Cruise Ships Expand

By  USDR

Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, highlights seven cruise ships launching in 2016, along with new onboard features hitting the seas in the upcoming year. Among the new ships, five will be largest-in-fleet and four will be inaugural ships in brand new ship  classes.

“For travelers considering a cruise, 2016 is a great year to give it a go,” explained Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “With a majority of the ships being largest-in-fleet, first-in-class – or both – cruise lines are introducing products and offerings that will shape the course of the industry moving forward. Beyond the flashy, fun-to-have experiences, we’re seeing thoughtful amenities directly addressing the needs of cruise’s expanding audience – technological advances, increased family offerings and expanded culinary options, to name a  few.”

New ships in 2016  include:

Holland America Line – Koningsdam: Holland America’s largest-in-fleet and first in its new Pinnacle  Class
Launch Date: April  2016
New Features: Solo and family cabins, new dining venues, and farm-to-table dinners in the Culinary Arts  Center

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Ovation of the Seas: The third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum  Class
Launch Date: April  2016
New Features: Quantum Class features redesigned specifically for the Asian  market

Viking Ocean Cruises – Viking Sea: Viking’s second ocean-going  vessel
Launch Date: April 2016
New Features: Popular elements from the line’s first ocean ship – Viking Star – will be incorporated, including The Kitchen Table (a hands-on cooking experience), complimentary beer and wine at lunch and dinner, and some complimentary shore  excursions

Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Vista: Carnival’s largest-in-fleet and first in its new Vista  Class
Launch Date: May 2016
New Features: First-at-sea IMAX theater, onboard brewery, and dedicated family cabin area with a family lounge and family  concierge

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Harmony of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s largest-in-fleet and third Oasis Class ship
Launch Date: June  2016
New Features: Royal Caribbean’s first-ever waterslides, an aqua park for kids, a 10-story slide, and full-length productions of the Broadway hit  Grease

Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Seven Seas Explorer: Regent’s largest-in-fleet and a brand new ship  layout
Launch Date: July  2016
New Features: All-suite, all-balcony cabins; two new specialty restaurants; and the line’s first culinary center, the Culinary Arts  Kitchen

Seabourn Cruise Line – Seabourn Encore: Seabourn’s  largest-in-fleet
Launch Date: December  2016
New Features: All-suite cabins with private balconies; a new restaurant from world-renowned chef, Thomas Keller; and expanded public  areas

For additional details on 2016’s class of new ships, visit Cruise Critic’s round-up of New Cruise Ships in  2016.

About Cruise  Critic
Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 150,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world’s largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor,  Inc.

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