This Week in Cruise: Eye on 2019 Itineraries

A rendering of Celebrity Edge's new Magic Carpet area, which moves up and down the side of the ship.
The new Celebrity Edge will offer a number of cruises in the Caribbean in 2019.

This week in the cruise industry major cruise lines announced a number of new itineraries for 2019. Here’s what travelers can expect.

Azamara Club Cruises announced a number of itineraries for its newest ship, the recently purchased Azamara Pursuit. Highlights include maiden calls in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy; Trieste, Italy and Paula, Croatia; as well as a number of in-depth shore excursions in Croatia, Italy and Greece.

In the fall, MSC Cruises will position its newest ship, the MSC Meraviglia, in North America. Following a transatlantic crossing on September 21, 2019, the new ship will sail from Manhattan on itineraries to Canada and New England, as well as a southern Caribbean route at the end of October. That cruise will conclude in Miami, which will then become the new ship’s homeport.

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Celebrity Cruises announced its lineup of Caribbean itineraries for 2019, when it will position six ships in the region. This includes its new Celebrity Edge, as well as the Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Summit.

2019 will also see Princess Cruises field its largest-ever deployment in Alaska, in celebration of the line’s 50th anniversary in the region. The Royal Princess will sail its inaugural season there, plus six other Princess cruises ships. In the Caribbean, the Caribbean Princess will offer 19 cruise departures roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.

In Europe, 2019 will see Princess Cruises offer a number of new itineraries and cruisetours in Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia, as well as returning favorites in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

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