Category — Cruise Lines
Next week is the finale of Season 17 of ABC’s now classic reality competition Dancing with the Stars. This show has captured the imagination of men and women across the country. For nine years now the show has drawn more than 10 million viewers per episode. Perhaps the viewers tune in to reconnect with a celebrity from their youth, or to check out the sparkly costumes, but something tells us it’s the amazing dances that keep them coming back.
Holland America took note of this intense interest and for the past year has offered a program called Dancing with the Stars: At Sea. Onboard, passengers have been treated to dance classes and a few special cruises have featured some of the professional dancers from the show, like Kym Johnson, Mark Ballas and fan favorite Tristan MacManus, along with some of the celebrities like Shawn Johnson and Joey Fatone. [Read more →]
November 18, 2013 No Comments
By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.
During the very early morning hours of October 27th the Royal Princess made history with her arrival to America for the very first time to begin her inaugural Caribbean season from Port Everglades, FL.
Along with our guests, The Cruise Web’s President, Frans Hansen, and I were among those honored to step aboard this vessel in U.S. waters for the very first time. As you may recall, the Royal Princess was christened earlier this year by her Godmother HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge. The christening was one of the last public appearances for the Duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, before giving birth to Prince George. We were treated to a video of that ceremony under the stars as we set sail from Port Everglades. A short time later the ship slowed for a fireworks celebration honoring this moment in Princess Cruises’ history.
There was so much to do in so little time aboard this 3,600-passenger cruise ship. It is modern cruising with classic traditions. The indoor and outdoor public spaces are very well utilized, even offering flexible meeting space. And the multipurpose deck space and gentle interior décor radiate subdued elegance. For me, a few of the spaces stood out: the ship’s Atrium, Sanctuary and pool deck. [Read more →]
November 18, 2013 No Comments
With its beginnings as a mail carrier for the British Royal Mail, Cunard Line has evolved since its founding in 1839. It has produced some of the world’s most beloved and renowned ships, like the Mauretania, Aquitania and the Queen Mary. However, this specialty cruise line is also special for the sheer fact that it has such an enormous history. Sailing for more than 170 years, Cunard Line is a bridge to the golden age of cruises and even further back than that, to a time when an Atlantic crossing took more than two weeks.
We’ve decided to revel in Cunard’s past while presenting you with some of the more colorful facts about its grand history:
- Between 1909 and 1929, Cunard’s Mauretania held the record for the fastest eastbound Atlantic crossing.
- When the Mauretania was built in 1907, the builders used carrier pigeons to communicate testing results to maintain secrecy in case the much-anticipated liner had a problem.
- The first Cunard liner, the Britannia, made her first voyage in 1840 from Liverpool to Boston. Onboard were 63 passengers, 93 crew and one cow to provide fresh milk. [Read more →]
October 22, 2013 No Comments
Despite the fact that the Allure of the Seas is larger than some cities in the United States, Beth said she never felt like she was being crowded or had to wait in terribly long lines. She credited a lot of this to the fact that the Allure has “neighborhoods” which divide the ship into seven different areas.
“The ship is huge, but for being so grand it still has a feeling of intimacy,” she explains. [Read more →]
October 21, 2013 No Comments
A Cruisetour is the best of both worlds. It’s a cruise combined with a multi-day guided land tour where you are taken to amazing inland destinations, have hotel rooms reserved for you and are guided through amazing cultural experiences (essentially like a cruise, but on land). These are most popular in Alaska where many cruise lines offer the experience of seeing the glaciers, catching a king crab or spotting a whale along the coastline of our largest state, but then disembarking and venturing into the wilderness of Alaska and visiting spots like Denali National Park.
Norwegian Cruise Line has just announced the addition of four new Cruisetours to make your next Norwegian cruise vacation the total package.
O’ahu Explorer Cruisetour – In addition to Norwegian’s 7-day Hawaii island itineraries that leave every 7 days you can tack on this 4-day/3-night Cruisetour which occurs before the cruise.
- Day 1: Arrive in Hawaii with a lei greeting at the airport and settle into your home for the next few days, the Waikiki Beach
Marriott Resort & Spa. On this day you’ll get acclimated to your surroundings.
- Day 2: Explore the surf culture of the North Shore and Haleiwa before learning more about the history and intense cultural traditions of Hawaiian culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
- Day 3: Tour the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park at Pearl Harbor. The day also includes a visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum and the National Memorial Cemetery.
- Day 4: Check out the incredible views of Hawaii’s Windward Coast, Ko’olau Mountain Range and waterfalls from Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. Then head out to Kualoa Ranch to taste poi, make a lei and learn to hula before boarding a catamaran for a tour of the bay. [Read more →]
September 27, 2013 No Comments
As onboard smoking garners more and more resistance in the cruising industry, many top cruise lines are reevaluating there smoking policies. Industry-leader Royal Caribbean and European cruise line MSC Cruises have recently adopted new rules and regulations regarding smoking onboard.
Royal Caribbean International’s smoking policy changes will be effective beginning January 1, 2014, MSC’s on November 2, 2013 (onboard the MSC Divina). Let’s take a look at the changes that have been made moving forward for these two cruise lines. [Read more →]
September 6, 2013 25 Comments
You can visit countries far and wide and meet new and intriguing people when you go on a world cruise. Cunard Line has just released their itineraries for their 2015 world voyage, which include several interesting choices. [Read more →]
September 4, 2013 No Comments
By Don Dean, Senior Director of Finance and Human Resources, The Cruise Web, Inc.
In early May, my wife and I had the opportunity to sail on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam to Alaska. Alaska is a fantastic destination, and I could go on about it for some time. However, today I really want to focus on Holland America, which falls into the premium cruise category. If you are a regular reader of our Newsletter, you may recall last October’s issue in which Rosalind Smith, our Business Development manager, shared her summary of the various cruise lines market segments of contemporary, premium, and luxury. Rosalind wrote a fun description of the categories by using an analogy of the cruise lines to shoes. I would like to go a little more in depth on the premium cruise experience.
As the market segment name implies, premium is that one-step up in your cruise experience. On the ms Oosterdam, we were part of a Holland America event for the top agencies for Holland America (yes, our Alaskan cruise was a business trip complete with business meetings). When on such a cruise, I am always a little suspect that while trying to impress us, our experience may not be the same as the other passengers. Consequently, I participate in onboard activities with the other passengers without sharing my affiliation to the cruise industry. I use this as an opportunity to do my own market research, and I inquire about the experience of the other passengers. [Read more →]
August 20, 2013 No Comments
On August 9th, in Singapore, Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess began her transformation into a beautiful swan of the seven seas–a massive refurbishment that will bring significant changes to some of the most important onboard experiences for Princess cruisers. [Read more →]
August 15, 2013 2 Comments
For the second year in a row, The Cruise Web was chosen to be a part of Oceania Cruises‘ prestigious Cruise Connoisseur Club. This is a special distinction given by Oceania to select top travel agencies in North America that show a commitment to Oceania brand. [Read more →]
August 9, 2013 4 Comments