Cruise vacations: The new ships to book your vacations on in 2022
Royal Caribbean’s new Wonder of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. Photo / Provided
There’s still no confirmed date for the return of cruise ships to New Zealand waters, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your dream vacation at sea on hold. Cruise ships big and small are already back around around the world and, with our borders now open, now is the perfect time to book.
To make your vacation even more exciting, why not book on one of the brand new ships launched this year? Here are four to check out.
1. Silver Dawn, Silversea
The 10th ultra-luxury ship to join the Silversea fleet, and the third in its Muse class series, Silver Dawn made its maiden voyage on Friday, sailing from Lisbon to Rome. A hybrid of her sister ships Silver Muse and Silver Moon, she has a spa, eight restaurants, casino, swimming pool and theater lounge. Each suite has an ocean view; most have private verandas. Best of all, each suite has its own butler service, so you won’t miss a thing. Food and beverages are included in your rate, and yes, that includes champagne.
Maximum capacity: 596
Veil: Mediterranean, Caribbean
2. Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas currently holds the title of “World’s Largest Cruise Ship,” but Wonder will go one step further. Four percent larger than Symphony, it is 362m long and 64m wide, with 18 decks, several restaurants, cafes and bars, three swimming pools, three waterslides, an adults-only solarium, Broadway shows, a zipline , a surf simulator, a laser tag, mini-golf, climbing walls, basketball court, skating rink, carousel, escape room… in fact, if you can think of it, Wonder of the Seas the probably has.
Maximum capacity: 6988
Veil: Mediterranean, Caribbean
3. Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Cruise Lines
The first of six sister ships in NCL’s new Prima Class set to launch in the next five years, Norwegian Prima will have 13 different suite categories and, according to NCL, more outside deck space than any another new cruise ship. You’ll also find lots of fun features like a three-story go-kart track and a 10-story waterslide, a Las Vegas-style nightclub, an outdoor food court, and an outdoor spa. Seeking to capture a younger generation of cruise passengers, Katy Perry has been announced as the ship’s godmother and will officially launch the ship in Reykjavik, Iceland in August.
Maximum capacity: 3250
Veil: Northern Europe, Caribbean
4. MSC World Europa, MSC Cruises
Although officially not as big as Wonder of the Seas, MSC World Europa will come close. At 21 decks tall, it’s sure to be taller than Wonder, and MSC says the ship’s 11-deck dry slide, The Spiral, will be the longest at sea. Currently under construction, it’s due to launch in December and will be the first the cruise line’s ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which will reduce its emissions. Features will include 13 restaurants, six pools and 14 hot tubs.
Maximum capacity: 6774
Veil: Persian Gulf, Mediterranean