Despite the pause on cruise ships sailing in 2020, there has still been plenty going on behind the scenes to bring brand-new ships to us in 2021 and beyond. See which ships are coming soon for 2021, 2022, 2023 and onwards.

New cruise ships for 2021

Scarlet Lady
Maiden voyage: January 2021

Scarlet Lady is the flagship of the Virgin Voyages fleet and was due to set sail on her maiden voyage in 2020. This has now been postponed to January 2021, when she will be sailing out of her homeport in Miami across the Caribbean on a variety of four- and five-night sailings. She is set to offer the ultimate adults-only cruising experience, with over twenty dining options; expertly designed social spaces and wellness zones; and unbelievable ocean views in almost every single one of her staterooms.

Scarlet Lady - Virgin Voyages

Spirit of Adventure
Maiden voyage: February 2021

The second new-build ship for Saga Ocean, Spirit of Adventure is a sister-ship to Spirit of Discovery. While she retains much of the small-ship cruising aspect, the ship remains stylish and innovative – designed with the cruisers in mind. She also offers 100 cabins just for solo travellers, catering to single passengers. The ship will be sailing on its inaugural voyage in February 2021 on an all-inclusive cruise to the Canary Islands.

Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Apex
Maiden voyage: March 2021

Sister-ship to the incredible Celebrity EdgeCelebrity Apex promises to be just as exciting and revolutionary. The second-ship in the Edge Class for Celebrity Cruises, Apex offers luxurious accommodations, world-class culinary venues and signature spaces. The ship was due to set sail in April 2020, offering a range of cruises around Europe and the Mediterranean, however, this has been delayed and the ship has been repositioned to the Caribbean to begin its inaugural season in March 2021.

Iona
Maiden voyage: April 2021

A celebration of the sea and the island nation of IonaP&O Cruises new ship offers a new way to experience the stunning landscapes and epic views of the oceans. She is the shining star of the P&O Cruises’ fleet after her launch in 2020 and will offer a variety of European and Mediterranean voyages out of Southampton in 2021, including the Norwegian Fjords and the Canaries.

P&O Cruses - Iona

Mardi Gras
Maiden voyage: April 2021

The next ship to join Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet is Mardi Gras. The ship certainly breaks records as it will be the largest ship ever built by the cruise line and the first in North America to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a fuel which produces almost zero-emission and represents a huge turning point for Carnival Cruise Line. What’s more, it will also feature the first-ever rollercoaster at sea!

The ship was due to sail from August 2020, however, this has been postponed to April 2021 when the ship will set sail from Port Canaveral on a selection of Caribbean cruises.

Mardi Gras - Carnival Cruise Line

MSC Virtuosa
Maiden voyage: April 2021

This new cruise ship will be one of the two largest in the MSC Cruises’ fleet, joined by MSC GrandiosaMSC Virtuosa will include exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, as well as the personal cruise assistant, Zoe, in every room! Despite being initially planned to debut in 2020, MSC Virtuosa is scheduled to debut in April 2021 when it will cruise in Northern Europe and the Baltics, before repositioning to Dubai later in the year for the winter season.

Odyssey of the Seas
Maiden voyage: April 2021

Odyssey of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s second Quantum Ultra Class ship. She is a sister-ship to Spectrum of the Seas and will feature many of the same exiting facilities and activities. You can expect the North Star observation pod, robot bartenders and the exhilarating RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator plus much more! The ship was initially planned to join the Royal Caribbean fleet in November 2020. However, delays to the launch now mean that the ship is instead sailing its inaugural season from April 2021 in the Mediterranean.

Enchanted Princess - Princess Cruises

Enchanted Princess
Maiden voyage: May 2021

Get ready to set sail with this brand new ship – Enchanted Princess! She is the fifth in the line of the cruise line’s Royal-Class ships, sharing all the same spectacular style and comfort, as well as a selection of her own new attractions. She will boast the most pools and whirlpools every, as well as world-class entertainment venues which will host dazzling performances. Guests can also stay in the breathtaking new Sky Suite, featuring expansive views from Princess Cruises’ largest balcony at sea and hosting up to five guests. The ship’s debut has been delayed due to the pandemic, with it now planned to set sail in May 2021 for an inaugural season in the Mediterranean.

MS Rotterdam
Maiden voyage: August 2021

Third ship in the Pinnacle Class, MS Rotterdam will be a sister-ship to Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, featuring enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations. Originally the ship was named MS Ryndam, however Holland America Line announced the ship would be renamed MS Rotterdam in honour of the name’s heritage within the cruise line’s history and as a tribute to the MS Rotterdam which had been sold earlier in 2020.

MS Rotterdam is planned to be delivered to the cruise line in July 2021, following which it will sail across Northern Europe before heading to the Caribbean for the winter.

MSC Seashore
Maiden voyage: August 2021

As an evolution of MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, MSC Seashore is better than ever. She will be 16m longer and have larger main restaurants, casinos, retail and entertainment areas. Launching in 2021, the ship will have new spaces and more powerful engines as well as the innovative MSC for Me technology with an enhanced on-board experience.

The ship will debut in August 2021, a few months delayed than initially planned.

Discovery Princess
Maiden voyage: November 2021

The sixth and final ship in the Royal-Class, Discovery Princess is the latest cruise ship to be announced by Princess Cruises. Launching in November 2021, the ship will feature many of the current innovative facilities, such as the luxurious Sky Suite, stunning Piazza and the Ocean Medallion technology.

Valiant Lady
Maiden voyage: October 2021

Sister-ship to Scarlet Lady, this ship will offer many of the same exciting and unique facilities already seen with Virgin Voyages. Initially scheduled to debut in May 2021, this has since been delayed until October 2021 when Valiant Lady will sail out of the Mediterranean to the Caribbean for a winter season in the tropical climate.

New cruise ships for 2022

Disney Wish
Maiden voyage: Summer 2022

The fifth ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet, Disney Wish will be the first new-built for the cruise line since 2012. Features include plenty of family-friendly adventures alongside waterslides, dual bathrooms in cabins and exciting kids’ clubs.

Wonder of the Seas
Maiden voyage: 2022

The 2nd Oasis-Class ship, Wonder of the Seas will be the largest in the world when she debuts in 2022! She is currently under construction in France, but she has been confirmed to include the same seven-neighbourhood style concept as her sister-ships, as well as a number of thrilling experiences and imaginative dining.

Edge Class - Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Beyond
Maiden voyage: 2022

As the third ship to join the renowned Edge Class series of the Celebrity Cruises’ fleet, Celebrity Beyond will feature a number of the stand-out spaces such as the Magic Carpet; Eden; luxury accommodations and the Rooftop Garden. The cruise line celebrated the keel laying in November 2020 where construction will continue until the ship is ready to be delivered and start sailing in 2022.

MSC World Europa
Maiden voyage: 2022

This new class of ships will be the first to be LNG-powered for MSC Cruises. The ships will feature cutting-edge design to maximise space and experience for guests, and will offer a host of family-favourites and innovative technologies to ensure everyone enjoys their time on-board. The first one, MSC World Europa, will join the fleet in 2022.

MSC Seaview - MSC Cruises ship

Carnival Celebration
Maiden voyage: 2022

The sister-ship to Mardi Gras, this ship will also be LNG-powered and will be one of the largest in the world by passenger capacity reaching 6,600!

Royal Caribbean 1st Icon Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2022

The first ship in Royal Caribbean’s Icon Class, this ship will be the first to be powered by LNG fuel which will reduce the cruise line’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Virgin Voyages 3rd ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2022

Sister-ship to Scarlet Lady, this ship will offer many of the same exciting and unique facilities as seen with Virgin Voyages.

Celebrity Cruises 4th Edge-Class ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2022

Though unnamed, we know many of the on-board facilities to expect with this ship as she is a sister-ship to the renowned Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex. The ship will feature a number of the stand-out spaces such as the Magic Carpet; Eden; luxury accommodations and the Rooftop Garden.

Norwegian Cruise Line 1st Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2022

The first of six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line are introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

P&O Cruises 2nd Iona ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2022

Sister-ship to Iona, this second addition is sure to be just as spectacular. The ship will join Iona in being the largest-ever built not only for P&O Cruises, but also for the UK market.

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New cruise ships for 2023 and beyond

Cunard’s 4th ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2023

This new ship will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and will bring the cruise line’s current fleet up to four – for the first time since the 1980s. The ship is being built to meet the growing demand for luxury cruising, offering a unique array of exciting on-board amenities when she launches in 2023.

Queen Victoria - Cunard

Princess Cruises 1st LNG powered (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2023

The first of a new class of ship, this ship will be powered by LNG fuel.

Norwegian Cruise Line 2nd Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2023

The second of six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line are introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

Disney Cruises 6th ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2024

The sixth ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet, this ship will be sister-ship to Disney Wish. Features include plenty of family-friendly adventures alongside waterslides, dual bathrooms in cabins and exciting kids’ clubs.

MSC Cruises 2nd World Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2024

This new class of ships will be the first to be LNG-powered for MSC Cruises. The ships will feature cutting-edge design to maximise space and experience for guests, and will offer a host of family-favourites and innovative technologies to ensure everyone enjoys their time on-board.

Royal Caribbean 2nd Icon Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2024

The second ship in Royal Caribbean’s Icon Class, the ship will also be powered by LNG fuel which will reduce the cruise line’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Norwegian Cruise Line 3rd Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2024

The third of six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

Disney Cruises 7th ship (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2025

The seventh ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet, this ship will be sister-ship to Disney Wish. Features include plenty of family-friendly adventures alongside waterslides, dual bathrooms in cabins and exciting kids’ clubs.

Norwegian Cruise Line 4th Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2025

The fourth of six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line are introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

Princess Cruises 2nd LNG powered (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2025

The second in the new LNG-powered class of ship, this Princess Cruises‘ ship will follow suit of her sister-ship which launches in 2023.

Norwegian Cruise Line 5th Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2026

The fifth of six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

Norwegian Cruise Line 6th Leonardo Class (Unnamed)
Maiden voyage: 2027

The last of the six new ships in this brand-new Leonardo Class, Norwegian Cruise Line are introducing energy-efficient ships which will hold up to 3,300 guests.

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Would you love to set sail on a brand-new ship? Have you booked a cruise aboard one of the above? Let us know in the comments below!

Post updated 09/12/2020

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Emma Smith
Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over a year. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2020! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

5 Responses to “New Cruise Ships in 2021, 2022, 2023 & Beyond”

  1. Val Holt

    I was on a round the world trip ( of a lifetime) when the virus struck the world, and we had to come home without visiting the Far East and Japan ,China , India , Petra . And I really wanted to see these places, can you find another cruise that does the same in 2021?

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    • Emma Smith

      Hi Val, sorry to hear your trip was cut short. If you’re looking for a 2021 sailing, you can find all our 2021 cruises here on our website. Specific to Asia cruises, I’d recommend taking a look at our latest Asia cruise deals here, and giving our Cruise Concierge a call for them to find a similar sailing that you had originally planned. They will be sure to find you something just as incredible. I hope this helps! Many thanks, Emma.

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    • Emma Smith

      Hi David, you can see all of our 2022 sailings here, on our website. You can select your ship of choice in the filters on the left-hand side so show what’s available. Thanks, Emma.

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