There are lots of incredible new cruise ships to get excited about in 2020. Here are the ones you need on your radar right now.

A whole host of brand-new ships will take to the seas over the next 12 months, making cruise holidays better than ever. From cruise lines such as Celebrity, Princess and Silversea welcoming new vessels to their fleets to the first-ever offering from Virgin Voyages, here’s our round-up of the best new cruise ships 2020.

Seven Seas Splendor

Setting sail: February 2020

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Regent Seven Seas claims to have perfected luxury with its newest ship, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor. Sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, it will be one of the first new cruise ships coming in 2020. Adorned with 500 crystal chandeliers, it’s sure to dazzle. It also has the largest suite on a luxury cruise ship (the Regent Suite) complete with its own spa retreat.

A foodie focus means there will be seven sumptuous dining venues, a Culinary Arts Kitchen for cooking classes and Gourmet Explorer Tours. Meanwhile a dynamic line up of new shows and the cruise line’s own spa brand, Serene Spa and Wellness, will be on board too.

Scarlet Lady

Setting sail: April 2020

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One of 2020’s most anticipated launches, Scarlet Lady is the first ship from Richard Branson’s new cruise line Virgin Voyages. The adults-only ship features contemporary, stylish design from some of the most sought-after interior designers, on-trend city-like dining (no buffets nor set dining times) and RockStar suites with a guitar-clad music room, hot tub and hammocks.

The focus is very much on the experimental, with a tattoo parlour, array of wellbeing and pampering spaces, and immersive entertainment experiences. Sailings will be based in the Caribbean. Among the highlights will be a stop at a private island in the Bahamas, where Mark Ronson will play in The Beach Club for four nights next year.

Celebrity Apex

Setting sail: April 2020

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The second of Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Edge Class ships arrives in April. Named Celebrity Apex, the ship is packed full of innovative and ground-breaking features. Staterooms feature balconies that extend at the touch of a button, dining options include seven new speciality restaurants and a dazzling fusion of performance and food is available in Eden.

Features found on sister ship Celebrity Edge will also be on board. These include the cantilevered Magic Carpet, the Rooftop Garden and the Kelly Hoppen-designed spa. What’s more, the new ship will be making Southampton its home – perfect for UK-based guests.

Iona

Setting sail: May 2020

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Joining the P&O Cruises fleet in May 2020, Iona is the largest ship ever built for Brits. Exciting new features include a half-mile-long Lanai deck, a stunning glass-walled atrium and a SkyDome – one of four entertainment spaces on board. It will run aerial performances and immersive shows, while food also takes centre stage with 30 different eateries on board.

In a first for the cruise industry, Iona has a gin distillery on board. The ship will also be hosting Ionafest in July during a voyage to the Norwegian Fjords.

Enchanted Princess

Setting sail: June 2020

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Princess Cruises’ fifth Royal-Class ship, Enchanted Princess shares the style and luxury of its predecessors while introducing a selection of brand-new attractions. These include one-of-a-kind dining experiences (Chef’s Table Lumiere and Bistro Sur La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut), the most pools and whirlpool tubs ever and new entertainment venues, such as jazz lounge Take Five.

That’s not all – adults-only deck area Sanctuary has been redesigned, there’s an interactive ‘escape room’ and two Sky Suites have the largest balconies at sea with a private vantage point of the Movies Under the Stars cinema screen. The new arrival will also be part of the Princess Medallion Class.

Silver Moon

Setting sail: August 2020

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The latest from Silversea arrives in August 2020 in the form of Silver Moon – a vessel that maintains the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation guests know and love while introducing some original concepts. Most significant of all is the S.A.L.T programme, an immersive culinary concept that enables guests to travel deeper through gastronomic experiences.

Billed as the ‘epitome of 21st century luxury travel’, 596-passenger Silver Moon will also feature new and improved guest areas seen on its sister ship Silver Muse. The ship will be spending the remainder of the summer season in the Mediterranean after its launch.

Spirit of Adventure

Setting sail: August 2020

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Taking to the ocean in summer 2020 will be Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Adventure. Although a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, it boasts its very own surprises, including two new speciality restaurants – Nepalese eatery Khukuri House and high-end Italian Amalfi. All the cabins have a new look too, as well as their very own balconies.

Expect more boutique luxury from the 999-passenger ship, as well as the Living Room ‘hub’, the Playhouse theatre, a sumptuous spa and the outdoor Lido. Its inaugural season includes classic cruises to the Norwegian Fjords and Mediterranean, and hops around the British Isles before voyaging to the Caribbean.

Mardi Gras

Setting sail: August 2020

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When Mardi Gras arrives in August 2020 its standout feature is sure to be Bolt – the very first rollercoaster at sea. The unique concept can be found in the ship’s Ultimate Playground, one of six distinct zones that make up the new addition to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.

Other areas include a three-story atrium known as Grand Central, the French Quarter with bars and restaurants inspired by New Orleans and Summer Landing for chilling outdoors. There’s also La Piazza specialising in Italy’s la dolce vita and Lido with a Red Frog Tiki Bar, Street Eats and a pool.

MSC Virtuosa

Setting sail: November 2020

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Arriving in the autumn is MSC Virtuosa which, accommodating 6,300 guests, will be one of the two largest ships in MSC Cruises fleet. Part of the line’s Meraviglia Plus Class, its shares many features with its sister ship MSC Grandiosa. These include a Galleria with LED dome shows, an Atmosphere Pool and an MSC Aurea Spa.

Other highlights include two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows performed on a purpose-built venue, and digital offerings MSC for Me and virtual personal assistant Zoe. MSC Virtuosa comes from the word virtuosa, meaning someone highly skilled in music, and each deck will be named after a different musical instrument.

Odyssey of the Seas

Setting sail: October 2020

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Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas will be one of the last ships to arrive in 2020. New to the line will be a resort-style pool deck with two open-air pools, hammocks and casitas, and the next generation SeaPlex – the largest indoor activity centre at sea. Expect bumper cars, a flying trapeze, glow-in-the-dark laser tag and a Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

There will also be multidimensional theatre Two70 and a number of speciality dining choices. The ship begins its debut season with six-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale before sailing to its new homeport in May 2021. Once here it will become the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise Europe for the summer.

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