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6 cool new cruise ships

Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

With recent launches at the end of 2018 and more ships slated to debut in 2019, a flotilla of new vessels is sailing into view. Here are some highlights.

Aboard the Celebrity Edge

With AAA Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman


Cruise line: Celebrity Cruises (

Size: 129,500 tons; 2,918 passengers

Entered service: December 2018

Something special: Multiuse, cantilevered platform on starboard side that moves between decks


Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways


Cruise line: AmaWaterways (
Size: 443 feet long, 72 feet wide; 196 passengers
Enters service: May 2019
Something special: Almost twice as wide as traditional river vessels, it will offer additional dining and activity options

carnival cruise line

Illustration courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Panorama

Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line (
Size: 133,500 tons; 3,977 passengers
Enters service: December 2019
What's special: The first new Carnival ship to have its home port on the West Coast in 20 years, sailing from Long Beach. SkyRide bicycles-in-the-sky attraction

celebrity flora

Illustration courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Flora

Cruise line: Celebrity Cruises (
Size: 5,739 tons; 100 passengers
Enters service: May 2019
What's special: Purpose-built to sail the Galápagos Islands with an open-air stargazing platform

nieuw statendam

Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

Nieuw Statendam

Cruise line: Holland America Line (
Size: 99,500 tons; 2,666 passengers
Entered service: December 2018
What's special: Oprah Winfrey is the ship's godmother (naming a godmother for new vessels is a maritime tradition)

sky princess

Illustration courtesy of Princess Cruise Line

Sky Princess

Cruise line: Princess Cruise Line (
Size: 143,700 tons; 3,660 passengers
Enters service: October 2019
What's special: Sky Suites that can accommodate up to five passengers each

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