Category — Current Cruise News
Celebrity Cruises is partnering with a 54 Below, a trendy cabaret, to bring Tony Award-winning performers onboard their summer and fall cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Bermuda and back again. Sailings between now and October will feature a performance on board the Celebrity Summit, which was updated in 2012 to have the same features as the Solstice Class of ships. [Read more →]
May 9, 2013 No Comments
Last year Avalon Waterways introduced the Visionary and the Vista to their fleet, last month they introduced Avalon Artistry II and just this week they welcomed her sister ship, Avalon Expression. All of these ships are considered Suite Ships, which include Panorama Suites that are on average 30 percent larger than staterooms on other river ships. Avalon did this by bringing the balcony in so each of these rooms has a full wall of windows that slide away to give passengers 7 feet of open air. The 200 square foot rooms make up 80 percent of the staterooms onboard these Suite Ships. [Read more →]
May 8, 2013 No Comments
By Erica Kritt, The Cruise Web, Inc.
This month the Port of Baltimore welcomes back the Grandeur of the Seas. The ship was once home porting in Baltimore, but left a while back to undergo a $48 million renovation, and now she’s back and better than ever.
The ship can hold 2,446 passengers and packs as much punch as Royal Caribbean’s larger ships, with a more intimate feel thanks to the renovation. Some of the new features include updated linens in the staterooms, flat screen TVs in the staterooms, a new Nursery for the toddlers and babies onboard and a movie screen on the pool deck. The ship’s public spaces have all been upgraded too and the Centrum of the ship will now play host to nightly shows where performers hang and float high in the air.
The most exciting new features on the ship are the addition of new dining and drinking venues onboard. For an additional fee passengers can now have a night at Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse, or settle in for a night of Tuscan fare at Giovanni’s Table. There is also Izumi, an a la carte Asian fusion restaurant, and the complimentary Park Cafe. Passengers on the Grandeur will also now have the option of dining at the chef’s table in the main dining room. [Read more →]
May 3, 2013 No Comments
Celebrating a hobby or a passion while on a vacation to a beautiful destination is the best of both worlds. Not only are you discovering something new, but you are meeting others who share your interests. River cruise line Avalon Waterways has seen the profound effects their specialized sailings have had on their passengers, and for 2014 they have decided to increase the number of themed sailings by 30 percent. Each sailing will focus on a certain interest and provide insight and activities geared around that interest both on land and while on the river.
In 2014 Avalon will introduce four new specialty themes to their already impressive list of themed sailings. Those new themes are:
- Beer Tasting – This sailing on October 13, 2014 will visit sites in Austria and Germany and passengers will be able to participate in onboard tastings, tours of historic breweries and attend onboard lectures about European beer brewing techniques.
- Golf – The July 7, 2014 sailing of the Austrian Highlights and Bavaria cruise allows passengers to participate in special golf excursions. Don’t worry, Avalon will set up the tee times.
- Wellness – Also departing July 7, 2014, the Wellness cruise will have passengers start their morning with stretching and yoga. Throughout the cruise healthy and delicious meals will be served onboard and passengers can attend lectures on leading a healthy life. This cruise will take place on the Blue Danube Discovery itinerary, which sails from Budapest to Prague.
- WWI History – 2014 marks the centennial of the start of WWI. Avalon will have two sailings that delve into the history of this great war with onboard lectures, and visit some of the key battlegrounds or landmarks from the war. The two sailings are the July 14, 2014 Grand France itinerary and July 22, 2014 Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches itinerary.
Other themed sailings include:
- Art & Impressionist
- European History & Politics
- Jewish Heritage
- Jazz Music
- Classical Music
- Festive Time
These sailings are limited so please call a consultant at The Cruise Web to ensure a spot on one of these amazing theme cruises. For a limited time you can save $250 per person when you book any 2014 European cruise from Avalon Waterways, so don’t wait till these sailings are sold out.
April 26, 2013 No Comments
If you haven’t heard yet, Quantum of the Seas is well on its way, and this week Royal Caribbean announced the first set of features designed to wow. The ship promises staterooms with roughly 9 percent more space and accommodations to please big families. What really takes the cake are the fun and exciting activities that this new ship will facilitate. Here are our top five features on Quantum of the Seas.
- North Star – This is like an arm of the ship transporting passengers over the edge of the ship for 360-degree views of the ocean and surrounding locales. The capsule is lined with windows and takes up to 13 passengers 300 feet above the water. A trip in the North Star is free, but cruisers can pay for a private ride or to go at exclusive times like sunrise and sunset. [Read more →]
April 24, 2013 No Comments
It’s only a matter of days until Norwegian Cruise Line debuts it’s most anticipated ship in years, the Norwegian Breakaway. Today the company is giving travelers all around the world a chance to take a virtual tour of the 4,000 passenger ship, which will feature a boardwalk, five water slides and fireworks on every sailing.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the tour.
April 18, 2013 No Comments
Many cruisers often wonder just what goes on behind the scenes. Who cooks all the food? How does the laundry get done? And where does all the hard work take place? Cunard is now quenching that curiosity by offering their passengers a tour that takes them into the work areas of their ocean liners.
Cunard is just the latest cruise line to offer a behind-the-scenes tour. This feature is already available on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess Cruises. This tour will be offered on all Cunard sailings, but there will only be one tour per sailing, and the tour will only accommodate 16 guests. The tour costs $120 per person. [Read more →]
April 12, 2013 2 Comments
To say that river cruising is popular would be an understatement. To meet growing demand, Viking River Cruises is updating and expanding their fleet and last month they made a huge leap by christening 10 new ships in one day.
On March 20, 2013 the company christened four ships in Amsterdam and six in the Neptun shipyard in Germany. A Guinness World Record adjudicator was on hand and officially marked the christening as setting a world record for ship christenings in a day, beating the previously held record of two.
The ships are all Viking’s Longships, which are the latest in design and technology. These ships are all identical with 95 staterooms, including two Explorer Suites and seven Veranda Suites. The ships feature a terrace that can go from indoor to outdoor depending on the weather, which give passengers the chance to dine al fresco, if the weather is nice. [Read more →]
April 12, 2013 No Comments
The first award went to Davis Carter Scott, the architecture firm responsible for the interior design of The Cruise Web’s office. Davis Carter Scott received the Award of Excellence – Best Interior Tenant Space (10,001 – 25,000 square feet) from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, MD/DC Chapter. [Read more →]
April 12, 2013 No Comments
The first posting details the experience of a river cruise to Myanmar. Myanmar is a Southeast Asian nation that is known for its temples and beautiful landscapes. The country is now being rediscovered thanks to easements on travel restrictions. Viking River Cruises will be offering a selection of cruises on the Irrawaddy River starting in January.
“We are very excited and proud to be working with The Travel Channel,” Karolina Shenton, Manager of Marketing and Sales Operations said. “We hope to create many interesting and useful articles for them in the future.”
You can read the article by clicking this link: http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/2013/04/09/myanmar-river-cruise/
April 12, 2013 No Comments