Royal Caribbean just celebrated the U.S. debut of the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, and The Cruise Web was on hand for the festivities! With Harmony of the Seas, the adventure begins once you step on board – from breathtaking thrill rides to stunning live entertainment.
The ship features a variety of modern amenities coupled with a fresh lineup of onboard experiences to create a perfectly relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Though massive, Harmony of the Seas never feels overwhelming thanks to a creative open design with 7 distinct neighborhoods spread around 16 guest decks.
Gather the kids – if you can pull them away from the incredible Youth Zone – and head to the AquaTheater for a high-flying, death-defying show, or relax among the living greenspace of the ship’s Central Park. Enjoy a stroll along the Boardwalk, discover nirvana at the Vitality Spa, see the Broadway-hit musical Grease at the Entertainment Place, and cap the night off with a drink mixed by robots at the Bionic Bar!
Continue below for The Cruise Web team’s first impressions and biggest takeaways from last week’s U.S. debut of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas:
November 15, 2016 4 Comments
Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s newest addition to the cruise industry, has set an amazing precedent with its participatory and immersive cruise experience in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to its unique travel adventure, guests are embarking on social impact excursions, exploring local communities and interacting with the culture like never before. The overwhelmingly positive response from travelers and local partners in the Dominican Republic has led Carnival Corporation to expand the Fathom experience to other cruise lines within the Carnival family of brands.
Beginning November 2016, all cruise lines within the Carnival family sailing to the cruise port of Amber Cover will offer a “travel with a purpose” excursion to guests for an enriching local experience. This picturesque cruise port in the Puerto Plata region is known for its beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls, rich history and wonderful culture – and now guests have a chance to give back to the local communities!
November 14, 2016 1 Comment
As we approach the end of the year, many cruise lovers are still looking for that perfect escape to the tropical islands in the Caribbean for a well-deserved vacation. If you happen to be one, you’re in luck! MSC Cruises continues to provide extraordinary onboard experiences aboard its ultra-modern ships, and its holiday sailings are no exception.
Get ready to pack all your favorite holiday traditions as you head down to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas. Depart November 19, 2016 aboard MSC Divina and spend Thanksgiving Day with family and friends at sea as you engage in festive activities like the Thanksgiving Day costume parade and show, a very traditional Turkey dinner, and all-day Thanksgiving football displayed in the sports bar. Kids onboard will also participate in a special Turkey Day cooking class and a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt.
November 14, 2016 6 Comments
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 2 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 up 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 6 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