Best New Cruise Ships to Debut in 2021

Mardi Gras

Class and type: Excellence-class cruise ship

Length : 1,130 ft (340 m)

Decks: 19

Capacity: 5,282 passengers (double occupancy)
6,500 passengers (maximum capacity)

Crew: 2,000

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Image Source: USA Today

This is not the largest ship, but possibly the most anticipated new cruise ship in 2021. This giant is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas and will be much different from the rest of the carnival cruise when it comes to the ship’s designs, amenities and style highlighted by the first roller coaster at sea named “Bolt”. This ride will include self-propelled cars that will ride on an 800 ft track at 40 mph. The ship will also include a brand new design of carnival waterworks, sports square and a main pool deck. Carnival regulars like BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s burger joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse are joined by Shaq’s Big Chicken, Street Eats, Red Frog Tiki Bar and Emeril’s Bistro 1396. The ship will also feature a multi-level grand central atrium, summer landing Pool area, an Alfresco Dining restaurant and brand new designed staterRooms and Suites. Mardi Gras will also see a debut of Carnival Excel level suite which comes with exclusive access to Loft 19 pool and Sundeck.

The ship will sail year round from Port Canaveral, Florida alternating 7 night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

MSC Virtuosa

Class and type:  Meraviglia Plus-class cruise ship

Length: 331.3 m (1,087 ft)

Decks:   19

Capacity:          4,842 (double occupancy)
6,334 (maximum capacity)

Crew: 1,704

Image Source:  MSC Cruises

This ship will share the title of largest cruise ship among the MSC fleet with her sister MSC Grandiosa. Ship will provided most popular features found on other Meraviglia class vessels including indoor LED dome promenade with more venues to drink and dine, two all new Cirque du Soleil shows available per sailings, a massive aqua park, state of the art F1 racing simulator and exclusive MSC yacht club and suites which comes with a range of private areas including private whirlpools. Cruisers will also be able to utilize ‘zoey’, MSC cruises digital assistant. The ship will offer varying 3 to 14 nights Europe and Mediterranean Itineraries.

Odyssey of the Seas

Class and type: Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship

Length : 348 m / 1142 ft



3,844 (double occupancy)

4,805 (maximum capacity)

Crew: 1,305

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Image Source:  Royal Caribbean

This will be the first of popular quantum class vessel of Royal Caribbean to home port seasonally from Florida. The ship will feature latest state of the art technology with several interesting interacting elements. Like the sister ship spectrum of the seas this ship will feature class specific venues including the Music Hall, Two70, North Star, SeaPlex and RipCord by iFLY also best features from rest of the fleet including SkyPad, Lime and Coconut Pool Bar, Playmakers Sports bar arcade, Splashaway Bay, Floor Rider and a Solarium with Pool. The ship will also include multiple specialty restaurants, kids and teen spaces, vitality spas and fitness centers. The ship will offer 6 to 9 nights carribean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Crystal Endeavor

Class and type: ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht

Length : 183 m / 600 ft

Decks: 10

Capacity: 200

Crew: 200


crystal endeavor

Image Source:  Crystal Cruises

This expedition cruise ship will be the first ship of crystal cruise’s expedition class and will have one to one staff to crew ratio. This 6 star company’s cruise ship will include 6 dining venues, luxurious all suite accommodations, a glass enclosed Solarium, ‘The  Marina’ – fold out platform, High end shopping centers, a wellness spa and a few lounges providing incredible views, multiple entertainments centers, Learning centers and social areas. Crystal Endeavor will sail to adventurous locals exploring exciting destinations in Alaska, Europe, Eastern Asia and South America.


Class and type – Excellence-Helios

Length – 337 m / 1106 ft

Decks – 20

Capacity –

5,200 (double occupancy)

6,600 (maximum capacity)

Crew 1500



Image Source:  AIDA Cruises

This is the latest ship from German cruise line AIDA cruises and the company’s second ship to run on Liquefied Natural Gas. Like her sister AIDAnova, AIDAcosma will allow her passengers to experience many incredible experiences onboard including Fun Park with children’s pool which features a twin water shoot and a water slide, a beach club, over 16 restaurants, 17 Bars, over 20 types of accommodations and a very stylish and contemporary décor throughout the ship. This ship will be the largest ship to homeport in Dubai for the 2021/2022 season as she sails through the Arabian Gulf.  

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