11 Brand New Cruise Ships
Courtesy of Cunard Line
Cunard: Queen Elizabeth
800/728-6273; cunard.com; 5 days from $1,195
Launch Date: October 2010
Cabins: 1,046; from 152 to 1,500 square feet
Routes: 5–22-day sailings through the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, northern Europe, and the Caribbean
Top Features: Grand Ballroom with a 1,000-square-foot dance floor; 6,000-volume library with stained glass and a spiral staircase; games deck (paddle tennis courts; croquet lawns); dinner and dancing in the glass-roofed conservatory; the formal Britannia restaurant for dishes like lobster à l’américaine and chateaubriand; bangers and mash and pints of beer at the Golden Lion gastropub.
Don’t Miss: An evening performance (with champagne and petits fours) at the dazzling three-story Royal Court Theatre.