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10 New Cruise Ideas For Determined Passengers (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/23/2012 7:30 am

Cruising may not be your first vacation choice in the wake of last week's Costa Concordia crash, but the resilient cruise industry is moving full steam ahead.

ShermansTravel editors have singled out the 10 cruises in 2012 that are most likely to be making waves from new behemoth boats plying Caribbean and Mediterranean to intimate luxury vessels exploring emerging, off-the-path ports. Make your maritime match with new itineraries geared to families, foodies, techies, history buffs and more.

Stay up-to-date on the latest cruise industry happenings over at our Cruise News blog and check out the hottest promotions on the cruise deals section of ShermansTravel.com.

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Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship Name: Carnival Breeze
2012 Itineraries: Mediterranean; Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Scheduled to launch June 3, Carnival’s newest addition to its “Fun Ship” fleet (and the latest installment in the line’s popular Carnival Dream-class ships) will be the 130,000-ton, 3,690-passenger behemoth Carnival Breeze. Oozing vibrant Caribbean-inspired tropical interiors and a host of exciting innovations, expect expansive top-deck areas including WaterWorks, an aqua park anchored by two twisting waterslides; SportsSquare, an outdoor recreation area touting mini-golf, an alfresco fitness area, and the first-ever ropes course at sea; The Lanai, a wraparound promenade complete with cantilevered whirlpools; and a massive poolside LED screen for movie screenings under the star. New venue highlights will include the RedFrog Pub, featuring Caribbean-inspired libations and light bights and its own private label beer, as well as Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian eatery. The Breeze will debut with a summer schedule of 12-night Mediterranean voyages out of Barcelona before repositioning to Miami come November for a series of 6- to 8-night Southern and Eastern Caribbean deployments.

Caribbean 6-night cruises from $469/person; Mediterranean 12-night sailings from $1,149/person; www.carnival.com/breeze.

Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines
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