Cruise holidays are about to get even more glamorous in 2020 as a whole host of new cruise ships take to the seas.
Cruise lines including MSC Cruises, Saga and Princess are all set to welcome new additions to their fleets, while new cruise line Virgin Voyages will be unveiling its first ever ship, Scarlet Lady.
We’re talking cantilevered platforms, on-board tattoo parlours, luxury spas, seriously swish cabins and thrilling new offerings for guests.
There’s plenty to get excited about, so to give you a helping hand we’ve rounded up our top picks of new cruise ships set to sail in 2020. (We’ve listed them in the chronological order of their inaugural sailings).
Check out the list below…
Looking for more cruise inspiration? You can also check out all the new cruise ships that launched in 2019, while Mirror Cruise can be a great source for discounted sailings with perks such as free cabin upgrades and drinks packages.
1. Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages
Setting sail: April 2020
The first ship for new cruise line Virgin Voyages, Scarlet Lady won’t be offering a traditional cruise experience.
Other highlights include a 220 square foot area of triple netting where guests can lay out and soak up the rays, right above the ocean and the decks below and cosy cabanas where you can take in ocean views.
Scarlet Lady will boast a length of just over 277m and a gross tonnage of 110,000.
2. Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Cruises
Setting sail: April 2020
The second of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge® Class ships, Celebrity Apex promises to be just as glamorous as Celebrity Edge with her Magic Carpet (a cantilevered platform on the side of the ship) and a Rooftop Garden.
Think lavish cabins with outdoor plunge pools, 29 different dining venues including speciality restaurants and the Grand Plaza, an open three-storey venue.
The ship will boast a gross tonnage of 129,500 and will hold up to 2,908 passengers.
3. Iona, P&O Cruises
Setting sail: May 2020
P&O Cruises’ is set to welcome new 180,000 ton ship Iona, sure to make for a luxurious holiday thanks to her swanky spa, fine dining venues and glamorous inaugural season sailing to the Norwegian fjords.
We’ve put together a guide on everything we know about Iona so far including what the cabins will look like, the dining options on offer and more exciting extras that passengers can expect.
Iona is expected to accommodate up to 5,200 guests, and will boast a gross tonnage of 184,700.
4. Enchanted Princess, Princess Cruises
Setting sail: June 2020
Enchanted Princess will make her debut on luxurious sailings to Europe next year.
Passengers can expect swanky cabins and heaps of entertainment including pools, a casino, theatre, movie nights under the stars, and dining options spanning gourmet offerings to laidback pizzerias.
The ship is expected to host 3,660 guests and 1,346 crew members.
5. Spirit of Adventure, Saga
Setting sail: August 2020
Saga has already offered up a sneak peek of Spirit of Adventure’s cabins, bars and restaurants and it looks like a pretty swish offering.
Think everything from sleek cocktail bars and elegant lounges, to three types of cabin whether you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere or want total opulence throughout your break.
The ship will boast a gross tonnage of 58,250 and will accommodate up to 999 guests with a crew of 517 people.
6. MSC Virtuosa, MSC Cruises
Setting sail: November 2020
The ship’s name comes from the word ‘virtuoso’, meaning someone who’s highly skilled in music, so it seems fitting that each deck will be named after a musical instrument.
When she launches MSC Virtuosa will become one of the two largest ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with sister ship MSC Grandiosa.
Highlights include Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, virtual personal cruise assistant Zoe (think Amazon’s Alexa but for cruises), the Galleria packed with shops, restaurants and social spots where you’ll also find concerts and parties, an MSC Aurea Spa and of course some seriously breathtaking cabins.