Discover all the newest and most incredible cruise ships for 2022
By Cruise International | 27 Jan 2022
With cruises firmly back for 2022, find inspiration for your next cruise holiday here, with Kelly Ranson’s pick of new ships taking to the high seas in 2022
From the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean‘s Wonder of the Seas, to MSC Cruises‘ trailblazing MSC World Europa, this is what you can expect from some of the best new cruise ships that will set sail in 2022.
New cruise ships for 2022
Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Cruise Line
Not a line to shy away from innovations at sea, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Prima will be the first of six new-generation ships – with one due to launch each year until 2027 – when it sets sail this summer. The 3,215-passenger ship claims to offer the most outdoor deck space of any new-build.
Its Ocean Boulevard will wrap around the entire deck and guests can not only lounge in hammocks or dine al fresco, but also swim in two infinity pools or cross a glass bridge that will make you feel like you’re walking over water.
When it comes to accommodation, an exclusive area known as the Haven by Norwegian offers upscale suites, lounges and a spa that are only accessible via private lifts. Norwegian Prima’s maiden season starts in northern Europe this August, before heading across the Atlantic.
An eight-day cruise, Northern Europe: Iceland and Norway to Reykjavik, departing Amsterdam on August 17, starts from £2,564 per person for an inside cabin (0333 241 2319; ncl.com).
Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line
The magic of Disney grows this year when brand-new Disney Wish sets sail in June. The first of three new LNG ships to come from the line, 4,000-passenger Disney Wish is packed full of exciting features for all the family.
Overflowing with the Disney enchantment guests love, a Broadway-style production of The Little Mermaid will debut on board, along with an interactive family adventure area, a Star Wars-themed lounge and dining inspired by the worlds of Frozen and the Marvel universe. Disney Wish will set sail from Florida’s Port Canaveral in June with cruises to the Bahamas and its private island, Castaway Cay.
A three-night Bahamian cruise sailing on July 22, 2022, costs from £2,140 per person and includes flights and a pre-cruise hotel (0800 169 0742; disneycruise.disney.go.com).
Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Never one to disappoint its many fans worldwide, Royal Caribbean is going big once again this year. Its newest Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas, will carry 6,988 guests, taking the title as the world’s largest cruise ship.
While it will offer similar features to its sister ships, this new vessel has some exciting innovations that followers of Royal Caribbean will love.
There’s a new Suite Class neighbourhood with its own pool, bar and lounge, a redesigned pool deck and, for the kids, the Playscape offers a fun underwater-themed play area packed with slides, climbing walls and more. Wonder of the Seas will sail around the Mediterranean for its first summer season.
A seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise departing from Barcelona on May 8, 2022, starts from £849 per person based on an inside cabin (0344 493 4005; royalcaribbean.com).
MSC World Europa, MSC Cruises
Later this year, Italian line MSC Cruises will unveil the first of its latest generation of ships, MSC World Europa. The LNG-powered ship is billed as a trailblazer by MSC, not only because of its environmental efforts and futuristic Y-shaped aft, but also for its onboard offerings.
Carrying more than 6,700 guests, the ship will feature a variety of ‘districts’, with 21 bars and 13 dining venues including new concepts the Chef’s Garden Kitchen and La Pescaderia, a traditional seafood grill.
It will also feature a towering 11-deck-high slide called The Spiral, the largest dry slide at sea. Guests can join MSC World Europa starting from December 2022, when the ship will spend its inaugural season in the Arabian Gulf.
A seven-night Mediterranean cruise round-trip from Barcelona on April 21, 2023, costs from £699 per person based on an inside cabin (020 3426 3010; msccruises.co.uk).
Valiant Lady & Resilient Lady, Virgin Voyages
Not one but two Virgin Voyages ships will take to the water in 2022 as this brand-new Branson-owned line makes its mark on the cruise world.
Both Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady will set sail in March and July, respectively. Much like sister ship Scarlet Lady, the uber-cool vessels will feature a bundle of Virgin flair on board. Think rock-star-themed suites, drag queen brunches at sea and more than 20 impressive eateries and venues that exude fun and put a twist on modern entertainment.
Valiant Lady will begin its inaugural season with a number of weekend cruises from Portsmouth before heading to the Mediterranean for the summer.
A three-night sailing to Bruges from Portsmouth on April 1, 2022, costs from £720 per cabin based on an insider category (020 3003 4919; virginvoyages.com).
Celebrity Beyond, Celebrity Cruises
Many cruise lines have a celebrity name attached, but few can boast a Hollywood A-lister as their ‘Wellbeing Advisor’. Celebrity Cruises’ third Edge-class ship, Celebrity Beyond, can because Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at goop will be curating wellness programmes for the line.
And it doesn’t stop there: renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE returns to add fresh colour palettes and style to the suites, the new two-storey Retreat Sundeck, The Rooftop Garden and more.
The impressive Magic Carpet – a moving platform on the side of the ship that serves as a bar and restaurant – also returns on Celebrity Beyond. The ship will depart on its maiden voyage on April 27, 2022, from Southampton, and spend the summer in the Mediterranean.
A seven-night Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale on November 13, 2022, costs from £1,526 per person, based on an ocean view stateroom (0344 493 2043; celebritycruises.com).
Silver Dawn, Silversea Cruises
For those seeking luxury, wellness and top-notch cuisine combined, Silver Dawn could be the answer. Launching in March, the 596-passenger, all-suite ship will debut Silversea’s latest wellness programme, Otium.
In a nod to the line’s Italian heritage and inspired by the ancient Romans, the treatments won’t just be based on massages and facials; rather, the programme will focus on getting the best-possible sleep, enjoying feel-good dining and indulging in spa baths.
Silver Dawn will also feature much-loved Silversea offerings such as immersive culinary experiences with its Salt (Sea And Land Taste) initiative plus a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.45, so there is always someone on hand when you need them.
A seven-day cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon on November 2, 2022, costs from £3,600 per person and includes business-class flights (0844 251 0837; silversea.com).
Arvia, P&O Cruises
Following the 2021 launch of Iona, the largest ship built for the UK market, P&O Cruises will debut its sister ship Arvia – which means ‘from the seashore’ – in December, and with it comes a whole host of new features.
The Excel Class LNG-powered ship has some exciting new eateries: Green & Co, which will serve plant and fish-based dishes, and 6th Street Diner, which will pay homage to American retro-style restaurants.
To add to the appeal for families, Arvia will also feature a high ropes course, a tropical-themed mini-golf area and a water splash park as part of its top deck Altitude zone.
A 14-night Caribbean cruise departing on January 21, 2023, costs from £2,099 per person for an inside cabin, including flights (0344 338 8003; pocruises.com).
Evrima, Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
The wait is finally over for Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection’s entry into cruising after several postponements to its planned launch over the past couple of years. Evrima is the first of three upscale superyachts from the luxury hotel chain, and it looks just as decadent as you’d expect.
Spacious, stylish and furnished with 149 luxurious suites, there will be a guest to crew ratio of 1 to 1.21, meaning personal service is par for the course.
The ship will also house five dining venues, Espa spa treatments, a water sports marina and an infinity pool. Evrima will begin its maiden season in the Mediterranean in May 2022 before heading to the Caribbean in November.
A seven-night Caribbean sailing from Philipsburg, St Maarten, to Bridgetown, Barbados, starts from £3,993 per person based on a terrace suite, departing November 27 (0800 048 8667; ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com).
Viking Octantis, Viking Cruises
Viking – long established as a river and, more recently, an ocean cruise line – is starting 2022 in style by expanding into the expedition cruise arena. Viking Octantis arrives this month and the 378-passenger ship has been built for exploration.
It has two six-guest submarines and an auditorium with floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering impressive 270-degree views. In an industry first, the Hangar – an enclosed in-ship marina – will allow guests to embark Rib boats from inside the ship while shielded from the elements.
Viking Octantis begins its season with a series of Antarctica sailings before cruising North America’s Great Lakes region from May, and will be joined by a host of other new Viking ships by the end of this year.
An eight-day day Niagara and the Great Lakes itinerary costs from £5,395 per person, departing on April 30 and includes flights (0800 319 6660; vikingcruises.co.uk).
Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Waterways
Emerald Azzurra, the first superyacht from Emerald Waterways, that is predominantly known for river cruising, debuts in January 2022. Carrying just 100 passengers in 50 cabins – most of which feature balconies – there’s plenty of space in which to simply relax.
Although the ship is intimate in size, you’ll find more than enough entertainment on board, with two bars, a restaurant, spa, gym, an infinity-style pool and a water sports platform. Emerald Azzurra kicks off its maiden season in the Red Sea before heading to the Mediterranean for summer and autumn.
An eight-day Mediterranean Enchantment cruise from Athens to Dubrovnik on April 9, 2022, costs from £4,366 per person for a balcony suite (0161 233 1983; emeraldcruises.co.uk).
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New Cruise Ships for 2021
While 2020 saw sailing suspensions and travel bans, cruise lines shared a multitude of exciting new launches in 2021. Here are some of the new cruise ships that took to the seas in 2021.
Some of these cruise ships were built in 2020 and had initially intended to make their maiden voyages before the pandemic hit, however other cruise lines built brand-new vessels, kitted out with all-manner of exciting new features, for the 2021 season.
From the tattoo parlour onboard Virgin’s Scarlet Lady, to Carnival Cruise Line’s rollercoaster-clad Mardi Gras, this is what you can expect from the new cruise ships in 2021.
New cruise ships for 2021
Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages
Originally due to make its debut in April 2020, Scarlet Lady is the eagerly anticipated first ship from Richard Branson’s brand-new Virgin Voyages cruise line.
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 an onboard tattoo parlour, array of wellbeing and pampering spaces, and immersive entertainment experiences for its 2,800 passengers. 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, Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Apex is the second of Celebrity Cruises‘ revolutionary Edge Class ships and is equally as 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 its sister ship, Celebrity Edge, will also be found 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, P&O Cruises
Joining the P&O Cruises fleet in 2021 (originally built for voyages starting in May 2020), Iona is the largest ship ever built for the British cruise line. 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 and new menus by Marco Pierre White.
In a first for the cruise industry, Iona has a its own gin distillery on board. The ship was due to host Ionafest in July 2020 during a voyage to the Norwegian Fjords – it’s thought this will be rescheduled for 2021.
Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises
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, Silver Sea
The latest from Silversea was originally set to sail in August 2020, however Silver Moon will now take to the seas in 2021. It’s a vessel that maintains the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation guests know and love about Silversea, 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 the new and improved guest areas seen on its sister ship Silver Muse.
Silver Origin, Silversea
Much smaller than Silversea’s other 2021 offering, Silver Origin will be the cruise line’s first single-destination vessel. Set to sail around the islands of the Galápagos, voyages will offer expert-led tours and lectures from local guides on the unique wildlife synonymous with the area.
In the evenings, guests onboard the 100-passenger can unwind by the fire pit in The Explorer Lounge before indulging in Ecuadorian cuisine in The Restaurant and Grill.
Spirit of Adventure, Saga Cruises
Saga’s Spirit of Adventure is a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, but 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, originally intended for summer 2020, is set to include classic cruises to the Norwegian Fjords and Mediterranean, and hops around the British Isles before voyaging to the Caribbean.
Mardi Gras, Carnival Cruise Line
When Mardi Gras finally sets sail its standout feature is sure to be Bolt – the world’s 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, MSC Cruises
MSC Virtuosa, which accommodates 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. The ship also claims to house the largest shopping area at sea.
MSC Seashore, MSC Cruises
MSC will also add MSC Seashore to its fleet in August 2021. An evolution of MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, MSC Seashore is 16 meters longer and has more to offer onboard in the way of restaurants, casinos, retail and entertainment areas.
Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Another new ship originally due to take to the seas in 2020, Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas will feature a resort-style pool deck with two open-air pools, hammocks and casitas. It will also host 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 was intended to begin its debut season in late 2020 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.
Viking Venus, Viking
Scheduled to debut in early 2021, Viking Venus will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.
The 930-guest vessel was ‘floated out’ in June 2020 and is now under final construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On Tuesday 5th January, Viking announced that journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond will be the godmother of Viking Venus, its seventh ocean ship.