Cruises are a prominent sector within the broader leisure travel and tourism industry, spanning regions worldwide. In 2022, the global revenue of the cruise industry reached almost $19 billion, marking a significant increase from the pandemic’s early years. The United States, with its extensive coastlines and proximity to Caribbean ports, stands as the leading contributor to cruise revenue.

This year, the cruise industry is gearing up for another exciting year, as a diverse array of new ships is set to launch, catering to various preferences. Here are some of the top contenders for best cruise ships launching in 2024:

Sun Princess (Princess Cruises)

February 11, 2024

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Sun Princess intends to rewrite the rulebook on family cruises with its innovative entertainment and focus on creating unforgettable memories for all ages. The centerpiece is the awe-inspiring Dome, a multi-story entertainment venue featuring a 270-degree LED screen showcasing interactive games, immersive movie experiences, and live performances.

Families can dive into themed pools like the “Camp Discovery” jungle-themed splash zone or the “Neptune Reef” aqua park, complete with a thrilling waterslide. While kids rule the roost in dedicated clubs with engaging activities like escape rooms and themed parties, parents can unwind in adult-only spaces like the tranquil Sanctuary pool or indulge in the luxurious Lotus Spa. The Lido Deck transforms into a vibrant playground with food trucks, games, and movies under the stars, ensuring every evening is a family adventure.

Ilma (Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection)

March 1, 2024

Ilma is a haven of refined elegance, whisking you away on a personalized voyage of discovery. This ultra-luxe yacht welcomes only 149 guests, ensuring an intimate and exclusive experience. The company promise to offer its guests breathtaking ocean views from spacious suite.

Ilma will offer Michelin-quality cuisine in opulent dining venues to make your experience more enjoyable. The onboard spa will pamper you with rejuvenating treatments, while the infinity pool invites guests to bask in the sun in luxurious serenity.

Silver Ray (Silversea Cruises)

March 9, 2024

Silver Ray redefines luxury cruising with its sophisticated ambiance and commitment to intimate exploration. This boutique ship accommodates 950 guests in elegantly appointed suites, most with private verandas. They ensure a front-row seat to the world’s beauty.

The company will provide an impeccable butler service, world-class dining in multiple gourmet venues, and enriching cultural experiences tailored to each destination. Whether guests are sipping handcrafted cocktails at the Panorama Lounge overlooking the endless blue horizon or indulging in a rejuvenating treatment at the Zagara Spa, every moment aboard Silver Ray promises to exude elegance and serenity.

Explora II (Explora Journeys)

May 24, 2024

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Explora II caters to a sophisticated palate, offering an adults-only haven for wellness, sustainability, and immersive cultural experiences. The ship will be sailing the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Northern Europe on this intimate ship, accommodating only 400 guests in luxurious suites. Explore hidden gems like Croatia’s Hvar Island or Portugal’s Azores on Zodiac landings led by expert naturalists. The onboard spa, focusing on holistic wellness, pampers you with personalized treatments and breathtaking ocean views. Foodies will delight in innovative menus crafted with locally sourced ingredients, celebrating the culinary traditions of each destination.

Disney Treasure (Disney Cruise Line)

August 9, 2024

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Disney Treasure sets sail on a pirate-themed adventure that will ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike. It will feature the thrilling AquaMouse waterslide, a twisting, turning masterpiece that propels guests through magical Disney stories. Themed restaurants and bars like “Skull Duggery’s Galley” and “Seadog Brew & Bite”emulate the pirate life. Broadway-caliber shows and deck parties keep the fun flowing.

Kids can embark on pirate training quests, learn from Disney characters, and create adventures in dedicated youth clubs. Adults can escape to the adults-only Quiet Cove pool and spa for some peaceful relaxation. Disney Treasure sails to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, promising magical encounters with Disney characters, breathtaking island explorations, and pirate-themed fun for every member of the family.

Icon of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

October 20, 2024

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Icon of the Seas redefines “megacruise,” claiming the title of the world’s largest ship. This record-breaking “Category 6” water park features the tallest drop slide at sea and a free-fall slide defying gravity. Guests can explore vibrant underwater worlds in the immersive AquaDome, a multi-deck ocean experience with panoramic views.

Utopia of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

November 24, 2024

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Utopia of the Seas is another Oasis-class powerhouse ready to whisk you away on a whirlwind of excitement. Visitors can dive into the Caribbean-inspired world of Perfect Day at CocoCay, an exclusive island paradise boasting the thrilling Daredevil’s Peak water park and Chill Island, a private beach club for unwinding after your adrenaline rush.

Foodies will rejoice at the new Pesky Parrot bar. The bar will be serving up island vibes and cocktails. Guests can also enjoy poolside food trucks that tantalize taste buds with fresh bites. Utopia caters to every family member, with the youngest adventurers finding their own thrills in the reimagined kids’ clubs and themed pools.