As cruising is gaining in popularity amongst travellers, cruise companies are vamping up their offerings by adding new ships with new itineraries to entice wide-eyed wanderers further. Here are the latest four vessels to take on the high seas by 2020.
1. Celebrity Flora
Say hello to the newest member to the Celebrity Cruises fleet, Celebrity Flora. The 333-ft yacht will hold 100 guests and boasts a cruising speed of 14 knots. The vessel is equipped with lounge areas, an observatory and an open-air space, named The Vista, where guests will be able to enjoy 360-degree views. Dining offerings include the main Seaside Restaurant and the Ocean Grill. If guests prefer, they can indulge in the Dinner Under the Stars experience or in-room dining. Designed for the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora is set to make her first sail in May 2019.
2. Seven Seas Splendor
When Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled its Seven Seas Explorer back in 2016, it set a new benchmark for luxury cruising. And its soon-to-launch sister, Seven Seas Splendor, will be no different. Chill at the Coffee Connection cafe, or take in the views while sipping on your flat white at the alfresco area. Set to launch in February 2020, the all-suite, all-balcony ship will hold a capacity of 750 passengers. Construction of the vessel has begun at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona.
3. RV Sabei Pandaw
Joining Pandaw Cruises‘ 16-strong fleet at the end of this year is the Sabei Pandaw. Fitted with 14 classic Pandaw staterooms, as well as an open-plan saloon for indoor or outdoor dining, the 45m-long vessel will also be designed to take on the watery challenges of the rapids in the Laotian gorges. Visitors will sail the waterways of six Southeast Asian countries the likes of Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and China. Its first voyage begins from November 11, 2018.
4. Seabourn Ovation
This month marks a special celebration for Seabourn Cruises, as its latest addition, Seabourn Ovation, will go on its maiden voyage. The vessel, which began construction back in 2016, has its interiors designed by the famed Adam Tihany of Tihany Design and features 300 guest suites. The company’s fifth ship will cruise the waters of northern Europe to cities such as Venice, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Last year, Seabourn introduced the Seabourn Encore.