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Travel Tip: Good News for Ocean Cruising

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Although the news headlines about cruising have been less than stellar lately, there is some good news on the horizon.

The trend these days is bigger is better. We’re talking megaships that fit thousands of passengers and have more activities than you can do in a week.
Royal Caribbean announced its new Quantum of the Seas ship will set sail from New Jersey to the Caribbean in fall 2014. The ship will have 16 decks and fit more than 4,000 passengers. Every cabin will have an ocean view, and there will be bumper cars and skydiving on board. And here’s a first—it has an observation pod 300 feet above sea level, which moves by a robotic arm.

The Norwegian Breakaway from NCL setting sail this May from New York.  It has an onboard ice bar, and a water park with the first cruise waterpark with five full waterslides.

But if supersizing isn’t your thing, you may want to look toward Viking Ocean Cruises, which will launch in spring 2015. The ships will fit only about 1,000 passengers, and the experience will be more about the destinations than all the onboard activities.

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