Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass

5 Cruise Ships on the Horizon in 2019

Are you up to speed on the latest cruise trends for 2019? With food and advanced technology onboard, plus eco-friendly efforts of cruise lines forging ahead, all hands are on deck for an unforgettable voyage. If you thought Carnival Panorama was all 2019 had planned for your clients, dive deeper. Whether their cruise style is intimate or adventurous, help them know the ropes for their next adventure at sea by sharing these five fresh new cruise ships to look out for this year.

MSC Bellissima and Grandiosa

Make way for MSC cruises’ ultimate duo, MSC Bellissima in March and MSC Grandiosa in November. Bellissima is equipped with technology like never before. It has an indoor, Mediterranean-style promenade enclosed by a 262-foot-long LED ceiling; high-tech RFID-chipped wristbands which help track members of your clients’ party in real time; and an in-cabin personal assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa, dubbed “Zoe.” For entertainment, there are new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea. MSC Grandiosa’s technology is close behind in techno-world, with a state-of-the-art Technogym that offers cardio, strength training and multiple fitness programs onboard. Your clients can also “discover a ship within a ship” and access to unlimited luxury at the MSC Yacht Club.

Spectrum of the Seas

Embark on Royal Caribbean International’s first Quantum Ultra Class vessel, Spectrum of the Seas, in June. Initially designed for the Chinese market, but attracting westerners is expected. Exclusive enclaves for Golden and Silver Suite guests, new stateroom types and specialty restaurants in the three-level dining room aren’t the only highlights. Your clients will discover a whole new world via the Sky Pad, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience; a karaoke venue called Star Moment; a two-level Ultimate Family Suite; and access to mesmerizing views from The Balcony and The Boutique that provide private sunbathing and shopping experiences.

Sky Princess

Princess Cruises’ fourth Royal class ship, Sky Princess, debuts in the Mediterranean in October. Take a break and say goodbye to fast-paced life while in the sky – well, almost. Sky Suites are located at the top of the ship and include the largest balconies with deluxe telescopes for stargazing and access to the Lotus Spa where visitors experience the largest-ever thermal suite, hydro-therapy pool, cascade rain shower and more. Wellness and tranquility continue onboard with live jazz at the new Take Five lounge, Movies under the Stars and enhanced balcony dining since over 80 percent of cabins will have balconies on this ship.

Norwegian Encore

Venture to sea on Norwegian Cruise Line’s fourth and final Breakaway-Plus class vessel, Norwegian Encore. Your clients can seasonally set sail to the Caribbean from its home port in Miami, beginning in November. This ship is home to the largest race track at sea for those thrill-seekers who dare to speed around curves extended 13 feet over the side of the ship. Laser tag combined with augmented reality, Broadway shows and 180 degree panoramic views from above the sea are guaranteed to have passengers begging for an encore.

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