The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure or scaling back of work at all the major European shipyards, with knock-on delays to refurbishments and new-builds. We have noted the new launch dates for the exciting and innovative new-builds.  However, after a long break in 2020, there is even more to come from the post-pandemic cruise industry, including some of the largest ships ever built. Here is what’s to come on both the rivers and oceans in the upcoming period.


Launch Date: November 2020

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2860

Get your sea legs in style onboard one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious adults-only cruises. The Scarlet Lady has pulled out all the stops to become a floating design icon. From the athletic club with the world’s largest daybed and outdoor boxing ring, over 20 show-stopping restaurants onboard, unique tattoo studio, to ultra-luxurious RockStar suites featuring retro-chic furniture mixed with futuristic décor, you’ll find that no detail has been overlooked. Sit back and enjoy the powder-soft, white sandy beaches lapped by crystal clear waters in The Beach Club before dialing the entertainment in one of the transformational and immersive night clubs. Moreover, Scarlet Lady features the”Vitamin Sea” concept, which focuses on passenger wellness, relaxation and fun in form of the dazzling Redemption Spa inspired by an underwater cave. The ship offers four-, five- and seven-day Caribbean itineraries out of Miami.


Launch Date: November 2020

Tonnage: 55,900

Berths: 1000

The younger sister to Spirit of Discovery launched in July 2019 will retain the beautiful boutique cruise experience the line is known for, with just 540 cabins – 100 of which will be specifically designed for solo travelers. Vibrant cabins, all with a private balcony for every guest, have an average area of 215 square feet, making them some of the most generously-sized cabins on the ocean wave. Spirit of Adventure is full of surprises, including new specialty restaurants: Khukuri House – the world’s first Nepalese restaurant, Amalfi – serving high-end Italian cuisine and Supper Club – a steakhouse and live entertainment venue. The grand atrium will lead you into her array of world-class features, from the Living Room ‘hub’ to the Playhouse theatre, Spa, outdoor Lido, cutting-edge gym and stylish Library. Her inaugural season includes classic cruises to the fjords and the Mediterranean, short hops around British and Continental shores, along with unforgettable celebrations in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.


Launch Date: TBD 2020

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2900

With an innovative outward-facing design, visionary and transformational spaces that stand apart from anything else at sea, Celebrity Apex will revolutionize the way you experience the world. Embark on an unrivaled culinary journey crafted by our Michelin-starred chefs, with 29 distinct restaurants, bars, and lounges to choose from, including the brand-new Craft Social Bar. Soar above the sea on The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship that rises from decks 2 to 16 and has the ability to change mood, function and even a location. Discover Infinite Veranda, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor using bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again in size; a Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two “martini glass” Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; a Rooftop Garden, adults-only Solarium pool, casino; and The Retreat, a serene area that includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. With Celebrity Apex itineraries you will be able to embark on a blissful getaway to the Caribbean or Mediterranean. 


Launch Date: TBD 2020

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5200

P&O Cruises’ family-friendly Iona will the biggest-ever ship built specifically for the U.K. market and will also be the first powered entirely by liquefied natural gas, making it the greenest ship in P&O Cruises’ history. Stand-out features include a half-mile Lanai deck – complete with al-fresco dining and drinking; a giant glass dome, a massive Atrium with triple-deck glass windows; 17 eateries – including 7 specialty restaurants and 12 bars with the Freedom Dining standard. Soothe away life’s stresses in a hydrotherapy suite of the Oasis Spa, four pools or 16 whirlpools. Enjoy the maximum entertainment in 13 venues and entertainment hub SkyDome, home to top acts and live shows. In the Grand Atrium, aerialists and pop-up performances will add drama to your days and nights, while Headliners theatre is the home of exciting shows for all the family. Iona will begin her inaugural summer season in the stunning Norwegian Fjords, winter season in the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal as well as Northern European cities of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. 

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