Smooth Sailing Ahead: The Top 5 Cruise Trends to Watch in 2024
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Smooth Sailing Ahead: The Top 5 Cruise Trends to Watch in 2024 - New Ships Bring Fresh Features
When it comes to cruise ships, newer and bigger has often been better. But in 2024, the name of the game is innovation, with cruise lines focusing more on new features and experiences rather than just sheer size.
Royal Caribbean made a splash in late 2023 with the debut of its Icon of the Seas, which it dubbed the "future of family vacations." At 250,000 gross tons, it's among the largest cruise ships ever built. But it's the interior amenities that have cruisers buzzing. Highlights include a massive suspended pool with a glass bottom overlooking the ship below, a transformational theater with rotating sets, and suite neighborhoods themed after Central Park and Coney Island. Families can also enjoy activities like bumper cars, karaoke, an indoor jungle gym, and a playground slide spanning ten decks.
Norwegian Cruise Line is upping the ante in 2024 with the arrival of its most innovative newbuild yet, Norwegian Viva. Billed as an "ultimate escape," Viva will feature an expanded three-story racetrack where kids can drive electric go-karts. Adults can test their mettle on the fastest freefall drop dry slides at sea called The Rush and The Drop. Viva will also debut The Social, an interactive media space with viral video creation, TikTok workshops, and virtual reality games.
Princess Cruises' Discovery Princess has already made waves since its 2021 launch with new dining and entertainment options. The cruise line is continuing that momentum in 2024 with its newest ship, the Sun Princess. Guests can enjoy two brand new Production Shows in the state-of-the-art theater, while the expansive Piazza atrium will host lively new pop-up performances. Culinarily, cruisers will savor fresh flavors at dining venues like an upscale French bistro and sushi bar.
Disney Cruise Line returns to the seas in 2024 after a two-year hiatus, with its highly anticipated Disney Treasure setting sail. Built specifically with families in mind, it will feature a brand new district made just for kids. Highlights include Marvel Super Hero Academy for aspiring young crime fighters, a Disney Imagineering Lab for budding Einsteins, a fairytale castle with "princess meetups," and the very first Disney Cruise Line water ride.
Luxury line Silversea Cruises will cater to discerning palates when its second Nova class ship, Manatee, launches in 2024. Eight new dining venues will tantalize tastebuds with an internationally inspired menu of flavors. ŌZU will offer a modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine, while S.A.L.T. Lab will be an experimental eatery combining technology and tradition. Manatee will also pamper travelers in redesigned Owner's Suites outfitted with spa-like marble bathrooms.