Fred's Friday Thought: 2015 New Ships Recap (Video)

Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday Thought here on Fred.\ Holidays TV. 2015 has been a great year for new introductions to the cruise industry and we have been lucky to climb aboard most of them before anyone else. These latest ships represent some of the largest and most advanced vessels currently in operation, giving them an obvious appeal to people choosing a cruise.

So, this week, we thought we would give you a quick recap of the major additions throughout 2015.


Back in March, the largest ship ever built for the British cruise market was unveiled to the world and christened by none other than The Queen. Britannia became the eighth vessel in the P&O Cruises fleet, featuring a variety of excellent facilities for children and showcasing the best of British in terms of beer, gin and West End style shows. Another big thing about the launch of Britannia was that it brought with it the introduction of P&O Cruises’ Food Heroes. Famous chefs like Marco Pierre White, James Martin and Eric Lanlard all brought signature touches and their personal expertise on board.

Sadly we didn’t film during the time we got to spend on the ship, but there are still plenty of pictures and an in-depth blog post over on


Also in March, Cruise and Maritime Voyages welcomed their brand new flagship to the fleet. Magellan may have been sailing under a different guise prior to the switch to CMV, but a multi-million-pound renovation and renaming has given this ship a new lease of life. As well as taking her place at the head of the fleet, Magellan became the operator’s largest ship, boasting a capacity of just over 1,400 guests. She is an adult-only vessel, featuring plenty of cosy lounges and bars where cruisers can let their hair down.

Anthem of the Seas

A month after the arrival of Britannia we were thrilled to be able to spend two nights on board Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas. As one of the most technically advanced vessels in operation today, there was much anticipation to see areas like the Bionic Bar, Two70 and the North Star for ourselves. This was the second Quantum Class ship to be added to Royal Caribbean’s fleet, with Ovation of the Seas set to become the third next year.

You can see what we got up to on board by heading over to the YouTube channel and watching the Anthem of the Seas video. You won’t be able to imagine just how much this ship has to offer until you see it for yourself.

Norwegian Escape

The latest new ship to launch this year was just over a month ago when Norwegian Escape made her debut. The Norwegian Cruise Line vessel is the first in a new class known as Breakaway Plus and is now the fifth largest in the world. Our time aboard included the chance to check out the restaurants in the waterfront area, ride the waterslides and chill out in the Haven. In 2016, Norwegian Escape will be sailing on Caribbean cruises from Miami, giving you the chance to soak up some winter sun.

So, that’s all we have time for this week. If you want to see these new ships for yourself, go over to our YouTube channel and you can watch them all there. There are also plenty of tours around other ships that weren’t necessarily launched this year, but that still provide excellent options for cruisers. Thanks for watching today and we’ll see you again next time for another Friday Thought from Fred.\. Goodbye.

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