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There are seven new ships which will take to the seas over the next 18 months, from seven different cruise lines, plus three existing ships that are refurbished and being launched by new owners.
If you wish to book any of the INAUGUARAL CRUISES you should call soon as the Inauguaral sailings of New ships tend to sell out earlier than older ones.

All New

Poesia, MSC Cruises --- April 6, 2008 --- 2,550 passengers
Sister ship to the Musica and the Orchestra, the 4.5-star Poesia will offer balconies in 80% of the outside staterooms. The central foyer of the ship features a grand piano suspended above a transparent crystal floor, along with a three-deck-tall cascading waterfall. Dining options abound aboard the Poesia including a self-service grill, a sushi bar and a Mediterranean-themed specialty restaurant with entrees inspired by the ports of call visited. Other amenities include two swimming pools, a wading pool for younger guests, a library, an art gallery and a casino.

Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean --- May 17, 2008 --- 4,375 passengers
The Independence of the Seas joins sister ships Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest ocean-going passenger vessels afloat. Like its sisters, the 5-star Independence of the Seas will feature an interactive water park with the FlowRider wave generator, a rock-climbing wall and ice-skating rink, whirlpools that extend from the ship's sides, and a full-size Everlast boxing ring. Each cabin contains a flat-screen television, and there is Wi-Fi capability throughout the ship. More than 800 cabins feature private balconies, and a few of the ship's suites can accommodate up to 8 guests.

Eurodam, Holland America --- July 2, 2008 --- 2,044 passengers
Rated 5 stars, the Eurodam represents Holland America's next class of premium vessel and is the largest ever constructed for the line. New innovations to be featured throughout the ship's 11 passenger decks include a topside Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge surrounded by spectacular views, a new Italian specialty restaurant, elegant boutiques, a new atrium bar area, a reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating, and a photographic and imaging center.

Carnival Splendor, Carnival --- July 2, 2008 --- 3,006 passengers
Carnival's newest, largest and most innovative ship to date, the 4.5-star Carnival Splendor will feature Carnival's signature Seaside Theatre, a retractable sky dome and a two-deck spa providing an extensive array of treatments and facilities. Guests who stay in one of 68 "spa staterooms" will receive private access to the spa, as well as complimentary fitness classes and wellness-oriented cabin amenities. While parents relax and unwind, younger passengers can stay entertained at the onboard water spray park, the teen club and the two-level, 5,500-square-foot children's play area, the largest in the Carnival fleet.

Ruby Princess, Princess --- November 15, 2008 --- 3,080 passengers
Sister ship to the Emerald Princess and Crown Princess, the Ruby Princess greets guests with a dramatic piazza-style atrium, featuring a variety of cafes and eateries along with a host of street performers. In addition to three main dining rooms, the 5-star ship will offer a variety of specialty restaurants including Sabatini's Italian trattoria; Crown Grill, serving steak and seafood; and an adults-only retreat called The Sanctuary. Onboard amenities include the Lotus Spa, the poolside Movies Under the Stars, an extensive children's and teen's center and a wedding chapel.

Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity --- December 14, 2008 --- 2,852 passengers
The 5-star Celebrity Solstice is the first of the line's new Solstice class, and 85% of the staterooms will include private balconies. The Solstice's roomy cabins will feature flat-screen televisions, plenty of storage space and spacious bathrooms. Celebrity will debut an all-new class of veranda staterooms on the Solstice, called "AquaClass." Passengers traveling in these accommodations will have unlimited access to the AquaSpa relaxation room and the Persian Garden, a unique aromatherapy steam room. Additionally, AquaClass guests will receive complimentary dining in Blu, an exclusive and intimate specialty restaurant.

Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn --- June 24, 2009 --- 450 passengers
Boasting one of the highest space-per-passenger ratios at sea, the 6-star Seabourn Odyssey will have 225 suites, 90% featuring full-size balconies. All accommodations offer a granite bathroom with a separate tub and shower and twin sinks. Public spaces include four dining venues, offering options from casual, grilled food to gourmet tasting menus; six bars and lounges, where complimentary fine wines and spirits flow freely; and the spa, which features a thalassotherapy whirlpool, Finnish saunas, aromatic steam rooms, a gym and an aerobics area.

Refurbished, renamed and relaunched

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen --- January 30, 2008 --- 987 passengers
Formerly the Norwegian Crown, the 3.5-star Balmoral weighs in at 34,000 tons, making it the largest in the Fred. Olsen fleet. The Balmoral's interior reflects a British atmosphere, offering spacious public areas and comfortably appointed staterooms. Passengers can take in grand views from the Observatory Lounge, unwind in the spa or try their hand at games in the Card Room. Onboard dining options include the sophisticated main dining room, the convenient and casual Yacht Club Café and snacks in the sun at the Marquee Grill Bar.

Norwegian Jade, Norwegian --- February 16, 2008 --- 2,816 passengers
Originally built in 2006 and formerly known as the Pride of Hawaii, the 4.5-star Norwegian Jade will offer 12 international restaurants, including French Mediterranean; Asian fusion; Japanese teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi; and an all-American steakhouse. Onboard nightlife options include 10 different bars and lounges and Broadway-style shows in the Stardust Theater. Top-of-the-line accommodations include the immense 5,750-square-foot Garden Villas, which share a private-access courtyard with a pool, hot tub, exercise room, sundeck, cabanas and other deluxe amenities.

Spirit of Glacier Bay, Cruise West --- May 6, 2008 --- 102 passengers
Originally the Spirit of Nantucket, the Spirit of Glacier Bay will transport passengers to remote Alaskan ports where larger ships are unable to travel, and the vessel's inflatable zodiacs allow for up-close exploration and shore landings. The interior of this 3-star ship is stylish and quietly elegant with light wood accents, and the Observation Lounge features expansive picture windows, a video and lending library, plus plenty of cozy spaces for private conversations. All staterooms have ocean views, featuring wide picture windows or portholes.

Another five ships--two each from Costa and MSC Cruises and one from Celebrity--are due in early 2009, but these ships are not listed here because full ship details, prices and itineraries have not yet been announced.