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January 27, 2009

2009 Cruise Poll

Cruise Poll
Crystal Symphony, one of
the poll's top medium ships.

After nine years of surveying the cruise industry, Wendy Perrin and her team have discovered that change is its only constant. Given the bounty of new ships, destinations, and amenities, it's tough to keep up, but Perrin can rely on the savvy of Condé Nast Traveler readers, 11,242 of whom rated more than 400 ships according to the highest seafaring standards. Here's a preview of some new ships offering passengers everything they never knew they needed--or wanted:

Carnival Dream (September; 3,646 passengers): Parents can relax in the Cloud 9 spa and adjacent suites, while the kids tackle the four-deck high slide in the water park.

Celebrity Equinox (August; 2,850 passengers): Adjacent to the glassblowing studio, the top deck has a manicured lawn for croquet, putting, and feeling the grass between your toes.

Oasis of the Seas (December; 5,400 passengers): The largest vessel ever built houses Royal Caribbean's first seafaring baby nursery within its 29,000-square-foot Youth Zone.

Click here for more from this year's poll.

Further reading:
* Perrin Report: Snagging cruise deals
* More you must know before scooping up a cruise deal
* Cruise Finder: Choose the right cruise
* Cruising 2.0


Just read Wendy Perrin's cruise report. In her article she interviewed the owner of a travel agency who commented that 'free' air isn't often free. That's so true. I'm a travel agent as well (and former luxury cruise line air department manager) and it's our obligation to understand all their marketing techniques and explain them to our customers. And that includes how to buy air tickets and how to buy insurance.

Josh Friedman

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