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Cruising: What's New in 2010 


Despite the economic uncertainties of 2009, the cruise industry continued to grow, welcoming more than 13 million passengers. For 2010, the industry is ready to offer new and returning passengers new ships, new experiences and exceptional vacation value.


After launching 14 new ships in 2009, the cruise lines will debut 12 more new vessels this year. These will include Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, a sister ship to the Oasis of the Seas; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, the line’s largest ship to date; and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse, the third ship in the cruise line’s Solstice class.


The Norwegian Epic promises a number of innovations in sea-going entertainment. For example, the ship will feature an Ice Bar – a frozen chamber made entirely of ice, glowing with changing colors from LED lighting designed to simulate the Northern Lights. Those who enter can borrow fur coats, hats and gloves to keep warm, as the room’s temperature will be kept below 17 degrees Fahrenheit.


\During 2010, the Caribbean and Alaska will continue to be top picks for cruise vacationers, and European cruises are expected to continue their rise in popularity. In addition, more cruise enthusiasts will discover the pleasures of seeing Europe by river. River cruise ships are necessarily smaller than their ocean-going cousins and usually have fewer headline-making amenities, due to their focus on ports and sight-seeing. However, the newest ships are finding ways to add touches of luxury, including balconies, spa-style bathrooms and swimming pools.


Theme cruises are another area of growth. Whatever your interest – scrapbooking, music, yoga, movies, cooking, sports or outdoor adventure – your personal cruise expert can probably find a cruise that will let you indulge in your hobby with others who share your enthusiasm.


Some cruise lines are also expanding their onboard education options, booking guest lecturers on a variety of topics. Others are bringing celebrity hosts on board – popular musicians, actors and sports stars – to add a touch of glamour to selected sailings.


To experience some of the latest trends in cruising for yourself, contact Cruise Holidays.