Royal Caribbean, Quantum of the Seas – Royal Caribbean's anticipated new ship, Quantum of the Seas, will be unveiled in November 2014. With this glass observation capsule (300 feet above the water), bumper cars and surfwave simulator, it hopes to set a new standard for cruise adventure.
Royal Caribbean, Quantum of the Seas – Already bored with the observation bubble? The new ship will also have a skydive simulator.
Linblad Expeditions, Alaska and polar cruises – Lindblad Expeditions partners with National Geographic on Alaska, Arctic and Antarctic cruises. Pictured: National Geographic photographers doing what they do.
Linblad Expeditions, Alaska and polar cruises – In addition to seeing icebergs in polar regions, an underwater hydrophone allows guests to listen to the songs of whales, orcas and dolphins.
Queen Mary 2, transatlantic cruise – "To the planetarium or the ballroom after sunset cocktails?" The Queen Mary 2 makes a stylish nine-day cruise from New York to Hamburg, Germany. In 2004, it became the first transatlantic passenger liner built in 35 years.
Queen Mary 2, transatlantic cruise – The ship makes only one stop en route: Southampton in the United Kingdom.
American Queen, Mississippi River cruise – The American Queen Steamboat Company's Mississippi River cruise provides a history lesson in antebellum culture and southern cooking.
American Queen, Mississippi River cruise – Mark Twain didn't smoke cigars, play cards or pen grumpy essays here. But you can tell your friends he did.
Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas – The Oasis of the Seas has 25 restaurants, 2,394 crew members and seven themed "neighborhoods." Its zip line is suspended nine decks high and runs 82 feet across the ship's open-air atrium.
Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas – This 225,285-ton behemoth is an adult wonderland, with a casino, water park and ice skating rink, among other ways to make you forget you're on a ship.
Azamara, Panama Canal Cruise – Azamara's cruise hits 26 ports in 12 countries and travels through the 58 miles of the Panama Canal.
Azamara, Panama Canal Cruise – The series of locks on the Panama Canal are legendary -- ships are lifted 85 feet and put down again. You'll need a reservation to get through these doors.