The cruising market is always changing, with each line claiming to be the most luxurious, offer the best food or outright just the largest, cruisers are always looking for what each cruise line can offer them. Plus with each mega-ship having to entertain, feed and provide for thousands of guests that all have their own individual preferences, every ship is looking for new ways to improve their traveller’s experience. So here are some of the latest ways that cruise ships are planning to make your time onboard more memorable.
Currently being tested on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has brought a delivery service onboard their ships. As part of their Royal Caribbean international app, they allow guests to purchase food from any restaurant on board and have it personally delivered to their location. So whether you are just relaxing on the top deck and don’t want to move from the perfect sun-tanning spot or halfway through waging intergalactic war, you can get the tastiest dishes delivered to you without moving an inch.
Whether cruise lines have already started converting to LNG or are looking to, there is no denying that making cruising more sustainable is at the benefit for everyone. The overall decrease in cruise-line carbon footprint benefits customers and the destinations that they visit, while cruise lines cut their coast on fuel and other fuel powered services. The new engines also are expected to give off less noise, meaning that the lower grade cabins have an even lower chance of hearing the engine at all.
Here are just some of the cruise lines who are looking to add LNG ships to their fleet in the upcoming years: Carnival Corporation has ordered 10 ships across its entire fleet (Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, AIDA Cruises and P&O Cruises), Hurtigruten has six ships on order, with their already successful MS Roald Amundsen being a hybrid ship, MS Nordlys, MD Nordkapp, MS Kong Harald, MS Richard With and Ms Polarlys entering the oceans from early 2020 onwards. Disney has ordered three LNG ships that are planning to set sail 2021, 2022 and 2023 and hopes to expand its fleet further using the most efficient methods possible. MSC Cruises has also ordered two state-of-the-art ships planning to set sail in 2022, and 2024 each weighing a colossal 200,000gt. Finally, Royal Caribbean has three brand-new ships on order with Meyer Turku under the name Icon with the first being delivered in 2022 and holding up to 5,000 passengers.
The world of virtual reality is rapidly developing, and as the worlds that are created become more and more advanced, cruise lines are looking to implement this technology to benefit their customers. I’m not just talking about video games either, getting a good taster of a destination before visiting, can help guests to choose where they would like to visit and what they want to do whilst picking out the best ways to get there.
These are just a few of the changes that cruise lines are planning to implement into their vessels over the upcoming years.
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