The most exciting new cruise ships and itineraries coming this year

Although this year’s cruise discount “wave season” is coming to an end, the excitement of cruising in 2022 has only just begun. Sleek new cruise ships, adventurous itineraries, and even brand new cruise lines are set to launch in the coming months. Below are some of the ships and itineraries we’re most excited about and how to book them before they sell out.

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Princess Cruises

The newest Princess ship, Discovery Princesswill begin her maiden voyage on March 27. The mega ship, which can accommodate up to 3,660 guests and 1,346 crew, will offer exceptional amenities like the largest balconies at sea, offering 270-degree views and an even larger version of The Sanctuary—the The line’s adults-only hideaway where passengers can sip signature drinks or book outdoor massages.

Another notable offering from the range in 2022? Her very first crossings of the summer season to Mexico, Hawaii and the Californian coast. The new voyages will sail round-trip from Los Angeles aboard the sapphire princess starting June 25, 2022. Ports of call include Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Ensenada in Mexico, as well as Hilo, Kauai, Maui and Honolulu in Hawaii.

The lounge on Uniworld’s Jewel of the Mekong.

Trung Nguyen/Uniworld


Boutique river cruise line Uniworld brings its new ship, Jewel of the Mekong, to its namesake waterway for 13-day trips through Vietnam and Cambodia. Itineraries begin sailing in September 2022 with stops in Ho Chi Minh City and the villages of Tien Loi, Vinh Long and Sa Dec in Vietnam, as well as Phnom Penh in Cambodia and the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

The following Jewel of the Mekong has a capacity of only 68 guests and 51 employees. Each cabin has a balcony and a marble bathroom. The ship is also equipped with two restaurants, a swimming pool, a spa, a sauna and a hammam, a gym, a hair salon, a nail bar, two lounges and a library.

MSC Cruises

With two new cruise ships coming later this year, there’s no shortage of exciting cruises at MSC. In December, MSC Seascape will launch inaugural round trips from Miami through the Caribbean and Bahamas.

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