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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" — 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.
"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.