New cruise ships to be launched in 2011: Disney Dream, Carnival Magic, Costa Favolosa...

Although 2011's cruise ships lack the star power of Royal Caribbean's gigantic
Oasis-class cruise ships launched in 2010 and 2009, the year will see the launch of several rather more nimble ships. Look out for the long-awaited
Disney Dream, the
Carnival Magic and the
Costa Favolosa, which are likely to be making the biggest waves of them all.

Disney Dream
January 26 (maiden voyage)

Weighing in at 128,000 tonnes, the Disney Dream will be the new flagship of the Disney fleet and is packed with entertainment for both young and old passengers. Innovations include the water coaster Aquaduck and high-end French restaurant Remy.
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/

MSC Meraviglia
Expected February

The MSC Meraviglia will carry 3,013 passengers and is the fourth ship of MSC's Musica class.
http://www.msc.com

Oceania Marina
January 22 (maiden voyage)

The largest vessel in Oceania's fleet will carry 1,258 passengers and six restaurants, along with a cooking school, an enrichment center offering on-board classes, a spa and a grand staircase crafted by Lalique.
http://www.oceaniacruises.com

Aida Sol
April 9 (naming ceremony)
Kiel, Germany

Carrying 2,050 passengers, the Aida Sol is the latest from young cruise brand AIDA. She offers plenty of room for the brand's resort-loving guests, as well as features such as a floating brewery and seven restaurants.
http://www.aida.de

Carnival Magic
May 1 (official debut)

The 3,690-passenger vessel is the latest "fun ship" from Carnival Cruises, boasting the WaterWorks aqua park, an on-board pub with its own home-brews and the first ropes course at sea, featuring an above-deck net offering dizzying views of the water 45 m below.
http://www.carnival.com

Costa Favolosa
July 4 (maiden voyage)

The Costa Favolosa will carry 3,000 passengers and weighs in at 114,500 tonnes. She features a 4D cinema, a 23,000 square foot (2,317 square meter) spa, a Grand Prix driving simulator and a poolside cinema screen.
http://www.costacruise.com

Celebrity Silhouette
July 23 (maiden voyage)

The Celebrity Silhouette will be the first in the industry to offer customers the opportunity to grill their own dinner, at the ship's on-deck Lawn Club Grill restaurant. Other innovations include a high-tech hideaway for guests and the line's famous Celebrity iLounge, an Apple retail outlet at sea.
http://www.celebritycruises.com

Seabourn Quest
June 20 (official debut)
Barcelona, Spain

The newest ship from the Yachts of Seabourn weighs in at 32,000 tons and carries 450 passengers, continuing Seabourn's tradition of opting for smaller, more intimate ships. She offers an 11,400 square foot (1,059 square meter) indoor/outdoor spa, four restaurants, six bars and longest and several open terraces.
http://www.seabourn.com/

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