Experienced cruisers know that the industry is always changing, constantly adding new ships, new itineraries, new features and, perhaps best of all, new restaurants. And when it comes to 2018, it’s all good news. The next 12 months will see bigger and better ships, cruise lines heading to farther corners of the world and a mysterious new amenity known only as The Magic Carpet. We’ll leave it there.

If you can’t wait to cruise in 2018, here’s a sneak peek at what we can expect next year.

New ships

Carnival Horizon

Arrival date: April 2018
Liner: Carnival Cruise Line
Itineraries: Europe, Caribbean, Transatlantic

carnival horizon new cruise ship 2018

Carnival Horizon is of the same fleet as her sister-ship Carnival Vista, and will feature much of the same of Carnival’s 2.0 upgrades. Cruisers can expect the high-flying SkyRide, the swanky Havana Bar & Pool, an IMAX theatre, Lip Sync Battles and a crazy array of dining options, including a few restaurants by renowned foodie Guy Fieri.

Norwegian Bliss

Arrival date: April 2018
Liner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Itineraries: Alaska, Caribbean

norwegian bliss cruise line new ship 2018

Norwegian Bliss is the third in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway-Plus Class, and will feature exclusives like the largest go-kart track at sea, laser tag and the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys. You’ll also find familiar Norwegian favourites like waterfront dining, a speakeasy and the crystal-encased adult fun park known as 678 Ocean Place.

Symphony of the Seas

Arrival date: April 2018
Liner: Royal Caribbean
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Caribbean

symphony of the seas new cruise ship 2018

Joining her sister-vessels in the Oasis-class fleet as the largest ships currently at sea, Symphony of the Seas will feature Royal Caribbean’s Central Park, Royal Promenade and Boardwalk concepts, plus some of the biggest and swankiest suites the line has to offer. She’ll also have the Ultimate Abyss, the world’s tallest at-sea slide, ziplining and an incredible outdoor arena.

New itineraries

Marella Cruises

The arrival of Marella Cruises is news in and of itself. The line used to be known as Thomson Cruises, but with the rebrand has come with a whole new list of itineraries on offer. With Marella Cruises, cruisers can head to Southeast Asia, hitting ports in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Plus, Marella Explorer and Marella Celebration will be based in Barbados for regular Caribbean travel.

marella cruises new itineraries for 2018

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises is adding to its repertoire four new sailings to Cuba, offering cruisers more overnight stays in the vibrant capital of Havana than any other line. Itineraries will also feature stops in UNESCO World Heritage Site Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, home to salsa, a UNESCO fortress and the Bacardi empire.

cuba cruise azamara

New concepts

Scenic Eclipse

Scenic’s latest ship, Scenic Eclipse is also due to arrive late-summer 2018. She’ll be the world’s first discovery yacht, kitted out with a submarine, two helicopters, Zodiacs and kayaks, and will be able to cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica for up to three months of the year. To make matters better, she’ll also feature 10 dining options, a spa, pool and eight bars.

scenic eclipse luxury yacht

The Magic Carpet

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge – yet another newbie for 2018 – will feature a ‘magic carpet’ (more about that here: 6 things you should know about the Celebrity Edge ), a moving deck that glides up from decks two to 16 and features a bar and restaurant. If it sounds futuristic, it is. The Magic Carpet will also act as an extension for whatever deck it lands on, offering more pool space.

celebrity edge magic carpet 2018

Can’t wait to cruise in 2018? Let us know your upcoming cruise plans in the comments below.

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Emma says:

Wow! 2018 sounds so exciting. I’m really excited for my first Princess cruise in 2018 and I would LOVE to try another new cruise line in the year. P&O, Costa or maybe Marella?
I’m still not convinced by that flying carpet thing… think we will have to keep our eyes peeled on how well that one works out in practice. 



I'm Emma, a 23 year old travel blogger based in the UK who strongly believes that cruising isn't just for old people!


  1. Exciting times in cruising. Love Thomson so good to see that they are bracnhing out to the far east one of our favourite destinations. We would also love to cruise on one of the new RCCL ships and have our eye on the Symphony of the Seas in October if the budget allows!

    • Emma Le Teace Reply

      Absolutely! Symphony (another word I can’t spell) would be amazing but quite a bit out of my budget I think…

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