This Week in Cruise: New, Renovated Luxury Ships

A piano in front of lounge seating at the Dolce Vita Lounge

It’s been another busy week for new and renovated luxury cruise ships.

This week Silversea Cruises released an inside look at the newly lengthened and updated Silver Spirit. The ship, which wrapped a renovation project this May, has added a new 49-foot midsection that enlarged the pool deck and increased the ship’s dining options to eight. The ship also received décor updates to its public areas and suites.

In new cruise ship news, this week Crystal River Cruises christened the new Crystal Ravel in Budapest, Hungary. The new ship is the fifth for Crystal’s river fleet, joining identical sibling ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Debussy, as well as the larger Crystal Mozart, which launched the brand in July 2016. The Ravel is currently sailing itineraries of six to 14 days between Vienna and Basel, and in 2019 it will sail seven-night Danube cruises roundtrip from Vienna to ports in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.


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Finally, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises released details on the inaugural itineraries for its newest ship, the upcoming Seven Seas Splendor. The new luxury cruise ship will offer 15 summer sailings in Europe following its February 2020 launch, visiting destinations such as Zadar (Croatia), Koper (Slovenia), Bordeaux, Barcelona, the British and Greek Isles, and the Italian and French Rivieras. The new ship will also explore Spain and Portugal, as well as sail a transatlantic crossing. The Seven Seas Splendor is a sibling vessel to the Seven Seas Explorer, which debuted in 2016.

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