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The Glamazon: Seabourn Quest

Like her sisters, Seabourn Odyssey and Sojourn, the all-suite Quest is nearly three times the size of the line’s earlier ships. Translation: You’ll find the highest space-to-guest ratio of any luxury cruise ship. In need of some serious pampering? You’re in good hands, with mineral water spritzes and chilled towels poolside, and Charlie Palmer himself masterminding the food. At 11,400 square feet, the spa is cruising’s largest, with indoor and outdoor space on two decks; private spa cabanas; a salt-inhalation steam room; and a Kneipp pool.

 

Launched: June 2011

Size: 450 passengers; 32,000 tons; 650 feet long

Sails: From the Mediterranean to Florida in November; the Caribbean in December. Coming in 2012: an around-the-world cruise.

Other Highlights: Ninety percent of the cabins have verandas, but the Wintergarden suites hold the first private glassed-in solariums on a cruise ship, complete with soaking tubs and daybeds. In warmer climes, the captain deploys an in-ocean “marina” with water skis and kayaks for your use.

seabourn.com; from $749 per person, double, for two nights.


The Eco-Explorer: Viking Prestige

Launched: July 2011

Size: 188 passengers; 443 feet long

Sails: The Danube River, Budapest to Nuremberg, year-round.

The first of 10 new builds that Viking River Cruises is rolling out as part of a $250 million development program, the Prestige takes environmental responsibility to the next level with a streamlined design that makes cruising more energy-efficient. And with a hybrid propulsion system that lowers emissions by 20 percent, you get a whisper-quiet ride. (Future ships will include solar panels and rooftop herb gardens.)

Other Highlights: Cabins on the top two decks have French balconies, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, multiple flat-screen TV’s, and more room than you’d imagine on a riverboat. In the suites, expect walk-in closets and soaking tubs. All room categories include free Wi-Fi. The Aquavit Lounge is alfresco at the bow, so passengers can dine in the warm summer air as the scenery rolls by (many ingredients are sourced locally in port; you’ll sample Hungarian paprika in the goulash).

vikingrivercruises.com; from $1,656 per person, double, for seven nights.


The Family Traveler: Disney Dream

Launched: January 2011

Size: 4,000 passengers; 130,000 tons; 1,115 feet long

Sails: The Bahamas, year-round.

Disney works its magic yet again on the line’s fourth launch. Hallway art seems to “come alive” as you pass it, thanks to subtle LCD screens; interior rooms have over-bed virtual “portholes” (flat-screens that project live views of what the ship is passing). The first aquatic roller coaster on the ocean is likely to wow even the most jaded water-park fanatic. Climb the steps on deck 12, hop on an inner tube, and your ride will take you through clear pipelines that jut 12 feet out over the ocean and rise 46 feet above the deck.

Other Highlights: The adults-only Remy restaurant is inspired by the film Ratatouille and has a strict jackets-required dress code. It’s worth the primping: you’ll get Taittinger champagne cocktails; nine courses (lobster with vanilla sauce; Australian Wagyu beef); and all the trimmings, from Frette linens to Christofle flatware. Kids gravitate toward the Animator’s Palate restaurant, where Finding Nemo’s Crush plays host in a space decked out like an artist’s studio.

disneycruise.com; from $495 per person, double, for three nights.


The Art Enthusiast: Celebrity Silhouette

Launched: July 2011

Size: 2,886 passengers; 122,400 tons; 1,047 feet long

Sails: The Caribbean in winter and spring; the Mediterranean in summer and fall. .

Celebrity has long been known for ships with multimillion-dollar art collections, but this one might as well be MoMA: the works on board include sculptures by Anish Kapoor as well as paintings by James Aldridge, Richard Serra, and Damien Hirst (dive in to the collection with a guided iPad tour). Thanks to a partnership with ArtCenter South Florida, Celebrity’s hands-on studio offers classes in everything from watercolor painting to jewelry design. Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Attend a guest lecture on art history by professionals-in-residence.

Other Highlights: Borrow up-to-the-minute Apple products from the iLounge to use in the Hideaway, a cyber hot spot outfitted like a tree house; shop in a Bulgari boutique; drink any of 60 international brews (such as Belgium’s Delerium Tremens and Oregon’s Full Sail IPA) in Michael’s Club, a craft-beer bar.

celebritycruises.com; from $1,199 per person, double, for 12 nights


The Traditionalist: Uniworld Antoinette

Launched: March 2011

Size: 164 passengers; 443 feet long

Sails: Between Basel, Switzerland, and Amsterdam from March through November; between Basel, Switzerland, and Cologne, Germany, from November through December.

Inspired by Versailles, the Antoinette has 80 staterooms and suites with French toile de Jouy fabrics and custom Savoir beds. Add to that Brazilian-marble walls, a 19th-century Venetian mirror in the reception area, and a 10-foot, sapphire-blue Baccarat chandelier that once hung in Central Park’s Tavern on the Green, and you’ve got a river cruiser that looks more like a floating Provençal inn. Not surprisingly, the food director, Bernhard Zorn, is a Francophile—expect dishes such as cassoulet and crêpes with forest mushrooms (accompanied by a fine white Burgundy, mais oui).

Other Highlights: A 20-seat movie theater (with an old-fashioned popcorn cart) and an indoor swimming pool that is lined in mosaic tiles and has piped-in classical music. Featured pieces of art include paintings by indie favorites John Bellany, Humphrey Jennings, and Yuri Matushevski.

uniworld.com; from $1,999 per person, double, for seven nights.


The Locaphile: Aqua Aria

Launched: April 2011

Size: 32 passengers; 147 feet long

Sails: From Iquitos City, Peru, to the Peruvian Amazon, year-round.

Sister to the Aqua, the first luxury ship to navigate the dense Peruvian Amazon, the Aria is able to explore rarely visited tributaries thanks to its narrow frame. Interiors are an exercise in simplicity, with locally made bed linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Peruvian staff helps create an insider experience, with stops in thatched-roof villages and after-dark forays into the monkey-filled rain forest. Daily activities include game drives with naturalists that are well worth the 6:30 a.m. wake-up call. On the itinerary: fishing for piranhas and navigating wildlife-filled waters (look for pink dolphins cavorting around the water lilies). If you’d rather stay on board, you’ll find two glass-walled gyms and a whirlpool at the bow.

Other Highlights: Executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, who has cooked for everyone from the James Beard Foundation to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, is helming the kitchen. Evenings start with pisco sours and live music and include entrées such as Amazonian catfish steamed in banana leaves (wine pairings are, of course, mainly South American).

aquaexpeditions.com; from $2,550 per person, double, for three nights.


The Minimalist: Avalon Panorama

Launched: May 2011

Size: 166 passengers; 443 feet long

Sails: Between Amsterdam and Budapest.

A river-cruising vessel with an oceangoing soul, thanks to generously sized cabins and thoughtful touches like sliding glass doors that turn your room into a balcony of sorts. Book one of the 64 clean-lined, 200-square-foot Panorama suites. Interiors are modern in a palette of crimson and white, and even the simplest cabin categories are stocked with Egyptian-cotton linens and L’Occitane amenities. The main lounge and boîte have floor-to-ceiling windows, which means you don’t have to abandon your cocktail and run out to the deck to see—or risk missing—the castle looming on the riverbank.

avalonwaterways.com; from $1,099 per person, double, for four nights.

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