5 New Cruise Ships not to be missed in 2022
The year 2022 is likely to be the year of a real renaissance for cruise ships. In fact, many shipping companies will be launching real gems next year!
Discover a selection of the 5 new cruise ships of 2022 not to be missed!
- MSC WORLD EUROPE
Msc World Europa is part of the new series of MSC World Class, the new project of Msc Crociere. The latter includes the construction of four cruise ships with almost 7000 passengers each and 2760 cabins.
One of the new features is that all these ships will use LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fuel, one of the cleanest maritime fuels in the world!
Specifically, LNG-fuelled engines guarantee: 99% reduction in SOx1 emissions, 85% reduction in NOx1 emissions, 25% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG), greater elimination of particulate matter in the exhaust.
Costing 1 billion each, the vessels are being built by the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire and will be delivered in 2022 and 2024 respectively. Two more are under option for delivery in 2025 and 2026.
Another special feature will be the shape of the ships, designed to increase the stability, hydrodynamics and comfort of its guests.
The first ship is due in 2022 (MSC World Europa), and will be equipped with a new-generation wastewater treatment system and other state-of-the-art environmental technologies. Not only that, it will also have a fabulous glass swimming pool.
In short, this is a truly super-technological cruise ship, but also with a not inconsiderable green twist!
- NORWEGIAN PRIMA
The second cruise ship not to be missed in 2022 is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Prima, which will debut in the summer of 2022. This beautiful cruise ship was built in Italy at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
She will be able to accommodate 3215 guests and the first year she will stop in Northern Europe, and a 12-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York. Then, in 2023 and 2024, she will sail the waters of the western Caribbean, between the USA, Mexico and the Bahamas.
The most outstanding feature is undoubtedly the go-kart track inside the ship. It is the first track built on three levels and can be used while sailing. The track is about 420 metres long and has 14 bends. The go-karts will be able to reach 50 km/h. It can accommodate 15 vehicles at the same time and offers a breathtaking view of the open sea.
Norwegian Cruise Line is no stranger to go-kart tracks. The world’s first was built on Norwegian Joy, which made its debut in 2017, followed by its ships Bliss in 2018 and Encore in 2019. This, however, is the longest.
- RESILIENT LADY BY VIRGIN
The Resilient Lady is the sister ship of the Valiant Lady and the Scarlet Lady and is due to make her debut on 1 July 2022.
Built by Fincantieri in its Sestri Ponente shipyard, the cruise ship of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a real gem!
The ship has a gross tonnage of approximately 110,000 tonnes and more than 1,400 cabins able to accommodate more than 2,770 passengers, assisted by a crew of 1,160.
The quality of life on board is guaranteed by the “comfort class” certification, which attests to minimum levels of perceived noise and vibration.
- WONDER OF THE SEAS
The “Wonder of the Seas”, which will depart from Fort Lauderdale on 4 March 2022, is the largest cruise ship in the world. A real Covid free floating city with 6900 people on board plus 2300 crew members and 867 cabins.
If you don’t want to miss her, there is also a Mediterranean itinerary with a stop in the port of Civitavecchia in October 2022.
Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship was built by Chantiers del’Atlantique of Saint Nazaire, and was scheduled to arrive at sea in 2020, but the Pandemic has put the brakes on delivery. The first departure is scheduled from the port of Shanghai.
- CELEBRITY BEYOND
Celebrity beyond, from the Celebrity Cruise series Edge, will depart on her maiden voyage on 27 April 2022 from Southampton, England, for a 10-night Western European cruise. It will then offer Mediterranean voyages, including 9-night itineraries in Italy and France, also touching down in Civitavecchia. Finally, 10-night itineraries to the Greek islands until early October, when she will then head to the Caribbean.
The ship has the same features and design as her twins Celebrity Edge (2018) and Celebrity Apex (2020), but in a more luxury version.
Specifically, renowned architect Tom Wright has expanded the exterior spaces with ocean views. His design lengthens the ship by 20 metres and raises it to 17 decks high, allowing the reimagining of exteriors such as The Retreat (the resort area), the Resort Deck (pool space) and the Rooftop Garden.
Wright also designed the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered platform the size of a tennis court, which scales the side of the ship and transforms from an open-air lounge or restaurant poised above the ocean on the highest decks to a platform to go on the lower decks.