New Cruise Ships for 2019

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We LGBTQ cruise enthusiasts love our new ships! Here is a report on a few of the 24 new ships coming into service in 2019, including seven new large ships entering the North American market.

Carnival Panorama

Carnival Cruises boasts some of the most sailings by our members. The new Carnival vessel, which accommodates 4,008 guests, will home port in Long Beach, CA. Sailings include a 3-night cruise in December and 7-night adventures to the Mexican Riviera through all of 2020.

Photo courtesy Carnival Cruise Line

Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Encore (3,998 guests) will first sail a transatlantic voyage from Southampton to Miami for as low as $949 pp. After reaching Miami, the ship will sail to the Caribbean and to New York, Bermuda, and the Panama Canal. This is a sister ship to Bliss, which MMOB group cruisers enjoyed in October on the Mexican Riviera.

Photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

Sky Princess

Sky Princess (3,660 guests) will cruise the Mediterranean beginning in October, with all the Oceanview cabins completely booked Following a sold-out transatlantic voyage, she arrives in uber gay-friendly Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean itineraries. The ship’s December 4 sailing has already sold out.

Sky Suite on the new Sky Princess. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

MSC Bellissima & MSC Grandiosa

In Europe, MSC will debut a sister to Meraviglia to be named Bellissima,(4,494), which will cruise the Med and some Atlantic ports.

Interestingly, MSC is the only cruise line we know of that can accommodate 1,2, 3, and 4-day passengers on the same ship at the same time. A mini-cruise sounds like a great way to recover from jet lag!

MSC will also launch Grandiosa,(4,824 guests) a stretched version of Meravigila. Grandiosa will sail from Hamburg for several cruises which feature  3 or 4 overnights per cruise. Afterwards, she’ll settle in the Mediterranean for more conventional itineraries, again with the short cruise option available.

Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

Costa Smeralda

Costa Cruises will begin a new class of ship with Smeralda, (5,224) which will be the world’s fifth-largest vessel, and is powered by LNG. Beginning in October, Smeralda will depart various Mediterranean ports for the rest of 2019.

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas

This year Royal Caribbean debuts Spectrum of the Seas at 4,180 passengers. Custom-built for the Chinese market, the new ship will cruise mainly from Shanghai and Hong Kong. In May Spectrum will begin service mainly from China and plus ports like Dubai and Barcelona in 2019.

Viking Jupiter

Viking Ocean Cruises continues to add new ships at a dizzying pace. They began to set sail with ocean vessels in 2015 and February will mark their 6th launch, 930-passenger Viking Jupiter, built to the same specifications as her sister ships. She will wander the Mediterranean, setting sail on her first cruise from wonderful Ravenna. (If you enjoy world heritage architectural and historical sites, we highly recommend a visit to Ravenna.) Jupiter then heads to the Baltic, Great Britain, the Med and South America.

If you’re interested in booking one of these amazing new ships, contact our MMOB cruise travel expert Adam Martindale.