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Jun 21 2012

2012 & 2013 New Cruise Ships: Get the Inside Scoop

Latest & greatest cruise ships at sea... discover which new cruise ship you'd like to vacation on!

Want to be one of the first to sail onboard some of the newest and greatest ships at sea? Now you can! With an array of new cruise ships debuting this year and in 2013, you’ll have the chance to sail onboard groundbreaking ships that will feature more mind-blowing at-sea innovations than you could ever imagine. Here’s peek at the brand new cruise ships of 2012 and 2013 that are generating a lot of buzz amongst Avoya Travel / American Express travelers!

Carnival Breeze

As one of the newest cruise ships sailing the seas, Carnival Breeze is the third ship of Carnival Cruises’ Dream-class. Following in the footsteps of its sister ships Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, this new mega ship fits 3,690 guests and features something for all types of travelers during Carnival Breeze sailings. Relax at Carnival Cruises’ brand new RedFrog Pub, where you’ll kick back at a ‘British West Indies meets Key West’ style bar and taste Carnival Cruises’ exclusive brew – ThirstyFrog Red. You can dine at Bonsai Sushi – Carnival Cruises’ first ever stand-alone sushi restaurant or even at Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ, an open-air dining venue featuring an array of delicious grilled chicken, kielbasa, and pulled pork and traditional sides such as baked beans, potato salad, and more! You’ll have even more opportunities to unwind at one of the ship’s two pools, or splash around with the kids at Carnival WaterWorks and get soaked by a 300-gallon dump bucket! Also, try golfing with the entire family at the two-level 9-hole miniature golf course. At the end of the day, you can escape to the cruise ship’s new ‘cove’ balcony cabins that are amazingly close to the water, as well as other stylish accommodations onboard Carnival Breeze sailings.

Oceania Riviera

With the popularity of Oceania Cruises' Oceania Marina released almost a year ago, there’s no surprise as to why travelers have been so excited to sail onboard Oceania Cruises’ new cruise ship – Oceania Riviera. Making its first appearance this past May, Oceania Riviera features designer touches everywhere – from the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase to the opulent Owner’s Suites that measure more than 2,000 square feet and feature Ralph Lauren Home furnishings. During Oceania Riviera sailings, you’ll also discover a remarkable culinary experience in La Reserve by Wine Spectator, an enlightening wine and food pairing venue, as well as the new Bon Appétit Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea that’s a popular favorite onboard Oceania Marina. 

Ready to see the world in style? Sail to Europe onboard Oceania Riviera and save big or receive savings up to $5,000 onboard Oceania Cruises’ other luxurious ships.

MSC Divina

Named after MSC Cruises’ ‘godmother’ Sophia Loren, MSC Divina was introduced this past May and is modeled after sister ships, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia with many exciting new enhancements. Onboard MSC Divina, guests can look forward to an Infinity Pool located in the aft of the ship, with a ‘beach zone’ – allowing guests to have a unique view of the ship’s wake fading into the sunset. Three main restaurants are also available onboard – each boasting a top selection of Mediterranean fare. You’ll also have access to expansive entertainment in venues such as the state-of-the-art 1,600-seat Pantheon Theater, futuristic Disco and Casino Veneziano with over 10,000 square feet of casino gaming, and the Virtual World video game room. 

Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Reflection will set sail October 2012 and complete Celebrity Cruises’ favorite Solstice class. Celebrity Reflection will feature 34 new AquaClass Suites, each with luxurious interiors and stunning balconies so that you can catch a glimpse of the surroundings that you pass. During Celebrity Reflection sailings, you’ll discover even more expansions including an additional deck, 72 additional cabins, more seating in the main and specialty dining rooms, as well as sun loungers on the pool deck so you won’t have to wait around to bask in the splendor of your cruise vacation. In Michael’s Club, you’ll have access to up to 50 international craft beers, and you can also bring out the inner artist in you with painting classes in The Art Studio, where an expert from the ArtCenter South Florida will teach you his or her skills. The favored Lawn Club will be even more impressive onboard Celebrity Reflection with outdoor grilling available at the brand new Lawn Club Grill, as well as special cabanas for you to unwind in at The Alcoves.

Can’t wait until October? Experience ships similar to Celebrity Reflection this year and enjoy huge savings on Europe and Caribbean Celebrity Cruises, plus plan ahead and receive great deals on Celebrity Reflection sailings!

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Freestyle Cruising’ experience will be taken to a new level onboard Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. Families, businessmen, and all types of travelers will find a way to conveniently ‘breakaway’ from their day-to-day to visit the gorgeous pink sand beaches of Bermuda as this will be the largest ship ever to home port in New York City. A wide range of accommodations will be available during Norwegian Breakaway sailings – from solo cabins to tranquil spa cabins, spacious two-bedroom family suites, and The Haven – a private complex complete with a variety of luxurious amenities. The Waterfront, the first ever in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet, will feature eight outdoor dining and lounging options as well as another first for Norwegian Cruise Line... a gelato bar! On The Waterfront, you and your family can enjoy dining in an array of tasty venues such as Moderno Churasscaria, where you can taste signature Brazilian-style meats, Ocean Blu on the Waterfront, a seafood restaurant with an oceanfront view, and so much more. Plus, you’ll have the chance to spend three days at King’s Wharf, Bermuda so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island’s beaches, golf courses, restaurants, shops, and monuments.

Ready to travel now? Take advantage of exclusive pricing PLUS amenities valued at up to $150 on other fantastic Norwegian Cruise Line ships or explore the incredible destinations of Norwegian Breakaway in 2013 with these huge savings!

Other Notable New Cruise Ships:

New to the Disney Cruises’ fleet, Disney Fantasy set sail in March, a highly anticipated ship which will sail through the Caribbean and offer exciting features such as the AquaDuck – a 765 foot transparent tube water coaster that takes passengers down 4 decks and a drop, and then delivers them into a lazy river. 

Experience Italian-style cruising and sail onboard Costa Fascinosa, the newest addition to Costa Cruises which features authentic Italian cuisine, 13 bars and lounges, specialty venues such as a coffee and chocolate bar, a giant screen for movies, a pool deck with a retractable glass roof, a children’s pool and water slide, the incredible Samsara Spa, and more!

Be one of the first to experience the industry’s new cruise ships – contact an Avoya Travel Cruise Specialist today! Do you already have plans to sail onboard these incredible new cruise ships? Or, were you one of the very lucky ones to experience some of the first sailings onboard a few of these new cruise ships? Let us know!