When people think about cruising, they often envision endless partying, mediocre all-you-can-eat buffets, overcrowded public areas and the feeling of getting lost in the shuffle. This is not the case when you travel with a luxury cruise line. The latest ships are equipped with plenty of space for as much peace and quiet—or constant entertainment—as you crave, not to mention some of the finest culinary establishments on Earth. Ready to climb aboard? Here are six of the newest, most luxurious ships to consider.
By Karen Asp
MSC Seaside joined the MSC Cruises fleet in December as its newest luxury flagship, touting unique features such as the 131-foot-high, glass-bottomed “Bridge of Sighs” and the longest zip line at sea. msccruisesusa.com
Best For: Families and groups, especially those who enjoy being outside, as the ship was designed to maximize the use of outdoor public spaces.
2018 Itineraries: MSC Seaside will offer seven-night, round-trip sailings from Miami to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman, St. Maarten, Cozumel and more.
Accommodations: MSC Seaside offers a range of accommodations, from modular connected staterooms for up to 10 guests, to VIP MSC Yacht Club staterooms with 24-hour butler service. Plus, 73 percent of rooms have balconies.
PLAY: Onboard entertainment is designed for all ages and includes a full-sized bowling alley, an XD cinema and an impressive water park with four exhilarating water slides. The ship also presents a different performance in its main theater every night of the week.
Eat: MSC Seaside has 10 onboard restaurants, including Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Asian Market Kitchen and a high-end seafood restaurant.