The New Zealand Herald

New cruise ships


While it may have had the most publicity, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is not the only y new cruise ship to make its debut in 2018. In fact, it’s looking like a bumper year for the cruise industry, with a number of new ships due to set sail this year. Here are just some of the new arrivals. ship — most notably a two-level go-kart race track — the largest g at sea — and an open air laser tag game. There’s also an A Aqua Park with two water slides, where thrillseek­ers seeke will be keen to try out the Ocean Loops — a free-fall experience where riders drop into tw two loops, one of which is see-through and s stretches over the side of the ship. Norwegian Bliss will debut in Alaska in J June and will also tour the Caribbean. The Observatio­n O Lounge is custom built for all the s spectacula­r views on offer, whether it’s balmy an and tropical or frozen and wild. With a capacity of 4004, 4 the line has also introduced a new cabin category for solo travellers, featuring virtual ocean views. vie The first of four ships in Celebrity’s new Celebrity Edge class, this vessel will introduce a number of new inventions — including the anticipate­d Magic Carpet, a floating deck that hangs off the edge of the ship and moves up and down from Deck 2 to Deck 16. Its function changes depending on where it is stationed — it’s used as a throughway for passengers getting on and off tender boats on Deck 2 and nd is used as a restaurant or bar on other decks.

Also new on Celebrity Edge are cabins with

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