Cruise Lines Roll Out New Ships

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Costa Cruises, Avalon Waterways and Oceania Cruises new ships.
Oceania Cruises' new Riviera offers Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries.

New itineraries and new excursions—they’re all well and good, but it’s new ships that really show when a company is making strides in the marketplace. We’ve got the scoop on four brand-new ships that have recently hit the seas, their plans through the rest of the year, and how you can book them. All prices listed are pp dbl.

Avalon Waterways
The Ships
: Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary are Avalon Waterways’ newest Suite Ships, each boasting Panorama Suites that feature wall-to-wall windows and staterooms up to 30 percent larger than the industry standard.

The Itineraries: The Avalon Vista sails three different itineraries along the Danube, including the 11-day Legendary Danube (from $1,839), the 13-day Blue Danube Discovery (from $2,249) and the 15-day Magnificent Europe (from $4,949). Meanwhile, Avalon Visionary will keep herself busy with the 8-day Romantic Rhine itinerary and a variety of Christmas cruises (from $1,849).

For more information, call (877) 797-8791 or visit

Costa Cruises
The Ship
: The 3,800-guest Costa Fascinosa has just recently joined Costa Cruises’ fleet, featuring the Samsara Spa, Grand Prix driving simulator and pool area with sliding glass roof.

The Itinerary: Through November, Costa Fascinosa will sail 7-day Ancient Treasures cruises from Venice to Bari, Italy; the Grecian cities of Olympia, Santorini and Rhodes, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, before returning to Venice. Featured rates start as low as $699—a savings of up to 69 percent off standard prices.

For more information, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

Oceania Cruises
The Ship
: The Riviera is Oceania Cruises’ new gem, offering space for 1,250 guests and lifestyle enrichment options including an Artist Loft and Bon Appetit Culinary Center for hands-on instruction.

The Itineraries: Cruising the Mediterranean with a bevy of itineraries through Nov. 3, the Riviera will offer 7-, 10-, 12- and 15-day cruises (from $1,799) beginning and ending in key cities including Athens, Istanbul, Venice, Barcelona and Lisbon, before making a trans-Atlantic journey in preparation for its 10-, 11- and 14-day Caribbean offerings which sail roundtrip from Miami (from $1,850).

For more information, call (800) 531-5619 or visit