Cruising: What’s New on the Horizon?
Written on April 23, 2021
The return of cruising is getting closer each day, and cruise lines have been working behind the scenes to make your next cruise safe and more memorable than ever. With changes on the horizon, you can look forward to some exciting news from the cruise industry as they prepare to sail the seas again as early as this summer!
Cruise Lines Expand Alfresco Dining
As cruise lines resume sailing, look for more opportunities to dine outdoors while onboard. Passengers have long desired more alfresco options when cruising, and now the cruise lines are expanding their dining venues to offer fresh air and gorgeous views. The Carnival Mardi Gras will not only have the largest Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant in the fleet, but it will also be the first to feature indoor/outdoor seating. Guests onboard the Sky Princess and the Enchanted Princess can enjoy the outdoor tables at Bistro Sur la Mer.
Learn more about outdoor dining here.
New Cruise Ships Will Debut in 2021
Due to pandemic construction delays in 2020, several cruise ships that were set to debut last year will embark on their inaugural itineraries in 2021. Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras and Virgin Voyages’ Scarlett Lady are two of the most anticipated ships to sail in 2021, but there are other ships that are stirring up excitement in the industry.
The sister ship to the Celebrity Edge, the Apex, will sail Caribbean, Transatlantic, and Europe itineraries. The Enchanted Princess, part of the line’s Royal Class, will feature the amenities cruises know and love in this class of ships. Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Quantum Class ship to sail North American itineraries. And this is just the beginning!
Read more about this year’s new ships here.
Embark on the Industry’s Longest River Cruise Itinerary with AmaWaterways
Plan for the cruise of a lifetime with the unveiling of AmaWaterways’ 46-night itinerary that will sail up to 144 passengers down seven rivers, on four ships, through 14 countries in June of 2023. River cruisers will enjoy the opportunity to explore Europe through the 130+ included excursions, then return to the ship to enjoy fine dining, entertainment, and comfortable staterooms.
With so many cruisers landlocked for the past year, the desire to plan big, bucket-list vacations is stronger than ever, and the CEO of AmaWaterways planned this unique river cruise itinerary to meet the demand for big adventures as travel resumes.
The tides are turning, and we are excited for a return to cruising!
When you’re ready to begin planning your cruise vacation, our team is here to help you get back to the sea!