Published on December 18, 2014 by Lola Augustine Brown

Cruise lovers rejoice – there are some fantastic new ships to sail on and wonderful new itineraries to explore this winter. Here are some of the wonderful new cruise vacations you could take:


Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is a mega-ship that takes onboard entertainment to a whole new level. There’s a glass pod you can ride in that is raised 300 feet above the ship to give unobstructed views of the ocean or whatever port you’re in, bumper cars, a circus school, running track, an evening entertain program that has had input from the likes of Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth, gourmet marketplace, library, workshop, and so much more.


With the Quantum of the Sea, Royal Caribbean also introduces Dynamic Dining – smaller scale restaurants that you need to book into. All experiences require booking via an app that you either use through your mobile device, or at one of the ship’s many kiosks, making this a way more techy ship than cruise fans are used to (high-speed internet is also a feature, which regular cruisers know is unusual when you’re at sea). Cabins are bigger, and interior cabins have lots of really neat design features that set the bar high with this new vessel. The Quantum of the Sea departs from Cape Liberty, NJ, and visits the Bahamas and Caribbean ports.


Princess Cruises newest ship, the Regal Princess, is a beautiful and elegant ship, with a massive glass atrium where you can visit a gelato bar, sit at a seafood bar, or enjoy a cocktail. There’s a glass walkway over the ocean for you to test your wits by walking on, an outdoor batting cage, a TV studio where you can watch shows being taped and later broadcast across the ship, interactive light and watershows on deck every night, and all the usual fantastic features that Princess Cruises have. Leaving from Fort Lauderdale, the Regal Princess tours the Eastern Caribbean.


Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway
, is a critics favourite and offers a range of luxurious new features designed to give every passenger an exceptional vacation. Its most interesting feature is probably the quarter mile long oceanfront boardwalk where you can stop in at one of many shops, bars, and restaurants, but then there’s also an Ice Bar (sculpted from ice), two Broadway shows (Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor), a dueling piano bar, jazz and blues club, as well as five massive water slides.


There are 28 different places to eat on the Norwegian Getaway, so whether you’re in the mood for a juicy steak, dim-sum, or whatever, you’ll find it onboard. Cabins are gorgeous, and generously sized. This vessel departs from Miami, and tours the Caribbean.


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Images Used in This Article
Article feature image, "QUANTUM of the SEAS" by EDDIE is licensed under CC BY ND 2.0
Royal Carribean's Image,  "Solarium" by David Fiske is licensed under CC BY ND 2.0
Norwegian Getaway Image, "NORWEGIAN GETAWAY" by EDDIE is licensed under CC BY ND 2.0