This Week in Cruise: New From Silversea, Avalon and Royal Caribbean

Mekong River
Avalon Waterways launched a new ship on the Mekong River this week. // Photo by superoke/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

It’s been another busy week for new cruise ships, particularly in the luxury and river spaces.

This week Silversea announced plans for a three-ship order with multiple shipyards, including a new “Evolution Class” of ships from Meyer Werft and a new Galapagos-bound expedition vessel from Shipyard De Hoop. The new, as-yet-unnamed Evolution Class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2022. The expedition ship, named Silver Origin, will sail on the same route currently served by the Silver Galapagos starting in March 2020.

In river cruise news, Avalon Waterways launched the new Avalon Saigon this week. The 18-suite ship sports Avalon’s signature open-air balconies fronted by a private sitting area with a love seat, chair and table. Travelers can also take in the river views from their beds. Other amenities include regional wines and beer at every onboard lunch and dinner, complimentary Wi-Fi and excursions with local experts and exclusive access. The new ship will sail itineraries in Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong River.

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Finally, this week we got a hint at what could be the name for an upcoming cruise ship for Royal Caribbean. As first reported by the unofficial Royal Caribbean Blog, the cruise line trademarked the name “Metropolis of the Seas” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which would allow it to potentially use the name for one of the cruise ships it has on order. These range from a second Quantum Ultra-class ship debuting in 2020 to a fifth Oasis-class ship debuting in 2021 to two new ships from an entirely new class, called Icon, setting sail in 2022 and 2024.

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