With cruises cancelled for the duration, we could all use a little something to look forward to right now. Fortunately, there’s plenty of hope on the horizon. We aren’t sure when we’ll be travelling again just yet, but we know that when we do, cruising will be back looking bigger and better than ever. From new ships that are worth the wait to maiden itineraries on an icon, here’s our look at the special sailings we’re chomping at the bit to book for 2021 and 2022.
Norway on P&O Cruises Iona
With her launch postponed for now, we’re all going to have to wait just that little bit longer to experience the incredible new ship from P&O Cruises. The largest ship ever built exclusively for the British market and an especially thrilling proposition for fans of cruises from Southampton, Iona was set to be the hottest ship of the summer following her launch in May. A pause in operations at the Meyer Werft shipyard has delayed final outfitting and as a result delivery, but good things come to those who wait and Iona will be our first port of call once restrictions lift and her maiden season begins. We’re hoping to head for the Norwegian Fjords for an epic adventure.
Take Me There: Everything you need to know about Iona, right here
Queen Mary 2’s No-Fly Maiden Northern Lights Voyage
She’s a legend of the seas and an icon of the fleet, and now Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is set to bring her magic to Norway for the very first time. For fans of the iconic ship, bucket list trips don’t come much bigger than an unmissable chance to witness the spectacular Aurora Borealis phenomena paint the skies above the top deck of a true lady. Norway’s fjords could have come straight from a fairy tale but there’s nothing make believe about this no-fly cruise from Southampton to the dreamlike destination. The thought of afternoon tea with a mountain view is all that’s getting us through lockdown, besides the copious amounts of baking.
The Mississippi River with Viking
Somewhere amidst the Coronavirus chaos, Viking announced an exciting new addition to their fleet of river cruise ships. Launching in August 2022, Viking Mississippi will be designed especially for her namesake river, Viking’s signature Scandinavian design taking on elements of the Deep South with it. The Mississippi and surrounding music cities have long been on our mind and itineraries spanning the Lower and Upper Mississippi stretches put spots like Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri and New Orleans on the agenda. With lesser-visited cruise ports in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota on itineraries too, Viking Mississippi promises one big American adventure.
Take Me There: Roll on the river with Viking Mississippi here.
Mediterranean with Jerusalem on Odyssey of the Seas
The Mediterranean will always and forever be one of our favourite cruise destinations in the world and 2021 sees Royal Caribbean International explore a new side to it. Odyssey of the Seas will be only the second Quantum Ultra-class ship to sail the seas and the first ever to cruise in Europe; having experienced its sister ship Spectrum of the Sea back in 2019, we can’t wait to see attractions like the SeaPlex and SkyPad come into their own closer to home. We’ll be celebrating making it through all that home schooling in one piece with a family holiday.
Take Me There: 12-night Greece, Turkey and Israel on Odyssey of the Seas, departing from Civitavecchia on 7 September 2021. Fares from £1,365 with flexible transfer policy and buy one get one 60% off on selected sailings.
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