Carnival Announces First Roller Coaster at Sea aboard Mardi Gras

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Debuting in 2020, Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Mardi Gras, will feature the first roller coaster at sea, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster. Working with German-based Maurer Rides, the new coaster is over 800 feet long and reaches speeds over 40 miles per hour.

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December 13, 2018   No Comments

Cunard Announces New Spa Concept: Mareel Wellness & Beauty

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth is getting a makeover, and so can you, at the new Mareel Wellness & Beauty spa aboard Cunard! In conjunction with Canyon Ranch, an innovator in the wellness industry, Cunard has announced their new spa that will be on board each ship in their fleet by 2020.

The name Mareel is derived from ancient Nordic languages and means phosphorescence of the ocean. In Nordic language, it “speaks to the illuminating light and healing energy of the sea.” Onboard, this translates into refreshing and relaxing all-natural spa treatments using ingredients from the sea.

Cunard Line's Mareel Spa Reception

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December 7, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Announces New XL-Class Ship, Mardi Gras

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Lines recently announced the construction of an all new ship in their XL-class. Paying homage to the first Carnival ship launched in 1972, the new shipped has been named Mardi Gras, and she’s set to debut in 2020.

According to Carnival, the name is so much more than a shout out to their beginnings, “… in cruising circles this name suggests innovation, and signals the start of something big. And it shouts ‘FUN!’ at the top of its lungs.” And if you know anything about Carnival, “fun” is their middle name.

Carnival Mardi Gras Rendering

This new ship is built on the concept of innovation. Mardi Gras will be “the greenest cruise ship in North America,” powered by a clean-burning engine fueled by liquid natural gas, or LNG. But the innovations don’t stop there. Most Carnival ships feature similar layouts and amenities, but the Mardi Gras is being re-designed from square one, giving it a custom look and layout that is sure to shake up the industry.

For more information on Carnival and the upcoming Mardi Gras, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants.

 

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December 6, 2018   No Comments

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

Cunard Line Announces New Addition to Fleet

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Cunard recently announced the addition of a brand new ship to its fleet – scheduled to make her debut in 2022.

The currently unnamed ship will join the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard family. She will be the first new Cunard ship in 12 years, and it will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.

Cunard's Queen Victoria, one of four ships in the fleet.

The new ship will accommodate up to 3,000 guests, and will blend Cunard signatures with brand new features to create incredible experiences for cruisers.

For more information and updates about the new ship from Cunard, check back here regularly at The Cruise Web Blog. To learn more about current sailings with Cunard Line, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with our experienced Cruise Consultants.

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September 27, 2017   No Comments

Azamara Club Cruises Announces Expansion of its Fleet

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The Azamara family will be expanding by one in the near future! Azamara Club Cruises just announced the addition of a new ship, Azamara Pursuit, scheduled to debut in March 2018. Azamara Pursuit will be Azamara Club Cruises’ third ship, joining sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.

The Azamara Quest, one of three ships in the Azamara Club Cruises fleet.

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September 26, 2017   No Comments

President’s Message – Behind-the-Scenes

By Frans Hansen, President, The Cruise Web.

Having just returned from an exciting and successful weekend in Utah, winning the National Auto Sport Association’s National Championship in the BMW SpecE30 class, I have been asked by our Cruise Web newsletter team to write a behind the scenes report about capturing the championship.  Here is a look at the week, key tactics and strategies that led to the title.

Plan ahead, and then have a plan B, and even a plan C!

Plan A for me was to have my local DriveGear racing team bring my sweetly tuned #87 car out to Salt Lake City for the big event. However, team owners Jon and Andrew and their wives, both decided to have babies this very month, and further, refused to ask the stork to hold delivery for another month.

Frans and his "Plan C"Plan B found last year’s National runner-up, Steve, with a speedy backup red #92 car.  Yet, despite a signed contract, “Little Red” decided to blow a motor three weeks before the dance. Being the thoughtful and honorable man that he is, Steve helped me line up my Plan C ride – a black 1987 BMW 325is from team PFB Performance. [Read more →]

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