This summer, Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its theatrical dining experience with the introduction of three new-over-the-top shows: Cirque Dreams Epicurean, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy: The Broadway Hit, and Cirque Dreams and Steam.
All three shows fall under the umbrella of ‘Cirque Dreams & Dinner’ which will be featured on Norwegian Getaway’s summer season in Europe. Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic will see a new and improved version of the dining format beginning March 5 and April 14 respectively. Get ready for all-new menus with gourmet dinner that will usher you into the mesmerizing world of spectacular acrobatics.
March 7, 2017 No Comments
The next generation of extraordinary ships aimed at optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment will be introduced by Norwegian Cruise Line in the next 5 years. The cruise line has reached an agreement with Fincantieri to construct four 140,000 gross ton ships schedule for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 with an option to include two additional ships in 2026 and 2027.
According to the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.,
“this new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry.” Much freedom and flexibility, together with innovative designs, will distinguish these 3,300-guest-capacity vessels from all others, as the cruise line builds upon the success of Breakaway-Plus Class ships. These energy efficient ships are currently priced at €800 million per ship.
Stay tuned for details on the ships’ many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features which will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, check out other recent ship builds from Norwegian Cruise Line.
February 21, 2017 No Comments
Escape to the Margaritaville state of mind aboard Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway as Norwegian Cruise Line breaks down the boundaries of traditional cruising. Imagine the thrill of enjoying the laid back island lifestyle with signature items like “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Who’s to Blame Margarita” while docked at a picturesque port with unbelievable ocean views. Thanks to the expansion of the cruise line’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, this imagination will come to life this Fall with exceptional on-board experiences only known to Norwegian.
If you’ve ever cruised to the Caribbean, there’s no escaping this nostalgic island moment in one of the new ‘Margaritaville at Sea’ restaurants set to open on September 18, 2016. These upgraded eateries will replace Flamingo Grill on Norwegian Getaway, and former Uptown Grill on Norwegian Breakaway.
August 22, 2016 No Comments
A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.
She is the Miami version of the Norwegian Breakaway. Miami plays a key role in her features, like her hull which is designed with images of the sun and sea. She also tips her hat to Miami’s moniker as the Magic City with the brand-new Illusionarium, a dinner theater space with an incredible video screen on the domed ceiling. There is a mojito bar and menu items featuring those Cuban flavors that are popular in Southern Florida.
To make sure everything is as promised, members of our Cruise Web team are taking a two-night cruise at the end of January to do some investigating. While onboard, each of our team members will be attending courses while eating, drinking, dancing and relaxing just like you will when you are onboard, and they’ll let us know what they think of the entire experience when they get back.
In the meantime, find out what they are most excited to explore on the Norwegian Getaway! [Read more →]
January 17, 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
One of our favorite things about the end of the year is looking back at all that has happened. As a company, this year (our 19th) has been an exciting one full of growth. Early in the year we added Viking Cruises to our preferred partners and we also celebrated many 10-year anniversaries and one 15-year employment anniversary. We fit right in with the cruise industry, which this year had some great moments. Here is what we thought were the top 5 of 2013:
1. The Debut of the Norwegian Breakaway – This ship made a statement. She’s not the biggest ship in the sea, and she’s not offering extremely different itineraries, but she is jam-packed with exciting activities and features. Start with the fact that she has a New York theme, where you can get a hot dog from a cart while onboard, then move to the exciting shows like the Broadway productions Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor. You can also find several gourmet restaurants onboard, most notably Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Ocean Blue.
2. Kate Middleton Christens the Royal Princess – Following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, christened the Royal Princess back in June, just a month before giving birth to Prince George. Diana christened the original Royal Princess back in 1984. The Royal Princess is a landmark ship for Princess, she’s larger than any ship in their fleet and offers innovative features like the SeaWalk and a stunning fountain show on the pool deck.
3. Holland America partners with Dancing with the Stars – This year cruisers had dance fever as on all of Holland America’s ships they could take Dancing with the Stars dance classes and even compete to become the champion dancer of their sailing. This partnership, which is continuing through 2014, also includes a selection of sailings where some of the show’s professional dancers, like Kym Johnson, Mark Ballas and Derrek Hough, appear on board along with the show’s most popular stars, including Shawn Johnson and Carson Kressely, to perform, meet guests and participate in Q & As. [Read more →]
December 26, 2013 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking your input as they set out to name their two newest ships.
Here are the name options:
Norwegian Bliss | Norwegian Discovery | Norwegian Dreamaway | Norwegian Escape | Norwegian Journey | Norwegian Muse | Norwegian Passion | Norwegian Sailaway | Norwegian Treasure | Norwegian Triton [Read more →]
September 11, 2013 No Comments
His wildly successful additions to the Norwegian Breakaway, the Ocean Blue restaurant (check out our personal review here), The Raw Bar, and Ocean Blue on the Waterfront, have been received extremely well by the cruising industry, and now he will hop aboard for a selection of special culinary activities on certain Breakaway sailings. [Read more →]
July 26, 2013 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line has just released some more great news for the Norwegian faithful: there will be a second Breakaway Plus cruise ship joining the fleet in the future. This news comes after the success of the brand new Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, which just embarked on her maiden voyage to Bermuda from New York City in May. [Read more →]
July 17, 2013 No Comments
There’s been plenty of discussion about the specialty dining onboard the Norwegian Breakaway (see our Ocean Blue review, Teppanyaki review, or Le Bistro review), but what about complimentary dining on this new cruise ship? Complimentary dining options include Taste Restaurant, The Manhattan Room, Savor Restaurant, O’Sheehan’s Pub, the Uptown Bar & Grill, Spice H20, and the topic of this blog, the Norwegian Cruise Line’s staple Garden Café.
Coined as the ‘quintessential café,’ this buffet-style restaurant is present onboard almost every Norwegian Cruise Lines ship in the fleet. The Garden Café offers a variety of breakfast items, lunch food, and dinner entrees, as well as an impressive spread of desserts.
The buffet had a wide range of stations and meals, here is a list of some of the more popular and unexpected items:
- smoked salmon station
- curried chicken with toasted tortilla
- freshly carved beef
- pulled pork topped-burger
- a variety of pizzas
- white chocolate and mandarine mousse
- ice cream bar with jimmies
The Garden Café was not only impressive with its variety of food, but also in its size, set-up, and view. [Read more →]
June 3, 2013 4 Comments