The Best New Cruise Ship of 2013?

November 20, 2012 | By | Comments Off

Wild swings in the vote. Furious campaigning. Baseless character assassinations.
The occasion: Deciding which of 2013′s marquee new-builds cruisers would prefer to sail.
It’s between the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, two buzzworthy prototypes launching next year. Will it be Princess’ quiet, big-ship elegance or Breakaway’s NYC-inspired exuberance?

After a week and nearly 5,400 votes cast, Norwegian Breakaway holds a comfortable 16-point lead, 58 percent to 42 percent. The highly caffeinated ship, which will debut in April, was down by a similar margin after a day of voting. The poles flipped as Norwegian zealots came out in droves, encouraged by a “get out the vote” status update on NCL’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Cruise Critic’s side-by-side platform comparison chart offered insights into each ship’s cabins, dining, bars, entertainment and sun deck amenities. Renderings of the ships’ splashiest spaces and an itinerary run-down were also included to help readers make an educated choice.
But we’re not naive: This new ship battle is also a popularity contest.
“Anything by Princess beats NCL … any day,” John said, without having set foot on either ship.
“Definitely NCL — in my view no other cruise line comes close,” said Zelda, who has so far been unable to travel into the future to review each contender.
What say you? Study up on the ships and weigh in.
Want to know what else is on the drawing boards through 2016? Check out our new ships mega-chart.
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