Insight into the Seven New Cruise Ships of 2015

The cruise industry is currently booming and 2015 sees the cruise industry welcome no more than seven brand new cruise ships; boosting the total worldwide capacity by more than 18,000. To help boost your knowledge on the new cruising additions; we at GoCruise Franchise have written a short paragraph on each of the new ships - detailing their specifications and on board features. 

P&O Cruises - Britannia

The new £500million ship from P&O Cruises is set to be cruise firms biggest ever ship and will be able to hold 3,600 passengers. P&O Cruises represent the best of everything British and they have a real spring in their step going into the new year. Britannia will measure in at 1082ft and weigh 141,000 tonnes – 25,000 tonnes more than any other P&O cruise ship.

Dubbed as a “foodie’s heaven” the ship will feature 13 bars and 13 restaurants and cafés across 15 passenger decks. P&O Cruises has brought the assistance of their “Food Heroes” to bring a culinary experience like no other on board a cruise.

Marco Piere White will be designing a range of menus for the Gala nights on board. Twice Michelin-Star chef, Atul Kochhar, is one of the first chefs in the UK to be recognised for his ability to cook with spice and his Sindhu restaurant will feature on board. Wine expert, Olly Smith, will bring his expertise and knowledge on board and you’ll be able to enjoy a good drink or two at the Glasshouse. Award-winning patissier, Eric Lanlard, will bring his French pastry skills on board and you’ll be able to enjoy his unique and spectacular afternoon tea in the Market Café. Finally, popular chef James Martin will be running a cooking school on the ship – where everyone will be able to learn a variety of skills direct from James himself.

Royal Caribbean - Anthem of the Seas

Following the success of the Quantum of the Seas; Royal Caribbean’s second Quantum-Class ship is due to be launched in April 2015. Like the Quantum of the Seas, the new ship will weigh in at 167,000 tonnes and will be able to carry 4,180 passengers.

The second of the Quantum-Class ships shows a significant size reduction from the Oasis Class ships which weigh 225,000 tonnes and are able to carry 5,400 passengers. However, there is more scope for innovation and you can expect features such as sky diving; the North Star viewing pod; Seaplex entertainment centre; solarium; and virtual balconies all to return on board the Anthem of the Seas.

New entertainment features include the firm’s first-ever ice bar and Queen’s We Will Rock You Broadway show. The flexible dining system rolled out on Quantum of the Seas will feature on Anthem of the Seas too. The main Windjammer buffet, however, is set to be the “Best Windjammer at sea” thanks in part to the addition of an on-site bakery. 

Norwegian Cruises - Escape

Set to debut in October 2015; Norwegian Cruises newest ship, Escape, will measure 1,098 feet and weigh 164,000 tonnes – carrying 4,248 passengers. The ship is the first of the firm's new Breakaway Plus Class and in addition to a beautiful exterior; it will also feature many modern and new internal features.

These additions include many recreational features including a huge water park on the top deck of the ship, featuring a variety of slides including some of the fastest at sea. If you enjoy sports, then the sports complex is your home for all sports-based activities including a three-story rope course and a basketball court. Additionally, the sports complex will also feature a unique 9-hole miniature golf course.

678 Ocean Place boasts three thrilling decks filled with action including a number of bars, restaurants and a casino. One of the most exciting and unique features, however, is the quarter-mile Oceanfront Promenade which allows passengers to connect with the ocean – with spectacular views. 

Viking Ocean Cruises – Star

Renowned for their river cruises; Viking has taken the plunge into ocean cruises and the first Ocean Cruise ship, Star, is set to launch in 2015. This considerably smaller new ocean cruise ship will weigh just 47,000 tonnes and measure 745ft – with capacity for 930 passengers.

Viking has gone to great lengths with their new cruise ship and you can expect high levels of comfort and luxury on board. Every cabin will feature a veranda, allowing passengers to embrace the oceans and locations from the comfort of the ship.

The ship will also feature many unique opportunities including two polls: one with a retractable roof to protect from the effects of the weather; and a stunning infinity pool – which simulates the edge of the ship and will almost feel like bringing the locations on board. There will also be a vast collection of restaurants on board and the Wintergarden is perfect for afternoon tea. Many on board restaurants will feature outdoor dining opportunities, allowing you to enjoy your meal in the glorious sunshine with friends and family.

AIDA - Prima

German Cruise line, AIDA, are launching the latest addition to their fleet in 2015 with the brand new AIDA Prima. The ship will measure in at 300m and weight 124,000 tonnes – with capacity for 3,300 passengers and will sail all-year round from Hamburg.

Exciting features range from restaurants and cafés serving delicious food and drink; a variety of vibrant and bustling nightclubs; and water slides. The AIDA Prima will feature a heavy focus on individuality and diversity; meaning that passengers can do the things that they enjoy the most – with everything from family-friendly amenities to private areas for relaxation. 

TUI - Mein Schiff 4

Sticking with German engineering; TUI, owned by the Royal Caribbean Cruise group, are set to launch their new cruise ship in June 2015. Since being founded in 2007, TUI has grown from strength to strength and currently has three cruise ships in service; with bold ambitions to launch another 4 ships before the end of the decade.

Mein Schiff 4 will feature a relaxed atmosphere and is set to be popular with families with opportunities for everyone. The ship will feature a large range of restaurants which include extensive buffets, fresh bakeries and themed restaurants – all of which will be included in the price you pay. One feature to look out for on this ship is the diamond bar situated at the rear of the ship which will provide spectacular views over the sea and will also host the evening entertainment and daytime activities that include cookery shows. 

Ponant – Le Lyrial

From German engineering to French master class – Compagnie du Ponant are set to unveil their newest cruise ship in 2015: Le Lyrial. This small cruise ship measures 466ft and carry anywhere between 224 to 264 passengers.

Prepare to be enchanted by the French culture and décor on board as you make yourself at home in one of only 122 staterooms or suites. Leather and carpet materials are finely applied to the different venues throughout the ship and deliver a true sense of elegance and comfort. 

Whichever cruise operator you prefer and whichever ship is best for you; GoCruise Franchise provides the perfect opportunity to start your own cruise business. With the help, guidance and expertise or Fred.\ Travel; entering the cruise industry may be the best decision of 2015.

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