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Norwegian Joy to Sail in Alaska Starting in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Norwegian Joy will join her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, for Alaska sailings beginning in April 2019. She will spend her first summer season sailing 7-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle and then will begin sailing Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages from Los Angeles for winter 2019/2020.

Before Norwegian Joy makes her big move to Seattle, she will undergo an estimated $50 million upgrade to enhance already popular features as well as update her designs and amenities to be nearly identical to Norwegian Bliss.

Norwegian Joy will begin sailing to Alaska in April 2019.

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July 19, 2018   No Comments

Vive la France: A Cruising Spotlight

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

In celebration of France’s latest World Cup victory, we spotlight the country as a top cruising destination for both ocean and river cruising. From trend-settings cities to quaint towns, France is full of varied and remarkable scenery, world-class cuisine, captivating history and fascinating cultures. What’s more, it’s all waiting for your enjoyment via the most convenient type of travel—cruising!

Continue reading for our proof that the beautiful game’s reigning world champions come from an equally beautiful country. Featured below—and in honor of France’s starting eleven players—are 11 of France’s top cruise destinations:

 

Paris, France

 

You probably already know this French capital’s most famous sites—such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre-Coeur Basilica—but reading about them or viewing a picture doesn’t even compare to seeing them in person! In between sites, enjoy a French wine at a streetside café, tour the infamous catacombs or catch a cabaret show! There is never enough time to see and do everything in Paris, but a river cruise that takes you along the Seine River right into the heart of the city will help you make the most of your visit.

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Avignon, France

 

For nearly seven decades, the small town of Avignon was home to the head of the papacy, and this legacy lives on through the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Tour the Medieval streets beneath the towering ramparts, awe at the Avignon Cathedral and stroll along the picturesque Pont Saint-Benezet medieval bridge. For a seasonal treat, head to the nearby Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque to enjoy the lavender blooms and tour the monastery.

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July 17, 2018   No Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line to Add Two New Ships to Fleet

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced its intention to add two new ships to the fleet, which will be the fifth and sixth ships in the new Leonardo-Class. The first ship of the new class is scheduled to debut in 2022 and the recently announced ships are scheduled to debut in 2026 and 2027 respectively.

“Our six-ship Leonardo Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

The newest ships in the Leonardo-class will be smaller than the Breakaway-Plus class and more energy efficient.

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July 17, 2018   No Comments

Seabourn Cruise Line to Add Expedition Ships to its Fleet

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Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn will be adding two expedition ships to its family. The two ships will have an innovative design created for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler and special features to enhance the expedition experience, but will also feature classic Seabourn elements as well. The delivery of the first new ship is scheduled for June 2021, and the second is scheduled for May 2022.

“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travelers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations, and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product lineup and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.”

The two new ships will allow Seabourn to take travelers to destinations like Antarctica, the Arctic, and other exotic locations around the world. Each ship will have 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, which will welcome up to 264 guests at a time.

As the ships are built exclusively for expedition-style traveling, they will offer amenities designed to give a unique experience in some of the most remote areas in the world. For instance, featured onboard will be two submarines that will give guests an unbelievable and unforgettable view beneath the ocean’s surface. The two ships will also carry kayaks and zodiac inflatable boats – which have been a staple of the successful Ventures by Seabourn program offered in select destinations.

Visit Antarctica with Seabourn Expeditions.

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July 9, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Cruise Line to Sail Out of San Diego in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Line will return to the Port of San Diego for the first time in seven years when Carnival Miracle begins sailing out of there. She will sail a winter schedule of 3- to 15-day sailings from December 2019 to February 2020.

The new schedule will kick off with a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise departing on December 1, 2019, and will also include two longer length Carnival Journeys sailings: 14- and 15-day cruises to Hawaii departing on December 8, 2019 and January 17, 2020, respectively.

The San Diego program for Carnival Miracle will also include two 5-day sailings–featuring two days in Cabo San Lucas–departing on December 22, 2019 and January 12, 2020, as well as two 3-day getaways visiting Ensenada and departing on December 27, 2019 and January 3, 2020. There will also be a 4-day New Year’s Baja Mexico cruise leaving on December 30, 2019, and a 6-day cruise departing on January 6, 2020 that will spend two days in Cabo San Lucas and have a day-long visit to Ensenada.

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June 29, 2018   No Comments

The 10 Coolest Family Cruise Experiences

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Your kids might feel like they’re too cool for school, but here are 10 cruise ship experiences they’ll never stop raving about! From laser tag and 3D movie theaters, to surfing simulators and aqua parks, these cruise ship experiences will guarantee a photo album full of unforgettable family vacation memories.

Without further ado, make like every kid on summer vacation, put off those summer assignments and continue below to check out The Cruise Web’s top family cruise experiences:

 

Splashaway Bay Aqua Park (Royal Caribbean)

 

Families won’t have themselves a better or wetter time than at Royal Caribbean’s Splashaway Bay aqua parks, featuring waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the infamous drench bucket! With plenty to occupy everyone from toddlers to teens, Splashaway Bay is one of the most family-friendly aqua parks at sea. Note: Splashaway Bay requires a minimum height of 42”-45” for select waterslides.*

Royal Caribbean ships featuring Splashaway Bay: Adventure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas & Symphony of the Seas

 

LEGO Experience On Board (MSC Cruises)

 

MSC Cruises is the only cruise line to offer the LEGO Experience On Board, featuring LEGO-themed play areas where activities include LEGO building competitions, LEGO video games and more! Plus, each ship with the LEGO Experience features one entire day during every cruise dedicated to family-friendly LEGO activities and entertainment. At the end of this day, children can even earn Junior LEGO Master Builder diplomas!

MSC Cruises ships featuring the Lego Experience: MSC Armonia, MSC Bellissima, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Lirica, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Opera, MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview & MSC Sinfonia (and eventually fleetwide)

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June 26, 2018   1 Comment

Two Millennials Explore the California Coast with Princess Cruises

By Carrie Loughry, Marketing & Operations Assistant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

When I had the opportunity to sail the California Coast with Princess Cruises aboard Star Princess, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a destination I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, and I knew cruising would be a great way to experience a lot of California without having to pack and unpack at each port. Before this trip, my boyfriend had never been on a cruise, and I had only been on a couple three-day Bahamas sailings, so a ten-day sailing was a little intimidating. However, we had no reason to be worried because we had an amazing time. Continue below for some of the highlights from my California Coast cruise with Princess Cruises.

Itinerary:

We chose our cruise primarily for the itinerary, and we were definitely not disappointed! Our voyage sailed roundtrip from Vancouver and included two sea days before our first port of call. This didn’t excite me at first, but ended up being a nice way to get accustomed to the ship and relax after the cross-country flight. That being said, we wanted to see California – a state whose coast regularly makes lists of places you must visit, and I can see why. The scenery was some of the most beautiful I have ever seen in person and I honestly didn’t want to leave. My boyfriend, Gary, and I did many fun but varied activities while in each of the ports. In Los Angeles, we took a tour of Beverly Hills. In Santa Barbara, we visited a cat café and enjoyed cappuccinos while playing with some of the sweetest cats I’ve ever seen. Monterey is an adorable seaside town, and we really enjoyed seeing how their bay conservation efforts have paid off. However, the highlight of our trip was definitely the overnight stay in San Francisco. I booked a hop-on, hop-off bus tour for us and would definitely recommend it for anyone visiting a new city. We were able to get a feel of the city and its different neighborhoods, learn about the history and importance of different areas, and have an efficient way to travel around San Francisco.

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June 26, 2018   No Comments

Alan Cumming to Headline Transatlantic Crossing with Cunard Line

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Television, stage, and film star Alan Cumming will be joining Cunard for their Insights program on the January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing on Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.

During the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, guests can participate in a Q&A session with Cumming and enjoy a screening of his hit TV series Instinct. The show is an American police drama based on the book series Murder Games by James Patterson.

Alan Cumming will the guest of honor on the January 3, 2019 transatlantic sailing on the Queen Mary 2

“Cunard is delighted to welcome the amazingly talented Alan Cumming on Queen Mary 2’s January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “During the voyage, our guests will be able to hear and learn from one of the best in the industry—from his life and career to new ventures in the arts. This will be a Transatlantic highlight not to be missed.”

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June 21, 2018   No Comments

Viking River Cruises Unveils New Itinerary Centered Around The Passion Play in Oberammergau

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Viking River Cruises will be giving guests the opportunity to experience The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany in 2020. The Oberammergau, The Passion Play itinerary will travel between Munich and Budapest along the Danube River from May through October 2020.

The highlight of this ten-day itinerary is the performance of The Passion Play, a depiction of suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. It is performed by the citizens of Oberammergau once every decade and has been performed since 1634.

“We are committed to providing our guests with opportunities that bring local culture and history to life both onboard our ships and onshore,” said Richard Marnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Viking. “To help our guests learn about a destination through ‘Working World,’ ‘Local Life,’ or ‘Privileged Access’ experiences, such as this historic performance, is what we call ‘The Viking Way’ of exploration.”

Visit the iconic city of Vienna with a Viking River Cruise.

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June 21, 2018   No Comments

Holland America Line Announces Oprah Winfrey as Godmother of Nieuw Statendam

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Holland America Line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam, is going to have a television icon as her godmother – Oprah Winfrey! Since 2017, Holland America Line has successfully partnered with O, The Oprah Magazine to add unique elements to Holland America cruises, and Winfrey serving as godmother for Nieuw Statendam continues the great partnership.

Oprah Winfrey will christen Nieuw Statendam sometime in early 2019, and the ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast live online. Fans of Oprah Winfrey will even have the opportunity to sail with her on the 3-night Bahamas Girls’ Getaway cruise leaving January 30, 2019 from Fort Lauderdale and returning on February 2, 2019. Onboard, guests will have the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Winfrey at the World Stage. She will be speaking about her life and sharing insights on how to live your best life. Tickets will be complimentary and guests will have the opportunity to reserve their seat online on November 16, 2018. Winfrey will give three identical performances and guests are invited to attend one during their cruise.

For more information about the Girls’ Getaway cruise on Nieuw Statendam, and all other Holland America Line sailings, call The Cruise Web experts at 1-800-377-9383 today.

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June 13, 2018   3 Comments