This Is the Best New Cruise Ship of 2022

Cruise Critic has just released its annual Editor's Picks for 2022

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Cruise enthusiasts start packing, because Cruise Critic has just announced its pick for the Best New Cruise Ship of 2022. The title goes to Norwegian Prima, the first in a brand new class of ships from the world-renowned Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Prima is one of several award-winning ships to bring home top accolades and praise from Cruise Critic, which went on to name the best cruise ships in a wide assortment of categories, ranging from Best Cabins to Best App.

What We Know About the Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Prima, New Ship From NCL, Makes Inaugural VoyageFinnbarr Webster/Getty Images

With its 3,099 guest capacity and 1,506-member crew, the Norwegian Prima is as impressive in size as it is luxurious. Norwegian Prima offers guests a vast array of dining options, seemingly endless activities for all ages, and countless amenities that ensure there is never a dull moment while aboard.

Some of Norwegian Prima’s most noteworthy attractions include a full-service spa complete with sauna and pools, a three-level racetrack, water slides, onboard shopping, a three-story theater and a nightclub reminiscent of Las Vegas.

The ship boasts the most outdoor deck space of any modern cruise ship, and the spacious guest rooms follow suit. With its tastefully curated decor and contemporary cabins, Norwegian Prima creates an upscale, five-star hotel experience on the open seas.

Norwegian Prima also offers several unique destinations from which to choose. The ship offers cruises in Bermuda, the Greek Isles, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean, as well as Transatlantic cruises.

Whether you plan on traveling solo, as a couple, or with your whole family, we can see why the Norwegian Prima was Cruise Critic’s top pick this year!

Other Award-Winning Cruise Ships This Year

Norwegian Prima was certainly not the only ship that caught the attention of Cruise Critic’s editors. Cruise Critic was generous with awards this year, giving some of the best cruise lines incredibly prestigious titles in various categories. Depending on when and where you plan to travel, you may want to check out some of these other notable winners.

Best Cabins: Celebrity Cruises

With a ton of built-in charging options, unprecedented storage space, and chic, contemporary style, the cabins on Celebrity Cruises are undeniably excellent. Both seasoned and new ships deliver the same high caliber of convenience, decor and design.

Best Value for Money: Carnival Cruise Line

The reality is that even all-inclusive cruises aren’t truly all-inclusive. One of the biggest draws for Carnival Cruise Lines is the number of dining and entertainment options that are free of charge or inexpensively priced for guests. Carnival Cruises are moderately priced, offering the perfect balance of a luxurious and economical vacation.

Best Specialty Dining: Celebrity Cruises

No cruise line has pushed the envelope further when it comes to specialty dining than Celebrity Cruises. The newest member of Celebrity’s fleet, Celebrity Beyond, is home to a restaurant from Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud, and many of the other Celebrity restaurants are equally as exciting.

Best Innovation/Tech: Princess Cruises

From keyless suite entry to its MedallionClass product, Princess Cruises has been leading the charge when it comes to onboard innovation. Guests who prefer phone-based transactions over cash will feel right at home on the Princess Fleet.

Best App: Royal Caribbean International

For your all-in-one, go-to cruise app, look no further than Royal Caribbean International. The app allows you to check in, use a daily trip planner, and has a communication feature for staying in touch with other guests.


Nina Derwin
Nina Derwin is a Brooklyn-based writer with a passion for the art of storytelling who covers the latest trends in popular culture, entertainment, health and personal finance. Nina has written for a number of publications, including Beyondish, Redbook, Country Living, Esquire, Delish and Digital Trends, as well as several episodes of scripted television.