The Central American nation of Belize is seeing a boom in tourism. The tropical nation, which was once known as British Honduras, has a national language of English, perfect for North American visitors. Belize is truly a getaway into nature as 60 percent of the country is covered by forests.
Right now the only cruise port in Belize is at Belize City and arrivals to this port have increased significantly in 2013. According to the Belize Tourism Board, cruise ship arrivals grew by nearly 20 percent in January 2013 as compared to January 2012. To take advantage of the booming tourism, the government of Belize and Norwegian Cruise Line are developing a new port and tourism center in Southern Belize. [Read more →]
November 12, 2013 2 Comments
The Norwegian Getaway, which will be based in Miami, has just announced she will be taking the culinary culture of this international hotspot and translating that onto the ship in the form of two restaurants and bars. [Read more →]
October 8, 2013 No Comments
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.
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
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
Calling all rock and rollers! Norwegian Cruise Line has teamed up with Sixthman to create a one-of-a-kind cruising experience in November called Rombello – a rock festival at sea featuring diverse artists, free food and a stop in the Bahamas at Great Stirrup Cay. [Read more →]
August 23, 2013 No Comments
Connection to the Internet at all times has become a necessity for people across the globe. To accommodate this need to constantly be connected, Internet access is now available seemingly everywhere – in restaurants, on a bus or on a plane. In 2013 and more heavily in 2014, prepare to see the rise of high-speed Internet connectivity on vacation. Cruise vacation that is. [Read more →]
June 24, 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
It’s only a matter of days until Norwegian Cruise Line debuts it’s most anticipated ship in years, the Norwegian Breakaway. Today the company is giving travelers all around the world a chance to take a virtual tour of the 4,000 passenger ship, which will feature a boardwalk, five water slides and fireworks on every sailing.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the tour.
April 18, 2013 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line is giving its new ships the Breakaway and Getaway identities based on their home ports. This is evident on the Breakaway, which will sail from New York City. The ship will feature entertainment from the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes, there will be hot dog stands onboard and the giant art on the hull of the ship was painted by Peter Max, a New York artist.
Now, the Getaway, Breakaway‘s sister ship, is finally getting her time in the sun, as Norwegian has announced the first of many special features for this ship which will call Miami home. The hull art for Getaway will be created by David “LEBO” Le Batard, a modern artist raised in South Florida. [Read more →]
December 4, 2012 No Comments
The Norwegian Breakaway will be christened in May by a set of New York icons. No, not celebrities or intellectuals, the ship is going to be christened by the Rockettes.
The Rockettes are Radio City Musical Hall’s troupe of high-kicking dancers. This famous group of women have been a staple at Radio City since 1932. They have also become a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where they have performed every year since 1957. [Read more →]
October 11, 2012 2 Comments