Travel Picks: 10 top cruise ships

Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:04am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Whether it's stairs made of Swarovski crystals, a Cirque Du Soleil-like performance, water park, or planetarium, modern cruise ships are offering everything travelers would want to have a holiday in one place.

Cruise booking specialists Cruise1st (www.cruise1st.com.au) has navigated the high seas to find its top 10 unique offers. This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Celebrity Century - Celebrity Cruises

This ship, refurbished in 2006, boasts rooms with private verandas and suites with personal butlers. The Martini Bar is also home to the first "ice bar" concept at sea.

2. Pacific Jewel -- P&O Cruises Australia

Launched December 2009, Pacific Jewel offers a high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck and P&O's first ever celebrity chef restaurant -- Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. The spa and fitness center is as big as an Olympic sized swimming pool and the ship has four kids' clubs and a shopping precinct.

3. MS Panorama -- Avalon Waterways

The MS Panorama, due to be launched in May 2011, will be the first to feature two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows and balconies to enjoy the view cruising along some of Europe's major rivers such as the Rhine and Danube.

4. Queen Mary 2 -- Cunard   Continued...