Today, the new large cruise ships have brought in a new era of cruising. They sail beyond the land horizon and focus inward on resort-style experiences like diverse dining options, brilliant spas treatments, lavish theatrical entertainment, extravagant casinos, amazing zip lines, vast pool deck movie screens, wonderful children’s programs and exceptional room service.
Revolutionizing the onboard experience, these super megaships are more like small cities that offer something for everyone. These gigantic ships particularly have an edge in entertainment. They truly welcome kids of all ages and provide special programs categorized by age. For adults, they offer Karaoke, comedy clubs, disco and ballroom style dancing and enormous stage shows with huge casts of talented dancers and singers.
People travelling in large group of diverse travelers; young couples, kids and grandparents, who enjoy resort-style activities and nighttime just as much as discovering new places, should consider travelling on large cruise ships.
Some of the newest and the largest cruise ships to sail the 7 oceans are:
Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas is currently the world’s second largest cruise ship (1,187-foot-long). Its sister ship Allure of the Seas, which is two inches longer, is the world’s largest one. Launched in 2009, Oasis of the Seas has 16 decks, 2700 staterooms with guest capacity of 6296, seven unique neighbourhoods, each designed individually to house numerous incomparable experiences and activities and 25 dining options.
When you’re onboard, spend some quality time and relax in the three main outdoor neighbourhoods. The Boardwalk has an assortment of innovative entertainment, inspired by the seaside amusement parks of Coney Island in New York and England’s captivating harbor villages. Unwind in the open-air Central Park, among the blooming trees, lawns and gardens; explore the various shops, restaurants and bars; or enjoy the street performers’ performances. Dive into any of the four pools present on the ship; enjoy the fountain show; take scuba lessons or marvel at the acrobats performing high dives and other stunts, in the deepest of the four pools that turns into an Aqua Theatre at night. Don’t forget to visit the Vitality Spa that offers everything from hot stone massages to acupuncture. Children will love the meet-and-greets with cartoon characters from movies like “Shrek” and “Madagascar”. What’s more, if you’re a thrill seeker then ride the zipline; climb up the rockwalls; ice skate; play basketball; golf in the mini golf course; or surf in the onboard surf simulators.
The Oasis of the Seas sails Western Caribbean with an exciting 7 night round-trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, Florida all year round (inside cabin prices starting from US$1029 per person). The cruise takes passengers through four ports of call namely Fort Lauderdale – Florida; Labadee; Falmouth; and Cozumel.
The Allure of the Seas launched in 2010 is almost similar to its sister ship but it does have certain unique breathtaking attractions. It even features the first Starbucks Café at sea. It sails Eastern Caribbean with an exciting 7 night round-trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, Florida all year round (inside cabin prices starting from US$ 799 per person). The cruise takes passengers through four ports of call namely Charlotte Amalie; Fort Lauderdale – Florida; Nassau; and Philipsburg.
Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s latest addition to the fleet, Quantum of the Seas, debuting in November 2014, weighs 1,68,000 tons, has 16 decks and over 2,060 staterooms with 373 virtual balconies that will host up to 4,180 passengers. With numerous first at sea experiences, shopping, dining and entertainment options, the Quantum of the Seas promises to be the ultimate adventure at sea.
When you’re onboard, take in the spectacular 360 degree view of the sea from North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level; experience the Transformative Venues that changes from day to night with splendid live performances and musical shows; relax in Two70°; go roller skating, play basketball or ride bumper cars at SeaPlex – the biggest indoor activity space at sea; or experience pure thrill and excitement of flying in an air machine in RipCord – first ever sky diving simulator. You’ll also get the benefit of dynamic dining where you’ll have the option to choose from 18 restaurants for your culinary choices. Children can surf at sea in FlowRiders; rock climb on the Rockwall; experience Magical DreamWorks by meeting-and-greeting Disney movie characters; or visit the Youth Zone and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery.
The Quantum of the Seas will sail through Bahamas with an exciting 7 night round-trip itinerary from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, USA in December, March and April (inside cabin prices starting from US$1047 per person). The cruise will take passengers through four ports of call namely Liberty – New Jersey; CocoCay; Nassau; and Port Canaveal – Florida.
Weighing 155,873 tons, Norwegian Epic, with guest capacity of 4100, offers FreeStyle cruising option to its passengers, where they get absolute freedom to have their own style of vacation. The Norwegian Epic is the largest ship sailing on the Mediterranean waters, offering outstanding culinary choices with over 20 exquisite dining options and accommodations ranging from villas, new wave staterooms to solo studios. The ship also features sports court, Aqua Park, hot tubs, a fitness center, Jazz club, rappelling and climbing wall, pools, live comedy, dueling piano bar, translucent bathrooms and first Ice bar at sea. Moreover, with its multitude of entertainment options, it has in fact taken the cruise entertainment to just another level.
When you’re onboard, witness the Blue Man Group performing live in the Epic Theater, first time in the sea; experience ‘Cirque Dreams® & Dinner’ – the incredible theatrical dining at Spiegel Tent; watch the world’s greatest celebrity impersonators perform at Legends in Concert; and have fun with your family with Nickelodeon™ at Sea.
The Norwegian Epic sails through Western Mediterranean with an exciting 7 day round-trip itinerary from Barcelona, Spain from May till November (inside cabin prices starting from US$899 per person). The cruise takes passengers through six ports of call namely Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma De Majorca, Spain.
Launched in April 2013, weighing 153,000 tons, Norwegian Breakaway, with guest capacity of 4000, is one of the largest Norwegian ships and its sister ship, Norwegian Getaway weighing 144,000 tons, launched in January 2014 is the latest addition to the Norwegian Fleet. The blue colored Norwegian Breakaway, themed on the lines of New York’s Art & Culture, offers some magnificent amenities.
When you’re onboard, indulge in 29 unique dining options, of which three are seafood specialty restaurants; stroll along the extra-wide quarter-mile oceanfront walkway – The Waterfront, lined with restaurants, shops, bars and stunning views; enjoy with family with Nickelodeon™ at Sea and at Jungle Fantasy circus show; get mesmerized by dazzling Broadway performances at – Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages; laugh out loud at the Second City comedy shows and do plunge in pools and on the five multistory waterslides in the Aqua Park that includes the fastest drop slide at sea – the Free Fall. The ship also features 9-hole Golf course, club, casino, spa, climbing and rappelling wall, three storeys Sports Complex, sports court, Ice Bar and Spice H2O bar. The ship hosts all sorts of activities for all age groups 24/7.
The Norwegian Breakaway sails through Bahamas and Florida with an exciting 7- nights round-trip itinerary from New York, USA from February till April and October till December (inside cabin prices starting from US$649 per person). The cruise takes passengers through four ports of call namely New York; Port Canaveal – Florida; Great Stirrup Cay; and Nassau.
The Norwegian Getaway, themed on Miami, is almost similar to its sister ship but it does have certain impressive attractions like the Illusionarium, where magicians perform in an innovative video-domed space. It sails Eastern Caribbean with an exciting 7 days round-trip itinerary from New Miami, Florida, USA all year round (inside cabin prices starting from US$629 per person). The cruise takes passengers through four ports of call namely Miami – Florida; Nassau; Philipsburg; and St. Thomas.
Launched in October 2012, Celebrity Reflection is the latest and the largest addition to the Celebrity’s Solstice class of ships. Weighing 122,000 tons with guest capacity of 3,046, the ship features13 decks and 34 first ever AquaClass Suites that have spectacular 79 sq ft verandas.
When you’re onboard, enjoy over 20 delicious dining options in the SPE-certified main restaurants; relax and rejuvenate in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® amidst the breathtaking setting; experience the element of surprise at Qsine® restaurant; grill outdoor along with celebrity chef at Lawn Club Grill; try your hand in beading, painting, culinary lessons, jewelry making, sketching, drink mixology, chef-prepared dinners and taste tests at The Art Studio; relax and unwind at The Alcoves, a soothing cabana-style private retreat; or hang out at Michael’s Club. The ship also features Spa Cuisine restaurant BLU, the Celebrity iLounge, the XClub for teenagers, the FunFactory for kids and coffee lounge.
The Celebrity Reflection sails Eastern Mediterranean with an exciting 11 nights round-trip itinerary from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy from April till October (inside cabin prices starting from US$1549 per person). The cruise takes passengers through seven ports of call namely Santorini, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Naples, Italy; and Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy.
The Carnival Dream, launched in 2009, weighing 130,000 tons with the guest capacity of 3,646, is the largest cruise ship of Carnival Cruise Lines. The ship lures in passengers of all ages with its superb amenities. When you’re onboard, enjoy in the cool BlueIguana Tequila Bar and way-fun RedFrog Rum Bar; satiate your appetite at the exceptional gourmet steakhouse, two dual-level dining rooms and Lido Restaurant that is loved by everyone; catch a performance, dance your heart out or grab a snack at Ocean Plaza; relax your senses at the expansive Cloud 9 spa; take a splash or ride on the heart-racing waterslides in WaterWorks; catch a movie in the open-air Carnival’s Seaside theatre; laugh out and enjoy at Punchliner comedy club; and leave your teenagers to unwind at Club O2 and your kids to have fun at Carnival Camp.
The Carnival Dream sails through Western Caribbean with an exciting 7 days round-trip itinerary from New Orleans, Los Angeles, USA all year round (inside cabin prices starting from US$419 per person). The cruise takes passengers through four ports of call namely New Orleans, Los Angeles, USA; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico.
Weighing 141,000 tons, Royal Princess, with 1,780 staterooms and guest capacity of 3,600, is the largest ship of the Princess Cruises fleet. Launched in April 2013, the ship offers numerous next-generation luxurious features and amenities to its passengers.
When you’re onboard, walk over the amazing glass bottom SeaWalk that extends 28 feet outside the ship’s edge and experience views of the sea almost 128 feet straight down; catch live productions, game shows, enrichment classes, art-house films, etc., at ‘Princess Live’, the first television studios at Sea; socialize with people and enjoy Piazza entertainment performances at the expanded Atrium that has various bars and multi cuisine restaurants; indulge in activities like basketball, volleyball, tennis, golfing, shooting, gym and aerobics at Sports Lounge; take a dip in hot tubs and fresh water pools; watch a movie at Movies Under the Stars; behold the remarkable water & light show at Watercolor Fantasy; see live performances at Princess Theatre; shake a leg at Club 6; try your luck at Princess Casino; and let your teens enjoy at kids club. Other entertainment features on the ship include cabaret show, comedy events, and signature lounges with live piano performance like the Crooner’s Lounge, Vista Lounge, Bellini’s and Wheelhouse Bar; along with 25 varied dining options.
The Royal Princess sails through Scandinavia & Russia with an exciting 11 days round-trip itinerary from Warnemunde, Germany from May till August (inside cabin prices starting from US$2049 per person). The cruise takes passengers through eight ports of call namely Warnemunde; Tallin; St. Petersberg; Helsinki; Stockholm; Copenhagen; Oslo; and Aarhus.
The Royal Princess’s sister ship Regal Princess launched in May 2014 has almost similar key features but it does offer certain new innovative experiences like a flexible anytime dinning option, first on any of Princess Cruise Ships; the aft pool and the Promenade deck. The Regal Princess sails through Grand Mediterranean with an exciting 12 days itinerary from Barcelona, Spain from July till October (inside cabin prices starting from US$2199 per person). The cruise takes passengers through ten ports of call namely Barcelona; Toulon; Livorno – Tuscany; Civitavecchia – Rome; Naples; Mykonos; Plovdiv – Istanbul; Kusadasi; Piraeus – Athens; and Venice.
Weighing 1,30,000 tons with 1,250 staterooms, 14 decks and guest capacity of 4,000, Disney Fantasy is the largest and the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Launched in March 2012, the Fantasy is a luxurious family-friendly vessel boasting state-of-the-art amenities. Passengers of all ages sail on this mega-ship, lured by its Disney magic.
When you’re onboard, watch the popular musical comedy “Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular”, Disney’s Wishes, Disney’s Believe, a Farewell show and Disney California Adventure; see the Undersea Magic& Animation Magic show while dining at Animators Palate; explore the diverse dining options available onboard like Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Cabanas and Palo & Remy; let your fun side emerge on water coasters in AquaDuck and water springs & wave pools in Aqua Lab; get active on Goofy’s Sports deck with basketball court, golf course, virtual sports games, ping pong tables and jog tracks; let your tots and teens have fun at Oceaneers Club & Lab and The Edge; and don’t forget to unwind at Senses Spa & Salon with mud baths & hot stone massages. Finally, do take part in the Muppets interrogative games and enjoy Disney Fantasy at its best!
The Disney Fantasy sails through Western Caribbean with an exciting 7- nights round-trip itinerary from Port Canaveral, Florida, USA from May till November (inside cabin prices starting from US$1435 per person). The cruise takes passengers through five ports of call namely Port Canaveral – Florida; Cozumel; Grand Cayman; Falmouth; and Castaway Cay.
Weighing 140,000 tons with 1751 staterooms, 14 decks and guest capacity of 4,345, MSC Preziosa is the fourth and the largest ship in MSC’s Fantasia class. The elegant megaship has enormous Mediterranean touch to its décor, evident from its Swarovski-studded stairs, decks named after precious gem stones & jewels, abundant shimmering glass mosaics, Murano glass, white marble and lavish public rooms adorned with animal prints.
MSC’s Fantasia class ships have an exclusive MSC Yacht Club and if you’re staying in the MSC Yacht Club suite then relax, unwind and enjoy at exclusive hydro-massage pools, solarium, private bar; and take in the amazing oceanic view from the stunning glass-walled observation lounge. Besides these, immerse yourself along with the kids in the latest Doremi Castle Aqua Park with water pistols, sprays and fountains; also if you are a thrill seeker then slide down the humongous 394-foot-long Vertigo waterslide. If you’re looking for a serene sanctuary then relax in the Top 18 Solarium that has ample deck space and stunning sea view along with Tiki bar menu and spa service. Give your taste buds a treat; discover the variety of cuisines from Italian, Mediterranean to international recipes, offered in two specialty restaurants – Eataly Restaurant and Ristorante Italia, and 3 main restaurants. The ship also features the splendid MSC Aurea Spa, a full-gaming casino, 21 bars, 12 whirlpools and 4 swimming pools counting one infinity pool, a sports area, a bowling alley, Broadway-scale theatre, children’s area and a fitness centre.
The MSC Preziosa sails through Mediterranean with an exciting 7- nights round-trip itinerary from Bari, Italy in May and June (inside cabin prices starting from US$719 per person). The cruise takes passengers through six ports of call namely Bari; Dubrovnik; Istanbul; Izmir – Ephesus; Katakolon – Olympia; and Venice.
Set to debut in October 2014, Costa Diadema will be the biggest, most modern and most spacious addition to the Costa Fleet; weighing 132,500 tons with 14 decks, 1,854 staterooms and guest capacity of 4,947. The Costa Diadema is set to offer Italian style cruising to its passengers with innovative entertainment, culinary and technology.
When you’re onboard, relax and rejuvenate your senses with the diverse therapies and Spa treatments available at three-storey Samsara Spa Wellness Centre; stroll around Portobello Market Square that will have an esplanade and numerous bars, shops and walkway cabanas; catch a show at three storey Emerald Theatre; watch movies at 4D cinema; try your luck at Golden Jubilee Casino; take your kids in the huge castle shaped kids club; have a drink or two at any of the 15 bars available onboard including the ‘Bar Bollicine’ Prosecco bar, ‘Vinoteca Huit-Huit’ wine bar, and ‘Birreria La Fiamma’ pub; share an ice cream at ‘Gelateria Amarillo’ ice-cream parlor; and discover different flavors of food from around the globe in the seven restaurants that includes Samsara Restaurant, Club Restaurant, Piazza Pizza Pizzeria and Tappanyaki Restaurant. Other entertainment features on the ship include two storey video game zone, Grand Prix simulator, library, disco, galleries, shops and squok club.
The Costa Diadema sails through Italy, Croatia and Malta with an exciting 6 – nights itinerary from Trieste (Italy) in November (inside cabin prices starting from US$834 per person). The cruise takes passengers through six ports of call namely Trieste (Italy); Dubrovnik (Croatia); Corfu (Greece); La Valletta (Malta); Naples (Italy); and Genoa (Italy).
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