunning cruises that take passengers to some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world, as well as one cruise that promises a complete circumnavigation of the globe that stops at 30 countries! What’s more is that several of the cruise lines you’ve come to know and love will see their newest and biggest ships make their maiden voyages this year. They’re on the list, too.
So come check out 36 can’t-miss cruises that are sailing 2015. If you’re looking for a cruise like no other, then be sure to check out #25. And, if you’re looking to get a first look at the largest cruise ship that will be debuting this year, then make sure you stay tuned all the way to #36!
1. Le Lyrial: Croatia to Greece
When Compagnie du Ponant’s new cruise ship, Le Lyrial, makes its debut this spring, it will begin with a stunning cruise from the shores of Croatia to Greece.
2. Paul Gauguin Cruises: Fiji
This luxury cruise line will be adding the pristine waters around Fiji to its itineraries in 2015.
3. Star Breeze: Sicilian Splendors
Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze will be embarking on 11-day tours of the Italian coastline and Sicily this year.
4. Crystal Cruises: Vietnam
Crystal Cruises is renowned for the luxury of their ships, and this year they’ll be checking out Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Disney Cruise Line: The Caribbean
It’s an obvious choice, but that’s for good reason. There’s plenty for both parents and children to enjoy as Disney’s ships sail the tropical waters of the Caribbean.
6. Cunard Line: Transatlantic Voyage
This year, the Queen Mary 2 will embark upon the exact same voyage as the SS Britannia took in July of 1840, stopping in Boston and New York City when it arrives stateside.
7. P&O Cruises: The Britannia
When this ship debuts in 2015 for cruises to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, passengers can improve their culinary skills by participating in the ship’s Cookery Club.
8. Celebrity Cruises: Cannes Film Festival
Celebrity Cruises will truly earn the its name this year when the Equinox takes its passengers to Cannes for the world-renowned film festival.
9. Alaskan Dream Cruises
Starting this year, Alaskan Dream Cruises will take passengers even further into the wilderness than ever before.
10. Norwegian Cruise Lines: Norwegian Escape
When this ship launches in 2015 for cruises of the eastern Caribbean, it will be Norwegian’s largest and most advanced ship.
11. Quantum of the Seas: Transatlantic Voyage
In May of this year, the Quantum of the Seas will make a transatlantic voyage from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, to Cartagena, Spain.
12. Azamara Club Cruises: Rio and South America
Spending a two full days in Rio, the site of the 2016 Olympics, Azamar Club Cruises’ 12-day South American itinerary is a can’t-miss voyage.
13. Wendy Wu Tours: Irrawaddy Voyager
Those with a thirst to see Myanmar, which is seeing increased traffic from luxury cruises lines, would be well advised to check out this cruise.
14. Crystal Cruises: Northwest Passage
If you’re ready for a long cruise, then perhaps you should check out this month-long voyage from the waters of Alaska to New York City aboard the Crystal Serenity.
15. Princess Cruises: Japan Getaway
If Japan has been near or at the top of your list of international destinations to check out, then this is one cruise you want to be on!
16. MSC Cruises: The Caribbean
You’ll find plenty of things to keep the kids occupied on the MSC Divina, as you and your spouse enjoy all the splendor that the Caribbean has to offer.
17. Viking Cruises: Viking Star
Viking Cruises is well known for their stunning river cruises in Europe. But, this year they will be unveiling the Viking Star, a thoroughly modern cruise ship that will be the cruise line’s first to hit the open ocean.
18. Quantum of the Seas: Asia
This year, the Quantum of the Seas will be leaving its homeport in New Jersey for its new homeport of Shanghai. A series of cruises to various destinations around Asia will follow.
19. CroisiEurope: Loire Princesse
The shallow water of the Loire will be no match for CroisiEurope’s newest paddleboat, Loire Princesse, when it launches in 2015.
20. Viking River Cruises: Legends of the Rhine
World War II history buffs will love this 7-day cruise down the Rhine, which stops at various points of historical interests.
21. AmaWaterways: Art Illumination
For cruisers seeking an immersion into French artistic culture, AmaWaterway’s 7-day cruise of the Seine is sure to impress.
22. Azamara Club Cruises: The Great Barrier Reef & Bali
These destinations have long enticed world travelers, and this year Azamara Club Cruises will be taking passengers to them for 14-day cruises, as its ships visit the waters off of Australia for the first time.
23. Seabourn: Arabian & Mediterranean Melody
In March of 2015, the Seabourn Sojourn will embark on a 29-day cruise from Mumbai to Monte Carlo by way of the Persian Gulf.
24. Lindblad Expeditions: Antarctica
Twice in the upcoming year, Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic ships will be making the 11-day journey to the planet’s most mysterious continent.
25. Rainforest Cruises: The Amazon
This “cruise” is perfect for those with a thirst for adventure, as it has both a land and water component. Passengers will travel the Amazon on the Cattleya and get the chance to stay at the Amazon Treehouse Lodge.
26. Silversea Cruises: World Cruise 2015
If a circumnavigation of the globe is one of the items on your bucket list, then this 115-day journey aboard the Silver Whisper, which visits 30 countries, will cross that item off.
27. Windstar Cruises: French Polynesia
This year, the Wind Spirit will be sailing around the islands of French Polynesia, stopping at ports such as Moorea and Bora Bora.
28. American Cruise Lines: Mississippi River Civil War Cruises
The brand new Queen of the Mississippi will be taking extended cruises of the Mississippi River and visiting many sites of great historical importance to the Civil War.
29. Celebrity Cruises: Canada & New England
Departing from Cape May, the Celebrity Summit will take passengers on an 11-day journey along the New England and Canadian coastline to Quebec City before returning home.
30. Uniworld River Cruises: The Nile
This year, Uniworld’s River Tosca will be taking passengers on an 11-day journey down the Nile, immersing them in the rich history of that most famous of rivers.
31. Sanctuary Retreats: Anadana
Making its maiden voyage at the conclusion of 2014, this brand new ship will take passengers on stunning voyages through the waters of Myanmar.
32. AIDA Cruises: AIDAprima
AIDA Cruises is taking a step forward in 2015, as it will be launching its new flagship, the AIDAprima, in October. Why not book passage on its maiden voyage?
33. Oceania Cruises: Caribbean Culinary Discovery Tour
As part of their “Island Paradise” itinerary, this tour will give passengers about the Riviera the chance to sharpen the culinary skills under the tutelage of some of the best chefs in the world.
34. Crystal Cruises: Best of the Baltic
The Crystal Symphony will be taking its passengers to St. Petersburg as it travels from Stockholm to Copenhagen this year.
35. Lindblad Expeditions: Galapagos
Both of Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic ships will be making the trip to the Galapagos Islands, where passengers will be able to channel the spirit of Charles Darwin.
36. Anthem of the Seas: Mediterranean
In the Spring of 2015, this colossal cruise ship will join its sister ship Quantum of the Seas by offering cruises of the Mediterranean out of his homeport in Southampton, England.