2023: A Game Changer for the Cruise Industry
2023 is set to be a monumental year for the cruising industry, as every major cruise line is launching new ships that are set to change the way we imagine cruise vacations. The world’s largest, tallest, widest, and most expensive new ships are all preparing to make their debut. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 5 best new cruise ships setting sail in 2023.
1. Norwegian Viva: An Adrenaline-Packed Experience
Number five on our list is the stunning Norwegian Viva, an adrenaline-packed, outdoor-centric ship. Its top deck features industry-first attractions, such as the Viva Speedway, a massive three-story go-kart race track – the largest at sea. You’ll be able to race up to 50 miles an hour while in the middle of the ocean.
Alongside the go-kart track, you can find the water and amusement park, which has a total of eight slides, including the Drop – the world’s largest freefall dry slide that comes in at a jaw-dropping 10 stories. The Viva has numerous outdoor promenades and even three infinity pools. Rather than increasing the ship’s size, Norwegian decided to focus on providing a high-end service and a more refined cruising experience.
2. MSC World Europa: Second Largest Cruise Ship Ever Built
Next up at number four is the MSC World Europa, the first ship in MSC’s highly anticipated World Class. Standing at an impressive 22 decks, the Europa will be the second largest cruise ship ever built and the tallest cruise ship on Earth.
The Europa boasts its very own outdoor Boardwalk featuring restaurants, entertainment spaces, and a thrilling 11-story slide that takes you from the deck to the Boardwalk in mere seconds. Once inside, the Promenade boasts a futuristic design, complete with a massive LED screen ceiling that sets the mood and holds daily animated shows.
3. Global Dream: From Bankruptcy to Disney’s Sixth Cruise Ship
Taking the third spot is the surprising Global Dream, a mega-ship that was originally scheduled to be scrapped. However, Disney Cruise Line acquired it and is in the process of refitting it as their sixth cruise ship. It’s anticipated that the theme park onboard the Global Dream will become a Disneyland at Sea experience. This ship is definitely one to watch as it undergoes its transformation.
4. Celebrity Ascent: Ultra Luxury and Elegance
The fourth best ship is the Celebrity Ascent, an upscale, ultra-luxury ship that offers cruisers a more intimate experience, catering to under 3000 passengers. The Ascent is part of Celebrity’s Edge class and is arguably the best-designed cruise ship class in the industry, combining deliberate elegance with a high-end, functional feel.
Onboard, you can enjoy features such as the Rooftop Garden, the Magic Carpet platform bar and restaurant, and the Eden aft lounge that offers immersive evening entertainment. Infinite Veranda staterooms allow for seamless indoor-outdoor living.
5. Icon of the Seas: The World’s New Largest Cruise Ship Class
Finally, taking the top spot as the world’s best new cruise ship setting sail in 2023 is the iconic Icon of the Seas. This ship, which will be the largest cruise ship class, is scheduled to be nearly 10% larger than the current largest ship while reducing the number of passengers on board. It’s a colorful ship, packed with activities and amenities.
The Icon of the Seas has plenty of attractions, including a Flow Rider surfing simulator, the largest water park at sea, the Anchor Rope Course, Central Park, the Royal Promenade, and fully redesigned staterooms. While not all features have been announced yet, it’s clear the Icon of the Seas is ready to redefine cruise vacations.
Eagerly Anticipating the Future of Cruising
In addition to these top five ships, there are several honorable mentions, including the Carnival Jubilee, Virgin’s Brilliant Lady, Princess Cruises, and P&O’s newest vessels. It’s undeniable that 2023 is shaping up to be a game-changing year for the cruising industry. From jaw-dropping thrill-seeking adventures to luxury, high-end experiences, the future of cruising has never looked brighter.