new cruises and ships launching in 2016With the number of new cruises and ships launching in 2016, it looks to be a good year for the excursion industry. These new cruises and ships with new technology make these seven ships alluring for passengers who have travel on the horizon in 2016. Cruising has been a favorite vacation option for many because it is easy and inclusive, with an abundance of great excursions for all types of travelers and with the number of new ships and cruises hopefully a few of these will be coming to the port that your excursion services.

Below, we’ve highlighted seven new ships set to launch in 2016. With luxurious features including farm-to-table dinners, waterslides, and full-length broadway productions, these ships are sure to satisfy even the pickiest traveler. Read on so you can be prepared to welcome these new cruises and ships’ passengers on your next tour or excursion.:

Holland America Line – Koningsdam

  • Holland America's largest-in-fleet and first in its new Pinnacle Class

  • Inaugural Date: April 2016

  • Special Features: Single and family cabins, new dining venues, and the Culinary Arts Center with farm-to-table dinners.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Ovation of the Seas

  • The third ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class

  • Inaugural Date: April 2016

  • Special Features: Quantum Class is redesigned specifically for the Asian market

Viking Ocean Cruises – Viking Sea

  • Viking's second ocean-going vessel

  • Inaugural Date: April 2016

  • Special Features: Popular elements from the line's first ocean ship – Viking Star – will be incorporated, including The Kitchen Table (a hands-on cooking experience), free beer and wine at lunch and dinner,  with some complimentary shore excursions included

Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Vista

  • Carnival's largest-in-fleet and first in its new Vista Class

  • Inaugural Date: May 2016

  • Special Features: First-at-sea IMAX theater, onboard brewery, family concierge, lounge, and dedicated family cabin area aimed at attracting cruising families.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Harmony of the Seas

  • Royal Caribbean's largest-in-fleet and third Oasis Class ship

  • Inaugural Date: June 2016

  • Special Features: Royal Caribbean's first-ever waterslides, an aqua park for kids, a 10-story slide, and full-length productions of the Broadway hit Grease

Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Seven Seas Explorer

  • Regent's largest-in-fleet and a brand new ship layout

  • Inaugural Date: July 2016

  • Special Features: All-suite, all-balcony cabins; two new specialty restaurants; and the line's first culinary center, the Culinary Arts Kitchen

Seabourn Cruise Line – Seabourn Encore

  • Seabourn's largest-in-fleet

  • Inaugural Date: December 2016

  • Special Features: All-suite cabins with private balconies; world-renowned chef, Thomas Keller’s new restaurant and expanded public areas

There are many luxurious new choices for the cruise-minded traveler to consider this new year and it’s important as an excursion operator that you are ready for the possibility of these new ships visiting the port you service and signing up for your excursion.  

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