The cruise industry is set to welcome 20 new ships across both ocean and river sectors in 2023.
Agents will be able to send clients on a raft of new ships this year including the first ship from MSC Group’s luxury cruise line Explora Journeys, Carnival Cruise Line’s third Excel-class ship, and Celebrity’s fourth Edge-class vessel.
The 14 new ocean liners debuting this year are: Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Lady and Brilliant Lady, Carnival Jubilee, Celebrity Ascent, Emerald Sakara, Explora I, MSC Euribia, Norwegian Viva, Seabourn Pursuit, Seven Seas Grandeur for Regent, Silver Nova for Silversea, Viking Saturn, Vista for Oceania Cruises and World Seeker for Atlas Ocean Voyages.
In the river cruise sector six ships will debut, including: Amadeus Riva, American Serenade, Coquelicot for Belmond, Amadeus Elegant for Saga, Viking Aton and Viva two for Viva Cruises.
The new additions follow a positive Wave period with far-flung sailings proving popular for cruise lines.
Speaking at a CLIA event on Monday in London, CLIA Chair and Royal Caribbean International EMEA Vice-President Ben Bouldin said: “We are eagerly anticipating the 2022 cruising figures, and while they may not be on par with 2019 figures yet, we are confident they will show huge progression on cruising numbers.”
Bouldin added: “We are seeing the return of bucket list cruises and our private island Coco Bay is a strong seller this year.”
Eithne Williamson, Vice President of Princess Cruises for UK and Europe, said: “Japan is in demand now that the borders have reopened and more guests than ever are opting for an all-inclusive package for their 2023 holidays.”
Meanwhile, world cruises from Fred. Olsen and Regent are selling out.
A representative from Regent said: “World cruises are incredibly popular, for the past four years Regent has sold out its world cruise in record time and last year the 2025 world cruise was completely reserved prior to officially opening for bookings.
“For many, the 150-night cruise wasn’t quite long enough, with approximately 25% of guests opting to include the additional 18-night voyage.”