Best New Ships 2018
By Cruise International | 16 Jul 2018
The British Cruise Awards are fast approaching and one of the most hotly anticipated categories this year is Best New Ships
When it comes to the Best New Ships that have launched over the past 12 months, we’ve been really spoiled. From the largest ship ever to set sail, Symphony of the Seas, to the extraordinary luxury of Seabourn Ovation.
There has been hugely exciting innovation in ship design and in the onboard entertainment available to guests. You can speed around the deck in go-karts on board NCL Bliss or fly above it on the SkyRide on board Carnival Horizon.
Discover more about the beautiful new ships of 2018 and decide which one gets your vote.
Carnival Horizon is packed with action and energy and, as the newest flagship of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet, it effortlessly grooves to the lively beat that Carnival is famous for.
More floating fun factory than cruise ship, it is poles apart from the traditional style of cruising and, as a result, appeals to a young buzzing crowd of mainly couples and families.
Horizon offers aerial cycling SkyRide, known as the “bike ride in the sky” and an impressive Imax Theatre for 3D film screenings.
The moment you first glimpse the spectacular blue and white ocean-themed livery on the hull of Norwegian Bliss, designed by marine-life artist Wyland, you know this ship is going to be something really special.
From the go-kart track on the top deck, to the Cavern Club with its crowd-rousing performances by an impressive incarnation of the Fab Four, this ship takes all the best elements of Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet and presents them in one incredible, awe-inspiring and irresistible package.
Sleek, sophisticated and elegant, Seabourn Ovation exudes contemporary style and an ultra-luxurious vibe. With indoor and outdoor spaces created by renowned designer Adam Tihany and his team, and inspired by private yachts, every aspect of Seabourn Ovation has been developed to give guests the feeling that they are connecting with their environment, maximising the use of light and space to stunning effect.
From the magnificent central staircase which evokes the movement of the ocean, to the coloured glass that adorns the Thomas Keller restaurant, there is beauty and surprise in every detail.
This latest leviathan from Royal Caribbean International sailed into service in April 2018, the fourth such vessel the line has launched, and snatching the title of world’s largest cruise ship from its (very slightly) smaller sister Harmony of the Seas thanks to higher tonnage.
Symphony shares many of the same features of its sisters; from the seven different neighbourhoods that include the Central Park area filled with thousands of plants; the Boardwalk with its full-size custom-made fairground carousel; and the Royal Arcade shopping street lined with boutiques, bars and cafes. It even has the nail-biting Ultimate Abyss slide sending daredevils plunging from 150ft above the waves down ten stories to the deck below, along with 24 pools, twisting waterslides, surf simulators, climbing walls and a zipwire.
Viking Cruises has hit on an award-winning formula with its sleek, Scandi-inspired fleet of ocean vessels. But while Viking Orion has the same clean design and good looks as its sister ships, including Viking Sky and Viking Sea, there’s one big difference. On the top deck there’s an intriguing large white dome. Go downstairs into the library, and there’s a mysterious door, which, once opened, reveals a small but perfectly formed planetarium, the first at sea.
Viking Orion was named in Italy by former NASA astronaut Dr Anna Fisher, and there are subtle touches throughout the ship reminding you of its links to space exploration and discovery.
MSC Seaside, the namesake of the line’s Seaside Class, offers plenty of new entertainment, a variety of specialty restaurants, larger MSC Yacht Club facilities, family- and penthouse-style suites, and an expanded kids club