How to Make Summer Last All Year

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

summerAre you tired of layering with hats, gloves and scarves every day? Are you tired of trudging through weeks where the warmest weather you have to look forward to is 31 degrees? The winter is depressing, it’s a proven fact.

Well we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to take it anymore!

You can make the warm weather of summer last all year round. “How?” you may be asking. Well, it’s simple – just follow this guide of where to cruise to in the non-summer months, starting with October. You’ll get to unwind in style on a beautiful cruise, visit exciting destinations and, most of all, you’ll stay warm.

So, without further ado, let’s keep summer going. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   No Comments

Heavenly Hawaii

By Greer Jackson, Client Services, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Lush landscapesI’m the poster girl for having an endless summer. I’ve escaped snow and freezing temperatures twice this winter, most recently I took a Carnival cruise to the Western Caribbean visiting ports like Ochos Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, but in December I had the opportunity to cruise around Hawaii. I had been to this warm tropical destination 30 years ago for my parent’s wedding anniversary and I knew I wanted to go back.

There’s just something so wonderful about Hawaii. The weather, the palm trees, the blue water  – and there’s a smell of coconut in the air, though it’s probably just all the Coppertone sun screen. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   No Comments

Travel Resolution: See America

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Choose TravelReady, can you name all 50 states? I’ll wait…

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.

[Read more →]

January 8, 2014   No Comments

The Best Cruises We Took in 2013

A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.

Adam with a husky in Alaska.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!

Adam W.
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.

Heather W.
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!

Greer J.
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

Norwegian Offers 4 New Land Based Experiences

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Hawaii. Photo courtesy of  Norwegian Cruise Line.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.

Hawaii

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

NCL’s Pride of America Refurbished

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

HawaiiIt’s been over a year in the works, but Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America has come out of her $30 million renovation with a major facelift. The ship is the only cruise ship to sail in and around Hawaii without any stops on the continental United States. The upgrades were announced last year and in March the ship entered a 14-day dry dock.

This renovation included the addition of  two specialty restaurants: Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse, and Cagney’s, Norwegian’s traditional steakhouse. The  ship also received upgraded technology, including  ship-wide wireless Internet connectivity, flat screen TVs in all staterooms and new directional signage. [Read more →]

September 24, 2013   1 Comment

The Beauty of a Trip to Hawaii

By Fiona K., Client Service Representative, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Hawaii had always been a place I wanted to visit. I had a chance to go there for college, but regretfully I didn’t seize the opportunity. My family previously vacationed in Oahu for a couple of weeks but I wasn’t able to join them at the time.

So last December, I had a vacation coming up and I decided this was the time that I would get to experience Hawaii. I’m so glad I finally got the opportunity to visit this beautiful set of islands, and visiting Hawaii via a cruise was the perfect choice!

My boyfriend and I sailed on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, which is the only ship that doesn’t have to embark or disembark from America’s mainland. [Read more →]

February 19, 2013   No Comments

Pride of America Scheduled for Major Update

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Pride of America courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LinesNorwegian Cruise Line is investing more than $30 million to enhance and update their ship, the Pride of America. The Pride of America is the only cruise ship of its size sailing in Hawaii that sails  under the U.S. flag. This means it’s the only ship that can sail around the Hawaiian islands without having to include a stop on the mainland of the US, Canada or Asia. [Read more →]

September 19, 2012   2 Comments

The Cruise Web Gets Hawaiian at Ensemble Executive Retreat

By Mike Harris, Sales Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Maui, HawaiiRecently, Ensemble Travel Group invited executives and managers from top agencies to participate in the first annual Executive Retreat at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Maui, Hawaii.  The retreat was the first of its kind for Ensemble and The Cruise Web. Ensemble Travel Group partners with The Cruise Web to provide our clients with unique services and experiences all over the world.  The focus of this retreat was on improving creativity to enhance communications with employees and customers. [Read more →]

July 18, 2012   No Comments

Princess Cruises Offers More Cruises to Hawaii, French Polynesia and Samoa

Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Mention “paradise” and most people will conjure up images of pristine beaches and lush, tropical islands. Princess Cruises passengers can make paradise a reality with 10 itinerary choices to the breathtaking islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific between fall 2012 and spring 2013.

New next season, Princess will offer more Hawaii cruises than ever before, with four ships sailing roundtrip to the islands from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, the renovated Grand Princess will make her debut voyages to Hawaii as part of her first West Coast season.

In total, eight Princess ships will sail on 56 voyages throughout the Pacific, including favorite itineraries such as the 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia route that sails roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti to some of the most gorgeous islands of French Polynesia. An 11-day Hawaii & Tahiti itinerary offers the best of both the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the highlights of French Polynesia. And the cruise line’s 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa itinerary that debuted last season returns with two sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles to American Samoa, taking in Hawaii and Tahiti along the way. [Read more →]

January 18, 2012   No Comments