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15 New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2021

By : Sarah Bretz

What a rollercoaster of a year 2020 has been. We are beyond excited to put 2020 in the rearview and look forward to a better and brighter year in 2021. One of the things to look forward to is over a dozen new cruise ships in 2021.

The Grand Central Atrium on Carnival’s Mardi Gras. (Rendering courtesy of Carnival)

As the cruise industry prepares to ramp back up, we’ll look at what new ships will debut in 2021.

New Cruise Ships in 2021

Jump to a cruise ship that’s coming soon to a port near you:

Viking Venus

  • Scheduled Debut Date: January 2021

  • Line: Viking

  • Size: 47,842 gross tons/930 passengers

  • Itineraries: the Mediterranean and Northern Europe


  • LivNordic Spa with thermal suite

  • Two-story Explorer’s Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and Mamsen’s, a counter-service venue serving things such as waffles, sandwiches, and soup

  • Manfredi’s Italian restaurant serving freshly-made pasta

  • All-balcony cabins

  • Aft infinity pool

  • Wintergarden lounge area with a glass-roof, afternoon tea is served here

  • Included wifi and select shore excursions in each port

Wintergarden area (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Mardi Gras

  • Scheduled Debut Date: April 2021

  • Line/Class: Carnival Cruise Line/Excellence/Excel Class

  • Size: 180,000 gross tons/5,282 passengers

  • Itineraries: Caribbean


  • BOLT rollercoaster

  • Family Feud Live game show

  • Two-story RedFrog Tiki Bar

  • Shaq’s Big Chicken counter service restaurant

  • Exclusive Loft 19 sundeck

  • WaterWorks aqua park

  • Adults-only Serenity Retreat sundeck

  • Bonsai Teppanyaki restaurant

Odyssey of the Seas

  • Scheduled Debut Date: April 2021

  • Line/Class: Royal Caribbean/Quantum Ultra Class

  • Size: 169,379 gross tons / 4,200 passengers

  • Itineraries: Mediterranean and Caribbean


  • Glow-in-the-dark laser tag

  • SkyPad bungee trampoline

  • Whimsical Alice-inspired Wonderland restaurant

  • North Star observation capsule that takes passengers high above the upper deck

  • Two-story The Lime and Coconut bar

  • RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator

  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar restaurant

  • Bionic Bar with a robotic bartender

Odyssey of the Seas at the shipyard (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

MSC Virtuosa

• Scheduled Debut Date: April 2021 •Line/Class: MSC Cruises/Meraviglia Plus Class •Size: 181,000 gross tons / 4,800 passengers •Itineraries: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Middle East


  • Cirque du Soleil shows in a circular-stage theater

  • MSC Aurea Spa with thermal suite

  • Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Bar

  • 16 indoor bars and five outdoor bars

  • MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive ship-within-a-ship area

  • One of the largest water parks at sea

  • French-Vietnamese dishes in the Indochine Restaurant

MSC Virtuosa (Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises)


  • Scheduled Debut Date: April 2021

  • Line: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

  • Size: 26,500 gross tons / 298 passengers

Itineraries: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada & New England, and the Caribbean


  • All-inclusive fare that covers beverages, wifi, gratuities, access to a concierge, and more

  • All-balcony, all-suite cabins

  • Talaat Nam, a Southeast Asian restaurant complete with a sushi bar

  • Aft marina with access to non-motorized watersports when the yacht is anchored

  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa with thermal suite

  • Aft infinity pool

  • Dedicated kids’ area and programming

  • Mistral, an outdoor, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant

Valiant Lady

  • Scheduled Debut Date: May 2021

  • Line: Virgin Voyages

  • Size: 110,000 gross tons / 2,770 passengers

  • Itineraries: Mediterranean and Caribbean


  • Adults-only

  • At-sea tattoo parlor

  • Outdoor wellness and fitness areas

  • Immersive entertainment experiences

  • Private karaoke rooms

  • An on-board record shop

  • Fare that includes gratuities, non-alcoholic drinks, and all restaurants

Valiant Lady exterior (Rendering courtesy of Virgin Voyages)

Crystal Endeavor

  • Scheduled Debut Date: May 2021

  • Line: Crystal Cruises

  • Size: 20,000 gross tons / 200 passengers

  • Itineraries: Alaska, Caribbean, Northern & Western Europe, South America, Africa, Canada/New England, Panama Canal, Asia, and Antarctica


  • Two-story, glass-enclosed Solarium with pool and hot tub

  • A fold-out marina platform

  • All-balcony, all-suite cabins

  • Crystal Life Spa with thermal suite

  • Umi Uma & Sushi Bar restaurant serving Japanese-Peruvian cuisine

  • A submarine

  • Two excursion helicopters

  • All-inclusive fare that covers gratuities, all dining, and most beverages

The Solarium on Crystal Endeavor (Rendering courtesy of Crystal Cruises)


  • Scheduled Debut Date: May 2021

  • Line/Class: AIDA Cruises/Excellence/Helios Class

  • Size: 183,900 gross tons/5,200 passengers

  • Itineraries: Northern Europe and Middle East


  • Powered by liquefied natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel

  • 17 restaurants and 23 bars, including a distillery and brewery

  • Four Elements activity area with a water park, rock climbing walls, a stage for live shows, and a huge LED screen

  • Cooking studio for workshops and presentations

  • Sundeck with Infinity pool

  • Body & Soul Organic Spa with thermal suite and outdoor area

  • 3 deck high Theatrium with 360-degree stage

AIDAcosma (Rendering courtesy of AIDA Cruises)

Sea Cloud Spirit

  • Scheduled Debut Date: Spring 2021

  • Line: Sea Cloud Cruises

  • Size: 4,228 gross tons / 136 passengers

  • Itineraries: Western Mediterranean, Caribbean, Northern Europe, Panama Canal, and Morocco & Canary Islands


  • All cabins have an ocean view, many with balconies

  • Spa with thermal suite

  • Sun deck with fitness area

  • Light-filled library with panorama windows

  • 180-degree panorama restaurant and flexible lido dining

Sea Cloud Spirit under construction (Photo courtesy of Sea Cloud Cruises)


  • Scheduled Debut Date: August 2021

  • Line/Class: Holland America/Pinnacle Class

  • Size: 99,500 gross tons/2,668 passengers

  • Itineraries: Caribbean, Panama Canal, Northern Europe, and the Mediterranean


  • Will be Holland America Line’s new flagship

  • Music Walk venues which include Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, and B.B. King’s Blues Club

  • Rudi’s Sel de Mer French restaurant

  • World Stage theater with 270-degree LED screen

  • Tamarind Asian restaurant with Nami Sushi venue inside

  • BBC Earth in Concert

  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon

Rotterdam VII (Rendering courtesy of Holland America)

MSC Seashore

  • Scheduled Debut Date: August 2021

  • Line / Class: MSC Cruises / Seaside EVO Class

  • Size: 169,500 gross tons / 4,540 passengers

  • Itineraries: Mediterranean and Caribbean


  • MSC Aurea Spa with thermal suite

  • F1 simulators

  • MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive ship-within-a-ship area

  • An interactive water park

  • 20 bars and lounges

  • Pan Asian by Roy Yamaguchi restaurant

  • Full-size bowling alley

The aft infinity pool area on MSC Seashore (Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises)

Silver Dawn

  • Scheduled Debut Date: September 2021

  • Line/Class: Silversea / Silver Muse Class

  • Size: 40,700 gross tons / 596 passengers

  • Itineraries: the Mediterranean and South America


  • Zagara Beauty Spa with thermal suite

  • Connoisseur’s Corner cigar lounge and bar

  • S.A.L.T. Lab, where passengers can participate in cooking workshops and attend culinary demonstrations

  • All-suite, all-oceanview cabins, most with balconies

  • Silver Note, a tapas restaurant complete with live jazz and blues music

  • La Dame French restaurant

  • The Arts Café, a cafe and deli by day and cocktail lounge by night that showcases a variety of artwork

The Grill on Silver Dawn (Rendering courtesy of Silversea)

Discovery Princess

  • Scheduled Debut Date: November 2021

  • Line/Class: Princess Cruises/Royal Class

  • Size: 145,000 gross tons/3,660 passengers

  • Itineraries: Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, California Coast, Mediterranean, and South America


  • Sky Suites with the largest balconies at sea

  • Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria restaurant

  • Take Five, the only jazz theater at sea

  • Lotus Spa with the line’s largest-ever thermal suite

  • The Voice of the Ocean singing competition

  • The Salty Dog Gastropub burgers restaurant

The aft sundecks on Discovery Princess (Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Seabourn Venture

  • Scheduled Debut Date: December 2021

  • Line: Seabourn

  • Size: 23,000 gross tons/264 passengers

  • Itineraries: South America and Northern Europe


  • Seabourn’s first expedition ship

  • Two custom-built submarines

  • Double sea kayaks, mountain bikes, and zodiacs all carried onboard for time ashore

  • All-balcony cabins

  • Constellation Lounge with 270 degree views

  • Near-water level Bow Lounge, perfect for watching marine life

  • Seabourn Conversations where guest experts host sessions on art, history, science, and more

Seabourn Venture (Rendering courtesy of Seabourn)

Costa Toscana

  • Scheduled Debut Date: December 2021

  • Line/Class: Costa Cruises/Excellence/Helios Class

  • Size: 180,000 gross tons/6,554 passengers

  • Itineraries: the Mediterranean and South America


  • Samsara Spa with thermal suite

  • CoDe Museum that showcases the best of Italian design companies

  • Water park with water slides

  • Ristorante Tutti a Tavola family restaurant

  • Amarillo Ice Cream Shop & Chocolate Bar serving gelato and other sweets

  • Adults-only The Beach Club, a glass-roofed complex with two water slides, a climbing wall, sports area, and outdoor theater

  • Laboratorio Del Gusto (Taste Lab Restaurant) with make-your-own dinner options

  • Trastevere, a marketplace-like area with shops and bars

Costa Toscana (Rendering courtesy of Costa Cruises)

Some ships that were scheduled to debut in 2020 actually were completed and delivered to their cruise lines, but won’t begin sailing with passengers until 2021. They are:

  • Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady

  • Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex

  • P&O Cruises’ Iona

  • Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon

  • Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Adventure

  • Costa Cruises’ Costa Firenze

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