(PRWeb UK) September 22, 2010
Despite lackluster sales figures in 2009, the cruise line industry is in the midst of a much-needed period of fleet expansion. From now until the summer of 2011, more than a dozen new ships will splash down into waters throughout the globe. All types and levels of cruising will be positively affected by these new ships and cruise enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to get a sneak peek at 2010 and 2011’s top five new cruise ships.
1. Allure of the Seas
There have been some interesting developments surrounding Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas in the last couple of weeks. The Allure will sport the first GUESS store at sea, as well as a new dining concept exclusive to this ship – a Brazilian churruscaria restaurant and a version of the Broadway musical, CHICAGO. The Allure of the Seas is scheduled to hit the waters for her maiden voyage on December 12, 2010. Given the popularity of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship with CruiseLineFans users, expect the Allure of the Seas to offer even greater luxury.
2. Queen Elizabeth
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, slated to debut on October 12, 2010, is going to be christened by none other than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth in a naming ceremony on October 11th in Southampton. Her Majesty was also the guest of honor at a 1967 naming ceremony of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II. In fact, the Queen was even present at the 1938 launch of the original ship Queen Elizabeth, accompanying her mother Queen Elizabeth, as 12 year old. The ship itself shall pay homage to her ancestral sister ships with throwback décor, as well as some original items from the original Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary, and the Queen Elizabeth 2. Fans of Cunard cruise ships’ reputation for opulence are in for a treat.
3. Carnival Magic
Carnival’s Carnival Magic has been long awaited and much ballyhooed by the cruise world’s largest cruise line. Based upon booking levels and community-driven Carnival cruise reviews and ratings at CruiseLineFans regarding the Carnival Dream, the Carnival Magic should strike similar chords with cruise passengers. The elegant décor, separate children’s areas and Cloud 9 Spa aboard the Carnival Dream are all exceeding expectations for cruise vacationers and its sister ship, the Carnival Magic will host much of the same amenities and ship facilities.
4. Disney Dream
Not to be outdone by Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney cruises has been hard at work designing and monitoring the building of its newest fleet addition. The Dream will evoke imagery from the 1930s era of cruise liner décor and homeport in Orlando, Florida’s Port Canaveral. Expected to launch in January of 2011, the 128,000-ton, 2,500-passenger Disney Dream will be double the size of the Wonder and Magic. The ship will also be home to the ocean’s first water-coaster, the Aquaduck. Enchanted art (LCD screens) and virtual portholes will make the cast of Disney’s characters come to life and actually personally interact with the younger guests.
5. Oceania Marina
The mid-size luxury niche within the cruise travel industry has not let fleet expansion slip by the wayside. In addition to the Oceania Marina, scheduled to float-out on February 5, 2011, luxury and up-market lines like Seabourn and Celebrity (respectively) will also introduce new vessels in not too distant future, including the Seabourn Quest and Celebrity Silhouette. The Oceania Marina is the first new build for the Oceania fleet, boasts 10 restaurants, a culinary arts education center in concert with Bon Appetit magazine, a dazzling array of varying suites ranging from the impressive to the sublime, and the much anticipated, authentically evocative 650-seat Grand Dining Room.
CEO of CruiseLineFans.com, Alex Saint, positively notes: “The planned ship launches in the next couple of years signal a really exciting time for the cruise industry and consumers alike. Cruise lines are introducing ever more innovative concepts on their ships and the sheer volume of berths being introduced to the market means that there are going to be some amazing deals out there for consumers.”
The online community of cruise experts, enthusiasts, travel gurus and industry executives and journalists at CruiseLineFans.com continues to monitor and update its members on the ongoing developments in the shipyards and will continue to cover, review and rate these cruise ships as they hit the water.
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