It’s been a busy month in the world of cruising, with new ships dominating the headlines, so here is a low down of what exciting features we have to come.
Richard Branson was on hand to reveal the first Virgin Voyages ship will be called Scarlet Lady, which was also what one of his first aircraft was called too! Launching in 2020, the 2,700 passenger adults’ only ship will boast nine health and wellbeing spaces on board, including a wellness pool, boxing ring and a sundeck dedicated to yoga classes, all aimed at providing some ‘Vitamin Sea’. They also announced their plan to ban single use plastic on board, a move also been taken by several other cruise lines. They intend to offer complimentary still and sparkling water at all of the bars and have Natura water filtered water stations for guests to use along the ship.
They also annouced they want to launch a ‘Scarlet Squad’ – to mentor and employ female crew in areas usually dominated by men. “Across the maritime industry, we can do better in onboard recruiting and leadership representation for women,” Tom McAlpin, chief executive said. “I want all future crew to know that Virgin Voyages will create an onboard environment that is fair, inclusive and where everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Although the ship with be bound for the Caribbean, they hope to bring her to the UK for a fleeting visit to showcase her before she makes her way across the Altantic. We can’t wait!
Celebrity Edge started her sea trials this week; the first in a new exciting class of ships for Celebrity with it’s revolutionary Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform, able to span 13 decks and offering a new space with bar on the Star. Edge will also offer 29 restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from and brand new Infinite balconies. Celebrity also cut the steel for Celebrity Apex, the 2nd Edge class ship which will be due to sail in Spring 2020 with further ships due in 2021 and 2022.
Princess Cruises have also been making annoucements of their own. Sky Princess, who will be debuting in the Mediterranean in 2019, will feature ‘Sky Suites’ which will be located on the top deck and feature the largest private balconies ever offered by the line. They will offer private viewing point to the Movies Under The Stars screen and offer catered events by the chefs on board. The ships will also feature more jacuzzis and pools than it’s other Royal class ship and twice as many cabanas.
P&O have also revealed they will be offering some new cabin types. Iona will feature ‘Conversatory Mini-Suites, which will add an extension to the cabin which will can be closed off or open. They have opted for a classic navy and gold colour scheme for the cabins, which have been designed by Richmond International.
Which new ship are you most excited to try?N