2009's Best New Cruise Ships
Silversea expeditions, Prince Albert II
Cabins 66, ranging from 175 to 675 square feet (some of the largest of any expedition ship)
Perfect For Adventurous nature lovers.
Unusual Features A fleet of eight Zodiac rafts is available for spontaneous crew-led excursions into otherwise hard-to-reach territory; all 66 rooms have ocean views and private marble bathrooms with bathtubs; the captain announces animal sightings using a shipwide broadcasting system.
Routes Seven- to 17-night itineraries, sailing to Antarctica, the Arctic Circle, and South America.
T+L Tip Spot polar bears and breaching whales from one of two glass-enclosed whirlpools overlooking the ocean, protected from winds and ocean spray. 800/722-9955; silversea.com; seven nights from $4,495 per person.