Do you feel cruise ships were adrift from modern life? Think again. Lewis Nunn covers the new tech, new innovations and new offerings afloat in an article published in DailyMail.co.uk.
From rollercoasters to submarines, the latest innovations that give life at sea the fun factor.
World’s first battery-powered cruise ship
Hurtigruten introduced MS Roald Amundsen – the world’s first cruise ship equipped with batteries to support its low-emission engines.
It features vast observation decks and a high-tech Amundsen Science Centre with touch screens, science equipment, a library and workshops.
From £1,889pp for a nine-day Highlights Of The Pacific voyage, departing May 10, 2020.
New 132-suite, ultra-luxury expedition ship Seabourn Venture, set to launch in 2021. It will go to more than 150 destinations from Antarctica to the Amazon, with a 26-person expedition team of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists.
It will also have submarines that drop 1,000ft to explore sunken shipwrecks, reefs and marine life.
From £7,000pp for a ten-day Highlights Of The English Channel cruise, departing July 5, 2021.
Sea the world
SeaDream Yacht Club is introducing ‘Global Yachting’ – floating away from traditional cruising with a small ship to give an intimate and personalised experience, with 110 ocean-view suites and a 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio.
SeaDream Innovation features an in-ocean swimming pool and three marinas equipped with zodiacs, kayaks, sailboats and wave runners.
From £3,845pp for an eight-day Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro cruise, departing March 2, 2020.
Shaped like a ten-pence coin, OceanMedallion is 21st Century Princess Cruises technology worn on a wristband, using 4,000 ship sensors to unlock your cabin door for you, track the kids and deliver cocktails to you anywhere on board.
Simply use the OceanNow app and OceanMedallion will instruct the crew on where to find you.
From £1,699pp for a 17-day Mediterranean And Greek Isles voyage, departing November 6, 2020.
Float on Jupiter
Viking Jupiter has a 26-seat planetarium, the Explorers’ Dome and talks led by a resident astronomer.
Delve into the stars, planets and astronomical wonders surrounded by antique globes, model star constellations and a golden telescope.
From £1,990pp for an eight-day Journey To Antiquities cruise, departing December 13, 2019.
At 440ft long, AmaMagna is bringing a wave of first-at-river innovations – with a pop-up sky bar and a Zen Wellness Studio hosting group classes on stretching, cardio and circuit training.
There are 53 suites and the world’s first water sports platform on a river ship – and it has a sundowner boat for sunset cruises.
From £2,951pp for an eight-day Christmas Markets On The Danube cruise, departing December 8, 2019.
Drag queens hit river cruising
U River Cruises, for the under-45s, has teamed up with drag queens from the hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race – Jiggly Caliente, Darienne Lake and Phi Phi O’Hara – to offer a week of shows, make-up lessons and karaoke, sailing from Frankfurt to Regensburg, with stops at Nuremberg and Miltenberg Castle.
From £1,199 for an eight-day Germany’s Finest cruise.
Carnival’s funfair at sea
Ready for 2020, Carnival Cruise Line is building its largest ship, the Mardi Gras – boasting the first ocean-going rollercoaster, BOLT.
Racing in a motorbike along a track 187ft above sea level, you’ll come close to 40 miles per hour, with 360-degree views and a high-powered turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel.
From £624 for a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise, departing November 14, 2020.
Getting around the Galapagos
Celebrity Cruises has launched the first expedition yacht to sail the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora, which carries 100 in all-suite accommodation, has private cabanas for mojito-sipping and the first-ever glamping experience at sea with an open-air stargazing platform.
From £6,950pp for an eight-day Galapagos Outer Loop cruise, departing August 30, 2020.
Sailing from Barcelona in May 2020, Royal Caribbean’s Allure Of The Seas will have a ten-storey slide, The Ultimate Abyss, to plunge down to Aqua Theatre on Deck 6 in time for an acrobatic dive show, followed by a tipple at the Bionic Bar, served by two robot bartenders.
From £991pp for an eight-day Western Mediterranean cruise, departing May 10, 2020.
Take an encore
Norwegian Encore will lead the way for entertainment.
That’s thanks to a Galaxy Pavilion virtual-reality complex – an indoor centre housing labyrinth escape rooms, simulators, mazes and multi-sensory virtual experiences, along with some of the latest cutting-edge technology from go-karting at sea to laser tag in a lost city of Atlantis arena.
From £869pp for a seven-day Canada & New England cruise, departing September 4, 2020.
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