Our guide to the future of travel (#'s 84-89): The fabled Sea Cloud spawns a sister; Celebrity's plans for Panama; Cordon Bleu's new shipboard restaurant
84. FLOATING ON A CLOUD
If a three-masted sailing ship is your ideal way to take to the open seas, you're in luck. The owners of the legendary Sea Cloud, perhaps the world's most beautiful private yacht in 1931 when it was built by E. F. Hutton for Marjorie Merriweather Post, have just finished work on a sister vessel comparable to its famous sibling. The Sea Cloud II will debut in February, crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to St. Martin. The 96-passenger bark will then cruise the Caribbean, the Baltic, and the Mediterranean. Its 48 cabins have wood-paneled walls, marble bathtubs, and, in the 18 suites, a rarity at sea: walk-in closets. 800/221-1944 or 212/514-9821; www.seacloud.com.
85. Celebrity Cruises' newInfinity launches on the Panama Canal in February; the liner will then take its 1,950 passengers on subsequent itineraries to Hawaii and Alaska.
86. In March, look for the first floating Le Cordon Bleu restaurant on Radisson's Seven Seas Mariner, which will sail the Panama Canal and Alaska.
87. Carnival unveils a new class of ship in April, with the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit; more than two-thirds of the rooms will have balconies.
88. April also marks the arrival of Royal Caribbean's Royal Caribbean Radiance. It'll ferry some 2,100 luckypassengers around Alaska, the Caribbean, and Hawaii.
89. Princess expects to double the size of its fleet within the next four years, starting in May with the Golden Princess.