Who would have guessed that one of the hottest cruise destinations in the world would feature “ice” in its name?!? But don’t let the name fool you, Iceland is also full of hot springs, geothermal geysers, lava fields and volcanoes – not to mention a stunning midnight sun that sets the landscape afire.
To be certain, Iceland does feature a healthy dose of snow-covered terrain and icy glaciers, but the cruising season occurs during a summer which brings plenty of sun and temperatures in the 60s and higher. This is the perfect weather to explore Iceland’s biggest draw – the scenery! Hike along jaw-dropping fjords, journey behind the veil of a towering waterfall, walk the rim of a volcano crater, trek through otherworldly lava fields and, when your muscles are sore from a day of exploration, soak in a soothing geothermal lagoon while enjoying a local beer.
While cruising around Iceland you’ll also have opportunities to experience this island nation’s charming culture and cherished lore at museums and local festivals, or by simply walking the streets of quaint villages. The city of Reykjavik, for instance, is famous for its joyous nightlife and fresh seafood. You might come for the scenery, but you’ll stay for the culture and cuisine!
October 18, 2016 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced the addition of a 3rd ship to its Breakaway Plus class beginning summer 2018! Sailing seasonally from Seattle to Alaska, Norwegian Bliss will be the cruise line’s first custom-built ship meant to cruise the Last Frontier. With a weekly 7-day itinerary departing from Seattle and making her way down to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and other bewildering destinations in Alaska, the ultimate Alaskan cruise experience is yet to unfold for glacier lovers.
Norwegian Escape – Sister Ship to Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Bliss will feature superb entertainment, delectable cuisine and signature amenities only known to this contemporary cruise line. Even more exciting, Robert Wyland – the world’s leading marine life artist with iconic whale murals, award-winning paintings and sculptures – will place important finishing touches on the ship’s exterior! The hull artwork on Norwegian Bliss will bring to life the marine life adventure awaiting explorers in Alaska.
Norwegian Joy – Sister Ship to Norwegian Bliss
Check back with us in a few weeks for more exciting news about Norwegian Bliss, the upcoming big reveal of Wyland’s hull art design, and sailing dates which will open for booking starting early 2017.
October 17, 2016 4 Comments
Paul Gauguin Cruises Partners with the Wildlife Conservation Society to Bring Nature & Adventure Onboard
Get the best of both worlds on a cruise to the South Pacific as Paul Gauguin Cruises partners with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to bring you Wildlife Discovery Series and Stewards of Nature – two entertaining and informative programs about marine wildlife and habitat. WCS aims to protect half of the planet’s biodiversity with a lasting impact on mankind.
‘Wildlife Discovery Series’ will feature onboard lectures delivered by some of the world’s most fascinating scientists, oceanographers and conservationists aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. This will be available to guests on select sailings and will be included in cruise fares.
October 11, 2016 No Comments
If you haven’t sailed on the newest and largest ship in Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet, you’re in for a real treat before the end of the year! This massive 133,500-ton vessel has set some groundbreaking records within the cruise industry.
Indeed, Carnival Vista was the first North American-based cruise ship to introduce a brewery onboard. It also had the first IMAX Theatre at sea, most elaborate water park (Kaleid-o-slide) in Carnival’s fleet and most ingenious SkyRide – the unbelievable aerial attraction. So it comes as no surprise that her highly anticipated christening ceremony set to take place in New York City this November is garnering enormous attention. Even better, Deshauna Barber – the first woman serving in the U.S. military to win the title of Miss USA – has been announced the official godmother of the ship.
October 11, 2016 No Comments
Next summer, Crystal River Cruises will premier two luxurious new river ships, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler. Each will have capacity for 110 passengers and represent the heart of luxury, inside and out. To preview the remarkable design and amenities aboard these two new river ships, The Cruise Web created a new infographic highlighting these highly-anticipated sister ships.
The Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler debut in the summer of 2017, but each is already available to book! The Crystal Bach will sail along Europe’s Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers with departures from Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Basel. The Crystal Mahler will cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers with departures from Amsterdam and Budapest.
Explore Crystal’s new, luxurious river ships in our latest infographic:
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October 11, 2016 No Comments
Join Norwegian Cruise Line in celebrating its 50th year of sailing the high seas – from the azure blue waters of the Caribbean to the alluring vastness of the transatlantic and over 300 destinations worldwide. This golden milestone signifies the birth of a global cruise line that has since curated unforgettable experiences aboard its magnificent ships. From weddings and anniversaries to birthday celebrations and family getaways, Norwegian Cruise Line has proudly shared in these incredible moments with guests, travel professionals and partners.
Leading with innovative and fun-filled cruise itineraries, Norwegian’s 14 purpose-built ships have showcased the true essence of cruise vacations in spectacular entertainment and onboard activities, quality dining, freestyle accommodations and engaging onshore excursions.
As a reward for your loyalty and dedication to the cruise line throughout the years, Norwegian is giving away a fantastic cruise offer to past guests willing to participate in #NorwegiansFirst50 Anniversary campaign. Simply upload your favorite photos and stories from past cruise(s) to NorwegiansFirst50.com to be featured in Norwegian Cruise Line’s living, growing tribute filled with 50 years of remarkable cruise service. Be sure to share those memories with friends and family on social media for a chance to win a FREE cruise!
October 5, 2016 No Comments
Ring in the New Year with a “cheftastic” sailing aboard Celebrity Silhouette! This 9-night Eastern Caribbean voyage departing from Fort Lauderdale on December 30th, 2016 is set to be the ultimate holiday getaway as Bravo Media extends its popular “Top Chef at Sea” program with Celebrity Cruises!
The exclusive lineup for “Top Chef Signature Sailing” in 2016 will feature new unrivaled culinary experiences with four former ‘Top Chef’ competitors:
Jeremy Ford – Chef de Cuisine at the Matador Room in Miami, FL and ‘Top Chef’ California winner
Doug Adams – Chef de Cuisine at Portland Penny Diner in Oregon and ‘Top Chef’ Boston finalist
Tiffany Derry – Owner of TD Concepts, Inc., ‘Top Chef’ D.C. and ‘Top Chef’ All-Stars finalist
Ash Fulk – ‘Top Chef’ Las Vegas contestant
September 28, 2016 No Comments
To many of the most seasoned travelers, Japan remains a stunning mystery. Perhaps Japan’s beautiful landscapes, stunning temples and futuristic cities always seemed just a little too hard to reach – but not any longer! As cruising expands its presence in Asia, Japan has grabbed the attention of many cruise lines, making this mystery more accessible than ever.
Of course, it’s not just the accessibility and convenience of cruising that makes Japan a popular destination – it’s the remarkable juxtaposition between new and old, from bustling cities to natural beauty. It’s also the culture, and the history that shaped it. And, surely, it’s the tastes as much as the sights.
On a cruise to Japan you can visit the 17th-century temples of Tokyo, celebrate Japan’s unique folk heritage in Okinawa, reflect at the WWII memorials in Hiroshima, meet the locals in the gardens of Kagoshima or enjoy a spa day in Kobe. Plus, when cruising to Japan, you’ll only unpack once and avoid the hassle of having to arrange and coordinate your own extensive – and sometimes costly – transportation around the island nation.
September 16, 2016 No Comments
Do you know a mentor, educator or teacher in South Florida dedicated to inspiring young minds to dream big, think differently and challenge the status quo? If so, show her your biggest appreciation and honor by nominating her for godmother of Royal Caribbean’s newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas. Mostly reserved for celebrities, politicians, heads of state and other public figures, this shift in the search for godmother is Royal Caribbean’s way of paying tribute to its history and legacy that is deeply rooted in the community. The ordinary woman who illustrates dedication and commitment to her life’s passion is exactly what Royal Caribbean seeks.
Harmony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis class ship, and the world’s largest cruise vessel with the most-anticipated debut in 2016. With a record breaking weight of 227,000 gross registered tons, she features 2,747 staterooms, 16 guest decks and robotic bartenders. From the dramatic 10-story Ultimate Abyss to the unique culinary adventure, this cruise experience will leave nothing to the imagination.
September 15, 2016 2 Comments
The next few years look promising for Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘green cruising’ initiative that is slowly being introduced to the North American market. In addition to Carnival Horizon – the cruise line’s second Vista-class ship scheduled for delivery in March 2018, Carnival Cruise Line recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships, the largest in their fleet.
Scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2022, these two ships — each weighing 180,000 tons with passenger capacity of 5,200 — will offer more spacious stateroom options and will be designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. They will also be the first cruise ships based in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Construction will commence in Turku, Finland shipyard by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge. In the meantime, check out Carnival Vista – the cruise line’s first Vista-class ship which set sail for the first time in May 2016.
September 7, 2016 2 Comments