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Disney Fantasy
Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy

The fourth ship in the Disney fleet, the Disney Fantasy has 14 decks and can accommodate 4,000 passengers. Visit one of the 3 different pools on deck 11, or splash around in the AquaLab, a 1,800 square foot water play area. When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, catch a Disney musical show or a first-run movie in 3D. 960 1280

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Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

Test your climbing ability at Carnival Magic’s SportSquare, the world’s first ropes course at sea! If you’d rather keep your feet firmly planted on the deck, catch a movie or sports game on the ship’s huge outdoor screen at the Seaside Theatre. 960 1280

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MSC Divina

MSC Divina

Stare out to sea from MSC Divina’s infinity pool. For a more exclusive and luxurious experience, upgrade to the MSC Yacht Club and enjoy a private pool deck with a private restaurant featuring panoramic views. 960 1280

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Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

The Norwegian Epic certainly lives up to its name. With performances by the Blue Man Group and the Second City, an Aqua Park complete with 3 waterslides, Nickelodeon characters and 20 different dining options, the ship has something for everyone. Have a drink in the Svedka ice bar and then head to Spice H20—an adults-only Ibiza-inspired beach club (pictured here). 960 1280

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MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia

The new flagship of MSC cruises, the Fantasia has staircases made of Swarovski crystals and a transparent ceiling for stargazing. If that’s not enough to make you sign up, the Fantasia also has an Aqua Park, a Formula 1 simulator and an interactive 4D theatre. 960 1280

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Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas has everything you could ever dream of…including a zipline that’s 9 decks in the air. Climb a rock wall, test your skills in a surf simulator, go ice skating on the rink, play a round of mini golf or see a performance of Hairspray. There’s even a Starbucks on board! 960 1280

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Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

Think all cruise food is boring? Think again. Hop aboard the Carnival Breeze and sample signature burgers by celebrity Food Network chef Guy Fieri. Then, take in a “5D” movie—a 3D movie with special effects and moving seats. 960 1280

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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Christened in 2008 by Trista and Ryan Sutter of The Bachelorette, the Ruby Princess is a perfect ship for couples. Relax in a cabana in the adults-only sundeck called The Sanctuary, or cozy up for a first-run movie in the outdoor theatre. 960 1280

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Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

On the Celebrity Silhouette, order food and wine from an iPad menu in one restaurant and sample 50 international craft beers in another. Take a painting class, grill your own food in the “Lawn Club,” or rent one of the cabana-style “Alcoves” for a relaxing day at sea. 960 1280

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Disney Dream

Disney Dream

As the only cruise line to feature fireworks at sea, Disney's Dream lights up the sky to dazzle guests with the largest fireworks extravaganza presented aboard a cruise ship. The skies above the Disney Dream explode with brilliant colors during "Buccaneer Blast!" -- a pyrotechnic spectacular choreographed to a dramatic score featuring songs from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, "Peter Pan" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction at the Disney theme parks. 960 1280

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Mickey's Pool, a favorite feature of the Disney Cruise Line fleet, continues on the Disney Dream. This play area for children features a Mickey Mouse-shaped pool and an oversized version of Mickey's hand supporting a yellow winding slide that splashes down into the pool area. 960 1280

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Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas' AquaTheater located in the ships Boardwalk neighborhood, hosts spectacular shows during its voyage. 960 1280

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Fireworks cast a colorful light on the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

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Passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2 can enjoy planetarium shows in Illuminations. 960 1280

Cunard Line  

Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl

The Norwegian Pearl's pool area can easily be mistaken for a full-blown water park. 960 1280

Norwegian Cruise Line  

The Emerald Princess Piazza dazzles passengers with its opulence. 960 1280

Emerald Princess  

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New York's Times Square has wall-to-wall signage for Broadway plays, commercial ads and more. Once known as Longacre Square, Times Square was created in 1904 when The New York Times moved into the neighborhood. 960 1280

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A policeman directs traffic in front of the famous neon billboards of Times Square in New York City, at its intersection with Broadway. 960 1280

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This is the original Manhattan street sign from Wall Street and Broad Street from late 19th- to early 20th-century. The porcelain sign stood near the New York Stock Exchange and sold to a bidder for $116,500 at a Christie's auction. 960 1280

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Tourists and locals alike are familiar with this sign plaster on most taxi cabs that swerve through the traffic in New York. It's also a good way to determine the cheaper route -- a taxi cab ride or a ride on the subway. 960 1280

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Take a peep at this! Peep-O-Rama, the last pornography store on 42nd Street in the New York's Times Square district, closed in 2002. Since the 1990's bars and porn theaters were replaced with cafés and tourist shops. 960 1280

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These colorful signs at Coney Island, located in Brooklyn, tout the circus-sideshow attractions at the seaside theme park. Coney Island has been a summer destination for millions of New Yorkers for generations. 960 1280

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You're looking at a piece of New York's history. It's an old subway sign and lamp post located in uptown near Fort Tryon Park. 960 1280

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What a big difference! Matching the big neon billboards and signs in Times Square, this brightly-lit sign, marked with specific train lines, is located at the subway entrance on 42nd Street. 960 1280

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Two American soldiers and a civilian in a fedora watch workers on a scaffold hang a billboard advertisement featuring a woman's bare legs above the Winter Garden Theater and Café Zanzibar in 1944. 960 1280

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Sexy models are still part of New York's landscape. In SoHo, this provocative Calvin Klein billboard, with half-nude models, sparked a major controversy in the city. 960 1280

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A few years ago, some tourists and locals were lucky enough to hop aboard this antique subway train from the 1930s. The train is still equipped with ceiling fans and wicker seats. 960 1280

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Travelers, near and far, are familiar with the popular shirts and other merchandise that bear the "I Love New York" logo. 960 1280

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Locals and tourists on the subway trains in New York are familiar with these signs. These mosaic-tile signs clearly mark the stations along any give subway train route. 960 1280

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The neon glow of the Radio City Music Hall marks it as a well-renowned location in New York City. It's a hot spot for people to enjoy the Rockettes and other performances by popular celebs. 960 1280

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People walk past a 3-story billboard featuring porn actress Jenna Jameson in Times Square. The ad touts Jamison's web site with text reading "Who Says They Cleaned Up Times Square?" 960 1280

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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings.  960 1280

Winnie Jeng  

Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night.   960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch.  960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

David Frei, the Westminster Kennel Club’s director of communications, leads Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound and reigning Best in Show champion, across 7th Avenue at 31st Street, followed by 5 new breeds allowed to enter this year’s dog show. 960 1280

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Hoss, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, poses for the press with owner Paula Lacker. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

A close-up of Hickory, 2011’s Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show (owners: Scott and Cecilia Dove). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Proud owner, Jose Barrera, holds up Alma Duce, a Xoloitzcuintli (show-lo-itz-quint-ly), for the cameras. Alma only traveled 5 blocks south for the shoot. She wears a handmade jade collar from her owner, a jeweler to the stars. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Hoss, pictured, traveled all the way from Cincinnati for the press conference, the farthest of all the dogs. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, looks up at owner Loren Marino during the press conference that followed the 7th Avenue walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Eowyn, a Norwegian Lundehund, gets up close and personal. She traveled with her owner from Syracuse, NY, for the walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Owner Harvey Sanderson holds up Eowyn's paw for the camera. Norwegian Lundehunds are known for their 5-fingered paws, which make them excellent mountain climbers. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, poses for the cameras. She traveled with her owner from Manchester, NJ. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Myles, a Finnish Lapphund, arrived from the Bronx with excited owner Barbara Kennedy. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Game Changer, an American English Coonhound, traveled with owner Richard Moore, from Jamaica Estates in the NYC borough of Queens. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

All 6 new breeds stand together: (left to right) Eowyn (owner: Harvey Sanderson), Katrina (owner: Loren Marino), Game Changer (owner: Richard Moore), Alma (owner: Jose Barrera), Myles (owner: Barbara Kennedy), and Hoss (owner: Paula Lacker). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

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