What’s new to sail in 2014, you ask?
Even with the slowdown of the economy, 2014 promises to be a great year to travel on great new cruise ships. Not as many will be debuting in 2014 as in past years, but enough new ships will be available to keep the cruising community eager to book their vacations. Let’s run them down:
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will hold 4,180 passengers. This ship will offer amusement park style rides with everything from bumper cards, a sky diving simulator and the ever popular capsule that will carry 14 people as far up as 300 feet over sea level. The Quantum of the Seas will call Bayonne, New Jersey home. Her scheduled itineraries will include 7 to 12 night Caribbean and Bahamas sailings starting November, 2014. The ship will also offer the Sea-Plex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex that will share it’s space with a full-size regulation basketball court. Lastly, Royal Caribbean will be featuring virtual balcony staterooms which are inside cabins equipped with a nearly floor-to-ceiling high definition screen that will project real-time views of the ocean and ports of calls. So, you'll feel like if you have a balcony when you're really in an inside cabin.
October, 2014 will bring Costa Cruises her new flagship, the Costa Diadema. The Diadema will have a capacity of 4,947 passengers, 1,862 cabins of which 130 will be wellness area cabins and 756 will be private balconies. This ship is scheduled to port in Italy. The ship will feature 11 restaurants, of which four will be specialty dining at an extra surcharge, 15 bars including pub and wine areas. Kids won’t be left out on this ship. They will have ice cream parlors, a Grand Prix racing simulator, children’s squok club, a baby poor and a two story gaming area.
If you’re looking for a small-ship experience, you might want to consider the Pearl Mist. Pearl Seas Cruises, sister company to American Cruise Lines will debut this 210 passenger vessel. With a mere six decks, the ship is scheduled to have 108 very spacious staterooms ranging from 300 to 580 square feet in size. The ship is scheduled to inaugurate June 25th with its voyage from Baltimore to Halifax. Then, it will offer 7, 10 or 11 night cruises to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, the Canadian Maritimes and New England.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest and greatest, the Norwegian Getaway was recently delivered to Norwegian. The Getaway will call South Florida her home. She is 146,600 tons and she has all the bells and whistles. The Getaway has a record 27 dining options on board, with several offering a tropical feel of Miami and South Florida. The Getaway will be offering it’s younger passengers the Nickelodeon experience while on board not to mention 5 water slides, two pools and a multilevel elevated ropes course that includes the now famous Plank where guests can walk 8 feet over the side of the ship enjoying one of the best views at sea.
Princess will introduce the Regal Princess in May in the Mediterranean. Similar to her sister ship, the Royal Princess, this ship will have the SeaWalk, a top-deck walkway that turns out 28 feet over the side of the ship. The floor is made of glass panels allowing guests to look down and see the water below. The ship will offer a Bellini’s Italian cocktail bar, Ocean Terrace, a beautiful new layout for the ship’s atrium and other new dining venues. One special feature on this Regal Princess will be the adults-only sanctuary and the Retreat Pool.
There’s a lot to pick from in 2014. Make it a great cruising year.