MAIDEN CRUISES

The most anticipated new cruise ship of 2016, Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, is already being hailed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.

Regent's new ship Seven Seas Explorer is the height of luxury for cruise aficionadas.
Regent’s new ship Seven Seas Explorer is the height of luxury for cruise aficionados.

Her maiden voyage in July is a 14-day sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice that is already sold out with 750-guests onboard.

australiancruisingnews.com notes that maiden voyages are much sought-after by avid cruisers and that first cruises regularly sells out.

Seven Seas Explorer has cabins that can truly be classed as suite-sized, all have balconies, and her fittings are luxe in every sense of the word.

Not surprisingly, she is part of the luxury line Regent which is renowned for all-inclusive features from free shore excursions, to free wines and spirits, to pre-paid gratuities and free Wi-fi.

Other new cruise ships

April sees the maiden voyages of three new cruise ships.

Viking Cruises’ Viking Sea, carrying 930-passengers, is the second ocean-going ship for the river cruise giant. Onboard attractions include a spa with sauna and “snow grotto” where falling snow flakes give a real Nordic feel. A glass-backed pool at the ship’s stern offers a sea vista, vikingcruises.com.au

Holland America’s Koningsdam will be the line’s largest, carrying 2650 passengers, with a big focus on the ship’s Culinary Art Centre where there will be cooking classes for guests, as well as a wine blending venue, hollandamerica.com.au

Royal Caribbean’s mega liner, Ovation of the Seas, with 4180 passengers makes her début specifically for the Chinese market, with a swag of attractions including a glass pod that rises 300 feet above the ocean, royalcaribbean.com.au

May sees further maiden debuts of new cruise ships.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista, has onboard attractions including a pedal powered skyride, and the Red Frog pub that brews its own beer. Carrying almost 5000 passengers, her first voyage will be in the Mediterranean and is already  sold out, carnival.com.au

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, carrying 5400 passengers, is another making her début to become the world’s largest cruise ship. She has a 10-storey water slide, appropriately called The Abyss, and a Central Park with live trees and plants, royalcaribbean.com.au

At year’s end, Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Encore, carrying 600 passengers, makes her début. On board will be the signature restaurant of international chef Thomas Keller, whose land based Michelin-starred restaurants are The French Laundry (Napa Valley, California), Per Se (New York), and Bouchon (Las Vegas), seabourn.com.au

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