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MSC Cruise Line
Staying afloat in 2009

Vacationers who hit the high seas in 2009 will find a treasure-trove of bargains - and that's not all. At least 14 new ships, including the world's biggest behemoth and two intimate luxury vessels, plus innovative facilities and more U.S. departures, are on the way. Unlike your stock portfolio and many businesses these days, cruising is a growing enterprise. Cruise Lines International Association, the industry's largest North American organization, says its members expect to carry 13.5 million passengers this year, up from 13.2 million in 2008 and 12.6 million in 2007.A few trends, such as more fees for onboard activities and dining, might inflict mal de mer on the...