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
What are Alaska Cruisetours?
Alaska Cruisetours are an incredible and unique vacation experience created by bundling an Alaska cruise with either a pre- or post-cruise inland tour package. For example, you could spend a few days exploring the rugged Alaskan wilderness via railway or motorcoach before embarking on a scenic 7-night Southbound cruise alongside towering glaciers.
Cruise vs. Cruisetour
Alaska is a huge destination and a cruise is definitely the best way to see the region’s amazing glaciers and coastal cities, but there’s even more waiting to be discovered inland. This is why Alaska Cruisetours have become so popular! Basically, Alaska Cruisetours build upon the Alaska cruise experience by adding an inland component. You end up with more bang for your buck on a trip that could feature railway travel aboard glass-domed trains, wilderness lodge accommodations and access to the enormous Denali National Park. When comparing vacation values for Alaska, you can’t beat a cruisetour.
Top five things to do on your Alaska Cruisetour:
#5 – Ride the Alaskan Railroad
Never miss a second of Alaska’s scenic landscape as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad. Comfortable glass-domed railcars carry you over the rivers and through the woods on an adventure you’ll never forget. Enjoy bistro dining on Wilderness Express’ lower level, and never-ending mountain and forest views from up top.
August 18, 2015 2 Comments
This summer, you can sail with the Seahawks on a 7-Day Alaska Cruise with Princess Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks! The “Sail with the 12s” Fan Cruise is over Father’s Day weekend on the beautiful Crown Princess that departs from Seattle on June 20, 2015 and will return on June 27, 2015. (What a great gift for dad!) Hang out with your favorite players onboard the ship to Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. Join in on the Seahawks Rally at Sea and take home a memory to last a lifetime.
“Princess Cruises is very excited to be the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks and we are thrilled to host the 12s, some of the most passionate fans in sports, on the ultimate fan cruise vacation,” said Gordon Ho, Senior Vice President of Marketing and North America Sales for Princess Cruises.
Guests aboard the Crown Princess will have the ultimate experience of onboard activities that include the following:
• Meet and greet autograph signings and photo opportunities with Seattle Seahawks players in featured ports
• Q&A “Chalk Talks” with alumni players
• Seahawks “Rally at Sea”
• Appearances by Blitz the Mascot and the Sea Gals
• On-deck Tailgate Party with game-day inspired food
• Football-inspired movie nights on the giant Movies Under the Stars poolside LED screen
• “Spirit of the 12s” contests
• Seahawks trivia contests
• Chances to win signed merchandise and tickets to regular season home games
• And many more surprises to be announced!
If you book by February 26th, you will be able to take advantage of the Princess Cruises’ 50th Anniversary Sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to tailgate with the best on this exciting cruise to Alaska!
January 29, 2015 No Comments
A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.
A new year is a fresh slate. It’s a time when we think of all the possibilities of the year ahead. It’s a time for resolutions and vacation planning. That’s why we think January is the perfect time to create your bucket list. If you’ve already created one, spend some time reviewing it and updating it this month.
If you aren’t excited for travel this year, we’ve got some suggestions. We asked our team here at The Cruise Web to tell us where they want to go this year, what’s on their 2014 bucket list, if you will. Just as suspected, we got bombarded with answers, each sounding like a wonderful experience.
So get some inspiration from our 2014 travel plans and then remember to tell us what’s going to be on your list this year. All you have to do is submit a comment at the bottom of the blog! [Read more →]
January 20, 2014 No Comments
Ok, how many did you get?
Don’t be shy… there are a lot of states out there and sometimes its hard to remember all of them. We think every state you missed deserves a trip. If you’ve been to that state you’ll probably remember it next time.
So this year why not resolve to learn more about the United States.
For 2014 I resolve to travel around America.
January 8, 2014 No Comments
A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.
2013 was a big year for the cruise industry with the introduction of anticipated ships and updated programming, and for cruisers each and every opportunity to cruise is big deal. Here we’ve spotlighted some of our team members’ favorite experiences this year. We’d love to add your favorite 2013 cruise experiences to this list, so be sure to tell us where you cruised and why it was great this year!
The best cruise I took this year was to visit the great land of Alaska. My wife and I cruised from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia on the Island Princess back in late August. We stayed at the Hotel Alyeska near Anchorage, saw 26 glaciers in a day on a high-speed catamaran, visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, panned for gold, experienced Hubbard Glacier and cruised through Glacier Bay National Park. Shore excursion highlights included dog sledding and puppy time in Skagway, whale watching in Juneau and a taxi tour of the Ketchikan area.
The best cruise I took this year was on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. It was great to go with friends and make some new ones. There was so much to do that I didn’t even have to get off the ship!
My best cruise in 2013 was sailing to the Hawaiian Islands on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America. Being at a different port almost every day was nice. The cruise was very relaxing – I indulged in a full body massage, which was well worth it. I even ran into a TV sitcom celebrity while on the cruise – Barbara Eden, better known as Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie, was on the ship for her vacation. [Read more →]
December 27, 2013 1 Comment
Since 2000, Princess Cruises has been awarding the local tour operators in Alaska and British Columbia with their CRUISE service awards to honor the excursions that gave the most exciting and satisfying experiences to their passengers. We’d like to highlight the winning experiences to give you an idea of what awaits you on a cruise to Alaska.
Juneau (3 winners)
- Helicopter Glacier Trek from NorthStar Trekking: This is a four-hour excursions where you get aerial views of glaciers from your helicopter ride and then spend two hours hiking in and on these magnificent ice structures.
- Pilot’s Choice Ice Age Exploration from TEMSCO Helicopters: Collaborate with your pilot to find a couple magnificent spots to set down on before setting off into the skies. These tours take passengers to less traveled parts of the glaciers for a totally unique experience.
- Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Quest & Salmon Bake from Allen Marine Tours: This is a full day of adventure in Alaska starting off with a cruise in Auke Bay where you are guaranteed to see whales, and might spot other wildlife like eagles or sea lions as well. Afterwards you’ll get to enjoy fresh Alaskan salmon at a traditional salmon bake with all the fixings. Then you head out to the Mendenhall Glacier on a narrated motor coach drive. [Read more →]
October 25, 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 2 Comments
“She’s just a wonderful person,” Gloria said. “I always enjoy helping her plan her vacations.”
Quinn, who is a grandmother of seven boys, had always traveled, but there was one extra special trip in 1998 when she met the love of her life, Noel. Recently divorced, Annie was visiting Ireland with some friends when Noel, who was a widower living in Cork, overheard their conversation about the Blarney Stone and jumped in to provide some local insight.
After handwritten letters back and forth, visits and countless hours on international phone calls, Annie and Noel were married in 2002.
Just as the two were about to embark on a Panama Canal cruise, Noel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Their international love story is all chronicled in her book, A Moment in Connemara, an Irish Love Story, along with Noel’s brave journey and final years.
“We were very lucky,” Annie said. “Upon diagnosis on March 14, 2008, he was given only two months to live. He lived another 14 months, until April 24, 2009, and we valued and enjoyed all the moments we had together alone, with family and with friends. Although we didn’t get to take Noel’s dream vacation of cruising the Panama Canal, which Gloria had booked for April 2008. We did have wonderful memories and moments of that year and Noel was well enough to return to Ireland, one last time, for a Hooley (an Irish party) in Ballycotton, in which over 140 people attended, our family, American friends, Irish family and Irish friends.” [Read more →]
August 20, 2013 No Comments
Have you ever considered a cruise to Alaska? Each year from May through September several ships from all different cruise lines offer exciting itineraries in the 49th state. Cruises are such a popular way to see Alaska because they give travelers a great view and perspective on the country’s largest state and make getting around easy. Alaska is so large and so sparsely populated that travel via car takes a long time and there are few airports to fly into. Cruising really is the best way to see Alaska and the magnificent wildlife and glaciers that line its coast.
To get a better idea of what’s included in a cruise to Alaska, The Cruise Web commissioned Barry Vaudrin, the cruise journalist, to share his experiences on a Holland America Alaska cruise. Follow his cruise experiences in the following four videos.
Video #1: Leaving through the Port of Seattle and an overview of the ship, Holland America’s ms Oosterdam.
July 17, 2013 No Comments