It’s been another busy week for upcoming new cruise ships.
The new Millennial-focused U by Uniworld river cruise brand has announced plans for a third ship to sail the Mekong River as part of the line’s expansion to Asia. A fourth ship could be announced in the future.
There’s no word yet on whether or not these will be newbuilds or conversions like the line’s first ship, The B, which was formerly Uniworld’s River Baroness before making its debut for U by Uniworld in Europe following an extensive design update.
In large ship news, Royal Caribbean released a sneak peek this week at its upcoming Symphony of the Seas, which will be the largest cruise ship in the world when it sets sail in April 2018. Built on the line’s seven-neighborhood design concept, it will incorporate a number of family-friendly amenities, like a production of the Broadway musical Hairspray, a new seafood restaurant and a massive laser tag course. The ship will also incorporate a number of tech updates, like the ability for guests to check in via mobile app and head straight to their stateroom after the security screening.
Also in 2018, the new Carnival Horizon will make its debut with a new restaurant by Food Network personality Guy Fieri. Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse | Brewhouse will aim to combine authentic barbecue and traditional sides with a selection of craft beers brewed on board at a brewery located within the restaurant. The new eatery will offer menu items like slow-smoked brisket, Memphis-style baby back ribs, seasoned grilled chicken, pulled pork, and cedar-smoked salmon with an apricot glaze, and it will be open from 5 p.m. until late every night of the cruise, with menu items offered on an a la carte basis and live music nightly. Plus, the restaurant will have a free-of-charge self-service BBQ lunch buffet from noon to 2:30 p.m.