2015 has seen the launch of many new ocean cruise ships, including the colossuses of Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and P&O Cruises’ Britannia. There has also been the launch of a new cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises; and brands such as Virgin have also stated an intention to enter the cruise industry in the coming years.
Whilst the world of ocean cruise has seen many new entrants, river cruise lines have also enjoyed a significant increase in overall capacity. By the end of the 2015, a total of 19 new river cruise vessels will have joined the industry, which speaks volumes about the cruise industry as a whole.
Many new to cruise passengers, put off by factors such as potential seasickness and spending long periods of time at sea, are being attracted to the rivers of the world. River cruises offer a unique style of intimacy on board, with fine food, attentive service and balcony staterooms. Only river cruises can take you to the heart of each country, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture.
Below is a comprehensive list of all the newcomers, of which have either already joined the world of river cruise or are set to launch later this year.