Looking Ahead: What Will be New in Cruising in 2016
The cruise industry loves returning passengers, and cruise lines work hard to ensure that you can have a new experience each time you cruise. In fact, while 2015 has just begun, they are already working on new itineraries, destinations and ships that will delight you during 2016.
Disney Cruise Line is planning to call on two new Caribbean destinations in 2016: the idyllic islands of Tortola and Martinique. Tortola is known for calm waters that make it perfect for beach and sailing excursions; Martinique has an enchanting blend of French and Caribbean culture, plus stunning views from volcanic Mont Pelée.
Norwegian Cruise Line will add San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a seasonal homeport for the Norwegian Gem, which will sail seven-day itineraries in the Southern Caribbean from late October to early December 2016. In the Western Caribbean, NCL’s new island destination of Harvest Caye, Belize, will be ready to welcome guests.
Some new ships will debut during 2016, providing new onboard experiences. Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will set sail in mid-2016. Like its sister ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the Ovation will have innovative entertainment features, including bumper cars; a skydiving simulator; a North Star pod that rises above the ship for 360-degree views; and Two70, where ultra-HD technology provides cutting-edge entertainment. Royal Caribbean will also debut the third ship in its popular Oasis Class in 2016.
Viking will continue to expand into ocean cruising with the Viking Sky and the Viking Sea, which will be the second and third of four deep-water ships for this well-known river cruise line. The new ships will focus on al fresco experiences, including outdoor dining, expansive sundecks and promenades that fully encircle each ship.
Also in 2016, Holland America Line will introduce its largest ship ever: the Koningsdam, the first ship in the new Pinnacle Class. The 2,650-passenger ship will have some of Holland America’s signature features, such as a traditional teak promenade and the popular Culinary Arts Center; and some “firsts” for the cruise line, including family oceanview cabins that accommodate five (with two bathrooms!).
To check out the growing list of options for new cruise destinations, itineraries and ships during 2016 – and find out about discounts and special offers for early booking – talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.