The 4 best new luxury cruises

(Norwegian Cruise Line)

Cruise lines have always tried to top himself, whether with towering ships, luxury spas, or decadent cuisine. And these companies show no sign of resting on their laurels.

Their newest ships to the stakes in terms of luxury and progressive design. The interior is by a number of the world’s top hospitality designers, including Lauren Rottet and Richmond International cuisine of Michelin-starred chefs, and boutiques that are the best at home on Madison Avenue, these ships offer five-star amenities, such as they sail to their home ports.

Whether you’re planning a transatlantic trip or a quick river cruise, these stylish ships offer trips of a lifetime.

  • 1.

    Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star

    Viking Ocean Cruises

    The first ship in the new ocean line Viking (previously, only a river-cruise outfit), the 930-passenger Viking Star—with a balcony for each cabin—launched this spring. Lauren Rottet, whose eponymous studio is recently refurnished, New York Loews Regency Miami Royal Palm South Beach hotels, with great success, helped conceive of the modern Scandinavian scheme.

  • 2.

    Ponant Naval Le Lyrial

    Ponant naval

    For the design of the 122-cabin Le Lyrial, the fifth ship in the fleet of small, yachtlike cruisers, the Marseille-based company ponant naval turned to Jean-Philippe Nuel. It is made of one of France’s most remarkable new boutique hotels (not least of all the Molitor, which runs on an Art Deco former public swimming pool). He found his inspiration for Le Lyrial, which debuted in May, from the ship’s ports of call, where the turquoise water of the Mediterranean sea and the icy blue of the north Pole.

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  • 3.

    Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

    Royal Caribbean International

    One of the most high-tech and amenity-rich big ships there—think robot bartenders, a skydiving simulator, and boutiques of Tom Ford, and Bulgari—months-old, 4,000-plus-passenger Anthem of the Seas is the second of the three planned massive ships of Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum class.

  • 4.

    Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Escape

    Norwegian Cruise Line

    Launching this month, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape is another epically medium-sized ship, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line the top-tier Breakaway Plus class. Of note here is that the all-suite Port section. It is a kind of ship in a ship (the access to which requires special key-card access), a restaurant and special facilities, such as 24-hour butler and concierge service.


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