Most Anticipated New Cruise Ships, Itineraries For 2022

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While flu season amid the pandemic may hold travelers back for the immediate future, it’s a great time to plan ahead for the cruise vacation of a lifetime. And that’s especially true as we move into wave season, the annual promotional period between January and March when cruise lines offer leisure travelers generous discounts, package promotions and unbeatable deals on ships. existing and future.

This year there will be plenty of new ships entering the market, ranging from family-friendly affordability to luxury experiences at sea. Read on for some of the most anticipated new ships for 2022.

BOLT, roller coaster at sea, aboard Carnival Celebration

courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival celebration

While Mardi Gras Carnival is still shiny and new after his first months at sea, Carnival celebration will debut in November 2022 as the cruise line’s last ship. Plus, there’s one more reason for a celebration as Carnival Cruise Line is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


Carnival Celebration will be a tribute to all of Carnival’s entertainment at sea, with six exciting themed areas throughout the ship. As part of the thrill-ride theme, guests will be able to get the adrenaline pumping with BOLT, a roller coaster on board the sea. Fan favorites like Carnival’s WaterWorks water park will also play a key role, as will the tailored programming. to children like Seuss at Sea.

Celebrity restaurants on board include Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, Guy’s Burger Joint, and newcomer Shaq’s Big Chicken from Carnival’s entertainment chef Shaquille O’Neal. Additionally, in addition to traditional dining venues for cruises, Carnival Celebration will also feature specialty venues with Bonsai Sushi, a gourmet steakhouse, and a hands-on dining experience with Carnival Kitchen.

Carnival Celebration will focus on Caribbean itineraries with stops such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, San Juan, and St. Martin.

Disney's private island, Castaway Cay

Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

courtesy of Disney Cruise Line / David Roark / PR Newswire

Disney wish

Debut in summer 2022, Disney wish will provide a whole new experience for Disney fans. Wish features the first-ever Frozen-themed theatrical dining experience, featuring a Norwegian-inspired menu as characters like Elsa and Olaf entertain the whole family.

For Avengers fans, the Quantum Encounter Cinematic Dining Experience will deliver interactive action while sitting around the dinner table. For moviegoers of all genres, another new dining experience pays homage to the heyday of Hollywood and cinema.

For fun at sea, families can enjoy a wave at the onboard water park with hosts Mickey and Minnie. Next, a never-before-seen interactive adventure from Disney Unchartered features a multidimensional gameplay to search for a fragmented Wishing Star using mobile spy glasses.

Of course, Disney cruisers are also ready for plenty of movies at sea and live entertainment on the big stage. Young people will also have their own kids’ club activities, while adults can retreat to adult lounges and poolside cocktails.

This summer, Disney Wish will focus on brief getaways with port tours in Nassau, Bahamas, as well as dedicated days spent on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

Holland America Line Rotterdam

Holland America Line Rotterdam

courtesy of Holland America Line

Holland America’s Rotterdam

While MS Rotterdam debuted in November 2021, this marks the first full year for Holland America’s latest ship to deliver fine dining and entertainment.

Every inch of the ship reflects an element of music-centric luxury, with airy spaces and a harp-inspired atrium sculpture. Throughout Holland America’s signature Music Walk experience, guests will find a wide variety of live entertainment on every corner. Guests can sample BB King’s Blues Club and Memphis R&B, take in rock and pop chart tops with Billboard Onboard or indulge in classic classics with the Lincoln Center Stage.

More entertainment can be found on the two-story LED screen world stage, while you can pamper yourself at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Families traveling with young people can take advantage of Club HAL, with dedicated activities for ages 3 to 17.

Award-winning meals are offered at Rudi’s Sel de Mer, with a menu developed by chef Rudi Sodamin. Asian favorites are on offer at Tamarind, while authentic Italian is in the spotlight at Canaletto. For a refined steakhouse experience, guests will find Holland’s Pinnacle Grill onboard, while kid-friendly snacks are offered at the dining room, Lido Buffet, and poolside grill, Dive-In.

Rotterdam’s Caribbean crossings in 2022 include destinations such as Aruba, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. This summer, Rotterdam will also explore Nordic and Viking legends with itineraries sailing through Norway and Iceland, as well as Baltic Sea cruises with an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Oceanwalk and Ocean Boulevard on the Norwegian Prima

Oceanwalk and Ocean Boulevard on the Norwegian Prima

courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Prima

Coming this summer, Norwegian Prima will be the last ship to join the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Prima is also the first in a whole new class of ships from NCL. Passengers on board will therefore have a taste of the future trends of the cruise company.

Norwegian Prima will offer an incredible Ocean Boulevard for strolling along the oceanfront dotted with relaxed seating and gathering spaces. Guests can enjoy a cocktail by the fireside, share small plates of new dining room offerings, or enjoy a unique view of the sea from the glass-floored Oceanwalk.

New to Prima is also a selection of infinity pools to soak up the sun with stunning views. And in addition to the à la carte bites from the new food hall concept, customers can experience fine dining with Norwegian favorites like Onda by Scarpetta.

When it comes to thrills at sea, Norwegian Prima offers a luxury beach club, Prima Speedway racing and The Rush, the first dry slide in freefall at sea. As Norwegian is known to bring Broadway and West End favorites at sea, guests can also look forward to “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” in an incredible venue that transforms from a three-story theater to a nightclub.

Prima will sail for the first time in Iceland and Norway in August 2022, followed by European crossings in September. Following a transatlantic voyage, Prima will offer Caribbean crossings to destinations such as Belize, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico.

AquaTheater aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

AquaTheater aboard Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas

courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas from Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean’s newest and largest ship, Wonder of the seas, will debut in March with a focus on the Caribbean, followed by a season in Europe.

Wonder of the Seas will offer eight distinct quarters aboard the ship, with an AquaTheater entertaining travelers of all ages. Fan favorites like the FlowRider surf simulator will be on the deck, as will a new Wonder Playscape, an underwater world with slides, games and climbing walls.

Kids of all ages can spend the day sliding down three separate slides, playing mini-golf, or watching a mind-blowing ice skating show. Family meals range from a fancy steakhouse and traditional dining room to sushi, a bistro, an Italian restaurant, and quick bites for picky youngsters.

During the Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Wonder of the Seas will visit port destinations such as the Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St. Thomas. The summer cruises will then pass to the western Mediterranean with destinations such as France, Italy and Spain.




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