In 2022, a total of 25 exciting brand-new cruise ships, of all different sizes are set to leave shipyards across the world and enter service.
We’ve chosen 5 that we think really stand out!
Due to launch in summer 2022, Norwegian Prima is the first Prima-Class (formerly Project Leonardo) of cruise ship being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy for Norwegian Cruise Line. The ship will be followed by a further five sister vessels, the last of which is expected to set sail in 2026.
At 142,500 gross tonnes and nearly 300 meters in length, Norwegian Prima can accommodate up to 3,215 passengers. The ground-breaking new ship will offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art facilities, including the first three-level go kart racing track!
Norwegian Prima will also offer the largest variety of suite categories available at sea, 13 in total. These include the 107 suites at The Haven, spread out over eight decks and only accessible via "ultra-premium key card." The exclusive section of the ship will also feature its own private infinity pool, an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and a cold room.
The ship’s striking hull art design has been designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, known commonly as “Peeta.
Expected to debut in summer 2022, Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, joining Disney Magic (1998), Disney Wonder (1999), Disney Dream (2011) and Disney Fantasy (2012).
The 144,000 gross tonne ship, which is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, is the largest ship yet for the cruise line, capable of carrying 4,000 passengers. The ship will also be the first in the fleet to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Disney Wish will home port from Port Canaveral, Florida, sailing 3 and 4-night cruise itineraries during its inaugural season. The exciting new ships features a host of family-friendly venues for all ages to enjoy, as well as kids’ clubs and exclusive adult only areas.
In a first of its kind, Disney Wish will feature a ‘Wish Tower Suite’ located inside one of the ships iconic twin funnels. The two-level suite will sleep up to 8 guests, with incredible views of the sea and upper decks from the giant floor to ceiling window.
Virgin Voyages’ third ship was first formally introduced on International Women’s Day (8 March) in 2021, when the cruise line announced the name of it’s third brand new ship, due to set sail in the second half of 2022.
The cruise industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, with cruise lines having to adapt in the face of adversity. Virgin Voyages announced Resilient Lady to symbolise the spirit of its Lady Ships, and to celebrate women and their achievements, strength, leadership and resilience.
The ship will make its debut in the Mediterranean before repositioning to its winter homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a series of Caribbean cruises during the winter of 2022-2023.
Just like its sister ships, Resilient Lady will be gear to adults only, offering numerous inclusions in the cruise fare. The ship is also expected to include a few changes and modifications.
Resilient Lady will deliver the non-traditional cruise holiday fun, which Virgin Voyages have now become known for.
A sister vessel to P&O Cruises’ eagerly anticipated Iona, the second Excel class cruise ship for the company, Arvia, is set to join the fleet in December 2022.
The new ship will offer guests even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before, with new facilities to enjoy, including a tropical island-themed mini golf, outdoor water play zone and the cruise line’s first ever high-ropes experience.
P&O Cruises announced that Captain Robert Camby will lead the team responsible for on board operations for its newest LNG-powered ship Arvia. London-born Captain Camby will bring out Arvia from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to the home port of Southampton where the ship will sail its inaugural winter cruises before re-positioning to Barbados for its first series of Caribbean fly cruises.
MSC World Europa
The seventh-largest cruise ship in the world, MSC World Europa, is set to shake up the cruise industry when it launches in December 2022. The 6,850-passenger ship, which measures 330 meters long, with 22 decks, will feature 430,556 square feet of public space.
The LNG powered ship features a never seen before 90-degree plumb bow design, shaped like an arrow. The upper aft superstructure of MSC World Europa has been designed with a Y-shape, open to the air spanning almost a third of the ship’s length. The masterpiece will be ‘The Spiral’ an 11 deck dry slide.
The World-Class vessel is the first of four ships ordered by MSC Cruises. The further three ships are expected to launch in 2024, 2025, and 2027.