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The 26 Best New Cruise Ships for 2024


Cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism, with passenger numbers projected to reach 37.2 million by 2025, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Cruise lines are responding to this growth by building new (and often, larger) vessels with all the bells and whistles, including technological advancements that are more environmentally friendly and create the capability to use alternative fuels.

U.S. News has compiled this roundup of new cruise ships that have just set sail or are scheduled to launch later in 2023 and in 2024, plus a preview of new ships coming in 2025 and beyond. The list includes everything from expedition and luxury yacht-style vessels to reimagined ships and megaships – plus the debut of a brand-new cruise line.

(Courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

  • Top feature: Luxurious, distinctive spaces

  • Fares begin around: $2,899 per person (double occupancy) for a 10-night Caribbean cruise

  • Sails to: Mediterranean, Caribbean

Debuted in May 2023, Oceania Vista is the first ship in Oceania Cruises‘ new Allura class and the line’s first new ship in 10 years. The 1,200-passenger, all-veranda vessel features a fresh interior design inspired by nature. The elegant new signature spaces include the dramatic Grand Staircase, the reimagined Martinis bar, the clubby Grand Lounge and 180-degree ocean views from the floor-to-ceiling windows at Horizons.

Another highlight of the new ship is the luxurious Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center. Elevated dining concepts on Oceania Vista include the new venue Ember, wellness-inspired cuisine at Aquamar Kitchen and The Bakery at Baristas, which specializes in French and Italian pastries.

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Carnival Venezia: May 2023

Exterior of Carnival Venezia outside St. Thomas.

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  • Top feature: Italian-style ship

  • Fares begin around: $419 per person (double occupancy) for an eight-night cruise to the Bahamas

  • Sails to: Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Panama Canal

Originally built for the Chinese cruise market in 2019, Carnival Venezia first sailed throughout Asia under the Costa Cruises brand. It headed to Europe in 2020, then was reintroduced as a Carnival Cruise Line vessel in 2023. The rebranded ship, now homeported in the U.S., features Carnival’s “Fun Italian Style” concept, with Venetian-style artwork and the Piazza San Marco atrium – not to mention Italian-inspired beverages and dishes at venues like Frizzante, Amari, Marco Polo, the Canal Grande Restaurant and La Strada Grill.

The 4,090-passenger ship has classic Carnival favorites, too, like Bonsai Teppanyaki, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Piano Bar 88 and the Serenity Bar. Guests will also find Carnival’s Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, three kids clubs, the outdoor SportSquare and onboard water park WaterWorks.

Resilient Lady: May 2023

Exterior of the Resilient Lady.

(Courtesy of Virgin Voyages)

  • Top feature: New and exciting entertainment offerings

  • Fares begin around: $2,550 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to the Greek islands

  • Sails to: Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and South Pacific

Virgin Voyages’ third adults-only ship, Resilient Lady, debuted with its MerMaiden voyage sailing the Greek islands in May 2023. The new 2,762-passenger ship offers the same features as its sister ships, including more than 20 dining venues with menus created by Michelin-starred chefs, an impressive fitness and wellness program, and superyacht-inspired cabins.

The immersive entertainment is one highlight on the new Virgin ship, with shows like rock ‘n’ roll “Persephone,” a concept from the Brooklyn nightclub House of Yes produced by Kaleidoscope Immersive. The Supper Club Series featuring Another Rose is a new show by Randy Weiner of theatrical performance “Sleep No More.” The evening with the Supper Club includes a dining experience with cabaret and acrobatic performances in a tale of ill-fated love.

MSC Euribia: June 2023

The Carousel Lounge on the MSC Euribia.

(Courtesy of MSC Cruises)

  • Top feature: Commitment to sustainable cruising and environmental stewardship

  • Fares begin around: $219 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Northern Europe cruise

  • Sails to: Northern and Western Europe

The LNG-powered MSC Euribia has several features that exemplify the line’s commitment to sustainable cruising, including an advanced onboard wastewater treatment system and energy-saving equipment like smart heating, air conditioning and ventilation. MSC Euribia’s hull, decorated with the hashtag #SaveTheSea, was designed by artist Alex Flämig and is also a symbol of MSC Cruises‘ dedication to preserving our fragile marine ecosystem.

One of the most striking features on MSC’s fifth (and final) Meraviglia-class ship is the two-story Galleria Euribia. The 360-foot-long Mediterranean-style promenade – lined with shops, restaurants and bars – sits beneath the longest LED dome at sea. Another highlight is the Carousel Lounge at the aft of the ship. The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor areas, and Big Band at Sea: a 19-piece in-house group of musicians and entertainers. MSC Euribia can accommodate up to 6,327 passengers.

Viking Saturn: June 2023

The Deluxe Veranda Stateroom aboard the Viking Star.

(Courtesy of Viking)

  • Top feature: “Residential design” (found on all Viking ocean vessels)

  • Fares begin around: $2,799 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise

  • Sails to: Mainland Europe, British Isles, Iceland, Mediterranean and India

The 930-passenger Viking Saturn is the ninth ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet and identical in design to its eight sister ships. The all-veranda vessel offers six categories of accommodations ranging from the 270-square-foot Veranda Stateroom to the spacious 1,448-square-foot Owner’s Suite. On board, guests will enjoy the sleek, elegant Scandinavian-inspired public spaces and lounges. The line’s enrichment program includes lectures with resident historians, TED Talks and sessions with world-renowned guest speakers. There are eight dining venues featuring destination-focused cuisine, the Nordic Spa with its snow grotto, two pools and hot tubs, and a sports deck.

Norwegian Viva: August 2023

Guests in Haven Courtyard and pool aboard the Norwegian Viva:.

(Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

  • Top feature: Indulge Food Hall

  • Fares begin around: $629 per person (double occupancy) for an eight-night Greek islands cruise

  • Sails to: Mediterranean, Caribbean

The line’s second Prima-class ship, Norwegian Viva mirrors the elevated design of sister ship Norwegian Prima. The new ship features six complimentary dining venues, including globally inspired dishes at Indulge Food Hall, pub fare at The Local Bar & Grill and 270-degree ocean views at the beautifully redesigned main restaurant, Hudson’s.

The Haven on Viva is the most exclusive and spacious private enclave in Norwegian Cruise Line‘s fleet; it was designed by one of Italy’s leading designers, Piero Lissoni. Guests will also find updated styling at Mandara Spa. There’s no shortage of entertainment on Viva; it’s home to the first free-fall dry slide in the world, a three-story racetrack, high-tech mini-golf and the musical “Beetlejuice.” Viva has the capacity to carry up to 3,099 guests.

Explora I: August 2023

The Conservatory Pool & Bar on the Explora I.

(Courtesy of Explora Journeys)

  • Top feature: Luxury details and design, with a focus on sustainability

  • Fares begin around: $3,000 per person (double occupancy) for a six-night cruise to the Caribbean and Columbia

  • Sails to: Mediterranean and Western Europe, Caribbean and Central America, U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada, Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula

Explora I is the first of six luxury vessels for new cruise line Explora Journeys. Owned by the Aponte family and MSC Group, the elegant 922-guest ship combines Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship, offering suites and residences that are comfortable and spacious enough to be considered “homes at sea.”

Guests can explore 14 decks offering nearly 27,000 square feet of outdoor space. Lounge at four pools (one with a retractable glass roof), book a rejuvenating body treatment at the spa, work out at the fitness center or browse the boutiques. There are also six dining venues, 12 bars and lounges, and a Chef’s Kitchen for culinary classes and private dining. Regional wine pairings will accompany the onboard dining experience, which includes Pan-Asian, Mediterranean and French cuisine, as well as classic steakhouse offerings.

Silver Nova: August 2023

S.A.L.T. Kitchen aboard the Silver Nova.

(Courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

  • Top feature: Ship’s asymmetrical deck plan, which offers more open spaces and higher ceilings

  • Fares begin around: $3,850 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Central and South America

  • Sails to: Caribbean, Central America, South America, U.S. West Coast, Alaska, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Silversea Cruises’ newest ship is the 728-guest Silver Nova. The 12th vessel in the fleet is ultra-luxurious and offers one of the highest space-to-guest ratios in the industry. Two highlights are the ship’s asymmetrical design and aft suites, which have 270-degree views. Silver Nova’s nine dining options include S.A.L.T. Kitchen’s destination-inspired menus, Silversea‘s classic dining experience at Atlantide and French cuisine at La Dame. Silver Nova is also Silversea’s most environmentally friendly vessel yet.

Seven Seas Grandeur: November 2023

Regent Suite Bathroom aboard the Seven Seas Grandeur.

(Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas)

  • Top feature: “Journey in Jewels,” the first Fabergé egg at sea

  • Fares begin around: $3,799 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Mexico and Central America

  • Sails to: Mediterranean, Caribbean and Panama Canal

The 746-passenger Seven Seas Grandeur will be Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ third Explorer-class vessel when it launches late this fall. While Grandeur is similar to its two sister ships, Explorer and Splendor, the new vessel features updated lounges, restaurants, spa spaces and suites. The line’s signature Regent Suite – coming in at an impressive 4,443 square feet – has also been redesigned by Miami firm Studio DADO.

A few additional standout spaces include the art nouveau design of the Observation Lounge (located at the bow of the ship) and the reimagined Serene Spa. The stunning new Compass Rose is the ship’s main dining room. Meanwhile, the onboard art collection is also notable: Seven Seas Grandeur will set sail with the first Fabergé egg at sea.

Celebrity Ascent: November 2023

Private dining room at Le Voyage restaurant aboard the Celebrity Ascent.

(Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

  • Top feature: 32 restaurants, bars and lounges, including the redesigned Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud

  • Fares begin around: $756 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

  • Sails to: Europe, Caribbean

The fourth ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Edge class, Celebrity Ascent, will accommodate up to 3,260 passengers and offer the same features as other ships in the series. There are 32 bars, lounges and restaurants, including the newly designed Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Other favorites from the Edge-class ships will return on Ascent, such as the multideck Sunset Bar and an open-air Rooftop Garden with floating pools that are cantilevered over the edge of the ship. It’s also home to Celebrity’s Magic Carpet, a multipurpose 90-ton deck that moves up and down the side of the ship between Decks 2, 5, 14 and 16; it’s used for everything from tendering passengers to hosting happy hours and private functions and late-night parties. Guests will also find Celebrity‘s innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and the exclusive ship-within-a ship concept of The Retreat.

Carnival Jubilee: December 2023

Carnival Jubilee under construction.

(Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

  • Top feature: Two new ocean-themed zones, Currents and The Shores

  • Fares begin around: $669 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise

  • Sails to: Western Caribbean

Carnival’s newest ship in the Excel class, Carnival Jubilee, will offer six zones (fun themed areas) for up to 6,631 passengers. The LNG-powered vessel features two new zones: Currents and The Shores. Currents is an immersive space with innovative technology such as LED windows and a wave-shaped LED Ceiling. Located on Decks 6 and 7, the space offers new venues for imbibing, dining and listening to live music, such as casual bar Inks, Ph.D and stylish lounge The Golden Mermaid. This is also where you’ll find Emeril’s Bistro 717.

The Shores, located on Deck 8, features a three-deck-high art installation of a school of fish, a boardwalk, and vibrant colors throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. Dining and bar venues include Rudi’s Seagrill, Cucina del Capitano and Marina Bar. Enjoy other returning Carnival favorites on Jubilee such as the BOLT sea coaster, Waterworks, SportSquare, the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, Guy’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina.

The Royal Loft Suite aboard Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas.

(Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

  • Top feature: Largest cruise ship in the world, carrying up to 7,600 passengers

  • Fares begin around: $1,930 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise

  • Sails to: Eastern and Western Caribbean

Icon of the Seas is the first Icon-class vessel in the Royal Caribbean International fleet – and the first new class of ship since 2014. When the massive vessel debuts in January 2024, it will replace Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas as the largest ship at sea (Icon of the Seas is 6% larger). The ship features eight distinct neighborhoods – including the new Surfside neighborhood, a colorful space geared toward family fun with kids clubs, Splashaway Bay, themed eateries and bars, adjacent staterooms and more.

There are four additional new neighborhoods as well. Thrill Island features Category 6, the largest water park at sea, while Chill Island boasts the line’s first swim-up bar and The Hideaway features the first suspended infinity pool at sea. AquaDome, the impressive glass-enclosed space at the top of the ship, is home to the AquaTheater, panoramic ocean views, a waterfall, and bars and restaurants.

Sun Princess: February 2024

Park19 lookout and splash pad on the Sun Princess.

(Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

  • Top feature: Princess Cruises’ largest ship and the first in the line’s Sphere class

  • Fares begin around: $577 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise

  • Sails to: Caribbean, Mediterranean

Sun Princess will have many new attractions when it launches in early 2024. It has the most balconies on any Princess Cruises‘ ship, and you’ll find exciting new dining, activity and entertainment offerings. One notable highlight is Park19, a top-deck space with activities for kids of all ages, including the Sea Breeze Rollglider, the first ride of its kind on a cruise ship. This new attraction soars 19 decks high and offers unparalleled views of the ocean below.

Cruisers can enjoy additional spaces like a two-story dome that is a pool during the day and a stage for shows at night; the European-inspired Piazza, which offers ocean vistas from nearly every angle; the Princess Arena, a high-tech performance space; the elegant three-story Horizons Dining Room; and the new Wake View Terrace with an infinity pool. There are also new styles of accommodations and expanded offerings for young children, tweens and teens. Sun Princess can accommodate up to 4,300 passengers.

Queen Anne: May 2024

The Bright Lights Society show bar on Cunard Line's Queen Anne.

(Courtesy of Cunard Line)

  • Top feature: The Pavilion, a glass-enclosed pool area with a retractable roof

  • Fares begin around: $1,199 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise

  • Sails to: Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Northern and Western Europe, Iceland, British Isles, Australia, Asia, Africa and Indian Ocean

When Queen Anne launches in spring 2024, it will be Cunard Line’s 249th ship since the company’s inception in 1840, and the line’s first new vessel in 14 years. The 3,000-passenger ship will feature a fresh, modern design, yet still give a nod to the Cunard’s art deco past.

Once on board, guests will discover new entertainment venues like the Bright Lights Society show bar and more wide-open spaces throughout the ship, as well as Cunard‘s first two-story theater. New international dining options include Japanese restaurant Aji Wa with sushi and omakase menus, plus Indian cuisine at Aranya. Queen Anne also offers an extensive health and wellness program in collaboration with health group Mareel that features a large thermal suite, a spa pool and a top-deck wellness studio.

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Utopia of the Seas: July 2024

The Ultimate Abyss slide on Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas.

(Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

  • Top feature: Three- and four-night ultimate weekend getaways

  • Fares begin around: $471 per person (double occupancy) for a three-night Bahamas cruise

  • Sails to: Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay (Royal Caribbean’s private island)

Utopia of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s sixth (and final) Oasis-class ship when it debuts in summer 2024. With a capacity of 5,668 passengers, the vessel will join the line’s other Oasis- and Icon-class ships as the largest cruise ships sailing on the high seas. The ship will have the same eight neighborhoods as other Oasis-class ships, including Central Park, The Boardwalk and the Pool & Sports Zone.

The 40-plus food and beverage options will include new additions like the Pesky Parrot bar and a themed “mixed reality” dining experience that takes place on a train. A reimagined playscape is another addition, with nets, games, puzzles, slides and climbing walls for junior cruisers. The line’s Ultimate Abyss – a dry slide with 10 stories of thrilling twists and turns – will now stretch an additional 43 feet, making it the longest dry slide at sea.

Explora II: August 2024

  • Top feature: Luxurious cabins

  • Fares begin around: $4,500 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise

  • Sails to: Caribbean and Central America, Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula and Red Sea, India, Indian Ocean and Africa

As sister ship to Explora I, Explora II will offer the same transformative travel experience for 922 guests. The luxury vessel will feature 461 oceanfront suites with private terraces. Cruisers can take advantage of 11 culinary options across six dining venues, a dozen indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, and a Chef’s Kitchen. Guests will also have access to four pools, 64 private cabanas and wellness facilities.

Silver Ray: Summer 2024

Exterior of the Silver Ray.

(Courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

  • Top feature: One of the most spacious ships ever built; extraordinary space-to-guest ratio

  • Fares begin around: $4,000 per person (double occupancy) for a nine-night cruise to South America

  • Sails to: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, British Isles, South America, Caribbean and Central America

Silver Ray, Silversea’s second Nova-class ship, is scheduled to set sail in summer 2024. The 728-passenger, low-emissions vessel will offer the same advanced hybrid fuel technologies as its sister ship, Silver Nova. It will also have Silver Nova’s horizontal layout and asymmetrical design, creating more open public areas and providing suites with 270-degree views. In addition, guests on board the luxury vessel will have their choice of eight dining venues and a wide selection of bars and lounges, including The Marquee, a new alfresco restaurant.

Viking Vela: December 2024

Wintergarden on a Viking ship.

(Courtesy of Viking)

  • Top feature: Larger than Viking’s other ocean vessels, carrying up to 998 passengers

  • Fares begin around: $4,999 per person (double occupancy) for a 12-night northern lights cruise

  • Sails to: Scandinavia, British Isles, Iceland

Measuring 748 feet long and 101 feet wide, Viking Vela will be the line’s largest ship when it debuts at the end of 2024. It will accommodate 68 more passengers than its sister ships, but feature Viking’s signature veranda staterooms, public spaces, amenities and dining venues. Seasoned Viking cruisers can look forward to favorites like The Nordic Spa, the Wintergarden, Mamsen’s, the Explorers’ Lounge, the Sports Deck, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant and The Chef’s Table.

Disney Treasure: December 2024

The Grand Hall of the Disney Treasure.

(Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

  • Top feature: Debut of new Disney Parks-inspired onboard venues

  • Fares begin around: $4,028 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Caribbean cruise

  • Sails to: Eastern and Western Caribbean, Castaway Cay (Disney Cruise Line’s private island)

Fans of Disney Cruise Line will find many familiar venues, attractions and restaurants on the new Disney Treasure, sister ship of Disney Wish. However, there will also be plenty of new features, including the theme of the ship: adventure. The Grand Hall, inspired by the movie “Aladdin,” is designed with dark shades of blue, turquoise and gold and features a golden statue of a magic carpet with Aladdin and Jasmine.

Plaza de Coco replaces Disney Wish’s “Frozen” dining experience with a two-night Mexican, “Coco”-themed theatrical dinner show. Meanwhile, “Disney The Tale of Moana” – a Broadway-style production based on the film “Moana” – will be exclusive to Disney Treasure. Adults will also find new lounges, such as the Jungle Cruise-themed Skipper Society and the Periscope Pub, which is inspired by “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Disney Treasure can carry up to 4,000 passengers.

MSC’s new futuristic ship – and sister ship to MSC World Europa – will be based in Miami and sail the Caribbean. The LNG-powered, 6,762-passenger ship will offer more than 420,000 square feet of public space and many of the attractions found on World Europa, such as the MSC Luna Park Arena and World Galleria. There will also be more than 30 dining venues, bars and lounges, as well as the line’s private enclave, MSC Yacht Club.

Oceania Allura: June 2025

Oceania Allura will be the eighth ship in Oceania’s fleet, the second vessel of the line’s Allura class and the sister ship to Oceania Vista. The 1,200-passenger Allura will offer the same upscale amenities as Vista, as well as a new Chef’s Studio and one of the highest space-to-guest and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. Allura is scheduled to debut in June 2025.

Star Princess: August 2025

Star Princess is scheduled to set sail in 2025 as the sister ship to Sun Princess. The 4,300-passenger, LNG-powered ship will offer the same features as Sun Princess, including the Dome, the Piazza and the line’s Signature Collection Suites. The vessel will also have 29-plus restaurants and bars.

Star of the Seas: Summer 2025

Royal Caribbean plans to introduce Star of the Seas – the second Icon-class vessel and sister to Icon of the Seas – in summer 2025.

Disney Cruise Line: 2025

Disney purchased the former Global Dream from Genting’s Dream Cruises in 2022, when it was still being built at the German shipyard MV Werften. Disney plans to base the ship in Singapore for at least five years, offering Disney vacations to the Southeast Asian market. When it launches in 2025, the vessel will be the line’s seventh ship and is expected to carry 6,000 passengers. Another newly built, currently unnamed Disney ship is planned to debut in 2025, as well.

Norwegian Cruise Line: 2025 and beyond

The third Prima-class ship is expected to be approximately 10% larger than the first ship in the class, Norwegian Prima (143,535 gross tons). The following ships for the line are anticipated to be even larger, with the fifth and sixth Prima-class vessels (debuting in 2027 and 2028) weighing as much as 171,000 gross tons.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity’s fifth Edge-class ship will be more eco-friendly, thanks to the addition of a new tri-fueled engine model and the capacity to store three different kinds of fuel, including methanol. The effort toward net-zero emissions and more sustainable cruising is a partnership between Royal Caribbean, the French shipyard Chantiers de L’Atlantique and the technology firm Wärtsilä. A debut date for this ship has not yet been announced.

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Gwen Pratesi has been an avid cruiser since her early 20s. She has sailed to destinations around the globe on nearly every type of cruise ship built, including the newest megaships, luxury yachts, expedition vessels and traditional masted sailing ships. She used her extensive experience with cruises to write this article. Pratesi covers the travel and culinary industries for major publications, including U.S. News & World Report.

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