This Week in Cruise: New Ship Updates in the U.S., Australia and Beyond

Majestic Princess at Sea Editorial

It’s been another busy week for updates regarding new cruise ships.

Princess Cruises’ latest ship, the Majestic Princess, will be based in Sydney, Australia, over the 2018-2019 season, according to an announcement from the cruise line this week. Majestic Princess will the be largest Princess ship to ever sail in Australian waters, the cruise line said.  

During the ship's inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including FijiNew Zealand and Tasmania, as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.


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Meanwhile, in the United States, American Cruise Lines' newest cruise ship, the American Constellation, left the shipyard ahead of schedule this week. The ship will sail two Chesapeake Bay itineraries on May 6 and May 13, as well as the line’s new Grand New England itinerary. It will also get an inaugural cruise celebration May 21.

Finally, in Europe, we got an update on what’s next for Viking’s river and ocean cruises during last month’s christening ceremony of Viking River Cruises’ two new Longships, the Viking Herja and Viking Hild. Upcoming new developments for the line include a new river cruise to Ukraine in 2018, as well as new cruises along the Nile River onboard the Viking Ra that same year.

In ocean news, the line’s fourth ocean cruise ship, Viking Sun, is set to launch this November.

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