Royal Caribbean Adding Lifeguards Fleetwide

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Royal Caribbean International will be implementing an enhanced ‘Child Water Safety Program’ fleetwide between now and June 15, 2017, beginning with Oasis of the Seas.

Right from embarkation, parents and kids will receive a 5-minute water safety presentation during the Adventure Ocean open house session. Youth staff and cruise directors will go over all water safety rules at the Evacuation Plan safety drill on the first evening, Teens 411 info session, daily messaging and Kids Compass. Most importantly, licensed lifeguards clearly marked in a red and white uniform will be stationed at every pool, including the Solarium pools.

Royal Caribbean - pool

Complimentary swim vests will be available in three different sizes for children between the ages of 4 and 12, together with instructions on how to properly fit the life vests. Multiple towel stations will also be accessible for convenience. Plus, in order to transcend language barriers, Royal Caribbean is re-vamping pool rules signage, stateroom signage and digital signage to provide visual cues to guests from different nationalities.

Please note: Adult supervision is required at all times for children under 12, and lifeguards will not provide babysitting services at any point in time.

To book your next family-friendly vacation with Royal Caribbean, give us a call today on 1-800-377-9383.

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March 16, 2017   1 Comment

Explore ‘Holy Land and Suez Canal’ on Crystal Symphony’s 2017 President’s Cruise

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Join Crystal Cruises on a special 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land and Arabian Peninsula aboard Crystal Symphony. This 18-day voyage marks the cruise line’s return to the Holy Land and its surrounding regions for the first time since 2012. Edie Rodriguez, CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, together with her husband, will join guests for receptions and parties that showcase different cultures and history of the region.

Crystal Symphony - Exterior

Discover Aqaba, the fabled desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, and the mountainous surroundings that is still home to Bedouin tribes during this President’s Excursion. Get ready to be fascinated by the exposure to authentic cultural display and specially prepared cuisine during an exclusive and festive evening.

More adventure lies ahead in archaeological expeditions, rugged rock climbing, Indian Ocean scuba diving, Sky Tea at lavish Burj Al Arab and Sunset at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Other enlightening experiences include exploration of the lost Rose City of Petra and an overnight stay in Muscat in time for the Sultan’s extravagant birthday celebrations.

This incredible “Holy Land and Suez Canal” cruise on Crystal Symphony departs in November 2017. Plan on being a part of this life-changing excursion by giving us a call today on 1-800-377-9383.

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March 13, 2017   No Comments

Experience ‘MSC for Me’, the Latest Advancement in Cruise Technology by MSC Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

We’ve all had moments when we wished for a more optimized vacation planning that could be simplified before, during and after our cruise, leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy our getaway. Well it seems someone was reading our minds because MSC Cruises is getting ready to roll-out the very latest advancement in customer-centric technology on its first, next generation mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia! The fleet-wide digital innovation program known as ‘MSC for Me’ will capture the very essence of a personalized, holistic and guest-centric experience.

MSC Meraviglia

Debuting this June in the Mediterranean, MSC Meraviglia will be equipped with “16,000 points of connectivity, 700 digital access points, 358 informative and interactive screens, and 2,244 staterooms with RFID/NFC access technology.”

After working with the world’s leading digital, technology and behavioral science experts, the following innovative features will be made available on MSC Meraviglia, 11 upcoming next-generation mega-ships, and 12 existing cruise ships:

  • Navigation: Similar to a smart map, this digital way-finder will help you locate your children anywhere onboard and find your way to any location on this 1000+ foot-long ship.
  • Concierge: Make real-time 24/7 reservations, book excursions and request services with this amazing tool.
  • Capture: Use digitally immersive, interactive screens to preview excursions and a unique gallery telling a story of your trip in a virtual reality format. You can also share this with friends and family in real time.
  • Organizer: Use your mobile device to check in, book trips, save seats for shows and make dinner table reservations prior to embarkation or when on board.
  • TailorMade: Use interactive bracelets to activate geo-located suggestions through 3,050 Bluetooth beacons and connect to the ship’s services. Your digital, personal advisor will also elevate the level of personalized service offered using intelligent face recognition.

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March 10, 2017   No Comments

Infographic: Virtual Ship Tour of MSC Meraviglia

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Take a virtual ship tour of MSC Cruises’ next state-of-the-art cruise ship, MSC Meraviglia, in The Cruise Web’s newest infographic (click to expand):

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MSC Meraviglia is on sale NOW! She will debut to the cruising public in June 2017 in Marseille, France. Her inaugural season of 7-night Mediterranean cruising will take her to Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta. Also, make sure you check out our recent blog about the new ‘MSC for Me’ onboard technology debuting aboard the MSC Meraviglia.

To learn more about the MSC Meraviglia and her itineraries, contact The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383.

 

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March 9, 2017   No Comments

Carnival Sensation Updated with New Food and Beverage Options PLUS New ‘Play Space’

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Gear up for a wild adventure with Carnival Sensation! Following a multi-million dollar renovation of her restaurants, bars and play areas, this 2,052-passenger ship is back on her year-round schedule with four and five-day cruises from Miami. A variety of food and beverage options have been upgraded to feature the following:

Carnival Sensation - Pool

  • Guy’s Burger Joint: Hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries served free of charge at a poolside venue. This was developed in partnership with Food Network personality, Guy Fieri.
  • RedFrog Rum Bar: Enjoy ThirstyFrog Red Ale, Carnival’s own private label draft brew, or a refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drink with an alluring Caribbean vibe.
  • BlueIguana Cantina: Indulge in freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas at this complimentary poolside Mexican eatery.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar: The laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere is perfect for relaxing by the pool with a glass of tequila-based frozen drink or beer.
  • Alchemy Bar: If you believe “Forty is the New Twenty”, this themed lounge is for you! Mingle with fellow cruisers while enjoying popular drinks by skilled mixologists who take pride in prescribing the right “cocktail concoction.”
  • Cherry On Top: Simple indulgences never tasted this good! Head down to the “sweetest spot on board” for bins of bulk candy, fun gifts, custom apparel and more.
  • Camp Ocean: This playground is open to kids within the ages of 2-11 who are interested in learning more about the wonders of the sea through arts, crafts, science-oriented programming and over 200 ocean-themed activities.

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March 9, 2017   No Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line Expands ‘Cirque Dreams and Dinner’ Experience

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

This summer, Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its theatrical dining experience with the introduction of three new-over-the-top shows: Cirque Dreams Epicurean, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy: The Broadway Hit, and Cirque Dreams and Steam.

Norwegian Epic - acrobatics

All three shows fall under the umbrella of ‘Cirque Dreams & Dinner’ which will be featured on Norwegian Getaway’s summer season in Europe. Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic will see a new and improved version of the dining format beginning March 5 and April 14 respectively. Get ready for all-new menus with gourmet dinner that will usher you into the mesmerizing world of spectacular acrobatics.

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March 7, 2017   No Comments

NEW 2017 Sailings to Cuba NOW Available from Royal Caribbean

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuba after dark on Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas! With NEW 4- to 5-night sailings departing from Tampa, Florida and calling in Havana for day and overnight visits, guests can expect to see another side of the Caribbean through authentic people-to-people experiences, breathtaking natural beauty, and a rich, diverse culture.

Hotel Plaza - Havana, Cuba

Once onshore, take a scenic drive along Cuba’s famous Malecón waterfront, stop at the historic and luxurious Hotel Nacional de Cuba, enjoy a trip back to the 1950s in a classic American car tour, visit the old quarter and Havana Club Museum, or venture into the 18th-century colonial mansion now known for its distinct rum production.

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March 1, 2017   2 Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line Plans Construction of Four Next Generation Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The next generation of extraordinary ships aimed at optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment will be introduced by Norwegian Cruise Line in the next 5 years. The cruise line has reached an agreement with Fincantieri to construct four 140,000 gross ton ships schedule for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 with an option to include two additional ships in 2026 and 2027.

Norwegian Breakaway - exterior

According to the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.,
“this new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry.” Much freedom and flexibility, together with innovative designs, will distinguish these 3,300-guest-capacity vessels from all others, as the cruise line builds upon the success of Breakaway-Plus Class ships. These energy efficient ships are currently priced at €800 million per ship.

Stay tuned for details on the ships’ many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features which will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, check out other recent ship builds from Norwegian Cruise Line.

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February 21, 2017   No Comments

Crystal Cruises’ Second Northwest Passage Set for August 2017

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

In August of 2016, Crystal Cruises traversed the seldom seen Northwest Passage on a 32-day voyage from Seward, Alaska to its final docking in New York City aboard Crystal Serenity. Following the outstanding success of this voyage, the cruise line is set to venture out to the once unpassable polar region with a comprehensive team of Arctic experts from Canada-based Arctic Kingdom in August 2017! Get ready to explore the region by kayaking in protected bays, trekking the tundra with an expert guide, taking helicopter flights to view the Arctic landscape from the air, and scouting for wildlife like polar bears and whales.

Northwest Passage

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February 15, 2017   No Comments

Holland America Line Announces Exciting Partnership with Oprah Winfrey

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Celebrate Oprah’s Year of Adventure as Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine kick off an exclusive partnership known as ‘Share the Adventure’ to explore a destination Oprah Winfrey has never been before: Alaska! Sailing July 15, 2017, glacier lovers will get a chance to join the inaugural cruise with Oprah and O, The Oprah Magazine editor Gayle King, editor in chief Lucy Kaylin, creative director Adam Glassman and members of the SuperSoul 100 who will share inspirational ideas and tips for living your best life yet!

Holland America and O' The Oprah Magazine team

Oprah’s “deep commitment to connection, personal growth and the soul-stirring power of travel” will birth a variety of engaging and stimulating activities such as meditation, tai chi, healthy cooking demonstrations, an onboard book club and many more. These exclusive programming developed between Holland America Line and the magazine’s editors seek to quench the thirst in every curious soul and provide authentic experiences not easily forgotten.

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February 14, 2017   No Comments