Carnival Announces Changes to Smoking Policy

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Recently, Carnival Cruise Lines announced a change to their on-board smoking policy that could result in the offender being disembarked. Previously, Carnival’s policy included a nominal fine due to extra cleaning required in the stateroom, but was still a relatively lenient policy.

New policies are making Carnival’s stance on smoking aboard their ships very clear. Two important provisions are included:

  • Any violation of this policy will result in a $500 charge, per violation, posted on the guest’s Sail & Sign account and may also result in the disembarkation of all guests in the stateroom.
  • Guests who are disembarked for violating Carnival’s policy will be responsible for all financial charges and expenses to return home, and no refund of their unused cruise fare will be provided. Additionally, they may be prohibited from sailing with Carnival Cruise Line in the future.

couple on cruise ship balcony

Notably, Carnival now has a $500 fine for each violation of their smoking policy, and a possible disembarkation for not only the offender, but all those in their stateroom. Any expenses incurred from disembarkation due to violation of the smoking policy will be the full responsibility of the passenger.


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November 26, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Starts Construction on Newest and Largest Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Earlier this week, the first steel was cut to mark the beginning of construction on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest class of ship. The hull and livery design were also revealed, using the iconic red, white and blue colors that continue the legacy of Carnival being “America’s Cruise Line”. This 180,000-ton XL vessel will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) to operate—the first ever to do so in North America.

A steel-cutting ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. This will be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever constructed, set to be delivered in 2020.  A second XL ship will begin construction in 2020 and to be completed in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.

“This new ship promises to be truly special, from its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

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November 23, 2018   No Comments

Windstar Cruises Reveals Major $250 Million Star Class Ship Expansion Initiative

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The specialty cruise line has recently announced their multi-million and multi-year plan to invest in and expand their three Star Class vessels. This initiative that Windstar Cruises is undertaking will greatly impact the guests’ onboard experience in exciting ways. The updated ships will have an elegant yet modern design, and will be expanded to include 50 new suites, plus all new dining and spa experiences.

Star Breeze - Courtesy of Windstar Cruises

“We are thrilled to announce the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a significant investment in the future of Windstar Cruises. This exciting initiative is our 180 degree from ordinary solution to add new capacity and major enhancements to the guest experience in a very time efficient manner,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience.”

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November 21, 2018   No Comments

Shaq’s Big Chicken Restaurant Coming to Carnival Radiance

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Radiance will be undergoing $200 million worth of refurbishments set to debut in 2020. The new on-board restaurant, Big Chicken, is highly anticipated, adapting a land-based eatery owned by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer, former NBA champion, Shaquille O’Neal.

On what will be the newly redesigned Lido Deck, this restaurant will offer classic fried chicken dishes, a variety of sandwiches, and even breakfast! In fast casual style, patrons will not be kept waiting as they place their order at one end of the counter and pick up right away at the other end. Each dish is named using a clever nickname that O’Neal went by during his NBA career, but the most tantalizing thing about this new restaurant is the price—free!

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November 14, 2018   No Comments

Viking Oceans Announces Return to Turkey with New Greek Odyssey Itinerary

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

For those that are looking for a fascinating winter getaway, Viking Oceans has just announced a brand new 11-night itinerary that will allow guests to explore the ancient empire of Greece—and a plus is that it’s during a much quieter season! Starting in January 2021, guests can sail roundtrip from Athens on an itinerary featuring three new ports of call for Viking—Volos, Thessaloniki, and Nafplio. In addition, the cruise will call once again on Ephesus, which marks Viking’s return back to Turkey!

“Our guests are curious explorers who want opportunities for learning while they travel in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our destination-focused ocean itineraries are built on the same successful principles as our river itineraries – we offer our guests more time in port, enriching cultural experiences, the best-designed ships at sea with no children, no casinos and no nickel-and-diming. With this new itinerary in Greece and Turkey offered during the quiet winter season, we look forward to helping our guests explore such a culturally rich region of the world in ‘The Viking Way.’” [Read more →]

November 9, 2018   No Comments

MSC Cruises to Add Four New Ultra-Luxury Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

For the first time, MSC Cruises is going beyond their large contemporary vessels and moving into luxury cruising. The Italian-based cruise company ordered four new 64,000-ton cruise ships, which will hold up to 1,000 passengers.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said that this would be a logical next step to expand the MSC Yacht Club, which is currently known as the “luxury ship within a ship” on the bigger vessels.

“These ships will be able to offer unique itineraries, thanks to their size, and the guest services will be taken to another level, including our personalized MSC Yacht Club butler service, available 24/7,” Vago said.

Although not many details have been revealed, MSC said the ships will have a “highly-innovative design as well as introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation.”

Large cruise companies that have both contemporary ships and luxury vessels in their fleet operate them as brands independent of one another. MSC would be the first to operate as one brand, but with different levels of luxury and exclusivity.

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October 19, 2018   2 Comments

Silversea Announces Plans for Three New Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Silversea Cruises revealed recently that they have plans to add three more luxurious ships to their fleet.

Two of these new vessels will be coming from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, and will be known as the “Evolution Class”. The first ship is expected to be ready by 2022. The third vessel, to be named Silver Origin, is estimated to arrive in March 2020. This more intimate expedition style ship will be constructed by Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop, and will take over the Galapagos Islands Itinerary that Silver Galapagos is currently sailing.

“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”

“We are very happy to build these new ships for Silversea Cruises. Together with Silversea we will create a new generation of environmentally friendly ships in the ultra-luxury cruise market,” said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.

Silversea is recognized as a game changer in the ultimate luxury cruise line industry. They offer guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of casual elegance.  With the expedition fleet currently comprised of Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.

For more information about Silversea, and for the latest on these new luxury ships, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with an expert cruise consultant.


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October 15, 2018   No Comments

Finding Our Inspiration to Travel

A compilation from The Cruise Web Team.

Reading a book on an iPadTravel inspiration comes from many sources, and occasionally out of the blue. Sometimes it’s loud and obvious, and other times it exists as a small twinge beneath the surface. Perhaps you read a book set in a fantastic destination that you have to see for yourself, or maybe you have an urge to trace your family’s heritage through a distant land. Whatever the source or strength of your inspiration, it’s always there – and it’s part of our cruise consultants’ jobs to help you find it, and then to use it to plan your perfect cruise.

To demonstrate the wide range of travel-inspiring sources, and to help you find your own, we’ve created another classic Cruise Web compilation. Continue reading below to see where different members of The Cruise Web’s team found travel inspiration, and then share the inspirations for your own travels in the comments. [Read more →]

July 10, 2014   No Comments

Quiz: What Cruise Is Right For Your Dad?

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

DadDon’t be a deadbeat daughter or son this Father’s Day. Make dad know you appreciate all the years of support he gave you – from teaching you how to throw a football to videotaping all of your piano recitals. The best way to give dad his due is to send him cruising. Take this 7-question quiz to find an itinerary for which he’d give two thumbs up.

Then give us a call at The Cruise Web for help finalizing the deal to get dad set up on his dream vacation. Well help him work out the best price, find the best sail date and help him pick a great cabin.


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June 10, 2014   No Comments

Aruba Adventure: A Photo Blog

By Heather Wasson, Director of Sales, The Cruise Web, Inc.

I Love ArubaLast May I took a spring break of my own to discover the island of Aruba. Aruba is one of the most popular ports in the  Southern Caribbean. The island itself is only 70 square miles, but it’s a favorite of many, tourism is its biggest industry, and I can see why. It’s a very relaxing place. Aruba is known for its mild temperatures and white sand beaches.

While I had a great trip, the weather was more on the humid side when I went. If you’re headed to the island, make sure to bring lightweight and breathable clothes and plan to drink lots of water while you’re out and about. During the day there are a lot of water activities to do, like parasailing and snorkeling. One day my friends and I went deep-sea fishing through a company, Driftwood Charters,  that also owned a restaurant, Driftwood Restaurant. That night we were able to eat the fish we caught for dinner. It was an amazing experience.

At night, Aruba lights up with bars and casinos. Nearly every hotel and resort has a casino, and many of them stay open until sunrise, if not 24 hours. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of my trip to Aruba. [Read more →]

June 14, 2013   No Comments