What will the next generation of cruise ships be like? Is the Ultra Voyager setting the bar for the next generation of ships? Cruise Industry News surveyed analysts, travel agents, designers and class societies about what kinds of ships they would like to see and what is possible to build.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is being re-branded and is expected to have a new name next year, positioning the cruise line closer to the luxury hotels in the Carlson group. But the product formula will not change.

Delivering a premium cruise product and securing premium rates is not an easy task given the number of options for passengers today.  An Alaskan cruise aboard Holland America Line's (HAL) Oosterdam - our only cruise this year - gets high marks in our opinion, with an elegant ship, rich in design and high-end furniture, tableware and shipboard art, and an attentive and sincere service-minded staff and crew. 

The Oosterdam has that overall luxurious feel to it.  It was pleasurable and soothing to walk this ship.

Cruise ship building has picked up the pace again after Carnival Corporation placed what it called a "historic multi-billion-dollar cooperation" with Fincantieri to construct four new ships and redesign the previously announced Queen Victoria for Cunard Line.

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