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New upscale products
Crystal Cruises is introducing A Year of New Developments for 2012. Each month, the luxury line is introducing new destinations, shoreside adventures and product enhancements offering additional choices in wining, dining, evening and daytime entertainment, enrichment and fitness.

Avalon Waterways is gearing up to unveil two more suite ships. In May, the river and small-ship cruise company will christen Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary, joining Avalon Panorama to create a trio of new vessels boasting two full decks of panorama and royal suites, measuring 200 and 300 square feet, respectively.

Windstar Cruises is offering new Islands of Italy voyages featuring several of Europe’s most exclusive islands, including Ischia, Lipari, Port Cervo on Sardinia and Corsica’s Porto Vecchio.

Carnival repositioning
Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that it will reposition Carnival Miracle to the West Coast following a Panama Canal voyage and bring Carnival Splendor to New York after three 13- to 18-day South America cruises, all during the spring of 2013.

Carnival Miracle will operate the line’s Alaska and Hawaii cruises, now on Carnival Spirit, which will be heading to Australia to offer the line’s first cruises from that country. Carnival Miracle will also make seasonal, seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings that are now available on Carnival Splendor.

In turn, the newer Carnival Splendor will assume Carnival Miracle’s year-round, eight-day Caribbean schedule from New York, representing a capacity increase of 41 percent.