Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship has a luxury 2,500-square-foot suite that starts at over $15,000 — see inside

rendering of the living room with couches, chairs, and fancy ceiling lighting next to panoramic windows with views of the ocean in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

  • Celebrity Cruises’ new Apex ship has the Iconic suite, a 2,500-square-foot accommodation that starts at $15,000.
  • The suite has two bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room, and a terrace with a private hot tub.
  • The Iconic suite is the largest suite across all Celebrity ships.
When someone says “luxury at sea,” you may think of a private yacht with butlers, free-flowing alcohol, panoramic views of the ocean, and private hot tubs.

the Celebrity Apex cruise ship at sea as photographed through the window of a tender
The Celebrity Apex.

What may not come to mind is a giant cruise ship lined with a few thousand people.

a living room with a dining table, couches, seating, and Peloton surrounded by windows
The Iconic Suite on the Celebrity Apex.

But this level of opulence is exactly what Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises is trying to achieve with its Iconic suite …

The Celebrity Apex floating on the ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

… the cruise line’s largest suite with a price tag akin to that of a yacht.

the living room with a large couch facing a TV and a peloton surrounded by windows Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

The luxury accommodation is available on the Celebrity Edge and the Apex cruise ships …

a cabana and hot tub on the balcony of the Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

… and a stay in the Iconic aboard the new 2,900-person Celebrity Apex ship in 2022 starts at a cool $15,065.

a bed facing panoramic windows and a TV coming down from the wall in the Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

To compare, the Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Apex — which is a step above the Inside and Ocean View staterooms — starts at $1,440 …

a couch and table in front of two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Source: Insider

 

… albeit the Infinite Veranda is about 10% of the size of the 2,500 square-foot Iconic Suite.

a bed between two night stands
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Let’s take a look inside the bougie suite, which is larger than the average New York City apartment.

the bathroom with a sink, lit vanity, and shower in the  Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

Source: Curbed

The interior is a little over 1,890 square-feet, while the exterior living space is about 790 square-feet.

rendering of the living room with couches, chairs, and fancy ceiling lighting next to panoramic windows with views of the ocean in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

The interior space includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large living room that compliments the exterior terrace.

the outdoor balcony with lounge seating, a hot tub, and cabana in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

Let’s start with the private outdoor terrace, which has a hot tub and day bed for private lounging under the sun without the distraction of other passengers.

a cabana and hot tub on the balcony of the Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

Heading inside, there’s a large living room with a dining table, comfortable sectional, large flat screen television, and Peloton.

the living room with a large couch facing a TV and a peloton surrounded by windows Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

This living space is surrounded by a wall of windows, flooding the space with natural light.

a couch facing a TV and tables behind the couch next to panoramic windows in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

The primary bedroom is just off the living room, and has a king-sized cashmere mattress that faces a wall of windows so guests can wake up to unobstructed views of the ocean.

a bed facing windows looking out into the ocean with a makeup vanity next to the bed
The Iconic Suite on the Celebrity Apex.

There’s also a TV that floats down from the ceiling for movie nights in bed in case you get tired of the view.

a bed facing panoramic windows and a TV coming down from the wall in the Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

The bedroom also has a spacious and modern en-suite bathroom …

the bathroom with a sink, lit vanity, and shower in the  Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

… lined with two vanities, a shower, and a tub in case the one on the terrace wasn’t enough.

dual vanities, a bathtub, and showers in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

All of these rooms have neutral contemporary decor similar to that of a luxury hotel, which makes the sweeping views of the ocean the vocal point of the suite.

a bed facing panoramic windows with views of the ocean in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

And it wouldn’t be a luxury suite without extravagant services, like your own host, …

a rendering of people at a dining table and in the living room in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

… small bites, two bottles of spirits, and daily beer, soda, and bottled water.

a rendering of people at a dining table and in the living room in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

A stay in the suite also includes WiFi, access to all of the ship’s specialty restaurants, and two laundry services during the sailing.

a bed with nightstands surrounded by white walls in the Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite on the Celebrity Apex cruise ship.

Guests will also have access to Retreat amenities that are reserved for suite passengers.

a rendering of a woman riding a Peloton while facing windows looking out into the ocean
The Iconic Suite on the Celebrity Apex.

This includes a Retreat-specific lounge, sundeck, and restaurant helmed by famed chef Daniel Boulud.

a dining table next to couches and panoramic windows in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

Staying in a suite can be more expensive than staying in a stateroom, but this price difference hasn’t deterred any recent cruise goers.

dual vanities, a bathtub, and showers in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

The cruise line’s suites have been “selling better” than any other stateroom, a Celebrity Cruises spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.

a bed facing panoramic windows with views of the ocean in the Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship
The Iconic suite aboard the Celebrity Apex cruise ship. The Iconic suites aboard the Apex and Edge cruise ships are identical.

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An ultra-luxury Carnival cruise line’s 600-person ship is now sailing out of Miami with rooms starting at $5,000 — see what it’s like onboard

a cruise ship at sea
The Seabourn Ovation.

  • Seabourn — a luxury Carnival Corp brand — is now sailing out of Miami through March 2022.
  • It’s the Seabourn Ovation cruise ship’s first time sailing out of the US.
  • See inside the ship, which has suites that average at $1,000 per night, the Miami Herald reported.
Luxury cruise limes are making a steady return in the US after COVID-19 decimated the global cruising industry.

a cruise ship at sea
The Seabourn Ovation.

And now, Carnival Corp’s Seabourn brand is targeting this regrowing number of North American cruisers by bringing its “ultra-luxury” Seabourn Ovation ship to Miami, according to a press release.

an empty restaurant with set tables
The Restaurant in the Seabourn Ovation.

The 600-guest ship is calling PortMiami home from now through March 2022 as it brings passengers from Florida to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, and Central America.

a circular table with several seats by shelves
The Wintergarden Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

This is the ship’s first time in the US, and Miami “offers an easily accessible port for North American guests and those coming from Europe,” Josh Leibowitz, Seabourn’s president, said in a press release.

a massage bed in the middle of a dim decorated room
The spa in the Seabourn Ovation.

“[Miami] is, after all, the cruise capital of the world, Leibowitz said in Anna Jean Kaiser’s Miami Herald report.

four empty seats under wall art in a room
The Seabourn Ovation.

Source: Miami Herald

The ship has already begun operating from the sunny peninsula city with its first three 11-day “Gems of the Leeward Islands” itineraries, which will sail from November through early December.

open seating in a red-lit room
The Grand Salon in the Seabourn Ovation.

Source: Miami Herald

Along the way, passengers will get to see destinations like San Juan, Puerto Rico and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

an open balcony with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean
The Signature Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

After this series, the Ovation will go on several Panama Canal and Central America sailings for the rest of its time in Florida.

lounge seating in a decorated room by the window
The Seabourn Ovation.

This includes the 21-day “Holiday Panama Canal” itinerary that’ll sail to Los Angeles, and the 14-day “Central America and Panama Canal Pathfinder” cruise.

a row of seats at a bar
The Club in the Seabourn Ovation.

The former starts at a hefty $13,000, while the latter can be purchased at $5,400.

empty lounge chairs in an open aired space
The Retreat in the Seabourn Ovation.

Source: Seabourn

According to the Miami Herald report, suites on the Ovation average at $1,000 per night.

empty tables under two wall art
A restaurant the Seabourn Ovation.

Source: Miami Herald

To target these high-paying customers, the Ovation has 300 suites that all have verandas, which means there are none of the windowless interior staterooms that are more common on larger cruise ships.

empty lounge seating surrounded by windows
The Seabourn Square in the Seabourn Ovation.

The Ovation’s suites all have anywhere between about 250 to 1,300 square-feet of interior space.

a white and marble modern bathroom with a sink and tub
The bathroom in a Veranda Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

The verandas then add an extra 68 to 906 square-feet of living space.

a bed by a living room next to large windows
A Veranda Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

No matter the size, the suites all have amenities like living rooms, walk-in closets, a makeup vanity, daily fruit, WiFi, and phone service.

empty lounge seating by a dining table
A Wintergarden Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

The most luxurious suite, the Grand Wintergarden, even has its own solarium with a tub and daybeds.

a bed between bedside tables and a balcony
The Wintergarden Suite in the Seabourn Ovation.

But there’s more to do than just lounging around inside your suite all day.

an empty pool on the pool deck
The pool deck in the Seabourn Ovation.

The Ovation has seven bars and lounges, like the Observation Bar — which has live jazz and views of the ocean — and the Club.

empty seats by a bar and windows
The Observation Bar in the Seabourn Ovation.

Feeling hungry at sea? The cruise ship is also lined with five restaurant venues, including a sushi eatery and The Grill by famed chef Thomas Keller.

an empty restaurant with decor in the middle
The Restaurant in the Seabourn Ovation.

Like many cruise ships, the Ovation also has pools, whirlpools, a casino, a spa, and an adults-only lounge to help kill time during days out at sea.

circular pools surrounded by empty lounge chairs
The pool deck in the Seabourn Ovation.

All Seabourn’s ships have a “Seabourn Square” lounge, and the Ovation is no different. This one has books, iPads, a coffee bar, gelato, and a terrace for open air lounging.

empty seats by a bar and windows
Seabourn Square in the Seabourn Ovation.

“This is a floating seven-star resort,” Leibowitz told the Miami Herald, adding that there is almost one crew member for every passenger.

a cruise ship at sea
in the Seabourn Ovation.

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A Florida-based cruise line has unveiled a five-month, around-the-world cruise in 2024 for $34,700— see what it’ll be like

the cruise ship in Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece.

  • Miami-based cruise line Azamara has announced a five-month 2024 world cruise.
  • The cruise will sail for 155 nights to over 40 countries across six continents.
  • Prices range from $34,700 for an interior stateroom to $128,200 for the most premium suite. 
Miami-based cruise line Azamara has announced a five-month world cruise for 2024 as global sailings continue to sell out or sell fast.

the cruise ship in Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece.

Source: Azamara

Several cruise lines have already announced around-the-world sailings throughout 2021 as the cruise industry continues its rebound from COVID-19.

Santorini and a cruise ship in the distnace
Santorini.

So far, these recently announced sailings have been a success: In February, Oceania Cruises’ 180-day global sailing for 2023 sold out in one day.

Oceania Cruises  insignia
The Insignia in Sydney, Australia.

Source: Insider

And in July, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 132-night world cruise for 2024 sold out in less than three hours.

Seven Seas Mariner docked in Kotor, Montenegro
The Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro.

Source: Insider

In March, Royal Caribbean Group sold Azamara to private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $201 million.

a balcony with two seats and a table overlooking the water
The Club Veranda stateroom’s balcony.

Source: Insider

Now, a few months out from this sale, Azamara has introduced its own contender in the around-the-world cruising fiasco.

the cruise ship off the coast of Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece.

Its 2024 global sailing will be aboard the Azamara Onward, the cruise line’s latest ship.

a cruise ship off the coast of Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy.

On January 5, 2024, the ship will sail for 155 nights from Fort Lauderdale to over 40 countries across six continents. Along the way, the Onward will make 22 overnight stays and 27 late stays at multiple ports of call.

a cruise ship on the water in Kotor
Kotor, Montenegro.

Azamara has split the world cruise into 10 different segments, starting with the “Central America Tapestry” from Florida to Peru, and ending with the “Adriatic and Med Gateways” from Italy to Spain.

a cruise ship off the coast of Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy.

Source: Azamara

Throughout this sailing, guests will get to stop at destinations like the Seven Wonders of the World, Bora Bora, the Galapagos, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam …

Azamara Onward cruise ship on the ocean
The Azamara Onward.

… Colombo, Sri Lanka, Odessa, Ukraine, Wellington, New Zealand, and more.

a dining room with a buffet and empty tables and seats
The Patio.

The sailing starts at $34,700 for a Club Interior stateroom.

a glamorous stairwell in the cruise ship
The stairwell in the cruise ship.

But if you’re looking for an extra splurge, feel free to book the Club Owner suite for a cool $128,200.

a balcony with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean
The Club World Owner’s suite.

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Disney Cruise Line will now require all guests 5 or older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

the Disney Wonder cruise ship at sea
The Disney Wonder.

  • Disney Cruise Line says all guests five years old or older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2022.
  • The US recently greenlit a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children who are at least five years old.
  • Several major cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises, also have a vaccine mandate.

Disney Cruise Line will require all passengers five years old or older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on all cruises beginning January 13, 2022, the cruise line announced on Wednesday. 

This announcement follows the US government’s decision to greenlight a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11. At this time, Disney Cruise Line’s vaccine mandate only extends to guests who are 12-years-old or older. 

Passengers who are too young to receive the vaccine must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 24 to 72 hours before sailing. Unvaccinated children between the ages of five through 11 are also required to follow this testing mandate on all cruises embarking before the January 13 vaccine deadline.

Besides Disney’s cruise arm, several major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line currently have some form of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for guests 12-years-old or older.

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I went aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest cruise ship – see what it’s like inside the $1 billion Apex

The Celebrity Apex floating on the ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

  • Celebrity Cruises’ latest ship, the Celebrity Apex, has begun its inaugural US sailings from Florida.
  • The $1 billion ship was initially set to debut in March 2020 but was delayed amid COVID-19.
  • See inside the Apex, which has an adults-only pool, a martini bar, and a gym with Pelotons.
Leisure travel levels are quickly creeping back to pre-COVID-19 levels as borders continue to reopen and pent-up demand for travel remains high.

the Apex log on the ship
The Celebrity Apex.

As a result, several major cruise lines have seen strong bookings into the future, with some itineraries selling out in record time.

a relatively empty Solarium with a bright skylight
The Solarium.

Source: CNBC, Insider

To usher in the return of the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises has launched its latest luxury ship – the Celebrity Apex – in the US after over a year of delays.

The Celebrity Apex floating on the ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

The ship was once set to make its grand debut in March 2020.

the Celebrity logo on the ship
The Celebrity Apex.

But after a year of no sailing, the summer of 2021 provided a glimmer of hope for the company and its ship: The Apex began operating several Greek Island itineraries.

artwork next to the track
The track.

And now, the luxury ship is finally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has already begun bringing eager passengers to a variety of warm weathered Caribbean destinations.

the lounge chairs in a relatively empty pool.
The pool.

Let’s take a look inside the over 1,000-foot long ship, a $1 billion investment – a spokesperson told Insider in an email – in the sustained success of the cruise industry.

people hanging out on different decks inside the ship
The Celebrity Apex.

The 16-deck Apex is manned by almost 1,320 crew members.

A whirlpool above the larger pool
A whirlpool.

These crew members then serve a little over 2,900 guests, all of whom will stay inside Apex’s almost 1,470 staterooms and 176 suites.

two empty chairs and a small table overlooking the ocean
A stateroom.

All staterooms have a king bed and a touchscreen that controls features like the temperature, lights, and shades.

a bed and TV with a living room area in the back
One of the staterooms.

But those with deeper pockets and finer taste might want to opt for the more ultra-luxurious accommodations, which include the Iconic and Penthouse Suites.

a large bed in front of a TV and a panoramic view of the ocean
The Penthouse Suite.

The former is the largest suite on all Celebrity ships and includes a terrace with a hot tub, a bedroom with sweeping views of the ocean, and an in-suite Peloton.

a living room with a Peloton in the back
The Penthouse Suite.

And what would be a luxury cruise without a variety of food and beverage options?

a bartender preparing a drink at Eden
Inside Eden.

… which range from the “casual country club atmosphere” Sunset Bar …

an empty bar with a person behind teh bar
The Sunset Bar.

Source: Celebrity Cruises

… to the classic cruise ship buffet …

people walking around the buffet
The buffet.

… to an outdoor grill-forward eatery.

Rooftop Garden Grill under a white awning
The Rooftop Garden Grill.

The Celebrity Apex has 29 eateries, bars, cafes, and lounges …

a large piece of art on the floor at one of the restaurants
The entrance into one of the restaurants.

The new ship also has a Celebrity first: the Craft Social Bar, a craft beer and sports bar.

an empty beer-forward bar
The Craft Social Bar.

But if you’re more of a cocktail aficionado, there’s the Martini Bar, which sits at the heart of the ship under the glow of the LED chandelier in the Grand Plaza.

an empty Martini Bar
The Martini Bar.

Or try the Eden Bar, a cocktail bar extension of the Eden Restaurant, one of the cruise ship’s seven specialty restaurants.

a bartender preparing drinks at Eden
Inside Eden.

If you’re looking to pay a little more for specialty dining, there’s also a raw bar called Raw on 5, the Fine Cut Steakhouse …

an empty restaurant by windows showing the ocean
Raw on 5.

… and French bistro-themed Le Grand Bistro, to name a few specialty options.

an empty restaurant with a view of the ocean in the back
Le Grand Bistro.

The latter also doubles as the restaurant for Le Petit Chef and Family …

large metal artwork in front of a shop
The shopping.

… which uses overhead projectors to display an animated storyline onto the dining table before every course.

a plate of pasta above a table with projected animations
Le Petit Chef and Family.

Besides these few eateries, the ship has four main restaurants that come with the base price of the cruise: Cosmopolitan (American), Cyprus (Greek) …

an empty restaurant with all the tables set
Cyprus.

… Normandie (French), and Tuscan (Italian).

a table by a window overlooking the ocean
Tuscan.

If you’re tired of indulging during long days out at sea, the Apex has several venues that can keep passengers entertained.

The Grand Plaza and the Martini Bar with a large centerpiece
The Grand Plaza and the Martini Bar.

This includes the Theatre, which is lined with 23-foot-tall curved LED screens and laser projectors …

people on stage in the empty Theatre
The Theatre.

… and the Club, which is conveniently located right next door.

an empty Club venue
The Club.

The Club serves as the venue for on-board activities like game shows, archery, and, of course, clubbing.

lounge chairs facing the ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

If you take the elevator up a few decks, you’ll hit the resort deck, which has the Rooftop Garden, an outdoor lounge with a large screen for movies, …

outdoor lounge seating by a large screen
The Rooftop Garden.

… an open-aired pool and whirlpools ….

bird's eye view of the pool deck
The main pool.

… and the adults-only Solarium, a covered swimming hole under a transparent roof.

a relatively empty Solarium with a bright skylight
The Solarium.

If you’re looking for a view of the ocean but don’t want to lounge by the pool, head to the Magic Carpet. Just make sure you know which deck it’s on.

people standing on the market carpet as it's above the water
The Magic Carpet.

As the name might suggest, the Magic Carpet is a suspended open-aired platform that can move vertically to other decks of the ship.

people stepping off of a tender onto the Magic Carpet
The Magic Carpet.

Here, you can find a bar and lounge.

a walkway next to the pool
The Celebrity Apex.

But when it moves down to the second deck, the platform doubles as a tender dock at ports of calls, as shown below.

a view of part of the Celebrity Edge
The Celebrity Edge.

If you’re looking for the thrill of losing (or winning), money, try your luck at the casino, which is lined with over 2,015 slot machines.

slot machines in an empty casino
The casino.

Source: Celebrity Cruises

 

But if you’d rather get a quick workout in, you can jog around the track …

a person walking on the track
The Rooftop Garden and track.

… use one of the gym’s Pelotons, or try an F45 training class.

People inside the gym facing the ocean
The gym.

The latter two are located inside the spa, which also has amenities like a hair salon and barber shop.

a person inside the salon at the spa
The salon.

There are plenty of spaces that are accessible by all passengers, but some venues – like a sundeck, lounge, and restaurant by a multi-Michelin starred chef – are reserved for guests who’ve booked a stay under the more exclusive “Retreat” segment.

a person walking through an empty restaurant
Luminae at The Retreat.

Interested in cruising on the Apex?

an ice cream stall at the buffet
The buffet.

The Apex still has some available staterooms and suites on its Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean itineraries, which will continue into April 2022.

a window looking out onto the walkway and ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

These sailings start at about $520 per person for the five-night Bahamas cruise in January 2023.

Celebrity Apex themed jewelry inside a shop
A jewelry shop on the Celebrity Apex.

Source: Celebrity Cruises

This price then jumps to over $3,000 per person for a nicer stateroom on the seven-night Bahamas, Belize, and Mexico sailing from December to January.

outdoor seating overlooking the ocean
The Celebrity Apex.

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Princess Cruises has announced a 111-day, around-the-world cruise starting at $21,000 as travelers continue to demand global sailings

Princess Cruises' Island Princess cruise ship sailing past hills on a foggy day
Princess Cruises’ Island Princess cruise ship.

  • Carnival’s Princess Cruises has announced a 111-day world cruise that will set sail in January 2024.
  • The almost four-month cruise will bring guests to 51 locations across 27 countries.
  • The cruise starts at almost $21,080 per person, and suites start at about $66,000.
Around the world in 80 days? How about 111 days – by ship.

a view of Sydney, Australia during the day
Sydney, Australia.

On Monday, Carnival’s Princess Cruises announced a 111-day world cruise for 2024 as demand for global sailings remains high.

Island Princess cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Princess Cruises’ Island Princess cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Passengers will cruise aboard the Island Princess, which will also be the home base for the company’s upcoming 2023 world cruise itineraries.

the Island Princess at sea
The Island Princess.

Source: Princess Cruises

According to a press release, the ship is Princess’ “largest to sail a world cruise voyage.”

the Island Princess at sea
The Island Princess on the Panama Canal.

The almost four-month cruise will operate roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on January 4, 2024 and Los Angeles on January 19, 2024.

Acropolis of Athens among trees
The Acropolis of Athens.

If 111 days seems just a bit too long, there’s also the option to book a shorter 97-day itinerary from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, which will also begin sailing on January 18, 2024.

a view of Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon in Hawaii.

From there, the Island Princess will bring guests to 51 locations, including 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

The Singapore skyline at night
Singapore.

… across 27 countries and six continents.

The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple by water
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali.

This includes calls in Crete, Greece, Bali, Indonesia, Lisbon, Portugal, and Bermuda.

Paul Claris Statue by the Arc de Triomf
The Paul Claris Statue by the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona.

Interested in sailing around the world? Be prepared to shell out at least $21,080 per person.

the Island Princess at sunset at the ocean
The Island Princess.

And if you’d rather travel in luxury, suites start at about $66,000, a Princess Cruises spokesperson told Insider.

Island Princess in Alaska sailing through icy water
The Island Princess in Alaska.

The 2024 sailings aren’t Princess’ only plans for a global cruise. The company’s upcoming 2023 world cruises from Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles will set sail in January 2023. However, the cruise line canceled its 2022 global sailing.

Princess Cruises' Island Princess cruise ship sailing past hills on a foggy day
Princess Cruises’ Island Princess cruise ship.

Source: Princess Cruises, Princess Cruises

Despite this cancellation, there’s no better time to unveil a months-long cruise.

field of grass and trees
New Zealand.

Pent-up demand for cruising has resulted in successful global cruise sales throughout 2021, including Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 132-night 2024 world cruise that sold out in less than three hours …

Seven Seas Mariner docked in Kotor, Montenegro

Source: Insider

… and Oceania Cruises’ “Around the World in 180 Days” cruise for 2023 that was booked out within a day.

Oceania Cruises  insignia
The Insignia in Sydney, Australia.

Source: Insider

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A French luxury cruise line has unveiled its new ship that it will use to sail around Antarctica – see inside

The Le Commandant Charcot in icy water
The Le Commandant Charcot.

  • French cruise company Ponant has unveiled its Le Commandant Charcot, a “polar exploration vessel.”
  • The hybrid electric ship is in part powered by liquefied natural gas and can accommodate up to 245 guests.
  • See inside the new vessel, which has luxury suites that can range up to $172,000 for its priciest sailing.
French luxury cruise company Ponant recently launched its 13th vessel, a hybrid electric cruise ship designed to sail in frigid climates like Antarctica.

Le Commandant Charcot on water
Le Commandant Charcot.

Source: Ponant

Meet Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant’s first hybrid “Polar Class 2” ship that’s in part fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Le Commandant Charcot in icy water
The Le Commandant Charcot.

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The new ship is a “mark of Ponant’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism,” according to its maker.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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The 492-foot-long ship is powered by five engines and 50 tons of lithium ion batteries, but most of its power comes from the LNG, Rachel King reported for Fortune.

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Le Commandant Charcot

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Besides these cleaner energy sources, Le Commandant Charcot isn’t like the typical Royal Caribbean or Carnival mega cruise ship.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

For one, Ponant has banned single-use plastic while implementing onboard waste sorting aboard the ship.

a lounge area under skylights
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

It’s also full of suites lined with Dyptique products and restaurants by multi-Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse.

Le Commandant Charcot sailing through icy water
Le Commandant Charcot.

And on that note, let’s take a tour of Le Commandant Charcot’s amenities.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

The vessel can accommodate 245 people inside its 123 staterooms.

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Le Commandant Charcot.

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These rooms range from 215 square-feet to 1,238 square-feet.

a bedroom by large windows
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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And every unit comes with its own balcony, which is perfect passengers who want to enjoy their quiet morning cup of coffee in the frigid Antarctic temperatures.

an outdoor lounge area
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

The largest suite, the owner’s suite, has its own 1,937-square-foot terrace.

overhead view of two chairs by a large window and balcony
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

There are also four 1,011 square-foot duplex suites that all have their own jacuzzis and terraces.

a bed and bedside table
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

These duplex suites, the owner’s suite, and the privilege and grand prestige suites all come with butler service.

a lounge area next to a tall mirror
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

All of the rooms also have charging ports that are compatible with both European and American devices.

a couch and chairs in a modern, well lit room
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

In true luxury fashion, Le Commandant Charcot will have amenities that aren’t often found on a cruise ship, such as a cigar lounge …

a bar behind a wall of shelves with decor
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

… a wrap-around promenade deck with heated seats …

part of the Le Commandant Charcot overlooking the water
The Le Commandant Charcot.

… and a spa equipped with services like a gym, a “snow room” with real snow, a detox bar, and massages with luxury products.

window looking into the snow room
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

Despite these flashy amenities, Le Commandant Charcot also has a few amenities that can be found on your typical cruise ship, such as a theater, an indoor pool …

indoor pool under a ceiling of windows
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

… meeting rooms, and a heated outdoor pool by a fire pit.

outdoor seating area on Le Commandant Charcot
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

Hungry sea goers can dine at the ship’s two restaurants or its outdoor bar.

waiters by empty tables in a restaurant
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

There’s also an onboard laboratory to aid in the studying of the environments the cruise ship will be sailing through.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

And passengers interested in these studies can attend the ship’s onboard lectures.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

But if you prefer the thrill of the outdoors, Le Commandant Charcot will offer opportunities to go kayaking, ice fishing, polar diving, hovercrafting, and more.

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Kayakers and Le Commandant Charcot.

Ponant officially launched the ship September 28, and there are now itineraries available through the winter of 2022 to 2023.

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Le Commandant Charcot.

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And unlike your typical ship, Le Commandant Charcot can travel to remote destinations like the North Pole region.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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This includes the upcoming “Weddell Sea and Larsen Ice Shelf” sailings starting at almost $14,000, making it one of the ship’s cheapest options.

Le Commandant Charcot sailing through icy water
Le Commandant Charcot.

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This 11-night lineup will either sail to and from Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula.

indoor lounge area by shelves with decor
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

There’s also the more expensive Northwest Passage itinerary, which will sail from Iceland to Alaska.

lounge area on Le Commandant Charcot
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

This 25-day cruise, which will sail from September to October 2022, starts at $42,100.

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Kayakers and Le Commandant Charcot.

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This price may seem hefty to the average cruise goer, but the sailing is already booked out.

two seats next to a fireplace inside Le Commandant Charcot
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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If you’re looking to spend big, you can book the “Unexplored Antarctica between Two Continents” sailing, which will operate from January 15 to February 13, 2023.

lounge area with bookshelves in Le Commandant Charcot
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

This 30-day cruise will sail from Argentina to New Zealand, and will “half-circumnavigate” Antarctica along the way, according to the cruise line.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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The sailing starts at $45,420 for a stateroom, making it the ship’s most expensive itinerary so far.

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Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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This price then shoots up to a lofty $172,050 for the owner’s suite, which has already been booked for the sailing.

private lounge on Le Commandant Charcot
Inside the Le Commandant Charcot.

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Royal Caribbean has unveiled a 9-month cruise around the world starting at $61,000 – see what it’ll be like

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas cruise ship.

  • Royal Caribbean has announced a 2023 to 2024 274-night world cruise starting at $61,000.
  • The nine-month cruise will sail to over 150 destinations across all seven continents.
  • World cruises have been selling out fast throughout 2021 as the industry makes its steady return.
Royal Caribbean has unveiled its 2023 to 2024 274-night Ultimate World Cruise, a “never before offered” itinerary for the cruising giant, according to the cruise line.

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The Serenade of the Seas.

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This announcement comes as world cruises continue to sell out fast while the cruising industry makes its steady comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tourists wearing face masks sit by the ancient Colosseum in downtown Rome on October 8, 2020.

In January, Oceania Cruises’ 2023 “Around the World in 180 Days” sailing sold out within a day.

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The Insignia in Sydney, Australia.

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And more recently in July, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 132-night 2024 world cruise was fully booked in less than three hours.

Seven Seas Mariner docked in Kotor, Montenegro

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Now, Royal Caribbean, one of the largest cruise companies in the world, has unveiled its own global sailing.

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The Serenade of the Seas docked at St. Vincent after the La Soufrière volcano eruption.

But unlike Oceania and Regent Seven Seas’ sold-out itineraries, Royal Caribbean’s world cruise will span nine months …

the Serenade of the Seas in the water
The Serenade of the Seas in Seattle.

… sailing to all seven continents and 65 countries.

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A map of the world cruise.

According to the cruise line, this recently announced sailing aboard the Serenade of the Seas will be the “longest and most comprehensive” global cruise available.

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“Christ The Redeemer”

The ship will set sail from Miami on December 10, 2023 and continue around the world through September 10, 2024.

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The Serenade of the Seas at the Navantia Ship Yard in Cadiz, Spain in 2012.

Along the way, it’ll stop at over 150 ports, including 57 locations that Royal Caribbean hasn’t sailed to before.

chichen itza

Throughout these nine months, the Serenade of the Seas will hit 11 “wonders of the world,” including Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.

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Millions of people explore the Taj Mahal each year.

If 274 nights out at sea seems like too long, you’re not alone. Royal Caribbean is also segmenting the global cruise into four sections for those who don’t want to spend nine months on the ocean. The shorter portions will each hit three continents and will be available to book in December.

the Serenade of the Seas in the water
The Serenade of the Seas at the Navantia Ship Yard in Cadiz, Spain in 2012.

The cruise will start with the “Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition” portion, which will sail from December 10, 2023 to February 11, 2024.

the Serenade of the Seas in the water
The Serenade of the Seas at the Navantia Ship Yard in Cadiz, Spain in 2012.

This leg will venture to 36 locations, including Antarctica, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, Mexico’s Chichen Itza, Aruba, and Los Angeles.

Machu Picchu in Peru.
Machu Picchu in Peru.

From February 11, 2024, to May 9, 2024, the cruise will begin its “Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition” segment, the sailing’s longest leg.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
This aerial photos shows the Great Barrier Reef in Australia on December 2, 2017.

During this second portion, the ship will sail from Los Angeles to 44 stops ….

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

…. like Hawaii, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan.

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The Great Wall of China nearly empty in March when it reopened.

The third leg – the “Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition” – will then sail from May 9, 2024, to July 10, 2024, through 44 destinations.

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The Serenade of the Seas.

During this two-month journey, passengers will cruise from Dubai to stops like Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, Italy’s Colosseum, Jordan’s Petra, Turkey’s Temple of Artemis, and Provence, France.

Sunset at the Pyramids, Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids, Giza, Cairo, Egypt.

The final leg, the “Capitals of Culture,” will operate from July 10, 2024, to September 10, 2024, concluding the global cruise.

Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

This fourth segment will visit 40 locations, from Barcelona to Morocco, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Iceland, before sailing back to Miami.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Serenade of the Seas can accommodate almost 2,480 guests inside its 1,073 staterooms.

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas cruise ship.

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Unsurprisingly, there will be multiple sailing days with no port calls. During this time, passengers can leisure around the 13-deck ship by using its onboard amenities, which include a mini-golf course, multiple bars …

the Serenade of the Seas in the water
The Serenade of the Seas at the Navantia Ship Yard in Cadiz, Spain in 2012.

… an arcade, a pool with a retractable glass roof, and several onboard dining options that range from meals cooked on hot stones to Italian pastas.

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The Serenade of the Seas.

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Prices for the full global sailing begin at $61,000 for an interior stateroom.

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The Serenade of the Seas.

This then jumps to $112,000 for a junior suite.

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The Serenade of the Seas docked at St. Vincent after the La Soufrière volcano eruption.

There are more expensive suites available on the Serenade of the Seas, but interested customers must call the cruise line for more pricing information.

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The Serenade of the Seas in Seattle.

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This may seem like a hefty price, but luckily, the ticket also comes with services like business class flights, a beverage add-on, internet, and laundry.

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The birthplace of the Olympic Games.

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A European cruise line has canceled its 2022 around the world cruise due to an ‘unavailability of ports’

The MSC Magnifica by a port in Auckland in 2019
The MSC Magnifica in Auckland in 2019.

  • MSC Cruises has canceled its 2022 world cruise and will instead sail two global cruises in 2023.
  • The cruise line attributed the cancellation to the “current unavailability of ports.”
  • MSC says it’s an issue regarding pandemic-related restrictions at ports.

MSC Cruises has canceled its 2022 world cruise due to the “current unavailability of ports” and will instead sail two global cruises in 2023, the company said in a press release on Wednesday.

“It would not have been possible to carry [the 2022 world cruise] out due to there being too many ports still facing restrictions as a result of the pandemic,” the company said. MSC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request to elaborate on said “restrictions,” but ports around the world are currently facing congestion issues amid persistent and crippling supply chain delays.

To address the ongoing demand for world cruises, MSC- which is owned by logistics and shipping group MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company – has moved its 2022 global cruise to the following year aboard the MSC Magnifica. This sailing will then accompany MSC’s sold-out 2023 world cruise aboard the MSC Poesia, which first went on sale in 2020.

The two global cruises on the Magnifica and Poesia will sail with different itineraries, the former with the same plans as the initial 2022 world cruise. The ships will begin embarkation from January 4 through 7 in four European cities. And from there, the cruises will sail on different paths.

Passengers who were initially set to sail on the 2022 world cruise will receive priority booking for the new 2023 world cruise aboard the Magnifica. Guests who move their now-canceled cruise to 2023 can also book a free sailing between January 1 and May 3, 2022.

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Norwegian’s new Prima cruise ship will feature a 10-story slide and three-level go-kart racetrack. Here’s how the vessel will look.

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The stern of the Norwegian Prima.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, Prima, features several distinctive onboard amenities.
  • The vessel will include the world’s first three-level go-kart track, the company said.
  • Passengers can also play mini-golf against a Vegas-style backdrop.
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The newly built Norwegian Prima – the first of six ships under the cruise line’s new “Prima Class” – will begin sailing in August next year.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The long-awaited ship will include eye-popping amenities like the world’s first onboard three-level go-kart racetrack.

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Dubbed the Prima Speedway, the 420-meter racetrack consists of 14 turns and can accommodate 15 drivers.

It’ll also offer Tee Time, a supercharged version of mini-golf.

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Guests can enjoy nine interactive holes set against a Vegas-style backdrop.

Adrenaline junkies will be able to experience The Drop, which is described as the world’s first freefall dry slide.

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Guests can experience “the highest G-force of any comparable experience in the cruise industry” on the 10-story plunge slide.

Headlining acts will take center stage on the ship’s multi-purpose theatre and nightclub.

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The three-story venue will feature a customizable seating layout and an LED screen that lowers from the ceiling.

Prima will also feature additional activities including “The Bull’s Eye,” a twist on the classic game of darts.

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The game will include a video-tracking system, which automatically calculates each guest’s score and offers the option of instant replays.

Norwegian will also include the “Ocean Boulevard,” an outdoor space filled with three dining venues, infinity pools, and a sculpture garden.

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Ocean Boulevard will also feature an international food hall, offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

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