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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Don't miss the boats: New cruise ships sailing the high -- and calm -- seas in 2018

   Out to Sea for Feb. 24/18
   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox
    Sun Media newspapers/websites (Postmedia Network)

   That new cruise ship smell will be permeating the oceans as almost every major line rolls out a new build this year.
   Along with the newbies will be the largest at sea, sister ships to existing builds and new innovations and attractions.
   This includes racing a go-cart on the top deck, huge waterparks and a two-level family suite with slide to the living room from the bedroom.
   Here’s a guide to sailing the seven seas and five oceans onboard some of the latest and the greatest.

   Don’t miss the boats
   - Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas: Join 5,200 of your friends on the biggest cruise ship ever built.
Symphony of the Seas has a two-level Ultimate Family Suite with slide.
   The ship, with the innovative two-level Ultimate Family Suite and slide, LEGO wall, air-hockey and pool tables, 3-D movie theatre room, climbing wall, whirlpool and wrap-around balcony, sails March 31 from Barcelona.
   Along with new dining options such as El Loco Fresh Mexican, Hooked Seafood and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, live theatre includes Hairspray and Flight.
   After sailing the Mediterranean, it repositions to Miami in November for seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

   - Carnival Horizon: Sailing her maiden voyage April 2 from Barcelona, this ship carries 3,950 passengers and is similar to sister-ship Carnival Vista.
Enjoying a fun day at sea on a Carnival ship in the Caribbean. (Barbara Fox photo)