2009's Best New Cruise Ships

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Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival, Splendor

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Cabins 1,503, ranging from 185 to 340 square feet

Perfect For Families and singles taken with the line’s round-the-clock entertainment: an endless roster of Vegas-style performances, a sprawling casino, and a robust children’s program (a 5,500-square-foot playroom; talent shows; movie screenings).

Unusual Features A retractable glass dome covers the midship pool; a second pool has a waterslide.

Route A seven-day Mexican Riviera itinerary from Long Beach, California, stopping in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas, launched March 31.

T+L Tip Book an Asian-themed Spa Suite adjacent to the 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 spa (near the spa pool, which is decorated with dragons and rice-paper lanterns) for priority appointments, two fitness classes, and unlimited use of the Thalassotherapy Pool and Thermal Suite. 800/227-64825; carnival.com; seven days from $649 per person.

2009's Best New Cruise Ships

2009's Best New Cruise Ships

Carnival, Splendor

Cabins 1,503, ranging from 185 to 340 square feet

Perfect For Families and singles taken with the line’s round-the-clock entertainment: an endless roster of Vegas-style performances, a sprawling casino, and a robust children’s program (a 5,500-square-foot playroom; talent shows; movie screenings).

Unusual Features A retractable glass dome covers the midship pool; a second pool has a waterslide.

Route A seven-day Mexican Riviera itinerary from Long Beach, California, stopping in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas, launched March 31.

T+L Tip Book an Asian-themed Spa Suite adjacent to the 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 spa (near the spa pool, which is decorated with dragons and rice-paper lanterns) for priority appointments, two fitness classes, and unlimited use of the Thalassotherapy Pool and Thermal Suite. 800/227-64825; carnival.com; seven days from $649 per person.

2009's Best New Cruise Ships

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

2009's Best New Cruise Ships

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