Posts from — February 2012
You don’t have to be on land to see your favorite action star take on the bad guy or the blonde bombshell break out into song and dance, cruise ships offer a variety of movies along with a multitude of ways to watch them.
Most cruise ships offer you the ability to watch movies from the privacy of your cabin, but if you want that movie theater experience here is a list of some of most unique and advanced options:
- Princess Cruises were one of the first ships to put up a giant screen. They call their big screen movie nights Movies Under the Stars and transform the pool deck into a theater with popcorn, seat cushions and special drink options.
- Carnival’s Seaside Theater is now available on eight of their ships featuring movies, sporting events and cartoons to please everyone of the ship’s passengers.
- Royal Caribbean has partnered with Dreamworks on a few of their ships to bring characters like Shrek and Po the Kung Fu Panda to life in new 3-D theaters. This partnership is growing too, as Voyager of the Seas will have a new theater in May.
- Uniworld is proving that even a small ship can capture the big drama of the movies with their 20 seat, 3-D movie theater on the S.S. Antoinette.
February 24, 2012 No Comments
A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.
For such a small island, there sure is an awful lot to do in Bermuda! Read on to find out the favorite activities and experiences of The Cruise Web’s employees.
Bermuda offers some of the best shipwreck diving and snorkeling, so I definitely recommend these as a daytime activity. For those a little more adventurous – most of the cruise lines offer a “Night Snorkel” which allows you to see marine life that you will never see during the daytime and experience the effects of bioluminescence. I definitely recommend this for experienced divers and snorkelers looking for something different.
Crystal and Fantasy Caves are “cool” places to visit during the hot months on the Island. Horseshoe Bay Beach is a great place to experience a very popular pink sand beach! [Read more →]
February 22, 2012 1 Comment
By Beth King, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
When one of my co-workers asked me why I have been on so many Bermuda cruises and why I was so excited to be going again, it was an easy and quick answer, because I love it there! Okay, the truth is I love any cruise regardless of where it goes, but there is something about a Bermuda cruise that is just a little more special than all the other cruises I have been on.
The island itself is gorgeous and from the first step off the ship you can smell the clean floral air. Since the government does not allow large cars, except for licensed tour guides, there really is less pollution, hence the clean floral smell. Another thing you’ll notice the moment you step off the ship is Bermuda’s unique culture. The combination of a British colonialism and African heritage creates a distinct culture unlike anywhere else, with Britain’s strong influence in the government and African influences in the arts. [Read more →]
February 22, 2012 2 Comments
The Cruise Web is pleased to announce the addition of two new preferred cruising partners, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The Cruise Web’s preferred partnerships mean that The Cruise Web can offer you, our client, the best values for both of these excellent river and small-ship cruise lines. Continue below for more information on our two new cruising partners.
Avalon Waterway’s 80+ years of experience offers river cruises like no other. With larger, luxuriously appointed staterooms, locally inspired cuisine, and more educational opportunities than any other line, Avalon will inspire, enlighten and engage all of your senses. Avalon’s exclusive Panorama Suites await you, with 360-degree views of the countryside as you travel through Europe.
Additional itineraries in Egypt, Asia and the Galapagos Islands allow you to explore some of the world’s most fascinating destinations up-close and personal, with all the contemporary amenities you desire. With the youngest fleet in river cruising, Avalon’s 120 all-inclusive itineraries have been designed to meet the needs of luxury and budget-minded travelers, boomers and young families looking to take in the sights, smells and sounds of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, not accessible by traditional cruise ships.
To learn more about Avalon Waterways, please visit: http://cruiseweb.com/Avalon-Waterways-River-Cruises.htm
Uniworld River Cruises, the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, offer voyages to Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. With an average guest size of 130 guests per voyage, Uniworld is able to offer anticipatory service that is truly sublime. Uniworld’s guests enjoy complimentary wine and beer at each of their gourmet dinners, free WiFi access, and access to cultural enrichment programs.
Offering both “Go Active” and “Gentle Walking” tours, Uniworld caters to discerning guests of all fitness levels, who desire the opportunity to experience the interior of some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating destinations, delivered with the charm of old world style that makes them the hallmark of luxury.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s unique partnership with Red Carnation Hotels – an award-winning collection of five-star luxury boutique hotels – results in an uncompromising guest experience. With exquisite boutique design, superb service and world-class cuisine, Uniworld creates memories that will last a lifetime.
February 22, 2012 No Comments
Browse some interesting Bermuda trivia and see how much you really know about this fascinating little island.
- Bermuda’s pink sand beaches get their color from the surrounding coral reefs.
- Bermuda has a total area of 20.6 square miles.
- Bermuda grass is not native to the island and is considered an invasive species.
- Bermuda is the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory.
- The nearest landmass to Bermuda is North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.
- Bermuda consists of 181 islands.
- Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez.
- Tourism is Bermuda’s second largest industry, behind finance and international business.
- Bermuda has a population of roughly 64,000.
Our source for this Bermuda trivia? None other than wikipedia.org.
February 22, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
For those for whom football fever lingers well after the Big Game, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering a showdown of gridiron greats during a spring “NFL Legends”-themed voyage. The May 8, port-packed Trans-Atlantic sailing from New York to Dover features a football-focused “Ocean Views” panel discussion and each guest individually sharing inspiring personal stories from decades on the field, as well as hard-won tools for success in any field, since everyone faces teams, competition, and occasional losses and victory dances in work and life. Scheduled motivational speakers include:
Coach Don Shula: Hall of Famer who holds the most wins in National Football League history as coach of the only undefeated NFL season record-holders, the Miami Dolphins, as well as the Baltimore Colts. [Read more →]
February 22, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
Royal Caribbean International’s new brand campaign is targeting New York-area commuters, both above and below ground, by taking over the 42nd Street line in Manhattan this February. As commuters are transported between Times Square and Grand Central Station, the award-winning cruise line is giving them a taste of the Royal experience with fully-branded shuttle cars supporting the cruise line’s new messaging. First rolled out in December 2011, the campaign is focused on reawakening consumers to the sights and sounds of the sea by communicating the decree, “The Sea is Calling. Answer it Royally.”
February 22, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Princess Cruises.
Princess Cruises marked Valentine’s Day by unveiling the maiden season itineraries of its highly anticipated Royal Princess debuting in June 2013, as well as some additional features of the ship’s signature, and greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship.
Preceding the ship’s inaugural program of 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice beginning on June 23, Royal Princess will sail on her inaugural voyage, a seven-day Iberia cruise from Southampton to Barcelona departing June 16.
The Royal Princess maiden season cruises will open for sale on March 15, 2012. There will also be two three-day preview cruises sailing roundtrip from Southampton on June 10 and 13 that will be available for booking at a later date.
“It’s fitting that our new ship will cruise on our most popular Europe itinerary, the Grand Mediterranean,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president for Princess Cruises. “And the shorter preview cruises prior to the Mediterranean season certainly offer a unique opportunity to sample the new Royal Princess experience our passengers are eagerly awaiting.” [Read more →]
February 22, 2012 1 Comment
The Cruise Web recently had the opportunity to chat with Nancy Paredes, one of Avalon Waterways’ European Cruise Directors. Nancy lives in Budapest but originally comes from the States. She loves her job, especially sharing her love of Europe with those on her cruises.
The Cruise Web: How many river cruises have you been on?
Nancy: I’ve been doing this for 11 years and I go on between 10 to 12 river cruises a year so 100 plus.
TCW: Do you have a favorite itinerary?
Nancy: The Christmas Markets on the Danube, it really should be experienced by everyone! Many of the American Christmas traditions have come from this part of Europe, and the small towns and the big cities really know how to celebrate the season. Every town has a Christmas market and each is a little different, but all are absolutely wonderful with delightful decorations, food and drinks. Even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t help but love Christmas after these experiences.
TCW: Aside from the special Christmas time itineraries, do you have a preferred cruise that is offered more frequently?
Nancy: I love Avalon’s “Blue Danube Discovery” itinerary. It starts in Budapest and ends in Prague; we travel through five countries. Many Americans know very little about most of the places we visit so when they discover Budapest, this beautiful capital city, they are absolutely delighted with the culture and the scenery. We also pass the capital of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava (formerly part of Czechoslovakia) then we stop at Vienna, the capital of Austria, which is one of the stateliest capital cities in Europe. We then discover the UNESCO world heritage site of the Wachau Valley, which has beautiful scenery, and we visit beautiful towns on the Danube like Passau, Regensburg (which I think has the best sausages in Europe) and Nuremberg. After that we leave the river and head to the capital city of the Czech Republic- Prague, a city that never disappoints.
February 20, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Now celebrating 20 years as a luxury innovator, Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduces a new Voyage Collection features cruises to the world’s most exotic destinations, including Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas on the all-suite Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator.
The 234-page Voyage Collection provides information on each cruise, highlighting the number of free unlimited shore excursions offered on each sailing, a hallmark of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ luxury offerings. In a dedicated section, guests can read descriptions of a selection of complimentary tours, ranging from cycling through the Konvale Valley in Croatia and wine tasting in the south of France to a jeep ride through the Tijuca Forest in Brazil and riding an elephant in Phuket. [Read more →]
February 6, 2012 No Comments