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2011 New Ships

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 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 cruiseships, perfect for introducing travelers to an intimate and charming style of cruising. Five of these ships will 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.

New Ship: Disney Dream

Sets Sail: January 26

Her Highlights:

  • "Most high-tech cruise ship ever built" – features 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
  • 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
  • Adults-only District with six restaurants and lounges

Her Destinations: 3-5 night Bahamas sailings

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Disney Dream >>>

New Ship: Oceania Cruises' Marina

Sets Sail: February 5

Her Highlights:

  • Double the size of her fleetmates; accommodates 1,258-passengers and 90% of staterooms feature a private balcony
  • Culinary arts centre with 24 food stations onboard; hosted cuisine workshops on each cruise and new restaurants - including Jacques, a French venue created by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin
  • 2,500-square-foot Owner's Suites with mahogany walls, huge suede couches and wraparound balconies

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

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Oceania Marina >>>

New Ship: AIDA Cruises’ AIDAsol

Sets Sail: April 9

Her Highlights:

  • 2,184-passenger capacity; a part of AIDA’s popular Sphinx class – known for spacious wellness areas and its “country club casual” atmosphere
  • A 4D cinema – with moving chairs, water and air jets, and artificially generated odors (all for the effects!)
  • A Buffalo steakhouse and a Microbrewery - where beer is brewed from purified sea water

Her Destinations: The Baltic and Canaries Islands

New Ship: Carnival Magic

Sets Sail: May 1

Her Highlights:

  • Carnival's first pub - the RedFrog Pub - with its own private label draught, ThirstyFrog Red
  • New family-style Italian restaurant, Cucina del Capitano
  • Features: cruise industry's first ropes course – great for challenging team activities; outdoor weightlifting area; and Cloud 9 – a two level spa and fitness centre with a Thalassotherapy Pool

Her Destinations: Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera and Caribbean

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Carnival Magic >>>

New ShipNew Ship: Seabourn Quest

Sets Sail: June 20

Her Highlights:

  • 450-passenger, all-suite accommodations; 90% of staterooms have balconies
  • The largest spa in luxury cruising, spanning two decks
  • Water sports deck, where passengers can kayak or snorkel from their onboard marina

Her Destinations: Africa, Asia, Baltic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America and World Cruises

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Seabourn Quest >>>

New shipNew Ship: Costa Favolosa

Sets Sail: July 7

Her Highlights:

  • Features: Asian-themed Samsara Spa; Grand Prix driving simulator; and teens centre with a 4D cinema and dance floor
  • Suites with private verandahs and Jacuzzis
  • Specialty restaurants with menus created by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Bocchia

Her Destinations: Mediterranean

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Costa Favolosa >>>

New shipNew Ship: Celebrity Silhouette

Sets Sail: July 23

Her Highlights:

  • Fourth in the award-winning Solstice class
  • The Lawn Club Grill (new dining venue unique to the Silhouette)and The Alcoves – cabana-style private retreats on the Lawn Club
  • Feautres: Updated Michael's Club – with a social club theme and bar serving almost 50 hand-crafted beers; Art Studio – with professional lessons; Celebrity iLounge - featuring Apple products, such as iPads, and Apple Certified Staff

Her Destinations: Mediterranean and Caribbean

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Celebrity Silhouette >>>

New shipNew River Cruiseship: AMA Waterways' Amaverde

Sets Sail: March

Her Highlights:

  • 166-passenger vessel
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • "Infotainment" Systems every cabin – for TV, Web and Music entertainment

Her Destinations: The Rhine, Mosel and Danube Rivers

New shipNew River Cruiseship: Viking Prestige

Sets Sail: March 19

Her Highlights:

  • Accommodates an intimate 188-passengers; sister ship to 2009’s Viking Legend
  • 6 staterooms for single occupancy
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • She’s Green: Operates with engines that produce 20 percent fewer emissions

Her Destinations: The Danube River

Click here for pricing and availability aboard Viking Prestige >>>

New shipNew River Cruiseship: Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette

Sets Sail: March 27

Her Highlights:

  • The largest ship (lengthwise) in the river cruise industry; 82 staterooms with164-passenger capacity
  • Features: A blue Strauss 10-foot Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, antiques and fine art from a range of known artists, Victorian walnut armchairs and marble bathrooms
  • Top-deck suites with private balconies that can be converted into glass-enclosed conservatories

Her Destinations: The Rhine River (7-night cruises in the Netherlands and Germany)

New shipNew River Cruiseship: Uniworld's Douro Spirit

Sets Sail: April 28

Her Highlights:

  • 128-passenger vessel; replacing the Douro Queen (2005)
  • Sails along the Douro River – the famous river that cuts through Spain and Portugal, bringing guests through vineyards, ancient and medieval cities and the oldest wine region in the world

Her Destinations: Douro River

New shipNew River Cruiseship: Avalon Waterways’ Panorama

Sets Sail: May 14

Her Highlights:

  • 166-passenger capacity; 11th ship in the Avalon Waterways fleet
  • Features two full decks of Panorama Suites (64 cabins) with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies
  • Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, Wi-Fi access and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and an Open-Air Bistro

Her Destinations: The Danube, Rhine and Main rivers

New shipNew Ship: AMA Waterways' Amalotus

Sets Sail: September

Her Highlights:

  • Accommodate 124 passengers; all outside staterooms; 90% with balconies
  • All 62 staterooms are exquisitely decorated with traditional Colonial touches and regional Khmer artifact
  • Asian-style "Hot Pot" dining option

Her Destinations: The Mekong River

Click here for pricing and availability aboard AMA Waterways' Amalotus>>>