New Ships & Hopes

As you may have noticed recently there are many new ships being built or being planned right now in the cruise industry. You got “Project Sunshine” of RCL, “Project Breakaway” of NCL, Royal & Regal Princess of PCL, Carnival Breeze of CCL, P&O’s new ship in 2015, Celebrity’s Reflection and Silhouette, Viking River’s new Viking Prestige, and the list goes on and on. I remember reading in Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2011 something saying, the next 5 or so years of shipbuilding will be nothing but “clone-mode” ships, no new builds on the horizon. I’m just glad these cruse lines proved them wrong. I love to see a brand new cruise ship announced, because then I follow it through all of it’s building stages, from planning, to building, and to finally delivery. My favorite one to ever follow was probably Oasis of the Seas. I found out about Oasis probably around 2007 when it was first starting construction and it was mostly in the planning stages. I saw a video of some of the construction, and I though to myself, “This ship will never be completed, it’s impossible! It’s to big, and they will run out of money before they can finish it!” That was before I knew Royal Caribbean was building it, and boy did they show me! My only hope with these new ships is that they are innovative. I really hope these cruise lines can think of some fresh ideas for these new ships, not just copy the features they may already have or features from another cruise line. Here is a quick list of some of my most favorite innovations on ships in the past few years…

  • Ropes Course – Carnival Magic
  • Zip Line – Oasis & Allure of the Seas
  • Waterpark w/ Tube Drain Slide – NCL Epic
  • Red Frog Pub –  Carnival Magic
That is a pretty short list, but not many ships have been built in these past 3 years. I just cannot wait to see some of the innovations and spaces these new ships will have to offer, so here is my list of innovations I hope some of these ships may offer in the next few years…
  • Onboard diving aquarium (would be sweet!)
  • Bungee jumping
  • More park themed spaces
  • LARGER POOLS!
  • FRESH WATER POOLS! (can’t believe the vast majority of cruise ships still are saltwater)
  • Lazy river
  • Go karts
  • Larger balconies
Now, some of these ideas seem a little far-fetched, but hey, I never thought I would be able to surf on a ship. 🙂
Have a great day everyone!
Happy #tt!
-Mikey

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.