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2011 New Ships - Sneak Peek!

In 2010 we couldn’t stop hearing about Norwegian Epic, Celebrity Eclipse and Allure of the Seas. They were among the most anticipated ships in the past few years. The Epic boasted the award-winning Blue Man Group, Celebrity Eclipse had the iLounge and became the first Apple retailer at sea, and Allure of the Seas became the world’s largest cruiseship and even had its own Hollywood debut with Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes filming their movie “Jack and Jill” onboard.

This year among our list of new ships we have Disney Dream (Disney’s first new ship in more than ten years) and Oceania Cruises’ Marina leading the pack for most anticipated.

New Trends in 2011!

Staterooms Re-imagined: Suites that are at 2,500 square feet, Ralph Lauren furnished staterooms and more solo cabins are just some of the perks onboard cruiseships this year.

Sister Ships with a Twist: Sister ships debuting in 2011 with have all the famed amenities of their predecessors, plus a few tweaks of their own. For example the Celebrity Silhouette, the fourth in the popular Solstice class, is getting a revamped Lawn Club with a new bar and Carnival Magic, sister to Carnival Dream, will feature a new waterslide, a ropes course – the first at sea - and the cruise line's first pub.

Discover River Cruising:2011 will bring in seven new river ships, perfect for introducing travelers to an intimate and charming style of cruising. Five of these ships will be sail along Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers. One has been custom designed for Southeast Asia's Mekong River, and another stationed on the Douro River, the historic waterway that courses through Spanish and Portuguese wine regions.

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New Ship: Disney Dream

Sets Sail: January 26

Her Highlights:

• They call her the most high-tech cruise ship ever built – featuring inside cabins with "virtual portholes" offering a real-time view of the sea, "enchanted art" pieces in hallways that come alive for passers-by; and a restaurant where animated characters converses with diners.

• Equally impressive is Disney's trademark entertainment onboard with three Disney-themed, Broadway-style musicals, the industry's biggest and most innovative waterslide; and the largest fireworks display at sea.

• Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson will be The Dream’s God-mother. No stranger to Disney Cruises, the Oscar and Grammy award-winner used to work as a performer onboard Disney Wonder.

• Think Disney Cruises is just for kids? Not at all – Disney Dream has an adults-only District with six adult-only restaurants and lounges perfect for champagne toasts and dancing the night away!

Her Destinations: 3-5 night Bahamas sailings, round-trip from Port Canaveral

New Ship: Oceania Cruises' Marina

Sets Sail: February 5

Her Highlights:

• Marina is double the size of her fleetmates and accommodates 1,258-passengers.

• For the foodie in us all – Oceania introduces a culinary arts centre with 24 food stations onboard and the Marina will host workshops on each cruise. New restaurants include an Asian-fusion venue and Jacques, a French venue created by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin.

• Impressive 2,500-square-foot Owner's Suites have mahogany walls, huge suede couches and wraparound balconies and 90% of all the staterooms onboard Marina featuring a private balcony.

Her Destinations: Panama Canal, Caribbean, the Amazon and Northern Europe.