2013 cruises are slowly being announced, with a wider variety of ports and some new ship classes already on the cards. 2012 cruises saw cruise lines offer some of the widest variety of destinations to date — with Cunard Line being among the highlights, offering 84 voyages to 129 ports in 48 countries.
Princess Cruises have announced plans for two ships, with the Royal Princess set to make her maiden voyage in June 2013, with the forthcoming ships early itineraries already on sale. The new class of ships are being seen as an evolution of the cruise line, with many of the cruise lines signatures expected onboard, along with a whole host on new innovations and facilities.
Royal Caribbean are following on from their 2011 Oasis class ship, the Allure of the Seas, with a new concept and class of ships. Known as Project Sunshine the ships will be build by Meyer Werft and are expected to carry around 4,100 passengers, which is much closer to their Freedom class ships than the 5,400 capacity Oasis of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean will also be doubling their presence in Southampton in 2013, with the Adventure of the Seas joining the always popular Independence of the Seas for the summer. It is the first time the cruise line have offered two ships from Southampton as a home port and the 3,100 passenger ship will help almost double their capacity. Both ships will be offering a variety of sailings around Europe, including the Med and the Baltic, along with Indy's first cruise to Norway.
2013 will also be the first time Celebrity Cruises have based two ship in the UK, with the Celebrity Infinity joining the Southampton based Celebrity Eclipse in spring. Celebrity Infinity has recently undergone a huge makeover and will sail from Harwich until the Autumn, offering cruises to the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords and the Med. Another Celebrity first in 2013 will be when Celebrity Solstice arrives in Alaska, making it the first time the cruise line have offered one of their signature Solstice class ships in the region.
Last, but by no means least, P&O Cruises will be offering an array of themed cruises in 2013, varying from a selection of Strictly Come Dancing Cruises and music Festival themed cruises, to culinary cruises — attended by their celebrity chef's Marco Pierre White & Atul Kochhar. The cruise line are also set to offer some wine themed cruises, with British wine expert Olly Smith on hand to share his excitable expertise.
With more developments expected throughout the year we will update you both here and on our news page, or you can check out the very last cruises of the year with our December 2013 fly cruises.