This Week in Cruise: New Ships Big and Small

Image of the bow of the Seven Seas Splendor

It’s been another busy week for the cruise industry, with lines announcing plans for new ships and releasing updates on those already announced.

This week Celebrity Cruises announced plans for a fifth Edge-class ship, which will be built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique with a scheduled delivery in fall 2024. In addition to the Celebrity Edge, which launched last year, three other Edge-class ships are on order for the cruise line, with delivery scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

In river cruise news, this week AmaWaterways announced plans for another new ship of its own, the AmaSiena. Slated for a launch date of July 1, 2020, the 156-guest ship will sail seven-, 10- and 11-night itineraries in Europe along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers. In terms of design, it will be similar to its sister ships, the AmaLea, AmaKristina and the upcoming AmaMora.

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In expedition cruise news, this week Seabourn released a preview of a selection of the public spaces onboard the upcoming Seabourn Venture and its as-yet-unnamed sister ship. The Expedition Lounge on Deck 4 will serve as the focal point of the ship, with the adjacent Discovery Center providing learning opportunities for guests. On Deck 3, two large Landing Zones will provide space for guests to change and clean their gear, while the Atrium will include features such as ropework in place of more traditional spindles and a winding staircase. The new ships launch in June 2021 and May 2022.

In luxury news, Regent Seven Seas Cruises released more details on the culinary experiences onboard the Seabourn Splendor, which launches in February 2020. The new ship will sail with the Compass Rose specialty restaurant; the pan-Asian Pacific Rim; the Italian La Veranda (breakfast and lunch) and Sette Mari at La Veranda (dinner); the French Chartreuse; the Prime 7 steakhouse; an exclusive, expanded Coffee Connection; and the al fresco Pool Grill.

Finally, Carnival Cruise Line released details on the new suites and a new entertainment experience onboard the upcoming Mardi Gras, setting sail on August 31, 2020. The ship will sail with new, premium Excel suites that offer a number of exclusive amenities, including unlimited access to the new Loft 19 outdoor space. The ship will also sail with Carnival’s first Family Feud Live experience, bringing the iconic game show to the sea.

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