Despite cruise industry shutdown, new cruise ships are still being built

Odyssey of the Seas under construction

We all know the story: global pandemic causes cruise lines to stop sailing, sell ships, lay off employees, borrow billions of dollars and cancel thousands of voyages. The avalanche of depressing coverage about the cruise industry in 2020 has nearly made us numb, but there's good news.

Although we might feel farther away from the ocean than ever, there are shoots of hope springing up everywhere, from a marked increase in bookings and successful sailings in Europe to the impressive list of new-build milestones that have been reached in the last two months alone.

Below, we offer a brief rundown of recent new-hardware progress to brighten your day.

Odyssey of the Seas: The next new Royal Caribbean cruise ship will be the first first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise Europe for the summer. She was floated out earlier this summer, and despite being delayed, she is on schedule to to start in Europe in summer 2021, sailing Eastern Mediterranean itineraries out of Rome.

Wonder of the Seas: Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas floated out at a ceremony at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on September 4. The ship is the fifth ship in Royal Caribbean's beloved Oasis Class, which features six onboard neighborhoods.

New Seabourn Ship: Steel was cut for Seabourn's newest ship on September 17 at the T. Mariotti shipyard in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy. The currently unnamed vessel will be the second expedition ship for the luxury line.

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