2019 has been a fantastic year for cruise, with many cruise lines introducing more additions to their fleet; new destinations being added to itineraries and extraordinary features to enjoy on-board your ship.
Let’s take a look at which ships are your favourites so far for 2019!
Most popular cruise ships for 2019
According to data from Cruise Market Watch, there were 314 ships at the end of 2018. That meant that 2019 started as a strong year for choice and variety across the many fleets of cruise lines.
CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) also announced in their 2019 State of the Industry Report that 18 new CLIA-member ocean ships are scheduled to debut in 2019. With so many ships to pick from and a wide range of cruisers looking for a holiday, here are some of the favourites so far for 2019.
Refurbished in 2018 and welcomed back to the UK, Independence of the Seas is a long-time favourite with UK cruisers. Her multi-million pound makeover revitalised her interiors as well as added exciting new activities and dining experiences such as the virtual reality SkyPad, laser tag, two brand new water slides and a new family-friendly water park, as well as an escape room and the chance to watch the Broadway musical, Grease on stage.
The ship is continuing to sail from the UK throughout September and October this year, before she heads to the Caribbean in 2020. Here, she will be one of the many Royal Caribbean ships which sail for the Bahamas to the cruise line’s exclusive island – Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Currently P&O Cruises’ flagship, Britannia is not only the largest ship in the fleet but also the most glamorous too, boasting a stunning atrium and sophisticated air of a 5* hotel on-board.
Britannia was built exclusively for British travellers and even features the largest Union Jack flag of its kind on her bow – measuring a huge 94 metres!
There are plenty of places to eat and drink, while accommodation types suit all travellers (from solo cruisers to large groups and families). There’s never a dull moment on-board as the ship is home to West End-style shows, dance classes and film screenings. As for relaxation, Britannia offers four swimming pools – one of which is adult-only – as well as several Jacuzzis, craft classes and daily activities. The kids’ club is also split into four age groups, meaning your little ones can enjoy making friends and taking part in the fun programme while you relax poolside!
Another contender from Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas is a popular ship amongst UK cruisers. Offering family-fun and innovative features on-board, she is a great choice for anyone looking to set sail for adventure. Just a few of her unique features include the Bionic Bar, where a robot makes your cocktails, and the North Star, which takes you 300-feet above sea level for incredible views.
Other exciting facilities include the signature FlowRider surf simulator, 43-foot rock-climbing wall, adults-only Solarium and the We Will Rock You show, offering true British music history.As for food, you’ll find familiar British faces on-board at Jamie’s Italian (owned by chef Jamie Oliver). Here you can enjoy his tried and tested recipes while at sea!
Anthem of the Seas will be sailing to the Caribbean and North America for the remainder of 2019, before homeporting in the UK in 2020 for the first time since 2015! From May until October 2020, cruisers can set sail aboard this fantastic ship departing from Southampton to Europe, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.
Celebrity Cruises’ are also another top choice for UK cruisers, with Celebrity Silhouette a firm favourite. Not only does she offer ocean views in over 85% of the staterooms, but the ship boasts real grass in the Lawn Club and indulgent treatments at the Canyon Ranch Spa – she’s the ideal sanctuary for utter relaxation.
Celebrity Silhouette will also be undergoing an extensive refurbishment in 2020, where facilities such as The Retreat Sundeck and the Retreat Lounge, as well as new dining venues and accommodations will be introduced. The ship will be sailing from the UK until October this year, then again from April 2020.
Another P&O Cruises’ ship which is a favourite with UK cruisers, Ventura is the perfect cruise ship for family fun. With four pools, a lavish two-deck theatre and great sports facilities, as well as fantastic shows, there is always something to do on-board.
For a chance to relax and take a step back from the excitement, there is also a tranquil spa and many quiet places to unwind on-board. Head to The Exchange for a real ale in the charming bar, enjoy an indulgent dining experience with Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard or head to Sindhu for authentic Indian cuisine with a British twist.
Has your favourite cruise ship made the list? Which is in your top five? Let us know in the comments below!