New Cruise Ships in 2009

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Carnival Dream

Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines

Ship: Carnival Dream

Maiden Voyage: September 21

The Inside Scoop: The 130,000-ton, 3,652-passenger Carnival Dream may be Carnival's largest ship, but it will also sport a brand new design for the cruise line—with an emphasis on fun, of course! A wraparound promenade (the Lanai, on Deck 5) will not only let passengers take a stroll all the way around the ship, but four cantilevered whirlpools will provide relaxing hideaways with sea views.

On the same deck, the indoor-outdoor Ocean Plaza, with its coffee shops, bars and ocean views, is a gathering spot by day and entertainment venue by night, sandwiched between the casino and various clubs and lounges. The 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa tops the charts as Carnival's largest ever, and it will offer spa cabins, a thalassotherapy pool and thermal suite. New cabin types, such as "cove balcony" cabins—closer to the water line than any other ship's verandah staterooms—are also being introduced, and family-friendly accommodations feature two bathrooms and sleeping arrangements for up to five people. Families with kids will also appreciate the huge kids' area with separate facilities for Camp Carnival, Circle C and Club O2 age groups; two twister waterslides, which will be the longest at sea; and a two-deck mini-golf course.

Where it Will Sail: Carnival Dream will homeport in Port Canaveral and sail alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises. The western itinerary visits Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau, and the eastern itinerary calls in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Prior to the ship's arrival in Port Canaveral, it will offer a few Europe voyages, a transatlantic cruise and a handful of sailings from New York as it makes its way to its new Florida home.

(Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines)

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