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Star Clippers' 300-passenger
Flying Clipper is expected to
cruise the Caribbean by year's end.
The world's largest square-rigger
(with 35 sails) invites passengers
to take a dip via a water-sports
platform or in one of three pools.
Rates to be announced.
Sailing to Alaska from Seattle this June,
Norwegian Cruise Line's 4,004-passenger
Norwegian Bliss will elevate onboard adventure
with space-themed laser tag and a top-deck
electric go-kart track - the biggest at sea.
Seven-day cruises from $1,049.
Celebrity Cruises introduces a (literal) new
dining angle in the Caribbean this December: The
2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge's Magic Carpet is
housed on a platform that cantilevers off the side
of the ship. Seven-day cruises from $949.
SHIP, SHIP, HOORAY
With nearly two dozen vessels debuting in 2018, it's never been a better time to set sail.
Here, a few first-of-their-kind options to get excited about. ILLUSTRATIONS BY EMMA KELLY
After embarking on its first Northwest
Passage expedition in 2016, Crystal
Cruises plans to return to the Arctic
soon - with a new vessel. The 200passenger Crystal Endeavor is the
industry's first purpose-built,
polar-class mega-yacht. Rates to
Ponant's new expedition-class fleet debuts in June when the 184passenger Le Lapérouse circumnavigates Iceland. Everybody's talking about the ship's underwater observation lounge, but the chic pool
deck above sea level is a stunner, too. Sister ship Le Champlain arrives
in September. Eight-day cruises from $3,480.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Head to Antarctica in October with
Hurtigruten on cruising's first hybridpowered expedition ship, the
530-passenger Roald Amundsen.
Scandinavian-inspired interiors from
the Norway-based line promise plenty of
hygge after days spent spotting
emperor penguins on Zodiac excursions.
Eighteen-day cruises from $10,511.
Millennials wanted more river-cruise options; U by Uniworld
answered: The 120-passenger A and B ships (for 21- to 45-year-olds
only) bring mixology classes and late-night dance parties on board for
European sailings beginning in April. Eight-day cruises from $1,520.