//Five of the best: cruise ships launching in 2019

Five of the best: cruise ships launching in 2019

Read on for our guide of the best new ship’s launching this year.

MSC Cruises – MSC Bellissima (March)
MSC Bellissima joins MSC Meraviglia in MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia-class of cruise ships. With a tonnage of 171,598 GT and a capacity of 4,500 passengers, the ship continues MSC Cruises’ remarkable growth – it will build 17 ships before 2027, including four smaller luxury vessels. Guests on board will experience the world’s first digital cruise assistant, Zoe, a voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence device fitted in every cabin. The two-deck inside promenade features an 80-metre-long LED dome.

Scenic – Scenic Eclipse (August)
Although once again delayed until August 15, when it will sail from Reykjavik to Quebec City, the ultra-luxury “discovery yacht” Scenic Eclipse promises to be a showstopper. Just 200 guests will have access to 10 restaurants, a helicopter and submarines.

Princess Cruises – Sky Princess (October)
Launching this autumn, Sky Princess will carry 3,660 guests and boasts the largest balconies at sea with its two Sky Suites, which will offer guests a private vantage point of the ships’ Movies Under the Stars cinema screen, as well as 270-degree panoramic views.

Saga – Spirit of Discovery (July)
Launching this summer, Spirit of Discovery, the first purpose-built ship by Saga, will bring a new proposition to ex-UK cruises. Carrying 999 guests, the all-balcony ship will feature a nightspot called the The Club by Jools Holland… sure to be a hit.

Hurtigruten – MS Roald Amundsen (May)
Named after the Norwegian explorer, Hurtigruten’s latest vessel will employ new hybrid technology designed by Rolls Royce, and will hope to usher in a new era of green cruising. It will visit the Northwest Passage, Chilean fjords and Antarctica.