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The giant new cruise ships entering service are distinguished not only by their size but also by the new standards of accommodation for the average passenger that the increased amount of space on board makes possible. Amenities include a major percentage of cabins with private verandas, extensive physical fitness facilities, more inviting dining arrangements, and the use of décor and space planning in an attempt to recover some of the intimacy lost as cruise ships have increased in size. The author reviews how each of the major cruise lines has taken advantage of the challenges and opportunities that the creation of these ships has represented, and presents an overview of the largest new cruise ships that have entered service in the past several years.