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New Ships Captivate With Culture, Charm and Sensational Amenities


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For Immediate Release

Cruise Ship Debuts For 2011 from the experts at AllThingsCruise 

DETROIT (Jan. 18, 2011) -- Every year, the world’s oceans play host to a variety of new ocean-faring cruise ships, and this year is no exception, with a robust crop of new vessels. These bold new ships showcase innovations, itineraries and amenities that take the traditional cruise vacation to a whole new level. 

So what do the most recent ships to hit the water have to offer? And what’s in store for ships debuting in 2011? The experts at AllThingsCruise provide information on what these all the new ships will be showcasing.*

Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth had her maiden voyage October 12, 2010. This 2,092-passenger ship recalls the luxury and glamour of elegant steamships with gleaming marble surfaces, polished woods, and plush fabrics. Traditions abound: There are rounds of croquet on the Games Deck, afternoon tea is served by white-gloved waiters and guests enjoy elegant dancing in the splendid double-level Queen’s Room ballroom. Cunard’sstaterooms, too, are fabulously luxurious, with 71 percent having balconies. Guests staying in the highest category of suites will enjoy the services of a butler, plus priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas launched December 5, 2010, and offers something for everyone. This 5,400-passenger ship provides outstanding amenities for youth, including the Adventure Ocean Theater and Science Lab, teen areas and a nursery service for the tiniest cruisers. In addition, there’s the H2O Zone aqua park and full-size carousel on board! 
 Royal Caribbeans’s Allure of the Seas is also home to adult pursuits, offering a full service spa, an adults-only solarium, casinos and nightclubs. Guests will enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness center, which includes cardio and resistance machines and Pilates, kickboxing, yoga and spinning classes. The ship’s distinctive two-story Loft Suites are equipped with televisions, up-and downstairs bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Oceania Cruises Marina has its maiden voyage January 22 and will accommodate 1,260 passengers. The Marina will offer guests Oceania’s signature “finest cuisine at sea” in six restaurants, including two new gourmet venues — Jacques and Red Ginger. The new Bon Appétit Culinary Center will provide cooking instruction from master chefs, and artists-in-residence will teach fine arts in the Artist Loft. Most cabins (90 percent) will have private balconies, marble-and-granite bathrooms and LCD flat-screen televisions. There is also the full-service Canyon Ranch® SpaClub.

Disney Cruises’ Disney Dream sets sail January 26 and will accommodate 2,500 passengers. This new ship is roughly 40 percent larger and two decks taller than Disney’s current ships, the Magic and the Wonder, so expect big things to come from this larger package! Disney, always known for its family-friendly amenities, has stepped it up on this ship. Look for a combination waterslide/rollercoaster (the “Aquaduck”), as well live musical shows, youth clubs and Goofy’s Sport Deck, which boasts a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators and a basketball/volleyball court. Adults can enjoy 11 cafes, nightclubs and bars, the Quiet Cove (adults only) pool, and the full service spa and fitness center. And here’s a neat new industry trick; on the Dream, inside cabins will have outside views, via a porthole-shaped monitor that receives footage from cameras mounted outside the ship!

AIDA is Germany's preferred cruise line, so there is much excitement about the debut of the 2,184-passenger AIDAsolon April 9. It is the fifth ship in the popular AIDA Sphinx class, known for a casual atmosphere that incorporates enormous wellness areas and glitzy ship interiors. Catering to younger Cruisers, AIDAsol has an on-board microbrewery that features beer brewed from purified sea water, a high tech 4D theater, complete with moving chairs, water- and air-jets and “artificially generated” odors. This ship will cruise both the Baltic and the Canary Islands.

Compagnie Du Ponant is putting into servicethe second of two super-yachts, the 264-passenger L'Austral, on April 27. True to 
Compagnie Du Ponant’spromise, this ship provides relaxation and pampering, with amenities designed to meet the needs of every guest. Among its offerings are a 250-person theatre, a “fitness and beauty corner” and a leisure area with Wii and slot machines. The Gastronomic Restaurant, situated on Le Liberté Deck, serves French and international cuisine complemented by fine wine.  The L’Austral will cruise to the Mediterranean, Morocco, the Cape Verde Islands, Western Africa, and will join sister ship L'Boreal[Back to Press Releases Main]