New Cruise Ships To Watch In 2015
If you’re a regular ‘cruiser’ you probably have a list of favourite ships that deliver holiday fun, time and again. But, if you’re looking for a new scene with activities, entertainment and dining options that have been upgraded to compete in the ever-evolving cruise market, here are three ships to watch in 2015.
Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Launched at the beginning of 2015, the Anthem of the Seas is packed full of activities for singles, couples, families and groups. On transatlantic, Europe and Caribbean cruises, you’ll get to sample the first ever sky diving simulator, a surf simulator, the North Star capsule that ascends 300 feet above sea level for panoramic views and a 30-foot rock climbing wall.
The new activities join favourites, such as basketball, roller skating, bumper cars, a circus school, a fitness centre, a spa and an outdoor pool with a poolside movie screen. There’s also an adults-only solarium pool and whirlpools.
A new concept for foodies is Dynamic Dining, which allows more flexibility, in doing away with set dining times and assigned seats. For night-time entertainment, you can join in the action at the ice bar, watch an aerial show or dance to live music at the Music Hall.
The Britannia, P&O Cruise Lines
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The Britannia’s maiden voyage was in March 2015 and it’s set to be the talk of the cruise world with spectacular features, signature dining options and dynamic entertainment options. You can sample all of it on cruises to the Mediterranean, the Fjords, the Canary Islands and Iberia.
The Lido Deck is the quintessential relaxation spot to sunbake and splash in one of four swimming pools. The Oasis Spa offers a hydrotherapy suite and salon, while the Sports Arena buzzes with tennis, cricket, football and video games. There are kid’s clubs for all ages and The Studio, which hosts everything from guest speakers and films, to cookery demonstrations.
You can indulge in afternoon tea at Eric Lanlard’s Epicurean, feast on Indian at Sindhu restaurant or try steak and seafood at The Glass House, as well as a variety of buffet and casual eating options.
As for entertainment, you’re spoiled for choice, with The Limelight Club for late night dancing, the Headliner’s Theatre with a state-of-the-art LED backdrop and The Crystal Room for dazzling balls, dance lessons and live bands.
Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises
The Viking Star hit the seas in April 2015, sailing through Europe. Elegant and understated, there’s plenty to do but even more ‘not to do’ in spectacular open spaces for relaxation and first glimpses of new destinations.
Chill out in The Explorer’s Lounge, with two-story panoramic windows, float on the edge of the ocean in the infinity pool or head to the main pool with a retractable roof and outdoor movies. Pamper yourself in the Nordic-inspired spa, sauna and Snow Grotto or delve into the carefully selected book collection at the library.
When you need to stretch your mind, the Viking Star offers enrichment programs, including history, music, art and cuisine. After dark, guests can enjoy scrumptious menus of European, Russian and Asian influenced food, before catching or movie or watching live entertainment at the theatre.
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