The Hottest New Cruise Ships Sailing From Miami in 2021
Miami is one of the largest and busiest cruise ports in the world. 2021 will see the launch of a number of new cutting edge ships saling out of this iconic port. Check out our top new ships sailing from Miami below.
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MSC Seashore - MSC Cruises
MSC Seashore is the first of MSC’s ‘Seaside Evo’ class ships, the half sister to Seaside Class ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview. This is the largest cruise ship to be built in Italy, carrying almost 6,000 passengers. MSC describes the Seaside class ships as a ‘seamless blend of comfort and style’. The décor is glitzy and luxurious, the focal point being the Swarovski crystal staircase in the atrium. MSC is a good option for cruisers looking for top end quality at a bargain basement price. Being relatively new to the US market, they have much lower price points than their more established competitors.
The ship has two main dining rooms and two large buffets. There’s a good choice of speciality dining at extra cost, including Butchers Cut for some good quality steak, Ocean Cay for seafood and Kaito Teppanyaki. There are also 18 different bars to enjoy a drink as well as bowling, an amusement arcade, F1 simulator, and an interactive cinema.
Guests who opt for a suite gain exclusive access to the yacht club, with its own private dining room, buffet, bar and pool and deck area.
MSC Seashore sails 7- & 14-day itineraries out of Miami, calling at various Caribbean ports, including Ochos Rios, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and their exclusive private island, Ocean Cay.
More info: https://www.msccruises.com/
Scarlet Lady - Virgin Voyages
Scarlet Lady is the first ship in the fleet for newly launched Virgin Voyages. This Adult only ship is the first of four to be launched by the cruise line between 2021 and 2024. Scarlet Lady made her first appearance to the press in Dover, UK in early 2020 before sailing transatlantic to Miami. While the events of 2020 delayed the public launch, there ship is ready and waiting to start service in 2021.
With this new ship, Virgin are trying to redefine cruising, by bringing the boutique hotel experience to the high seas. So how are Virgin Voyages doing things differently?
Well first, there’s the food. There isn’t a main dining room on this ship, with 20 different eateries all included in the cruise fare. That’s right, what would normally be called speciality dining on the traditional cruise lines is just the norm on VV. This means you can dine in a different venue every night at no extra cost. Virgins top picks are Razle Dazzle, a ‘vegan forward’ restaurant, which also has a few meat options. This is where you’ll find the ‘Drag Brunch’ which does exactly what is says on the tin. The Wake offers fine dining and view of well… the wake. The Test Kitchen is an interactive affar, with food cooked in front of guests.
The buffet has also been reimagined as a food hall style eatery, where guests can choose from the cuisine from the various restaurants on board. Here you can find bento boxes, paninis, burgers, taco’s and sushi.
Then there’s the tips. Here most traditional cruise lines will add a daily service charge on top of your cruise fare, on VV there’s nothing extra to pay.
What about health classes? Yep, all included too. In fact, Virgin are putting quite an emphasis on health and fitness with indoor and outdoor gym spaces and free access to all the exercise and fitness classes.
And best of all drinks are free too (sorry, not the alcoholic ones, you’ll need to pay extra for those ☹). Virgin say that ‘Basic Bevvies’ are free, which could be a bit confusing for anyone in the UK where a ‘Bevvy’ is a beer. Virgin might need to address this when the ship moves over to Europe in the summer or there will be some very disappointed (and very sober) brits on board.
Virgin actually classes ‘basic bevvies’ as all soft drinks, fresh pressed juices, filtered still and sparkling water as well as coffee and tea, which is actually pretty good compared to most cruise lines where you’d usually need to fork out extra for a soda or coffee package.
You’ll also get free Wi-Fi and there’s room service offered all day and all night.
In the cabin you’ll get a 43-inch 4K TV, a well-stocked minibar (charges apply) and a rain shower in the bathroom. Balcony cabins have a hammock on the balcony which is a neat feature. The standard balcony cabins are on the small side compared to most of the main cruise lines, however, the bed is converted into a day bed by the room stewards so when you return from your breakfast in one of the 20 restaurants, or your free yoga class, your bedroom has been transformed into a lounge. This makes great use of the space vs having a separate bed and seating area. If you want real luxury, you can upgrade to a rock star suite, which are considerably bigger, and feature a free minibar. The largest suites also come with your own concierge, and some feature hot tubs, record players, day beds, outdoor dining tables, outdoor showers.
Other quirky features you won’t find on other cruise ships include the athletic club (outdoor gym including a boxing ring), a huge area of netting looking down onto the decks below (like you might find on a luxury catamaran). There’s ‘The Manor’ their nightclub on board – this is more like a nightclub you’d find in Miami or Vegas than a nightclub you’d find on a cruise ship. There’s also a trendy barber shop and the first ever tattoo parlor at sea.
Virgin Lady will be sailing four- and five-night itineraries from Miami, calling at Costa Maya, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Virgins own private beach at Bimini, where top name DJ’s will be entertaining guests well into the night.
In the summer, Scarlet Lady relocates to Spain, offering a number of European itineraries.
For more info: https://www.virginvoyages.com/
Seven Seas Splendor - Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Splendor is the sister ship to the Seven Seas Explorer, widely considered to be the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. The Seven Seas Splendor is an all-suite, ‘all inclusive’ experience. Expect to be pampered from the moment you step onboard, from the fine dining in Chartreuse, with each dish expertly paired with the finest wines from around the world by the expert sommelier, to and after at the infinity poo, enjoying a superbly crafted cocktail delivered directly to your lounger.
This is an upscale adult experience (though children are also welcome). The spa facilities on Regent Seven Seas ships are consistently rated amongst the best at sea. They also offer a number of guest lectures as part of their ‘enrichment; program, which can include history, arts and astronomy.
Regent Seven Seas Splendor will be sailing 10- and 20-day itineraries from Miami, calling at several Caribbean destinations including Dominica, Antigua, Puerto Rico, and St Kitts.
More info: https://www.rssc.com/
Valiant Lady - Virgin Voyages
Valiant Lady is the sister ship to Virgin’s Scarlet Lady (also debuting from Miami in 2021). Valiant launch in Europe before heading over to the USA, offering itineraries to Majahual, Roatan Island and of course Virgins private beach club on Bimini Island.
For more info: https://www.virginvoyages.com/
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