These new cruise ships offer top-notch entertainment, adventure, and luxury.
From draping crew members in superheroesque, Gareth Pugh-designed capes to collaborating with Mark Ronson on entertainment, Virgin Voyages will bring an adults-only edge to cruising with the launch of its Scarlet Lady. The 2,770-passenger ship sails through the Caribbean (including to Virgin’s private beach club on Bimini, where Diplo is slated to perform in 2020), while on board, passengers make permanent memories at Squid Ink tattoo studio and shop the record store. The ship’s 15 Mega RockStar suites even allow guests to create their own riders (no brown M&M’s, thanks) and come with a glam squad. Departures: Multiple dates, beginning April 1, 2020.
American Queen Steamboat Company’s new American Countess paddle wheeler makes its first journey from New Orleans to Memphis this spring. The 245-passenger Countess will sail the line’s standard six-to-eight-day Ohio, Mississippi, and Tennessee river excursions as well as its own Mississippi trip from Red Wing, Minnesota, to New Orleans over 15 days, stopping in ports such as the island city of Winona, Minnesota, and Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s childhood home. Departures: Multiple dates, beginning April 5, 2020. Red Wing departure, September 20, 2020.
The new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s first of three planned ships begins sailing in the Mediterranean this summer before moving on with itineraries in northern Europe, Canada, New England, and the Caribbean. With its 298-passenger Evrima, the respected hotel group aims to bring its brand of hospitality to the seas. Each cabin on the all-suite ship has a private terrace ranging from 67 to 592 square feet, and passengers can choose from ten dining experiences. Three-Michelin-starred chef Sven Elverfeld is creating the menu for S.E.A. restaurant, while over at The Pool House, rotating pop-ups will pour bubbly spritzes and hand out icy paletas. Departures: Multiple dates, beginning June 14, 2020.
Two heli-skiing and flightseeing helicopters and a Zodiac hangar with four quick-deploy points allowing passengers to embark in less than 20 minutes await passengers on Quark Expeditions’ new Ultramarine. The 199-passenger, polar-specific ship’s optimized fuel and water systems mean longer itineraries that encompass remote locations in the Arctic and Antarctic. On board, a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows and en suite bathrooms with heated floors keep toes toasty, while treatments at the spa soothe muscles after a day of heli-hiking. Departures: Multiple dates, beginning October 2020; prices to be announced.