Cruise trends for 2013 include a focus on multi-generational spaces, an increase of specialty foods and plenty of wow features, from a glass walkway to a vertical garden.
A freestanding vertical garden, a plant-covered "living wall," on Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony ship. The Symphony launched in September 2012. The living wall was a first at sea for the cruise industry.
An artist's rendering shows the exterior of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway. The ship's hull features the unmistakable pop art of Peter Max, with Lady Liberty's face and a city skyline anchoring the brightly colored design. The ship will carry 4,028 guests and will be the largest ever to homeport year-round in New York City, beginning in May.
A Reflection Suite bathroom on Celebrity Cruises' new Reflection ship. The all-glass shower extends over the edge of the ship with a wraparound veranda and special glass so you can see out, but not in. It's one of a number of new features and attractions on ships as the 2013 cruise season gets under way.
An artist's rendering of the SeaWalk, a glass-bottom walkway being built on the Royal Princess cruise ship, which launches in June. The walkway will extend 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and 128 feet above the ocean. The Royal Princess is considered by cruise-industry watchers to be one of the hottest new ships of 2013. The Princess Cruises vessel will carry 3,600 passengers.
Vacationers aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Breeze sunbathe while viewing a movie at the Seaside Theatre, a poolside 270-square-foot LED screen offering concerts, sporting events movies other programming. (June 23, 2012)
Teens on Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Breeze play basketball in the ship's expansive SportSquare, an open-air recreation complex that also features a suspended-rope course, mini-golf, jogging track, ping-pong, pool, foosball tables and more. (June 20, 2012)
Guests aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Breeze hang out in the Thrill Theater, an interactive, multidimensional experience with sensory effects including seats that shift back and forth and vibrate. (June 17, 2012)
Vacationers aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Breeze relax at Serenity, an adults-only area offering plush chaise lounges and chairs, whirlpools and a dining area with salads, wraps and other light fare. (June 17, 2012)
Guests aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty relax in an adults-only areas. To accommodate the diverse needs of old and young passengers, ships are expanding areas for youth activities while at the same time creating more adult-only areas where adult passengers lounge. Carnival ships call these areas Serenity Spaces. (Dec. 13, 2011)
Guests aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Breeze celebrate their team's victory during a giant rendition of Operation during "Hasbro, The Game Show," where vacationers are part of a pretend television show through a series of larger-than-life productions based on Hasbro's iconic games. (June 18, 2012)
A couple enjoying a champagne brunch at Remy, the adults-only restaurant on Disney's Fantasy and Dream ships. The $50 per person brunch is part of a continuing trend in the cruise ship industry for upscaled and expanded specialty food options, many of which carry extra fees.
Passengers on the Queen Mary 2 looking into a recycling bin in the waste-handling facility of the ship. Cunard is offering back-of-the-house tours where passengers can look at areas normally off-limits to guests, from the galley to the engine room.
A passenger on the Queen Mary 2 gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the engine room.