Seabourn Encore was christened by Sarah Brightman, the ship’s godmother, on January 7, 2017 in Singapore. With this much-anticipated debut of the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore, ultra-luxury cruising was once again redefined. To showcase the luxurious touches that set Seabourn Encore apart from other luxury ships, we created an infographic highlighting her best features.
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Seabourn Encore debuted earlier this month and is quickly selling out. She is currently sailing a variety of voyages in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, and in April 2017 she will reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer.
To experience the Seabourn Encore – or the rest of Seabourn Cruise Line’s ultra-luxury fleet – contact The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383.
January 11, 2017 No Comments
Princess Cruises is elevating the guest experience onboard with the introduction of a new level of cruise personalization with a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the One Cruise Experience Access Network (O.C.E.A.N.). This device, worn as a pendant on a wristband or placed in a pocket, has no discernible technology, no menu to navigate, no on-and-off switch and no charging. Yet, it promises to be a perfect enhancement to guest experiences in unprecedented ways. Join us in welcoming the Ocean Medallion Class!
As the first Carnival Corporation brand to feature the Ocean Medallion Class, Princess Cruises has raised the bar to unbelievable heights in the cruise industry – and this may very well be the missing piece vacationers have been yearning for. Imagine spending time doing what you actually love to do on a cruise, instead of learning to love what has already been curated. This is what Princess Cruises hopes to achieve with its latest technology.
January 11, 2017 7 Comments
A very important precedent has been established in the cruise industry by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection as it aims to attract millennials and Gen Xers – younger travelers in their 20s, 30s and 40s – with its ‘U by Uniworld’ brand. This innovative venture is poised to deliver more immersive and experiential itineraries, fewer inclusions and longer stays in each destination. With its contemporary feel aboard elegant vessels, luxury décor and white glove butler service, expect the same superb quality of authenticity and personalization in a more vibrant atmosphere.
Everything from cocktail mixologists, international DJs, communal tables for dining and new culinary programs will be introduced on board the 116-passenger sister ships, River Baroness and River Ambassador. These ships will be renovated and dedicated to the new ‘U by Uniworld’ brand in the upcoming year. While onshore, guests will connect with locals, dine and drink at bars, and party throughout the night with carefully curated excursions and adventures. Pricing for ‘U by Uniworld’ is expected to be lower than the cruise line’s main brand.
December 27, 2016 No Comments
The next few years are gearing up to be the best for Carnival cruisers seeking more exclusive Vista class experience on the high seas! After the company’s first Vista class ship enjoyed a hearty welcome from industry experts and guests earlier this year, it was quickly followed by the announcement of a second vista class ship scheduled for delivery in March 2018. Now, a new 133,500-ton cruise ship currently under contract with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri will join Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet in 2019 as the third vessel in the company’s Vista class series!
This exciting news is just what a contemporary cruise traveler needs to explore new itinerary options, a variety of homeports and extraordinary thrill; all in the comfort of a uniquely designed ship with a wide range of innovations.
The ship’s name, homeport and itinerary details will be announced at a later date. Check back with us soon for more information.
December 23, 2016 2 Comments
On April 4th 2017, seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music superstar, Carrie Underwood, will join the Carnival LIVE concert series for a captivating, show-stopping performance you can’t afford to miss. This one-of-a-kind experience on Carnival Imagination is open to all country music lovers and admirers in the intimate Dynasty Lounge while the ship is docked in Catalina Island during its 4-day cruise. With a general admission ticket of $80 and a maximum capacity of 1,400 seats, you can expect a phenomenal show from a great view! Premier tickets are available for $150 and come with commemorative concert passes and a photo opportunity with the entertainer.
Check out other chart-topping country music stars on the lineup for Carnival LIVE: 2017 Concert Series and be sure to give us a call today for your next spring getaway with Carnival Cruise Line!
December 20, 2016 No Comments
2017 is fast approaching, and with it comes a host of new cruise ships! From large, family-friendly contemporary ships to smaller luxury vessels, 2017 will introduce something new for every type of cruise traveler. Continue below to learn more about the new cruise ships debuting in 2017:
Viking Sky & Viking Sun (Viking Ocean Cruises)
Maiden Voyages: February 25, 2017 for Viking Sky; November 17, 2017 for Viking Sun
Passenger Capacity: 930
Viking Oceans will debut two new ships in 2017, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, both sister ships to the already sailing Viking Star and Viking Sea. Each of these luxurious new ships embodies the heart of Viking Cruises’ philosophy of providing personalized and immersive small-ship travel experiences.
Every stateroom features a private balcony to take in the sights and sounds of each unique destination. And while guests are free to keep to themselves and enjoy their own personal sanctuary, we encourage passengers to explore the ship and experience the elegant public spaces, including the Explorers’ Lounge, Sun Deck and Theater.
The Spa: Reinvigorate your mind, body and soul at Viking Ocean’s Nordic-inspired onboard spa. The Spa features a snow grotto where snow actually falls from the ceiling, a soothing sauna, thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, plunge pool and heated ceramic lounge chairs.
Infinity Pool: Enjoy incredible views from the ledge of the onboard infinity pool, or retreat indoors to cool off in the shade with an icy beverage.
Wintergarden: Relax in the airy Wintergarden with the perfect cup of tea while partaking in engaging conversation with fellow travelers.
When the Viking Sky debuts in February 2017, she’ll be sailing a variety of European itineraries. The Viking Sun will debut in November 2017 out of Miami, Florida. Both the Viking Sky and Viking Sun are now available to book; contact one of our experienced consultants at 1-800-377-9383 to experience Viking Oceans’ newest ships.
December 20, 2016 4 Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the leading global cruise company operating Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises is pleased to announce a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise to Cuba starting spring of 2017! This exciting news comes with culturally rich and historical dense shore excursions where the warmth and hospitality of Cubans will be felt firsthand. Can you say ‘Ahoy Cuba’!
Oceania Cruises has already debuted four Cuba voyages departing from PortMiami in March 2017 aboard Marina. These new itineraries feature calls in Havana, the capital city of Cuba, sometimes staying overnight. Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner will also visit during her two cruise sailings in April, 2017. This would be followed by Norwegian Sky’s 4-day voyages in May, 2017, featuring overnights in this picturesque port-of-call.
We know you can’t wait to share your authentic Cuban experience with friends and family. Check back with us soon for more itineraries and relevant updates on these upcoming sailings!
December 8, 2016 4 Comments
As Seabourn Encore, the latest ship in Seabourn’s fleet gears up for her magnificent debut in Singapore this coming New Year, international recording artist and world’s best-selling Soprano, Sarah Brightman will take on the prestigious role as godmother!
On January 7, 2017, guests and crew departing on the 10-day maiden voyage of Seabourn Encore bound for Indonesia will witness a spectacular inaugural ceremony as highlights of the ship’s intricate details are revealed to the curious world traveler.
December 5, 2016 No Comments
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the only cruise line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port-of-call, is developing new classes and tours in specific Caribbean destinations aboard the most luxurious ship ever built, Seven Seas Explorer. Beginning this winter and extending through spring of 2017, guests sailing select 10 and 14-night Caribbean cruises will delve deeper into the region’s culture and history through highly personalized cooking instructions, hands-on training and local tours meant to highlight each destination’s unique culinary charm.
Known as the Culinary Arts Kitchen, this exciting onboard activity will feature cooking stations, top-of-the-line induction cooktops, essential cooking utensils and stainless steel sinks in the Culinary Arts Center on deck 11. The following will be offered in the cooking sessions:
- Fiesta on the High Seas: Using a special recipe developed by the director of culinary enrichment, guests will learn to make delicious chocolate pepita shortbread. Master the art of grilling the perfect carne asada in addition to making tortillas from scratch. This is certainly a Mexican food lover’s haven!
- Caribe: Spice things up with the special flavors of the Caribbean using local specialties you can replicate anywhere in the world. Once you get home, making Bermudian ginger beer and grooving to the beats of the Caribbean will come naturally.
- Who Doesn’t Love Brunch?: Create trendy brunch cocktails with infused sugars as you learn new recipes to jazz up your afternoon meals.
- Viva Espana: Add traditional Spanish tapas and authentic sangria to your list of culinary skills. You’ll also receive a paella demonstration from the master instructor at the Culinary Arts Kitchen on how to make aioli from scratch.
- Opa! Modern Healthy Greek: Explore a variety of Crete-inspired dishes for your healthy Mediterranean cuisine.
November 15, 2016 No Comments
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