New 2019 Cruise Ships for Events and Meeting Groups

New cruise ships from Celebrity, Norwegian, Viking and more are calling groups to the high seas.

Celebrity Cruises New Ship 2019
Celebrity Flora

For planners considering at-sea incentive programs, the following are some nautically notable, brand new cruise ships for 2019 that are set to embark on their inaugural trips throughout the year. All feature participant-pleasing amenities wrapped up in an attractive floating package — and are sailing to some delightful destinations as a bonus. For details concerning meeting space, charters and specific itineraries, contact the respective cruise lines. 

New Cruise Ships 2019

Star Clippers

Star Clippers will debut its Flying Clipper in August. The ship will be the biggest and most ambitious yet for Star, carrying a maximum of 300 passengers and powered by 39,288 square feet of sail in addition to specially designed, fuel-efficient engines.

The vessel will have 150 cabins, including 34 balcony cabins and four owner’s suites. Each room will feature: 

  • Full bathrooms
  • Décor reflecting the golden age of clipper ships — polished wood, brass and prints on the walls of vintage ships under sail
  • Plenty of storage 

The onboard restaurant will span two decks with open-seating dining. The Flying Clipper will set off on Mediterranean itineraries this summer. 

2019 Cruise Ships

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity’s 100-passenger Galápagos expedition ship is tailored for exploration. Designed to offer spectacular nature viewing, all of Flora’s suites will be outfitted with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. Another unique feature: Itineraries will include Galápagos “glamping”: a sunset-to-sunrise camping experience in the Pacific islands destination with expert-guided stargazing, great food and sleeping under the stars in a cabana. Flora sets sail in May.

Encore Cruise Ship for Events

Norwegian Cruise Line

The 4,000-berth Encore — the fourth in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway-Plus class of ships and the 17th ship in the company’s fleet — will launch this November.

The 20-deck-high ship was designed for the active guest: The largest go-kart racetrack at sea and an open-air laser-tag arena will be among the amenities. Broadway will stow aboard with a line-up of shows that includes Kinky Boots and The Choir of Man. The Encore will sail in the Caribbean until April 2020, when it will begin voyages between New York City and Bermuda. 

cruise ships for meeting groups

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is unveiling two ships in 2019 that will sail the Western Mediterranean during their inaugural seasons. The first, the 4,415-berth MSC Bellissima, was launched on March 2. According to MSC, the vessel is the first to provide each passenger with a digital personal assistant, dubbed Zoe, as part of its "MSC for Me" program. Designed for use in staterooms, Zoe speaks multiple languages.

Zoe also will be available on Bellissima's sister ship, the 4,827-passenger MSCGrandiosa, which launches this coming November. Both ships will be larger than the 2-year-old MSC Meraviglia — and will be equipped with resort-like attractions including a water park, a sprawling amusement area, a flight simulator and an XD cinema.

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Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises continued its voyage toward ocean (as opposed to river) cruising with the February launch of its sixth seagoing vessel since 2015. The 930-berth Jupiter's cabins all feature private balconies; 14 two-room suites have wraparound private balconies with expansive views. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, such as the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue and vast outdoor space on the sundeck.

Planned trips will put in at numerous European ports.