While most of the ships are sisters to previous newcomers, there are a few attention-getters that are stealing the spotlight this year. NCL is promoting the Norwegian Epic, its largest ship to date which is slated to set sail in June. The ship is already making headlines with its unusual amenities like the first ice bar at sea, private lounge access, and studio suites for solo travelers. In addition, the three-mast sailing ship, the Sea Cloud Hussar will launch this fall carrying 136-passengers throughout the Mediterranean.
On the radar of the sister ships due out this spring is the 2,518-passenger MSC Magnifica which begins cruising Europe this March followed by the April 7 launch of P & O Cruises Azura which strays from the family-friendly Ventura (Azuras sister) by offering guests a more upscale experience. The last of the fresh batch of first-quarter ships will be the Celebrity Eclipse, the third ship in the Solstice class which sails out of Southampton at the end of April.
Stay tuned for more updates as they develop, or check out our selections for the Top Ten Cruises in 2010.