After an initial introduction to the high seas, new cruise ships undergo an interval of inaugural sailing, which typically lasts for the whole year following their maiden voyage. Inaugural cruises are characterized by triumphal celebration at each port of call, epicurean dining and lavish upscale experiences.
If you’ve decided that 2022 is the year that you will embark in a new ship on its inaugural voyage, read on to discover which new ships will be sailing the high seas this year.
Whether you are planning a trip to the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or South America, world-class cruise lines are launching pristine new ships that offer 2022 itineraries curated to perfection.
The following sections detail some of the latest and greatest vessels that will be taking to the high seas on their first expeditions in 2022.
Enchanted Princess is an exquisite new ship with a diverse range of lavish restaurants, world-class entertainment by top performers and dazzling staterooms.
On top of all these luxuries, the ship is home to the largest at-sea balcony (over 1,000 square-feet) which showcases panoramic 250-degree views of the ocean and cityscape.
Some restaurants aboard Enchanted Princess include:
The ship also offers an afternoon tea (hosted in the dining room) complete with divine desserts, an array of fragrant teas and fresh tea sandwiches.
Holland America Line, now celebrating 150 years sailing the high seas on transatlantic voyages, is commemorating the occasion by launching the Rotterdam VII on Oct. 15, 2022.
On the same date in 1872, Rotterdam I embarked on its maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Now 150 years later, Holland America Line seeks to recreate the fanfare, elegance and electricity of that original voyage.
Rotterdam VII will make ports of call that mirror Rotterdam I’s voyage. These stops include Plymouth, England, New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Other cruises that the Rotterdam VII will be sailing in 2022 include:
Designed to carry connoisseurs of cruising to fascinating destinations around the globe, Seabourn Venture is the epitome of luxury and style.
The ship features 132 verandas (which accompany all ocean-front suites); two custom-built submarines that take the immersive experiences of cruising to a whole new level; double sea kayaks; and 24 Zodiacs, which can comfortably accommodate all passengers aboard.
Seabourn Venture will embark on five cruises in 2023.
Oceania’s Vista focuses on culinary refinement and offers some of the best cuisine on the high seas.
Furnished to reflect a warm, welcoming ambiance, Vista has a splendid dining hall that mirrors the style of some of Europe’s grandest hotel restaurants. The grand dining room is adorned with hues of rich wood, elaborate tapestries and extravagant furniture — all tributes to decades past.
Offering a signature culinary experience, the dining hall serves a bevy of dishes from around the globe that include soups, salads, appetizers and at least 10 different entree options.
Specialty restaurants onboard include:
2022 is a busy year for American Cruise Lines as they prepare to release two new luxury riverboats to cruise the Mississippi River.
Each riverboat is equipped with fitness centers, lavish lounges (both indoors and outdoors), an open-air skywalk, private balconies, sky-lit atriums and capacious staterooms.
Despite a rapid company expansion and adding to their fleet size, these riverboat cruises remain exclusive and lavish, as American Cruise Lines seeks to preserve their commitment to providing a boutique, intimate experience to their passengers.
• The American Symphony. The American Symphony will set sail on its maiden voyage on the Mississippi River in the summer of 2022. This elegant and modern riverboat has 175-passenger capacity, and is designed to showcase regal aesthetics, panoramic views from the ship’s four-story glass atrium, and spacious staterooms equipped with private balconies and large closets.
• The American Serenade. The sister ship to the American Symphony, the American Serenade, also has a capacity of 175 and includes many of the same lavish features as her sister.
Seven Seas Splendor debuted in the fall of 2021 and continues her exhilarating inaugural voyage through 2022.
Designed to maximize both spaciousness and luxury, the elite Seven Seas Splendor perfectly embodies elegance. The ship possesses a curated collection of museum-quality artwork from more than 200 artists, which can be viewed in many of the ship’s public areas and guest suites.
Hitting the high seas in spring of 2022, the Azamara Onward will embark on its christening voyage starting in Monte Carlo and ending in Venice.
This cruise ship features itineraries that are truly country-intensive, allowing passengers ample time to explore, experience and immerse themselves in the countries where they dock.
Azamara Onward’s inaugural sailing will include voyages with week-long and fortnight itineraries to countries such as Italy, Croatia, Istanbul, Spain, Greece, Cappadocia, and more. Explore the Mediterranean and beyond aboard this upscale, boutique cruise ship that touches on not only the marquee ports, but also some unique off-the-beaten-track destinations.
Carnival’s new ship, Carnival Celebration, will make its first expedition from Miami, embarking on a memorable transatlantic voyage.
This Carnival new cruise ship is special for several reasons. First, there’s the name.
Carnival Celebration is not only a tribute to the original MS Celebration (which set sail 50 years ago in 1972), it’s also a reminder that a celebration is warranted. After nearly two years of travel restrictions, Carnival’s new ship will mark the return to world cruising.
The ship has six themed zones onboard that give passengers a diverse range of immersive and entertaining experiences.
Some of the unique onboard entertainment options include:
Carnival Celebration also places an emphasis on cuisine. Onboard dining opportunities are varied, delicious and exquisite, giving passenger many culinary options.
Some of Carnival Celebration’s premium onboard restaurants include:
Not only are Carnival’s new cruise ships overflowing with dining and entertainment opportunities for every kind of traveler, the staterooms accommodate the varying needs of passengers.
Whether you’re traveling with kids and you want to stay in a Family Harbor Ocean View stateroom, or you and your partner want a Cloud 9 Spa stateroom, the Carnival Celebration has accommodations that are calling your name.
Some of the amenities you may have access to (depending on the stateroom you book) include:
Norwegian Prima will be taking to the seas in the summer of 2022 to dazzle and expand the horizons of every passenger who embarks on one of the inaugural year expeditions.
Walk the Ocean Boulevard and take in the 360-degree panoramic views of eternal coastlines. Meander over the ship’s glass bridge, or take a dip at Infinity Beach (the ship’s onboard pools designed to make you feel as though you’re swimming in the ocean alongside the vessel).
Some of Prima’s world-class restaurants onboard include:
While a maiden voyage refers to the very first voyage, an inaugural cruise or inaugural sailing can occur any time within the first year of the ship’s maiden voyage.
Inaugural cruises are generally lavish affairs, marked by the appearances of celebrities, fine dining, elegant attire, extravagant fanfare and novel onboard entertainment.
What makes inaugural sailing so special?
If you are considering taking an inaugural voyage in 2022, here are four of the biggest benefits:
2022 is the year for cruising — of that there is little doubt.
Four of the most compelling reasons why you should book an inaugural cruise in 2022 include:
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