Twelve new cruise ships are entering the blue seas this year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, and three refurbished ships will return to service. In all, the ships will add 17,663 berths to the cruise group's fleet. Links to all the lines can be found at www.cruising.org Among them:
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky, already in service.
Princess Cruises, Ocean Princess, Feb. 19.
Holland America Line, Zaandam, in February; Amsterdam, in October; the Volendam started service in November.
American Cruise Lines, American Eagle, in April.
Celebrity Cruises, The Millennium, June 17.
Royal Olympic Cruises, Olympic Voyager, June.
Costa Cruises, CostaAtlantica, July 2.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Victory, Aug. 31.
Royal Caribbean International, Explorer of the Seas, October.
Silversea Cruises introduces the Silver Shadow in September.