Ships in the Cunard® Line—the long world cruise lineage of which dates back to 1922—will travel 207,000 nautical miles and visit 93 destinations in 32 different countries in 2017. This will include many transatlantic crossings and themed cruises on the recently renovated Queen Mary 2, and a variety of unique world cruises in 2017 and beyond.
Disney Cruise Line continues to enhance its offerings for families and multigenerational cruisers. The line’s 2017 sailings provide a perfect example: They boast new itineraries and new ports for Alaska and Europe; two stops at Disney’s popular private island, Castaway Cay, on certain Bahamian sailings; twice as many sailings for Disney’s Star Wars Day at Sea celebration; and the continuation of two new offerings introduced on the Disney Wonder in late 2016—“Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” and Marvel Super Hero Academy.
Seabourn will inaugurate its new cruise ship, the Seabourn Encore, in Singapore in January 2017; the 600-passenger ship is destined to carry forward the luxury line’s lineage. (As will the Seabourn Ovation, due to arrive in 2018.) Seabourn is also returning to Alaska for the first time in 15 years come summer 2017.
The fun never seems to stop on Carnival Cruise Lines®, and that’s certainly true in 2017 and beyond. The highly successful Carnival LIVE concert series is better than ever in 2017, with country music all-stars such as Tim McGraw and Little Big Town and comedians such as Jay Leno and Jeff Foxworthy providing the entertainment. Carnival is also launching a unique two-week Alaska itinerary in September 2017, and will launch Carnival Horizon, the sister ship to 2016’s Carnival Vista, in 2018.
Following in the wake of its newest cruise ship—ms Koningsdam, in 2016—Holland America Line continues with varied innovations. In 2017, Holland America Line will celebrate 70 years of exploring Alaska; the line’s original land tours have evolved into the popular Land+Sea Journeys. New itineraries to Alaska and points around the world will continue in 2017 and beyond. The popular BBC Earth programming will be on all Holland America Line ships and the line will also be adding programming from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to the fleet.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises® introduced its newest luxury cruise ship, the Seven Seas Explorer®, in the summer of 2016, and it will continue to enhance its upscale reputation by completing a $125 million renovation program of the line’s other three ships in 2017. The renovated Seven Seas Navigator® will depart on a 128-night world cruise on Jan. 5. Regent’s unique, food-focused sister line, Oceania Cruises®, will embark on a 34-day circumnavigation of Australia on its newest ship, Sirena®, in early March 2017.
Royal Caribbean International®’s new, 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas® will reposition to North America in late 2016, alternating between western and eastern Caribbean itineraries. The line also has many new itineraries and ship deployments scheduled for 2017, as well as a new cruise ship scheduled for 2018 and several more in following years.
Over at sister line Celebrity Cruises®, 2017 cruise news includes year-round Caribbean sailings on Celebrity EquinoxSM (including a new Summer Camp at Sea program); an uptick in the number of cruises that visit the Galapagos, thanks to the addition of Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience voyages aboard Celebrity Xpedition®; new “Best of the Western Mediterranean” sailings on Celebrity Reflection®, the line’s newest cruise ship; and the addition of multi-day excursions and port stays.
In addition, the company’s boutique, destination-focused Azamara Club Cruises line and its recently renovated ships will sail to new ports in Grand Cayman, New Zealand, Seychelles and Mexico in 2017, upping its offerings to 65 voyages to 200 ports in 68 countries.
Given all of this, it’s easy to see why the cruise news for 2017 and beyond is better than ever.