NEW Norwegian Specialty Dining Package

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Le BistroNorwegian Cruise Line has just announced a new way to enjoy the variety of wonderful specialty dining restaurants across their entire fleet for sailings departing August 7, 2015 and beyond. Specialty Dining Packages are available for cruisers to purchase as an extra option to be able to enjoy multiple restaurants. The special packages also come with a great amount of flexibility on the number of dining nights desired, as well as which restaurants guests would like to try. The packages range from three nights to the full length of the cruise, with pricing starting at $59 per person for the three day package. When you pair Norwegian Freestyle Cruising with their new Specialty Dining Package, you’ll discover that you really can decide when, where and how you’d like to dine.

Cruisers who purchase the Norwegian Specialty Dining Package can choose from Cagney’s (Norwegian’s signature steakhouse), La Cucina Italian Restaurant, Le Bistro or Teppanyaki. Norwegian guests additionally have the flexibility to indulge in their hearts’ desire at select à la carte priced restaurants and entertainment-based dining venues for a small upcharge, as shown below:

• Ocean Blue (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $15
• Cirque Dreams (Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Epic) – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• The Illusionarium – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• For the Record: Dear John Hughes (Norwegian Escape) – $15
• Bayamo (Norwegian Escape) – $10
• Pincho Tapas Bar (Norwegian Escape) – $7
• The Raw Bar (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $7
• Sushi Bar (fleetwide) -$7

Teppanyaki RestaurantSpecialty Dining Packages can be pre-purchased prior to your cruise for additional savings, or onboard during the first two days of the cruise. For 3-day sailings, the dining packages are exclusively sold on the first day of the voyage. Norwegian passengers who pre-purchase a Specialty Dining Package prior to sailing can even reserve their dining reservations online within 90 days of their sail date. Alternately, passengers can go the “Freestyle” route and decide when and where to dine once onboard. Specialty Dining Packages are purchased individually and guests traveling in the same stateroom do not need to purchase packages as a group.

To book your Norwegian cruise and experience this exciting new dining option, call us today at 1-800-377-9393!

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June 12, 2015   No Comments

Royal Caribbean’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

By Raquel Grinnell, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Royal Caribbean's Red Velvet CupcakesWe all know that one of our favorite things about cruising is the incredible food available pretty much 24/7 (most of us just won’t admit it!). Of all the courses at the dinner table, none is dearer to the heart of children of ALL ages than dessert. Royal Caribbean has so many options for satisfying that sweet tooth, whether you choose a confection after dinner in the dining rooms, stop by the ginormous dessert station at the buffet or follow your nose to the Cupcake Cupboard located on their newest ships such as Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. A visit to the Cupcake Cupboard is like stopping by your neighborhood bakery, especially those amazing, tantalizing smells wafting through the ships! The miniature cakes are baked fresh daily, and if you are so inclined, you can even take a class in cupcake decorating and let your imagination run wild with different frostings, sprinkles, and other toppings.

Of the many flavors offered at the Cupcake Cupboard, none is more popular than the Red Velvet Cupcakes. This treat is so beloved that guests have begged for the recipe, and we’ve got it to share with you. This recipe makes a dense, subtly cocoa-flavored cake with a nice crumb – make sure that you have napkins available when serving! [Read more →]

May 20, 2014   2 Comments

Oceania Cruises’ Pomelo Banh Trang Rolls

By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Banh TrangThis Oceania Cruises dish mixes banh trang wrappers, which are from Vietnam, with Thai ingredients for fresh bursts of flavor. These rolls are usually served with shrimp, but Oceania Cruises’ innovative chef Franck Garanger opted for pomelo to give it a fruity kick.

This dish, while simple to put together, includes a few exotic ingredients that will require a trip to an Asian market. This recipe also requires patience. For my first time working with the delicate rice paper wrappers, I discovered that you need to have a level of finesse to execute an aesthetically pleasing roll. I also learned that it helps to use a lint-free kitchen towel to dampen the wraps.

So let’s get on to the flavors — grapefruit, coconut and peanuts combined with mint, basil and shallots, oh my! Think cool and crisp with a zing from the citrus. I will certainly make this again.

I highly recommend you give this a try – even if you have to go through a half dozen rice paper wraps, it’s worth it. This recipe makes six rolls, and the best time to eat them is right after they’re prepared, so call your friends for a light lunch.

Keep reading for the recipe. [Read more →]

April 22, 2014   No Comments

Recipe for Fruit Soup from Holland America

By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Fruit SoupWhen I think of summer on a cruise, I immediately think of fruit soup. On nearly every cruise I’ve taken there has been a selection of creamy, sweet fruit soups. I remember that on my first cruise they were served at the buffet and my mother and I quickly became obsessed.

If you aren’t familiar with these fruit soups served on several cruises, they’re like milkshakes you eat with a spoon. These creamy concoctions can be made with virtually any fruit. I’ve had them with cherry and peach and pineapple. For this recipe I chose to use bananas and I found a super simple recipe courtesy of Holland America, and I found that not only is this dish quick and easy, it’s something you can easily put your own twist on by trying different ingredient combinations. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   1 Comment

We Went On a (Norwegian) Getaway!

A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.

Howl at the MoonWhile our getaway wasn’t very long, we got a true taste of what you can expect when you cruise on the brand new Norwegian Getaway, which is now sailing to the Caribbean weekly from Miami. Despite it being freezing in New York during our cruise (and actually seeing snow fall from our balconies), this ship is certainly hot.

We surveyed our team to find out what their favorite part of this jam-packed ship was. Keep reading to find out what will appeal to you on a Norwegian Getaway cruise.

Alex V.
My favorite part of the Norwegian Getaway was the ropes course during the day. The ropes course is the largest one at sea and is part of the 3-story sports complex which also has miniature golf, a rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline. At night, the Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar was my favorite spot. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   1 Comment

Oceania Cruises’ Carpaccio of Salt-Roasted Beets

By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.

The colorfully finished dish.How often does a recipe jump out at you? It’s officially Autumn,  beets are in peak season, and I’ve recently become re-acquainted with them, so when I saw this recipe while thumbing through an Oceania Cruises cookbook, I knew I had to try them.

This recipe was surprisingly easy to make. With most of the ingredients on hand, I omitted the slices of black truffle, which were optional anyway, and replaced the canola oil with extra virgin olive oil from Greece.

I served this beet “Carpaccio” as a first course at a dinner with some friends with a light Pinot Noir. The verdict: this dish is capable of converting the average beet-naysayer into a fan. So, indulge in Oceania’s decadent version of this hearty and nutritious root vegetable.

Words of wisdom: it’s best to store your fresh beets with all foliage attached until ready to use. Most importantly, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time unless you have a trained chef in the house! I began too close to my guests’ arrival, eliminating my typical “trial run.” Therefore, I did not practice the Carpaccio-thin slices as I would have preferred.

Time was of the essence, so after peeling the carrots I continued creating “ribbons” with the peeler rather than julienne cut.

The Truffle Vinaigrette is luxurious on the palate, and the walnut oil was a nice touch. You’ll want to save your leftover vinaigrette to dress your salads, so I’d recommend storing it in an airtight glass container (up to a week). Just remember to allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to serving again! [Read more →]

October 21, 2013   No Comments

Review: Le Bistro on Norwegian Breakaway

By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Le BistroThe Norwegian Breakaway is quite a ship, and there are  28 dining venues to choose from, so I was delighted when one of our cruise consultants made a dinner reservation for a few of us at Le Bistro on our last night on the ship. I have to say, living in the suburbs, it’s not often you find a french restaurant, so it was exciting to get to experience the food from a country famous for its beautiful landscapes and decadent cuisine.

Le Bistro is one of Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants appearing on all of their ships except for Pride of America, which has her own french cuisine restaurant called Jefferson’s Bistro. Not only was the food delicious, the restaurant evoked a Parisian bistro. On the Breakaway, the entrance to Le Bistro looks and feels like a cobblestone street and there is “outdoor” seating where you can get a great view of 678 Ocean Place, the heart of the ship. Inside the restaurant the lights are low, making for a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. The plush seats and clean white tablecloths evoke a simple elegance. [Read more →]

May 15, 2013   7 Comments

Super Meal for the Super Bowl!

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Football fans watching the big game.The Super Bowl calls for a big spread of delicious foods that satisfy everyone from the cheerleader to the middle linebacker. For many people this means pizza, chicken wings and seven-layer dip, but if you are looking for a meal with real grit that will surely fill you up, check out these two options inspired by the port cities that are home to this year’s formidable teams.

This year’s AFC  Champions come from Baltimore, a city with its very own special charm. In Maryland there is one food that rises above them all – the blue crab. And in Baltimore you’ll find restaurants and families with closely guarded crab cake recipes at almost every turn. Baltimore is also known for Domino Sugar, Berger Cookies, National Bohemian beer, pit beef sandwiches and lake trout.

The NFC Champions are the San Francisco 49ers, another city by the bay. Seafood is an important part of their diet as well and it was here that cioppino, a seafood stew, originated.  The city’s two most prominent food products have to be sourdough bread and Ghirardelli chocolate, both with roots to the California Gold Rush.  Sourdough was nearly the only bread being made during the times of the gold rush, and so it caught on. The 49ers’ mascot is even named Sourdough Sam.  Ghirardelli himself moved to San Francisco to take advantage of all the people moving there for the gold rush. He started by opening a general store and soon started making his smooth and sweet chocolate treat.

To take advantage of these great flavors, we’ve developed a meal for game day that is sure to please. These recipes are courtesy of Oceania Cruises, which takes culinary influences from all over the world to provide spectacular dining experiences for their guests. [Read more →]

January 31, 2013   No Comments

Cruising the Rhine: An Amazing and Authentic Experience

By Lynda Lynn, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Rhine River CruiseJust before Thanksgiving, some of my coworkers and I were given the opportunity to experience a Uniworld river cruise down the Rhine River visiting towns along the border between France and Germany.  Each day on this 7-night cruise included a stop in a new town or city. We were busy throughout, touring new places in the day and by night we were relaxing and having fun on the immaculately designed, yet super comfortable S.S. Antoinette river ship.

The wonderful thing about river cruising is that you are immersed in your destination, experiencing the history and culture of each town. At every stop, the cruise director, who also served as one of the tour guides, lead the group through cities like Cologne and Strasbourg, exploring castles, visiting magnificent churches and walking the streets of quaint towns like Mainz and Koblenz.

It was so stunning to see buildings that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. In each town you can see the collision of cultures with architecture from the middle ages through the present day. The river cruise really allowed me to experience the authentic culture, and history, of the towns we visited. The shops we visited and the restaurants in which we ate are all places to which the local people go everyday. And don’t get me started on how good the food was… just take a look at some of the beautiful pictures I took on this amazing Rhine river cruise. [Read more →]

December 18, 2012   No Comments

6 Nutrition Tips While On a Cruise

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Some people think of a cruise as an opportunity to stuff their face with delicious foods any time of the day and night. While that is certainly an option, those looking to maintain their healthy diet don’t need to fret, because there are a lot of ways a cruise caters to people looking for a nutritious and delicious experience.

Here are our simple tips for healthy eating while on a cruise, no exercise necessary!

  1. Say “No” to the drink package: Alcohol and soda are silent calorie bombs. Tropical alcoholic beverages can contain more than 200 calories a glass. So skip the drink package and stick with water. You can always add on a drink here or there.
  2. Take your time: You’re on vacation, there is no rush, so eat slowly. You will wind up eating less and it helps you realize when you feel full.
  3. Sample: Turn a buffet from a battle to a breeze by simply sampling. Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach so just take a bite of that pie or one spoonful of that pasta. You won’t miss out.
  4. An eye for an eye: For every guilty food you eat, eat a nutritious item at your next meal. So if you must have that donut for breakfast, make sure you have a salad with lunch. There are fruits and vegetables everywhere so it won’t be a problem to fill yourself with these “good” foods.
  5. Drink up: Since you didn’t get the drink package you shouldn’t have a lot of issues drinking water, so stay hydrated. Water nourishes the body and it can also make you feel full so you don’t have to resort to chomping down some bread to satisfy your craving.
  6. Be adventurous: A cruise will have a variety of foods from hamburgers and hot dogs to rare delicacies like lobster and steak. Treat a cruise as a chance to try the finer things in life and skip the hot dogs and pizza.

For more tips and a different perspective, check out cruise blogger Shon Ford’s lament about avoiding the buffets.

But remember this is your vacation so do what makes you happy and worry about it when you get home.

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March 30, 2012   No Comments