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Oceania Cruises Creates Delicious Moments with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

On January 9, 2020, Oceania Cruises announced its newest addition to the Finest Cuisine at Sea. Being a brand renowned for its culinary creativity does not stop after the main course with Oceania Cruises! Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, named as one of the “Top 5 Ice Creams in America” by Food Network, will now be made from scratch aboard Oceania’s six ships. To celebrate this partnership, the two brands have collaborated to create a new, signature ice cream flavor specifically for Oceania Cruises. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream witll make its debut aboard Marina and Riviera in February of 2020 and will launch fleet-wide come May.

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are the name of the game with Oceania Cruises. It is no wonder that the line’s signature Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream flavor will be one of the richest desserts to grace your taste buds this year. Oceania Cruises’ signature “Regatta Royale” flavor is a delicious combination of bittersweet dark chocolate from Berkley, California, orange zest, and smoked sea salt. Having completed a taste test of the product at The Cruise Web office, our team agrees that the only thing that could make this dessert better would be enjoying it during a carefree cruise vacation!

Regatta Royal Ice Cream for Oceania Cruises

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January 16, 2020   No Comments

Celebrity Cruises Offers STEM at Sea with Frost Science Museum

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Celebrity Cruises has teamed up with Frost Science Museum to create an engaging and educational STEM at Sea program for young cruisers! Celebrity Cruises strives to bring the natural world closer to their guests and their STEM at Sea program takes this goal to the next level. Through research, training and dedication, Celebrity has created two amazing Camp at Sea programs which allow children to ask all the questions they’ve ever had about science! The activities associated with STEM at Sea are molded for a variety of age groups, all the way from young kids to the young at heart. These intriguing STEM programs launched aboard Celebrity Equinox.

Celebrity Cruises Kid's Club

Of all the scientific topics to choose from, Celebrity’s STEM at Sea program has centered on ideas of environmental conservation. These STEM programs find ways to make tackling challenges like pollution more understandable (and even fun!) to children. There are two main Frost Science-branded STEM at Sea programs:

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January 6, 2020   1 Comment

Silversea Debuts Newly Refurbished Silver Shadow

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

In 2019, Silversea Cruises completed the refurbishment of the 28,258-ton Silver Shadow. This extensive refurbishment was inspired by the design of Silver Muse, which called for many major upgrades. These main points of improvement centered on Silver Shadow’s suites, Atrium, La Dame, Connoisseur’s Corner, and casino. Making the already luxurious ship even more comfortable and beautiful was the goal of this refurbishment, and guests will not be disappointed by the result!

No area on Silver Shadow was untouched during the refurbishment, but five spaces received extra attention. The first areas that received a huge makeover were the Suites aboard this all-suite vessel. The suite renovations were modeled directly after Silver Muse’s color palette and design, meaning all new furniture, lighting, carpets and headboards! Suite bathrooms were updated as well, including new sinks and materials with a full overhaul of the Owner’s Suite bathroom.

SIlver Shadow Owner's Suite

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January 2, 2020   No Comments

Uniworld Announces a New Adventure: The Peruvian Amazon

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection recently announced the addition of a new destination which falls a bit farther south than their regular itineraries. The river cruise line known for immersive travel experiences focused on authentic culture, local cuisines and breathtaking sights has set its own sights on a new continent. Though it’s nearly impossible to explore every corner of the world, Uniworld is taking a step closer by announcing six 2020 sailings in South America! These sailings will explore the biodiverse Peruvian Amazon, the marvelous cities of Cusco and Lima, and the iconic site of Machu Picchu. The exact dates of these 2020 sailings have yet to be announced, but at least six voyages are planned!

Peru, South America

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December 24, 2019   No Comments

Regent Announces Christie Brinkley as Godmother to Seven Seas Splendor

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced Christie Brinkley as Godmother to the new Seven Seas Splendor. Being a world-famous supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and mother, Brinkley is truly the perfect woman for the job. The role of Godmother is not to be taken lightly, as Brinkley will be responsible for christening the ship and bestowing good luck over her future sailings. Seven Seas Splendor will spend her inaugural season exploring the wonders of the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

As explained by Brinkley, “We learn best about the beautiful world around us by exploring new cities, immersing ourselves in different cultures and interacting with the gracious people who live there. We cherish and remember these moments more when we experience them with the people we love. The absolute most invigorating and luxurious way to travel the world is by cruising the seas.” The christening ceremony for Seven Seas Splendor is set in Miami on February 21, 2020.

Godmother of Regent Seven Seas Splendor

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December 23, 2019   No Comments

Jingle All the Way (to the Bar): Cruise Line Drink Packages

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Happy holidays from The Cruise Web! Whether you’re spending your holiday season sailing the seven seas on a wonderful cruise, or planning one for the future, let this be your go-to guide to cruise drink packages—our #1 “must-have” this holiday season!

Beverage Packages by Cruise Line:

 

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Azamara

With four options to choose from, Azamara ensures that all guests are well taken care of while on board. Looking for basic spirits, bottled beer, or a cocktail? Premium Package. Feeling fancy? Upgrade to the Ultimate Package for top shelf liquors, scotches, and even espresso drinks for the next morning! Wine enthusiasts will be happy aboard Azamara as well, as they have two wine packages: the Wine Lover Package for bottles valued under $50, and the Wine Connoisseur Package for pricier selections. Click the button below to learn more.

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Carnival Cruise Line

Designed to cater to guests of all ages, Carnival offers the Bottomless Bubbles package, which includes pretty much all non-alcoholic drinks, comprised of ice cold sodas, juices, and bottled water. While Carnival does not offer a truly unlimited alcohol package, the Cheers! package comes pretty close and allows guests up to 15 alcoholic drinks per day.

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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrate this holiday season like a true celebrity with one of the many drink package options from Celebrity Cruises. Beer, mixed drinks, and a few frozen drinks can get you in the holiday spirit if you choose the Classic Package! Upgrade your cup of cheer with the Premium Package, which actually includes the Coca-Cola for your Jack and Coke! For the teetotalers, there are various non-alcoholic options available as well! Click the button below to learn more.

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Cunard

Cunard is synonymous with timeless cruising, so their beverage packages keep everyone in mind! Enjoy this holiday season with the Beer, Wine & Spirits Option, which is pretty self-explanatory and is bound to make your vacation as merry as possible. Thirsty for a bubbly soda, some fresh squeezed OJ in the morning, or maybe a coffee to wake you up on Christmas morning? Cunard also has non-alcoholic packages available! Continue below to learn more.

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Holland America Line

Holiday cheer is best served ice cold, and that’s exactly what you get with a Holland America beverage package. For juice, sodas, and even Red Bull energy drinks to get you through that tough excursion, try the Quench Package! Basic beers and spirits come with an upgrade to the Signature Package, but the real connoisseurs of cocktails NEED the Elite Package, featuring gourmet cocktails curated by King of Cocktails, Dale DeGroff.

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MSC Cruises

The spirit of Christmas comes easy on an MSC Cruise, especially if you opt for the Easy Package with unlimited Heineken (Miller Lite in the Caribbean), soft drinks, and cocktails! Expand your choices in the beer department by upgrading to the Premium Package, or, if you’re feeling boujee, all the way up to the Premium Plus package. Trust me, you need a bottle of champagne to ring in 2020!

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Norwegian Cruise Line

When sailing on one of Norwegian’s amazing ships, there is so much to do that guests definitely work up a thirst. Most spirits, beers, and sodas are covered under the Premium Beverage Package, but the higher end stuff will require an upgrade. One thing is for sure: we enjoyed the Sugarcane Mojito Bar so much during our Norwegian Encore inaugural that a drink package might be as important as, well, the ticket. Don’t worry—there are options for those who don’t indulge in alcohol as well!

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Oceania Cruises

With Oceania Cruises, the drink packages are just the icing on the cake of an already very inclusive cruise! In addition to the complimentary beer and wine during meals, they offer a few options to get the good times flowing! House Select+ allows guests to add cocktails, whiskey and other spirits as an aperitif, but only at meal times. If you want a cognac on the deck at sunset while “Jingle Bells” plays off in the distance, you’ll need the Prestige Package.

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Princess Cruises

Drink and be merry, especially if you choose the Premier Beverage Package. If hot chocolate puts you in the Christmas spirit, the Premier Coffee & Soda Package is a perfect fit! Not a coffee drinker? There’s a package for that. Do you only want specialty coffees and teas? There is also a package for that. With all these options, you’ll definitely be cruising like royalty.

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Royal Caribbean International

Deluxe = alcohol + more! Refreshment = non-alcoholic. Easy enough? Well, not quite… the Deluxe Package gets you pretty much everything, but additional drink packages tier down from here. At least the Classic Soda Package is straightforward. We’ll let you wonder what’s included with this one.

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U River Cruises

Winding down the rivers of Europe and treating yourself at the world-famous Christmas Markets in Germany will help you work up your thirst! U River Cruises offers two drink packages: the U Drink Package and U Drink Package (Hold the Alcohol) for guests with a world of tastes.

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Viking Cruises (Ocean and River)

Whether you’re celebrating this holiday season in the renowned markets of Germany on a Viking River Cruise or discovering the land down under in December, Viking has a drink package for YOU! Well, really they only have (and need) one option, since many drinks are already included. Premium wines and spirits, unique hot drinks, and many specialty cocktails are included in the Silver Spirits Beverage Package.

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Windstar Cruises

Nothing says “happy holidays” like the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand, right? Windstar Cruises’ drink packages make it easy for everyone to enjoy a vacation with a tasty libation nearby. Go basic with the Topmast Discoveries Beer & Wine Package, which includes, you guessed it, beer and wine. For only $10 more per day, strap in for the Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package for unlimited spirits, but beware of “sea sickness.”

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As for the cruise lines not listed above, many of them boast an “all-inclusive” luxury experience, which means the drinks are included! To learn more about these brands, click here.

Whew – who needs a drink after all that? Pour one up, grab your phone, and call The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 to start planning your next (or first) holiday cruise!

 

SOURCES: Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, U River Cruises, Viking Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

 

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December 18, 2019   No Comments

From The View to Avalon View: Meredith Vieira Named Godmother of New Avalon Waterways River Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Avalon Waterways announced Emmy-award winning TV host Meredith Vieira as the godmother for their newest ship, Avalon View!

If you’re familiar with Vieira’s career, then this appointment is ideal, given that she cut her teeth hosting the daytime talk show, The View. More recently though, you’ll recognize her as the face millions of Americans begin each day with on The Today Show.

On Thursday, Vieira was clearly excited about her new post, remarking, “I am extremely honored to be godmother to this beautiful ship! What a relaxing and magical way to travel through Europe. So come on board, raise a glass of bubbly, and, as I like to say, take a little time to enjoy the VIEW!”

Avalon Waterways Danube River

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December 18, 2019   No Comments

KultureCity Names Carnival Cruise Line the First Certified “Sensory Inclusive” Cruise Operator

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Line, as part of its commitment to make their cruises more accessible to everyone, has become the first “sensory inclusive” cruise operator. This honor was bestowed upon them by KultureCity, a leading non-profit dedicated to creating inclusion for individuals living with sensory needs and non-visible disabilities.

Staff members—including guest service and youth staff personnel—are being trained to better understand and assist guests of all ages with conditions such as Autism, PTSD, ADHD, Down syndrome, and other sensory disabilities. Special KultureCity sensory bags are also available throughout the cruise. These kits are filled with a variety of tools to help calm, relax, and manage sensory overload. Among the items are: Puro Sound Lab noise cancelling headphones, a visual feeling thermometer, fidget toys, and a KultureCity VIP lanyard to help staffers identify guests with special needs.

Carnival Vista Sailing

Dr. Temple Grandin, an acclaimed autism activist who was one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document her insights, applauds this program. She said, “Carnival Cruise Line is to be commended for training their staff about autism and offering sensory bags that will enable individuals with autism and their families to have an enjoyable cruise.”

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December 12, 2019   No Comments

Royal Caribbean Announces New Spa Staterooms

 

Following up their recent Panoramic Suite addition, Royal Caribbean has just announced another new stateroom category, and it’s a real dream! The new Spa Stateroom is designed as a private retreat for those who really need a recharging vacation. Now the spa experience doesn’t have to end on Deck 12!

Royal Caribbean Vitality Spa

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November 27, 2019   No Comments

Carnival Panorama Names Godmother: V_NN_ W_I_E

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Can you solve this puzzle? Here’s a hint: she’s famous, fashionable and in Long Beach, California on December 10th!

Carnival Cruise Line has selected legendary television hostess, Vanna White, to be godmother to their newest ship, Carnival Panorama! To celebrate this fabulous pairing, Vanna will appear aboard Carnival Panorama on December 10, 2019 for the official naming ceremony, followed by an inaugural sailing.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line states, “Vanna has been that welcoming face, cheering on and watching over Wheel of Fortune contestants for decades, and we love the fact that Vanna will be doing the same for Carnival Panorama, her guests and crew, as the ship’s godmother.  Every night, millions of Americans welcome Vanna into their homes. She is beloved. What other game show hostess has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame?  And she’s got the most famous wardrobe on television!”

Havana Aboard Carnival Panorama

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November 27, 2019   5 Comments