Major cruise lines announce construction of new build ships


It’s been a big couple of weeks for the cruise industry with major lines Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises cutting steel for its new ships as well as Italian cruise line MSC floating out its new ship, the MSC Seaside.

Princess Cruises earlier this month, began cutting steel for its fourth Royal Class ship which will follow sister ships Royal, Regal and Asia-bound Majestic Princess. She is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

The Royal Class ships offer new amenities compared to other Princess ships which include the exclusive Chef’s Table Lumiere dining experience which is hosted by the line’s Princess Executive Chef. The experience includes a private galley tour and a multicourse dinner.

Other new inclusions include the Crown Grill & Bar American steakhouse and Alfredo’s, the line’s Italian and Neapolitan pizza restaurant.

Celebrity Cruises, which sails in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, has also started construction of its new ship, the Celebrity Edge. It has been hailed as a “trailblazer in modern luxury travel”.

The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future,” said Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

The cruise line will be revealing the details of the ship over the next two years.

MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside floated out last weekend. It will be one of the largest ships at sea and is designed to bring guests closer to the ocean – there will be a 360° ocean level promenade, panoramic glass elevators and a 98 foot bridge on the top deck. Also, 73 per cent of the staterooms will have balconies.

Like Norwegian Cruise Line and Dream Cruises, the MSC Seaside will also have the MSC Yacht Club, a ship-within-a-ship concept. VIP guests will have access to a private sun deck, a private lounge and a private restaurant. The MSC Yacht Club expands over five decks and also has two apartment suites that include a living room, balcony with a dining area and a private whirlpool.

Some of the food options include Mediterranean and international cuisine in 11 different dining venues. Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi has partnered with MSC Cruises to create a Pan-Asian specialty restaurant.

For entertainment, there is a large theatre offering four performances a night as well as an aqua park with four slides as well as a zip line.

The MSC Seaside will be based in the Caribbean. It’s sister, the MSC Seaview will enter into the market in 2018 and be based in the Western Mediterranean and a third Seaside generation ship, will be delivered by 2021 – hopefully in Asia!