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New Luxury Cruise Ships on Order

Explora II aft view (rendering)
Ming Tappin

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May 29, 2024

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Luxury cruise ships keep getting better and better with each passing season, and these new ships are no exception.

If you're like us, you can't wait to see what these new luxe options will look like. Check out our list below to see which new luxury ships are hitting the waves next.

If you're curious about expedition, we've got those covered too: New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships, as well as the larger ships: New Cruise Ships on Order.

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2024

Silver Nova sails under a blue sky. (Photo: Silversea)

Silversea Silver Ray

Launch Date: June 15, 2024

Tonnage: 54,700

Berths: 728

Silversea’s second Nova Class vessel will be identical to sister ship Silver Nova, launched in 2023. Its pool deck will feature an asymmetrical design, with the pool facing the ocean, and all accommodations will be balcony suites with Silversea’s signature butler service in every category. The popular Salt And Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) culinary program will focus on regional cuisine through a specialty restaurant, cocktail bar, cooking classes, and a Chef’s Table experience. The Otivm Spa will offer decadent treatments and luxurious spa experiences extending into the guest suites through soothing bath amenities, fragrances, and in-suite service of spa cuisine. We’re still eagerly awaiting more details on Silver Ray, which will continue to deliver Silversea’s all-inclusive, ultra-luxury experience to her guests.

Explora II's hull being lowered into place at Fincantieri shipyard Genoa (Photo: Jeannine Williamson)

Explora Journeys Explora II

Launch Date: August 11, 2024

Tonnage: 63,900

Berths: 922

Debuted in 2023, Explora Journeys is the luxury yachting division of MSC Cruises, offering an all-inclusive product designed to promote “an ocean state of mind”. The ship’s 461 spacious oceanview suites will all feature balconies (average suite size is 453 square feet), and elaborate penthouses and residences will range up to 3,014 square feet.

Dining is a highlight onboard Explora Journeys, and Explora II will have six restaurants that include French, Mediterranean, fine-cut steaks and Pan-Asian flavors, 12 bars and lounges, and in-suite dining. An elaborate spa with a hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna rooms, and soothing treatments will complement the elegant onboard experience as guests sail to Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East on Explora’s global itineraries.

Renderings for Ritz Carlton ships Ilma and Luminara (Photo/Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection)

Ritz-Carlton Ilma

Launch Date: September 2, 2024

Tonnage: 46,750

Berths: 448

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection debuted in 2022 with its first superyacht – the 624-foot Evrima, designed for 298 guests. Coming in at 790 feet and accommodating 448 guests, Ilma will be slightly larger than her sister but promises to deliver the same exemplary Ritz-Carlton service in a relaxed private yacht atmosphere. Its all-balcony and all-suite accommodations – including two new suite categories – will be one of the most spacious in the industry (the smallest is 480 square feet, and the largest is more than 1,000 square feet), and all with personal concierge service.

Seven dining venues will range from casual poolside to exclusive dinners served in a private enclave, plus a 24-hour in-suite dining service will feature global cuisine made with the finest ingredients. Ilma will also have an indulgent Ritz-Carlton Spa, a marina with watersports equipment, a fitness studio, and two pools, including one with an infinity-edge.

Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Vela

Launch Date: December 2024

Tonnage: 54,300

Berths: 998

The tenth ship for Viking Ocean Cruises will be slightly larger than her previous nine sister ships, which only carry 930 guests. However, from what we can see from comparing deck plans (since no specific details have been announced), the only difference will be a slightly larger size of the public areas and more cabins and suites. Viking Vela will continue Viking’s 18+ adults-only policy, focusing on culinary experiences with the Chef’s Table, Manfredi’s Italian restaurant, cooking classes, in-depth destination lectures in The Theater, and spa and wellness in the revitalizing Nordic Spa. All staterooms will feature private balconies, and there will be ten penthouse and suite categories for guests seeking upscale accommodations.

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2025

Sailing the Mediterranean aboard Oceania's Vista (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

Oceania Allura

Launch Date: July 18, 2025

Tonnage: 67,000

Berths: 1,200

The sister ship to Oceania Vista, Oceania Allura will be the second ship in the cruise line's Allura class and the eighth overall in the fleet. According to Oceania, the 11-deck ship had been named to reflect the excitement of starting an immersive new journey. The 1,200-passenger ship will boast two crew members for every three passengers and will showcase new dining venues and cabin categories introduced on Vista.

Under construction at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, all of Oceania Allura's 612 staterooms will have balconies. As the foodie’s cruise line, Oceania will continue to offer exemplary dining experiences in the Grand Dining Room and several complimentary specialty restaurants, including Ember and Aquamar Kitchen, which were introduced on Oceania Vista.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's third vessel will be called Luminara (Rendering: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection)

Ritz-Carlton Luminara

Launch Date: July 31, 2025

Tonnage: 46,750

Berths: 452

Ritz-Carlton’s third superyacht will be identical in size and capacity to her sister Ilma. What we know so far: Luminara will have an even higher percentage of suites in the top categories, including the new 1,039-square-foot Residential Suite. The size of the marina will be expanded from the previous ships, offering guests direct access to the sea. The ship will have an elegant interior décor and a palette of soft hues with pops of rich color, rich marble, and leather accents.

Viking Sky in Tromso (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

Viking Vesta

Launch Date: July 2025

Tonnage: 54,300

Berths: 998

The second sister ship to Viking Vela will be the same size and passenger capacity and is expected to launch in 2024. No further details on Viking Vesta have been released.

Rendering of Four Seasons Yachts upcoming vessel (Photo/Four Seasons Yachts)

Four Seasons (Unnamed)

Launch Date: November 2025

Tonnage: 20,000

Berths: 180

It was announced in September 2022 that luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is also entering the cruise segment (after Ritz-Carlton). The company has signed an agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build two yachts, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in 2025. Designed for those looking for the upper echelon of luxury service and exclusivity, the all-suite, residential-style yacht will have 14 decks, 95 luxury suites (with the top accommodation being a four-level, 9,500 square-foot Funnel Suite), 11 restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, an expansive upper deck with a saltwater pool, and a transverse marina that spans the entire width of the yacht, with outdoor decks and watersports equipment. The ship is currently still in the design stages, with more details to follow.

Ocean Residences Njord

Launch Date: TBA 2025

Tonnage: 86,000

Berths: 117 Private Residences

A superyacht residence program is currently in development by Ocean Residences, with the vessel Njord ordered for delivery in 2025. The yacht will feature two- to six-bedroom residences of 1,500 to 9,000 square feet, available for purchase starting at $8.5 million. Each suite will have unobstructed views with private balconies, a gourmet kitchen, and custom furnishings curated by some of the most prestigious design teams in the world. The vessel’s amenities include a 10,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, an executive helicopter and four superyacht limo transfers, two submarines, watersports equipment, a fleet of 10 zodiacs, dive and fishing boats, swimming pools, and seven bars and dining venues. Built to Polar Class 6 to cruise in icy waters, Njord will roam the world, including the polar region, and also host scientific research teams and oceanographic researchers through its onboard Oceanic and Atmospheric Research facility.

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2026

Thalassotherapy Pool on Viking Sea

Viking Ocean (Unnamed)

Launch Date: May 2026

Tonnage: 54,300

Berths: 998

Besides confirming the order, no further details have been released by Viking.

Rendering of Explora III (Photo: Explora Journeys)

Explora Journeys Explora III

Launch Date: Summer 2026

Tonnage: 63,900

Berths: 922

Explora III, currently under construction in Italy, will be Explora Journey’s first ship to be powered by LNG. Although no further details have been released on its design, Explora III is expected to be nearly identical to her sister ships Explora I and Explora II.

Four Seasons (Unnamed)

Launch Date: November 2026

Tonnage: 20,000

Berths: 180

Besides confirming the order, no further details have been released by Four Seasons. The yacht is expected to be the same size and capacity as the first vessel that is scheduled to be delivered in November 2025.

Project Sama (Unnamed)

Launch Date: TBA 2026

Tonnage: 2,300

Berths: 100

Project Sama is a joint venture with Cruise Saudi and luxury hotel Aman Group, the operator of 35 hotels, resorts, and residences in 20 countries around the world. The duo-fuel vessel will be a super yacht, offering an ultra-luxury experience to just 100 discerning guests. No further details have been announced.

Rendering of MV Narrative (Photo/Storylines)

Storylines Narrative

Launch Date: TBA 2026

Tonnage: 62,000

Berths: 1,094

Billed as a “Luxury Residential Community at Sea”, Storylines Narrative will offer 530 fully furnished one and two-story residences (237 to 1,970 square feet) priced from $875,000 to $8 million, available as full and share ownership. The LNG-powered globe-trotting mega-yacht will have 20 restaurants, a 10,000-book library, a microbrewery, three swimming pools, and a marina with watersports equipment.

Orient Express Silenseas

Launch Date: TBA 2026

Tonnage: 25,600

Berths: 120

The legendary rail company Orient Express is also getting into the cruise market, announcing a most unusual first vessel – a motor yacht topped with three rigid sails of more than 328 feet tall. The vessel will be built to run on LNG (and eventually green hydrogen when available), with the sails potentially taking on full propulsion under favorable conditions. Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 suites that are expected to have an average size of 753 square feet, with the Presidential Suite coming in at over 15,000 square feet. There will also be two swimming pools, two restaurants, a spa, an amphitheater cabaret, and a speakeasy bar.

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2027

Viking Sky

Viking Ocean (Unnamed)

Launch Date: May 2027

Tonnage: 54,300

Berths: 998

Besides confirming the order, no further details have been released by Viking.

Rendering of Explora V (Photo: Explora Journeys)

Explora Journeys Explora IV & Explora V

Launch Date: TBA 2027

Tonnage: 63,900

Berths: 922

The next two Explora vessels are expected to launch in 2027. Explora IV will be the second ship in Explora’s fleet to be powered by LNG, while Explora V will be even more sustainable as it will also be designed to take on bio and synthetic gas, methanol, and liquid hydrogen, the next generation of clean fuel. Both ships are expected to be identical in size and design to their predecessors Explora I, II, and III.

Orient Express (Unnamed)

Launch Date: TBA 2027

Tonnage: 25,600

Berths: 120

The second ship for Orient Express has been confirmed and is expected to be the same size and capacity as the first ship Orient Express Silenseas, but no further details have been released.

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2028

Viking Ocean (Two ships - Unnamed)

Launch Date: May and November 2028

Tonnage: 54,300

Berths: 998

Besides confirming the order, no further details have been released by Viking.

The Conservatory Pool & Bar is Explora 1's main pool (Photo: Jorge Oliver)

Explora Journeys Explora VI

Launch Date: TBA 2028

Tonnage: 63,900

Berths: 922

Explora VI will be built with the same clean fuel-burning technology as her predecessor Explora V, which includes bio and synthetic gas, methanol, and liquid hydrogen. It is expected to follow the same design and size as the previous five Explora vessels.

Publish date June 09, 2022
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