Posts from — November 2009
By Jennifer Crivelli, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
Two of my favorite places to shop when I cruise are the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera. In addition to the warm sun and sandy beaches, I love the great shopping opportunities that are in each destination. So, what is there to buy in the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera? It all depends on where your cruise takes you.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
These two Eastern Caribbean destinations are a Mecca for jewelry shopping. Whether you are looking for diamonds, precious gem stones, or watches – there is a wide variety of stores in each of these ports-of-call that will vie for your business. Also, check out the following jewelry stores for unique items, found only in the Caribbean: St. Thomas – Bernard K. Passman, home to hand carved black coral jewelry; and in St. Maarten – Majesty Jewelers, home to the Kabana Collection, gorgeously inset mother of pearl. [Read more →]
November 18, 2009 4 Comments
Collected from the experiences of The Cruise Web employees.
There is something exciting about shopping while traveling. It is the physical act of being able to take a piece of the places you have visited with you. This, of course, is a popular activity while cruising because your purchases turn into a physical map of the many ports and countries that you have visited along the way.
Below is a great variety of ports, shops, cities, countries and vendors our cruise consultants have discovered to help you the next time you “make” your map.
Linda I., Senior Cruise Consultant
Silver Exposure, Cabo San Lucas. There is a very unique silver jewelry here and it is designed by locals. VERY reasonable prices and if you pay cash it’s an additional 10% off. I definitely helped her out.
John T., Senior Cruise Consultant
Whenever we go to the Caribbean, in any port you can find bottles of Vanilla. Eastern, Western, Southern… they all have it and it is very good. The bottles are usually decorated with a Caribbean theme specific to the country in which it was bought. My wife has them displayed on our counter top. She uses them for various recipes and they come out GREAT!!!
Carol T., Cruise Consultant
My shopping treasures are rarely found in a store or shop. I like picking up small paintings, sketches, and various other forms of artwork directly from artisans I encounter in nearly every port on every cruise itinerary.
Look for these folks in easily accessible public spaces or on sidewalks near prominent attractions. Outside of the [Read more →]
November 18, 2009 2 Comments
The Friday before Halloween The Cruise Web held their annual Halloween Potluck as a fun way to say “Good Bye” to October and relax on a Friday afternoon. This year’s spread proved to be one of the best ones ever.
Anchored by Raquel’s now famous cheesecake squares and Jen’s pulled pork, there was a plethora of new dishes to sample. Ron brought in his crock pot filled with Italian sausage, peppers and onions in a red sauce. Gloria brought in her chili, and Tina brought in gigantic cupcakes.
But that’s not all. Rashell brought in wings, Adam quenched everyone’s thirst with soda, Susan brought in her 7-Layer Cookies and Heather brought in bags of chips to complement the main courses. [Read more →]
November 18, 2009 1 Comment
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship – the highly anticipated Oasis of the Seas – made her global debut today, arriving into her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. following a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Turku, Finland. Hundreds of eager onlookers – ranging from Royal Caribbean top executives to local government officials, residents and media – came out to welcome Oasis of the Seas to the United States for the first time and to be among the first to catch a glimpse of the world’s most revolutionary cruise ship.
In the course of the next six days, the ship will undergo the final touches in preparation for pre-inaugural festivities kicking off with an exclusive private performance by pop music artist Rihanna, the first performer ever to take the stage on Oasis of the Seas’, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Oasis of the Seas will then make her national television premiere on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Friday, Nov. 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (EST). The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on Monday, Nov. 30 during a one night inaugural celebration fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. [Read more →]
November 18, 2009 6 Comments
Courtesy of Holland America Line
Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, currently under construction at Fincantieri shipyard, was floated out of its dry dock at Marghera, Italy, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. The floating out – considered a significant milestone in the construction process – was prefaced by several traditional ceremonies.
Following the ancient practice of shipbuilders, two commemorative coins were sealed in a compartment in the traditional Coin-Under-the-Mast ceremony, believed to bring good fortune to a vessel.
“It is always a meaningful moment to bring a new ship along to this point in the building process,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “With the rich legacy of the name Nieuw Amsterdam, and this being the fourth ship in our 136-year history to carry this name, it is all the more significant for our company.” [Read more →]
November 18, 2009 1 Comment
Courtesy of Crystal Cruises
What does a $25 million makeover get you? Swarovski Crystal chandeliers, cashmere throws, sunken Philippe Stark Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs, chic new pool deck furniture, works by famed Venetian artists, service islands with top-of-the-line pizza ovens and woks, and dozens more upscale and behind-the-scenes embellishments. So encompasses the striking results of award-winning Crystal Symphony’s extensive drydock in October. Following the makeover, the vessel boasts completely transformed Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café and pool areas, elegantly redesigned Penthouses and Prego Italian restaurant, and dozens of behind-the-scenes improvements.
“We strive to offer a luxury vacation experience that continues to impress and delight our guests,” says Thomas Mazloum, Crystals Cruises’ senior vice president of hotel operations. “Crystal Symphony’s recent enhancements reinforce Crystal’s commitment to delivering a product that consistently earns the industry’s highest praises for its stylish spaces and activities, as well as our service.”
New touches on Crystal Symphony include:
Crystal Penthouses – The 982-square-foot suites were remodeled top to bottom, with expanded living space, state-of-the-art audio-visual system, and floor-to-ceiling dining room windows. Ocean view bathrooms offer large Philippe Stark bathtubs, glass mosaic tiles and recessed televisions.
Penthouses – The butler-serviced suites were redesigned in two new color schemes, featuring new custom cabinetry, plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and lavish bathroom accoutrements.
Lido Café – The breakfast and lunch venue sports a refined yet modern motif, with abundant natural light, and colors and details inspired by the Hampton seashore. New food and drink service islands showcase fresh cuisine and add intimate seating and improve flow.
Seahorse and Neptune Pool Decks – The outdoor spots feature crisp white deck furniture accented with citrus-hued cushions and throw pillows for added al fresco dining and conversational seating. With its retractable roof and brand new teak decking, the mid-ship Neptune Pool was replaced with additional plush seating and extra-large Jacuzzi hot tub.
Prego – The Venetian-designed Italian restaurant, showcasing cuisine by Piero Selvaggio, has a vividly modern design, with rich color palettes (think chocolate suede walls and red wine-colored upholstery) and warm, dramatic lighting.
Staterooms – All staterooms were refreshed with smart leather sofas, replacing armchairs.
Broadcast Center – State-of-the-art overhaul improves programming quality and options.
November 18, 2009 No Comments
A compilation provided by our employees and “Current” readers
“For my birthday last year my mom sent me bark. Not really sure why. She said it made her think of me. I don’t remember if it was special bark in some way ( I know it wasn’t petrified), but I do remember that it was, in fact, bark.”
- Danielle T., Senior Operations Coordinator
“For my wedding last summer, someone gave me a Santa Claus christmas tree topper. It’s huge, it has white fluff all over it, and is currently in a closet next to my water heater. ”
- Mike H., Sales Manager
Do you have something worse?
November 18, 2009 8 Comments
This month Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and The Yachts of Seabourn each took delivery of the newest addition to their fleet of ships. Carnival received its largest ship yet, the 130,000 ton Carnival Dream. Royal Caribbean welcomed the much anticipated 220,000 ton Oasis of the Seas. And the Yachts of Seabourn celebrated the arrival of its newest ship in six years, the Seabourn Odyssey.
The Carnival Dream sailed to New York City for her inaugural celebrations. Six employees of The Cruise Web ventured to New York to be part of the celebrations and to get first-hand experience of the new ship. The inaugural sailing took place on November 11 ending back in New York City just a short night later on November 12. Upon their return each employee eagerly shared their pictures and experiences with the rest of the company.
The Oasis of the Seas arrived in her home port of Port Everglades, Florida on November 13 for her inaugural celebrations. Eleven cruise consultants from The Cruise Web will head to Port Everglades to experience the newest ship from Royal Caribbean on November 21. Seven employees of The Cruise Web will be experiencing the new Oasis for a short one-night inaugural sailing while the remaining four will stay on for an additional night.
The Seabourn Odyssey arrived in Port Everglades, Florida on the morning of November 10. Two cruise consultants from The Cruise Web flew to Port Everglades on November 11 for a one-night inaugural sailing that ended back in Port Everglades on November 12. The two employees returned with much praise and many pictures of their experience.
November 18, 2009 No Comments
The first week and a half of November was a popular month for vacation at The Cruise Web. Three employees took cruise vacations while one flew home to see family.
Senior Cruise Consultant Dana K. enjoyed a week-long cruise in the Mexican Riviera aboard the Sapphire Princess.
Senior Cruise Consultant Linda I. also enjoyed a week-long cruise in the Mexican Riviera aboard the Sapphire Princess, but on a different date than Dana.
Cruise Consultant Corinna C. spent a week with her family on a Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess.
Lastly, Customer Service Associate Amilacar L. flew home to Bolivia for a two-week stay with family and friends.
The Cruise Web was happy to hear that each employee enjoyed their vacation and returned home refreshed and ready to help out its customers.
November 18, 2009 No Comments
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.
The official naming ceremony of Carnival Cruise Lines’ new cruise ship Carnival Dream featuring Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden in the role of ship’s godmother was broadcasted live on the company’s web site on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Live streaming video of the invitation-only event included an exhilarating dance performance, a nearly six-foot-tall champagne bottle and some other unexpected surprises. The ceremony was hosted by Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald while the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream was docked in New York City.
A live chat offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions about the Carnival Dream and comment on the festivities took place during the webcast as, well.
The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream ushers in an exciting new era in “Fun Ship” cruising, offering a host of innovations. These include Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park featuring the longest water slide at sea; Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue; more than 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and families; and a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, the largest in the line’s fleet.
Carnival Dream debuted in Europe Sept. 21 and will operate a series of voyages from New York
before repositioning to Port Canaveral, Fla., to begin year-round Caribbean service Dec. 3.
November 17, 2009 3 Comments