For the cruise industry, 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year, thanks to brand new cruise ships designed to take the cruising experience to another level. Read on to learn more about the new cruise ships debuting this year, whose amenities guarantee total relaxation AND heart-pounding thrills.
Wonder of the Seas from Royal Caribbean
“Bigger is better” is certainly the theme for this mega-ship, debuting in March 2022. With eight distinct “neighborhoods,” more than 2,800 staterooms, and amenities galore, Wonder of the Seas is a behemoth to behold, with plenty to do onboard. Plunge 10 stories down the Ultimate Abyss slide, the tallest slide at sea. Bask in the sun on the newly redesigned pool deck, complete with a two-story poolside bar. Or sit back and enjoy some amazing entertainment in venues such as the AquaTheater or Music Hall.
Discovery Princess from Princess Cruises
Launching in spring 2022, the Discovery Princess will sail to some of the West Coast’s most enviable destinations, including Alaska and the Mexican Riviera. Stunning views are front and center on this ship—more than 80% of staterooms have balconies, meaning you can enjoy breathtaking 270-degree panoramas in total comfort and privacy. But the views are just the start—thrill your palate with cuisine created by Michelin-star chefs.
Valiant Lady from Virgin Voyages
Debuting in March, the new cruise ship Valiant Lady is identical to Virgin’s currently sailing Scarlet Lady ship. This award-winning vessel focuses on lavish experiences and posh accommodations, qualities that carry over to the new ships. Love sun-drenched Mediterranean towns? Valiant Lady, home ported in Barcelona, should be your pick.
Celebrity Beyond from Celebrity Cruises
Helmed by the first woman captain at sea, Captain Kate McCue, Celebrity Beyond is the newest vessel from Celebrity and the third in its Edge class. This ship pulls out all the stops when it comes to relaxing experiences. Chic furnishings and landscaping set the mood on the Rooftop Garden, complete with float pools cantilevered over the open ocean. The Magic Carpet, too, takes the ocean journey up a notch, with its floating platform reaching 13 stories above sea level.
Disney Wish from Disney Cruise Line
Die-hard mouse-lovers, families, and fans of the distinctive experience provided by this cruise line have something to look forward to in June 2022. The newest cruise ship from Disney in a decade, the Disney Wish, is launching. Sail out of Port Canaveral on 3- to 4-night itineraries that include a stop through colorful Nassau and the cruise line’s white-sand private island, Castaway Cay.
Norwegian Prima from Norwegian Cruise Line
A real head-turner among new cruise ships in 2022, Norwegian Prima is just one of six brand-new vessels from the cruise line, and it’s the antithesis of cramped ships with little space to stretch out. You’ll find expanded outdoor space, a larger pool deck, and even roomier staterooms compared to Norwegian’s other ships. Even its go-kart track has been augmented—it will be the largest of all the cruise line ships, spanning three decks.
Carnival Celebration—setting sail for the first time in November 2022—is the line’s newest cruise ship and a sister to the Mardi Gras, which debuted in 2021. You’ll find the same super-fun atmosphere you’d find on any Carnival ship, but with some sparkly new amenities, such as the BOLT: Ultimate Seacoaster (dubbed the fastest and first roller coaster at sea) and a whopping six separate zones for dining and entertainment.
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