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Top New Cruises for 2023

If you’re ready for a vacation on the high seas, you can set sail as early as May on one of these exciting new passenger vessels

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“Norwegian Viva" has an upscale ship-within-a-ship experience at the back of the ship.
Norwegian Cruise Line

This year’s list of new cruise ships includes splurge-worthy luxury vessels, first-in-class ships and a new cruise line. Here’s a preview of what to expect. You can get the best fare by booking early and looking for promotions and special offers including two-for-one cruise fares, free round-trip airfare, suite upgrades, special solo rates, shipboard credits and other perks. Note: The prices listed below are starting rates for each ship’s less-expensive cruises. 

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“Explora I” has 82 connecting suites to accommodate multigenerational families.
EXPLORA JOURNEYS

"Explora I" — Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys’ first ship, the Explora I, sets sail on July 17. The 922-passenger vessel (at double occupancy) is like a Malibu dream home at sea with oceanfront suites, residences and penthouses boasting ocean views and private terraces. Eighty-two of the suites are connecting to accommodate multigenerational families (reunion, anyone?). Six restaurants offer global cuisine and elevated options such as sustainably sourced Wagyu beef and grilled octopus. Foodies will appreciate the intimate Chef’s Kitchen experience that’s hosted in a private kitchen overlooking the ocean. Other highlights are the four swimming pools, private cabanas, a comprehensive wellness program (sunrise yoga, an immune-boosting workshop) and unique excursions such as exclusive access to the Royal Swedish Opera. Explora I offers accessible suites and destination experiences that are wheelchair accessible. 

Cost: From $2,150 per person for a three-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany. 

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Every room on the “Seven Seas Grandeur” is a suite with private balconies overlooking the water.
Regent Seven Seas

"Seven Seas Grandeur" — Regent Seven Seas

Seven Seas Grandeur will sail its inaugural voyage in November as the latest addition to what the company regards as “The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet.” To wit, every room is a suite, and all suites have private balconies overlooking the water. The boutique beauty hosts 732 guests (double occupancy) and will also have an exceptional piece of art on board the ship. The Journey in Jewels, a Fabergé egg inspired by the ocean, will remain part of the ship’s multimillion-dollar art collection. In typical Regent fashion, the cruise includes unique onboard learning activities such as lectures, customized epicurean experiences and afternoon tea and trivia. Several suites feature wheelchair accessibility. 

Cost: From $4,999 per person for a seven-night cruise from Miami.

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There are eight restaurants and 11 bars on the “Silver Nova.”
Silversea

​​"Silver Nova" — Silversea

Set to debut in August, Silver Nova is the first luxury cruise ship with low emissions and hybrid power sources (a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases per double suite), making it one of the most sustainable cruise ships in the world. It turns out sustainable can also be chic: Suites include private glass balustrade balconies and butler service. The 728-guest vessel (at double occupancy) includes eight restaurants and 11 bars. If you want to try something new, S.A.L.T., the line’s immersive culinary experience, is focused on locally sourced ingredients, market trips and visiting chef demonstrations. Guests also can indulge in holistic wellness options at the Otium spa or relax in the infinity-edge whirlpool. Silver Nova offers accessible suites, while the dining and entertainment venues and public spaces can accommodate wheelchairs. 

Cost: Fares start at $4,350 per person for a seven-night cruise from San Juan. 

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“Vista” has a series of excursions focused on the conservation of the environment.
Oceania Cruises

​​"Vista" — Oceania Cruises 

Vista is Oceania Cruises’ newest addition to the fleet. Scheduled to launch May 13, the ship accommodates 1,200 passengers (double occupancy). Oceania is known for its culinary focused activities and gourmet fare, and Vista continues the tradition with 12 dining venues, hands-on cooking classes, a mixology program where you learn to make smoke bubbles and other cocktail techniques, and chef-led Culinary Discovery Tours. Daily afternoon tea includes four-tiered pastry carts and music by a classical string quartet. There’s also a wellness center and a series of excursions focused on the conservation of the environment, with tours to sustainable vineyards or destinations with eco-conscious art. Staterooms are available for passengers with mobility concerns. 

Cost: From $2,199 per person for a seven-night cruise from Rome.

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In addition to staterooms for multigenerational families, “Norwegian Viva” has solo cabins for single travelers.
Norwegian Cruise Line

"Norwegian Viva" — Norwegian Cruise Line

If you’re looking to cruise this summer, Norwegian Viva is scheduled to set sail in August. The 3,100-passenger (double occupancy) ship features a few notable upgrades for the popular Norwegian brand, including a spa with a charcoal sauna and ice room. Large staterooms accommodate multigenerational families, and solo cabins are available for single travelers. The ship also includes the Vibe Beach Club, an adults-only outdoor venue for cocktails and dancing, and Norwegian’s infinity hot tub. For an upscale ship-within-a-ship experience, reserve a stateroom in The Haven, an exclusive area for drinks, dining and lounging at the back of the vessel. Norwegian Viva has accessible staterooms, and accessibility coordinators are available upon request. 

Cost: Fares start at $999 per person for a seven-night voyage from San Juan.​

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