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8 Cruise Ships Debuting in 2024: An Exciting Lineup for Family Travelers

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The world of cruising is ever-evolving, and travel enthusiasts are always looking out for new and exciting cruise ships to set sail. 2024 seems to be a year of significant ship debuts, and we can’t wait to see what these vessels offer. From Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Icon of the Seas to the Carnival’s Firenze, we’ve compiled a list of eight of the most anticipated cruise ships debuting in 2024- perfect for family travelers.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Icon of the Seas

Icon of the Seas, the flagship of Royal’s Icon class ships, arrives in January 2024.

Get ready for the ultimate dining experience with over 20 onboard dining options. From mouthwatering pizza to delectable sushi and everything in between, there’s something to satisfy every craving without venturing too far.

Guests will have a long list of choices for entertainment. Enjoy a mesmerizing musical, a thrilling ice-skating show, or breathtaking high dives that sync with a magical waterfall. And the live music every night adds that extra touch of excitement. There’s a show for everyone to enjoy.

Indulge in the luxury of choosing from seven pools and nine whirlpools, all offering stunning ocean views. Don’t miss The Hideaway, a suspended pool with a vibrant beach club atmosphere, high above the clouds. And for the adults, Cloud 17 is a chic and exclusive poolside oasis.

Guest Cabins : 2,805 | Guest Capacity : 5,610 | Number of Decks : 20 | Tonnage : 250,800 | Length : 1,198ft feet

Carnival Firenze

Joining the Carnival fleet in early 2024, this spectacular ship promises endless excitement and relaxation for everyone on board.

Get ready for non-stop thrills with WaterWorks™, our amazing onboard waterpark, and SportSquare™ where you can challenge your friends to mini-golf, basketball, or conquer our thrilling Ropes Course.

For those seeking tranquility, Serenity, the exclusive adults-only retreat, awaits you, along with the luxurious Cloud 9 spa and multiple refreshing pools.

And when it’s time to dine, prepare to be spoiled for choice! Indulge in sushi, seafood, a mouthwatering steakhouse, teppanaki, pizza, or savor the classic dining room experience.

Guest Cabins : 2136 | Guest Capacity : 4,126 | Number of Decks : 15 | Tonnage : 135,156 | Length : 1,061ft feet

Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is Princess Cruise Lines’ newest and most family-friendly ship. Launching in 2024, this ship offers Premium Staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests, making it perfect for families.

But that’s not all – the Sun Princess also boasts a wide range of games, themed events, and activities for all ages. From the young to the young at heart, there’s something for everyone onboard.

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With the largest number of balconies of any Princess ship, guests can soak up the sun and admire the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean or Caribbean right from their cabin.

It features The Dome, an entertainment venue inspired by the beautiful terraces of Santorini. Imagine relaxing and enjoying a show in this one-of-a-kind space.

Plus, the three-story Horizons Dining Room is sure to impress. With its stunning design and delicious menu, it’s guaranteed to be a topic of conversation among guests.

Guest Cabins : 2150 | Guest Capacity : 4,300 | Number of Decks : 21 | Tonnage : 175,500 | Length : 1,133 feet

Cunard Queen Anne

Cunard’s Queen Anne cruise ship will make its debut in March 2024. It is not only Cunard’s newest addition after 12 years, but it also boasts a stunning redesign that seamlessly combines the rich history of the company with a contemporary flair.

The ship’s Grand Lobby, which will serve as the centerpiece, offers a grand entrance and a captivating mural that transforms throughout the day.

Guests will indulge in a world-class entertainment experience at the Royal Court Theatre, boasting 835 seats. The ship also features an art gallery, a casino, and a library for those seeking leisurely activities.

For ultimate relaxation and self-care, the Mareel wellness and beauty salon offers a range of fitness, beauty, and spa facilities, including private treatment rooms and a wellness studio.

Experience elegance and sophistication in the Queens Room, where ballroom dance, classical performances, afternoon tea, and Gala evenings take center stage.

The outdoor Pavilion will feature a retractable glass dome canopy. Enjoy a pool, a central stage, and an LED screen perfect for open-air theatre, movie screenings, and live music.

Guest Cabins : 1397 | Guest Capacity : 3,000 | Number of Decks : 14 | Tonnage : 113,000 | Length : 1,133 feet

Disney Treasure

The magical companion to Disney’s newest ship, Wish, Disney Treasure will set sail on a family vacation filled with enchantment and adventure at the end of 2024.

Guests will embark on an unforgettable dining experience with three imaginative restaurants to choose from every night of your voyage. Indulge in the delicious flavors of Worlds of Marvel, be transported to the vibrant world of Coco with a theatrical dining experience, or savor the elegance of the 1923 restaurant.

From Broadway-style shows to thrilling water coasters and more, the excitement never ends. Get ready for the exclusive debut of Disney The Tale of Moana, a spectacular performance inspired by the beloved Disney film. And that’s not all – be captivated by the magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and embark on a thrilling adventure with Disney Seas the Adventure.

Experience a new level of sophistication on your Disney cruise with elevated, adult-exclusive escapes. Inspired by beloved Disney park attractions and films, the haunted mansion parlour, Skipper Society, and Periscope Pub offer unique and unforgettable experiences for guests over 21.

Guest Cabins : 1,250 | Guest Capacity : 4,000 | Number of Decks : 15 | Tonnage : 144,000 | Length : 1,119 feet

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Utopia Of The Seas

Guests will experience an unforgettable adventure like no other, when Royal debuts their fifth addition to the acclaimed Oasis Class ships – Utopia of the Seas. Building on the incredible success of Wonder of the Seas, this one-of-a-kind vessel takes family vacations to new heights.

With 8 distinct neighborhoods, there’s excitement for everyone, no matter their age. Indulge your taste buds with a world tour of flavors at over 20 unique dining venues. From beloved classics like Chops Grille to innovative spots like Izumi at the park, and even a cutting-edge immersive dining experience, Utopia of the Seas offers a restaurant for every palate.

But that’s not all – get ready to dive into a world of entertainment and relaxation. Enjoy multiple bars and lounges, 5 pools and 8 whirlpools, 2 thrilling FlowRider surf simulators, 2 rock climbing walls, a heart-pounding zip line, an exhilarating ice-skating rink, and a basketball court for some friendly competition. And when it’s time to unwind, our full-service Vitality at Sea Spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Center are at your service.

Guest Cabins : 2,834 | Guest Capacity : 5,668 | Number of Decks : 18 | Tonnage : 236,860 | Length : 1,188 feet

Explora II Explora Journeys

The newest addition to the Explora Journeys fleet – Explora II, set to launch in August 2024. This cruise is perfect for families seeking a more intimate and luxurious vacation.

Explora Journeys sets itself apart by providing a slower pace of travel, unconventional arrival and departure times, and extended stays at each destination. This ensures guests have ample time to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and environment, leaving them exhilarated and enriched.

On board the EXPLORA II, guests will find carefully curated “Homes at Sea” that aim to enhance their connection with the ocean. Designed with elegant Swiss precision, modern European craftsmanship, and vibrant decor, these spacious suites are the epitome of luxury and comfort.

The culinary experience on EXPLORA II is nothing short of extraordinary. With twelve bars, six restaurants, and menus curated by Chef Franck Garanger, guests will have a multitude of delicious options. The menus feature incredible and original dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients inspired by the destinations visited. Healthy and varied options are also available, ensuring a gastronomic journey for every guest on board.

In addition to offering a luxurious and immersive experience, Explora Journeys remains committed to the environment. EXPLORA II boasts the latest in environmental-supporting technologies, including selective catalytic reduction technology that reduces nitrogen emissions by 90%. The ship is also RINA DOLPHIN certified and equipped with ship to shore power capabilities, minimizing CO2 emissions while at berth.

Guest Cabins : 461 | Guest Capacity : 900 | Number of Decks : 14 | Tonnage : 63,900 | Length : 790 feet

Viking Vela Viking Cruises

Coming in December 2024, the Viking Vela stunning vessel is set to surpass all expectations.

As part of the iconic Viking series, which began with the incredible Viking Star in 2015, the Viking Vela takes pride in its larger dimensions. Ten meters longer and two meters wider than its sister ships, it promises a grand and unforgettable experience.

Be prepared to embark on a journey like no other. The Viking Vela will navigate the wonders of Northern Europe during its inaugural season. Explore breathtaking destinations such as Scandinavia, the British Isles, Iceland, and the Norwegian Fjords. This is your chance to witness the beauty of these places up close and personal.

Comfort and luxury are at the forefront of the Viking Vela’s offerings. Boasting all-balcony accommodations, you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the sea from the privacy of your own room. What sets this vessel apart from the rest is its ability to dock at smaller ports, granting you access to hidden gems that larger ships cannot reach.

Prepare to be captivated by the vessel’s understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design. The Viking Vela truly embodies the essence of sophistication and class, allowing you to indulge in a world of pure luxury.

Guest Cabins : 499 | Guest Capacity : 998 | Number of Decks : 9 | Tonnage : 47,800 | Length : 784 feet


From Royal Caribbean’s icon of the Seas to Viking Cruises’ Vela, 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year for new cruise ship debuts. With so many fun-filled entertainment, dining, and leisure options for families, a cruise vacation is a great way to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. While we eagerly await these ships’ launch, start planning your next cruise adventure today!

Lisa Arneill
Lisa Arneill
Canadian mom of 2 busy boys (one with #ASD), photo addict, lover of adventure and wrinkly dogs. Also founder of Growing Your Baby - a parenting website.

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