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MS Roald Amundsen from Hurtigruten is & # 39; the world's first cruise ship equipped with batteries. It has huge observation decks and a high-tech Amundsen Science Center

Do not understand the mistake of believing that the cruise world has drifted through modern life.

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New technology, new innovations and new offers make floating time as much fun as life ashore. Here Lewis Nunn gives the last lowdown …

& # 39; The world's first battery powered cruise ship

MS Roald Amundsen from Hurtigruten is & # 39; the world's first cruise ship equipped with batteries. It has huge observation decks and a high-tech Amundsen Science Center

MS Roald Amundsen from Hurtigruten is & # 39; the world's first cruise ship equipped with batteries. It has huge observation decks and a high-tech Amundsen Science Center

Hurtigruten tackled something impossible a few years ago with the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen – & # 39; the world's first cruise ship equipped with batteries to support its low-emission engines.

It has huge observation decks and a high-tech Amundsen Science Center with touch screens, scientific equipment, a library and workshops.

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From £ 1,889pp for a nine-day highlights of the Pacific trip, starting from May 10, 2020. For more information, visit hurtigruten.co.uk.

Natural wonders

The new Seabourn Venture will have submarines that fall up to 1000 ft to explore shipwrecks

The new Seabourn Venture will have submarines that fall up to 1000 ft to explore shipwrecks

The new Seabourn Venture will have submarines that fall up to 1000 ft to explore shipwrecks

New 132-suite, ultra-luxury expedition ship Seabourn Venture, to be launched in 2021, will go to more than 150 destinations from Antarctica to the Amazon, with a 26-person expedition team of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists.

It will also have submarines that drop 1000 feet to explore sunken shipwrecks, reefs and marine life.

From £ 7,000pp for a ten-day highlights of the English Channel cruise, departing on July 5, 2021. For more information, visit seabourn.com.

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Sea the world

Norway-based cruise company SeaDream Yacht Club is expanding its fleet with the mega yacht SeaDream Innovation, shown above

Norway-based cruise company SeaDream Yacht Club is expanding its fleet with the mega yacht SeaDream Innovation, shown above

Norway-based cruise company SeaDream Yacht Club is expanding its fleet with the mega yacht SeaDream Innovation, shown above

SeaDream Yacht Club introduces "Global Yachting" – sailing away from traditional small-boat cruising for an intimate and personal experience, with 110 sea-view suites and a 1: 1 ratio of guest to crew.

SeaDream Innovation has an in-ocean swimming pool and three marinas equipped with zodiacs, kayaks, sailboats and wave runners.

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From £ 3,845pp for an eight-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, starting from March 2, 2020. For more information, visit seadream.com.

Secret medallion

Princess Cruises has introduced The Medallion, which is worn around the wrist and allows passengers to unlock their cabins and order drinks

Princess Cruises has introduced The Medallion, which is worn around the wrist and allows passengers to unlock their cabins and order drinks

Princess Cruises has introduced The Medallion, which is worn around the wrist and allows passengers to unlock their cabins and order drinks

The Medallion is in the shape of a ten-cent coin and is 21st-century Princess Cruises technology that is worn on a wrist strap, using 4,000 ship sensors to unlock your cabin door for you, track the kids and put cocktails on board everywhere deliver you.

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Simply use the OceanNow app and The Medallion will instruct the crew where they can find you.

From £ 1,699pp for a 17-day trip on the Mediterranean Sea and the Greek Islands, departure on November 6, 2020. For more information, visit princess.com.

Float on Jupiter

The Explorers & # 39; Dome aboard Viking Jupiter. It is a planetarium with 26 seats and conversations are led by a resident astronomer

The Explorers & # 39; Dome aboard Viking Jupiter. It is a planetarium with 26 seats and conversations are led by a resident astronomer

The Explorers & # 39; Dome aboard Viking Jupiter. It is a planetarium with 26 seats and conversations are led by a resident astronomer

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Viking Jupiter has a planetarium with 26 seats, the Explorers & Dome and lectures led by a resident astronomer.

Dive into the stars, planets and astronomical wonders surrounded by antique spheres, model star arrangements and a golden telescope.

From £ 1,990pp for an eight-day cruise Journey To Antiquities, departure on December 13, 2019. For more information, visit vikingcruises.co.uk.

River revolution

The Zen Wellness Studio aboard the 440ft long AmaMagna. There are 53 suites and & # 39; the world's first water sports platform on a river ship

The Zen Wellness Studio aboard the 440ft long AmaMagna. There are 53 suites and & # 39; the world's first water sports platform on a river ship

The Zen Wellness Studio aboard the 440ft long AmaMagna. There are 53 suites and & # 39; the world's first water sports platform on a river ship

AmaMagna has a length of 40 meters and brings a series of first-on-river innovations – with a pop-up sky bar and a Zen Wellness Studio that organizes group lessons on stretching, cardio and circuit training.

There are 53 suites and & # 39; the world's first water sports platform on a river ship – and it has a sundowner boat for sunset cruises.

From £ 2,951pp for an eight-day Christmas market on the Danube cruise, departure on December 8, 2019. For more information, visit amawaterways.co.uk.

Drag queens hit river cruise

U River Cruises & # 39; The A Ship, which has organized a RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race theme cruise. An eight-day cruise around Germany starts from £ 1,199
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U River Cruises & # 39; The A Ship, which has organized a RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race theme cruise. An eight-day cruise around Germany starts from £ 1,199

U River Cruises & # 39; The A Ship, which has organized a RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race theme cruise. An eight-day cruise around Germany starts from £ 1,199

U River Cruises, for young people up to 45 years old, works with drag queens from the popular TV program RuPaul's Drag Race – Jiggly Caliente, Darienne Lake and Phi Phi & Hara – every week from shows, make-up lessons and karaoke, from Frankfurt to Regensburg, with stops at Nuremberg and Miltenberg Castle.

From £ 1,199 for an eight-day German cruise. For more information visit ubyuniworld.com.

Carnival fair at sea

Carnival Cruise Line builds its largest ship, the Mardi Gras - with the first ocean roller coaster, BOLT
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Carnival Cruise Line builds its largest ship, the Mardi Gras - with the first ocean roller coaster, BOLT

Carnival Cruise Line builds its largest ship, the Mardi Gras – with the first ocean roller coaster, BOLT

Carnival Cruise Line is ready for 2020 and is building its largest ship, the Mardi Gras – with the first ocean roller coaster, BOLT.

If you race on a motorbike over a 187-ft track above sea level, you will come almost 40 miles per hour, with 360-degree views and a powerful turn around Carnival's iconic funnel.

From £ 624 for a seven-day cruise in the West Caribbean with departure on November 14, 2020. Visit for more information carnival.com.

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Moving on the Galapagos

The private cabanas on board Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises first expedition yacht, sailing to the Galapagos Islands

The private cabanas on board Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises first expedition yacht, sailing to the Galapagos Islands

The private cabanas on board Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises first expedition yacht, sailing to the Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Cruises has launched the first expedition yacht to sail the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora, which carries 100 in all-suite accommodation, has private mojito sipping cabanas and the first ever glamping experience at sea with an open star platform.

From £ 6,950pp for an eight-day Galapagos Outer Loop cruise, departure on August 30, 2020. For more information, visit celebritycruises.co.uk.

Robotic bartenders

The Bionic Bar aboard Royal Caribbean & # 39; s Symphony of the Seas. A similar bar will be unveiled next year at the renovated Allure of the Seas

The Bionic Bar aboard Royal Caribbean & # 39; s Symphony of the Seas. A similar bar will be unveiled next year at the renovated Allure of the Seas

The Bionic Bar aboard Royal Caribbean & # 39; s Symphony of the Seas. A similar bar will be unveiled next year at the renovated Allure of the Seas

Sailing from Barcelona in May 2020, Royal Caribbean & Allure Of The Seas will have a ten-story slide, The Ultimate Abyss, to dive to Aqua Theater on Deck 6 in time for an acrobatic dive show, followed by a drink in the Bionic Bar, served by two robot bartenders.

From £ 991pp for an eight-day western Mediterranean cruise, starting from May 10, 2020. Visit for more information royalcaribbean.com.

Take an encore

The Robot Riot ride, which is housed in Galaxy Pavilion, a virtual reality complex aboard Norwegian Encore

The Robot Riot ride, which is housed in Galaxy Pavilion, a virtual reality complex aboard Norwegian Encore

The Robot Riot ride, which is housed in Galaxy Pavilion, a virtual reality complex aboard Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Encore will take the lead for entertainment.

This is thanks to a Galaxy Pavilion virtual reality complex – an indoor center with labyrinth escape rooms, simulators, mazes and multi-sensory virtual experiences, along with some of the latest advanced technologies, from karting at sea to laser gaming in a lost city from Atlantis arena.

From £ 869pp for a seven-day cruise from Canada and New England, starting from September 4, 2020. Visit for more information ncl.com.

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