2016 has and will continue to be a big year for ship launches. So how do you pick the right one for you?

The Culinary Arts Centre on Koningsdam

Pictured: The Culinary Arts Centre on Koningsdam.

The one with the grow-your-own philosophy

One of the USPs of Holland America Line’s recently launched Koningsdam is its microgreens area. Created in partnership with Koppert Cress, the glass-encased growing area is used to grow fresh ingredients that feature on the menu of the ship’s Culinary Arts Centre restaurant.

Microgreens are tiny vegetables, like cresses. Each has its own distinct flavour, aroma and texture.

SkyRide on Carnival Vista

Pictured: SkyRide on Carnival Vista.

The one with the big thrills

Carnival Vista, which is currently on its maiden voyage, not only features the cruise industry’s first IMAX theatre at sea, but also a suspended open-air cycling experience called SkyRide.

SkyRide is a two-lane aerial bike course, which is operated using pedal power.

The Ultimate Abyss on Harmony of the Seas

Pictured: The Ultimate Abyss on Harmony of the Seas.

The one for water babies

Royal Caribbean has never been one to do things by halves and Harmony of the Seas is no different. The cruise line’s third Oasis Class ship will feature Royal Caribbean’s first ever water slides. One of them will be a pulse-racing ten storeys high and be called The Ultimate Abyss.

Seven Seas Explorer Lobby

Pictured: Seven Seas Explorer Lobby.

The one with the Midas touch

Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer is being billed as ‘the most luxurious ship ever built’. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, Murano glass lamps and mahogany all feature in the interior design. The ship will also be home to the largest suite at sea, which measures 3,875 square feet and comes with its own spa, heated loungers and steam room.

The Open Air Cinema on TUI Discovery

Pictured: The Open Air Cinema on TUI Discovery.

The one for the movie buffs

The TUI Discovery will be Thomson Cruises’ biggest ship yet. In another first for the cruise line it will feature an open-air cinema, which will show both classic films and new releases for moonlight viewings under the stars. Blankets, popcorn and hot chocolate will be available from the nearby bar, too.

For more news and ideas for group cruises look out for Group Leisure’s quarterly Cruise magazine. The next edition will be inside Group Leisure June.