Holland America Line Announces Exclusive Coffee Partnership with Beukenhorst Coffee USA

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Recently, Holland America announced an exclusive partnership with a coffee roasting company that has been around since 1784. Beukenhorst Koffie, a Dutch coffee roaster, and their subsidiary Beukenhorst Coffee USA, Inc. have teamed up with Holland America to create a specially blended coffee that pays homage to the Dutch roots of the cruise line and the coffee company. But this isn’t the first time these two companies, hailing from the Netherlands, have teamed up. Beukenhorst Koffie has been imported and served on Holland America ships for the last 20 years.

Hot cup of coffee

Rotterdam 1873, named for the founding year and location of the Holland America Line, is an expertly mixed blend of coffee beans from Southeast Asia and South America to create a bold, rich blend that you can only enjoy when sailing aboard Holland America. This coffee will be available in all venues on Holland America’s ships, and for those who love a cup every morning, will be for sale by the bag in Explorations and Grand Dutch cafés.

For more information about cruising with Holland America Line, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 and speak with one of our expert consultants.


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January 29, 2019   No Comments

Holland America Introduces Five New Shows for America’s Test Kitchen in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Joining the current lineup of 14 America’s Test Kitchen shows in January 2019 will be five new 45-minute presentations. In a partnership with the popular television show, Holland America is rolling out an additional five segments for their onboard cooking classes, some of which are broadcast on national public stations.

Chef cutting tomato

Holland America Line’s president, Orlando Ashford, says the company recognizes the wild popularity of this activity onboard their ships, and they are excited to continue teaching their guests skills in a fun environment. “We’re excited to expand on the already exceptional menu of shows offered by America’s Test Kitchen to include some fun topics that easily transition to the home kitchen.” The five new shows, dedicated to helping passengers learn to use their memorable vacation to build new skills, are based on dishes that can be deliciously prepared by any home cook.

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January 29, 2019   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

NEW Norwegian Specialty Dining Package

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Le BistroNorwegian Cruise Line has just announced a new way to enjoy the variety of wonderful specialty dining restaurants across their entire fleet for sailings departing August 7, 2015 and beyond. Specialty Dining Packages are available for cruisers to purchase as an extra option to be able to enjoy multiple restaurants. The special packages also come with a great amount of flexibility on the number of dining nights desired, as well as which restaurants guests would like to try. The packages range from three nights to the full length of the cruise, with pricing starting at $59 per person for the three day package. When you pair Norwegian Freestyle Cruising with their new Specialty Dining Package, you’ll discover that you really can decide when, where and how you’d like to dine.

Cruisers who purchase the Norwegian Specialty Dining Package can choose from Cagney’s (Norwegian’s signature steakhouse), La Cucina Italian Restaurant, Le Bistro or Teppanyaki. Norwegian guests additionally have the flexibility to indulge in their hearts’ desire at select à la carte priced restaurants and entertainment-based dining venues for a small upcharge, as shown below:

• Ocean Blue (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $15
• Cirque Dreams (Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Epic) – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• The Illusionarium – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• For the Record: Dear John Hughes (Norwegian Escape) – $15
• Bayamo (Norwegian Escape) – $10
• Pincho Tapas Bar (Norwegian Escape) – $7
• The Raw Bar (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $7
• Sushi Bar (fleetwide) -$7

Teppanyaki RestaurantSpecialty Dining Packages can be pre-purchased prior to your cruise for additional savings, or onboard during the first two days of the cruise. For 3-day sailings, the dining packages are exclusively sold on the first day of the voyage. Norwegian passengers who pre-purchase a Specialty Dining Package prior to sailing can even reserve their dining reservations online within 90 days of their sail date. Alternately, passengers can go the “Freestyle” route and decide when and where to dine once onboard. Specialty Dining Packages are purchased individually and guests traveling in the same stateroom do not need to purchase packages as a group.

To book your Norwegian cruise and experience this exciting new dining option, call us today at 1-800-377-9393!

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June 12, 2015   No Comments

Royal Caribbean’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

By Raquel Grinnell, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Royal Caribbean's Red Velvet CupcakesWe all know that one of our favorite things about cruising is the incredible food available pretty much 24/7 (most of us just won’t admit it!). Of all the courses at the dinner table, none is dearer to the heart of children of ALL ages than dessert. Royal Caribbean has so many options for satisfying that sweet tooth, whether you choose a confection after dinner in the dining rooms, stop by the ginormous dessert station at the buffet or follow your nose to the Cupcake Cupboard located on their newest ships such as Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. A visit to the Cupcake Cupboard is like stopping by your neighborhood bakery, especially those amazing, tantalizing smells wafting through the ships! The miniature cakes are baked fresh daily, and if you are so inclined, you can even take a class in cupcake decorating and let your imagination run wild with different frostings, sprinkles, and other toppings.

Of the many flavors offered at the Cupcake Cupboard, none is more popular than the Red Velvet Cupcakes. This treat is so beloved that guests have begged for the recipe, and we’ve got it to share with you. This recipe makes a dense, subtly cocoa-flavored cake with a nice crumb – make sure that you have napkins available when serving! [Read more →]

May 20, 2014   3 Comments

Oceania Cruises’ Pomelo Banh Trang Rolls

By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Banh TrangThis Oceania Cruises dish mixes banh trang wrappers, which are from Vietnam, with Thai ingredients for fresh bursts of flavor. These rolls are usually served with shrimp, but Oceania Cruises’ innovative chef Franck Garanger opted for pomelo to give it a fruity kick.

This dish, while simple to put together, includes a few exotic ingredients that will require a trip to an Asian market. This recipe also requires patience. For my first time working with the delicate rice paper wrappers, I discovered that you need to have a level of finesse to execute an aesthetically pleasing roll. I also learned that it helps to use a lint-free kitchen towel to dampen the wraps.

So let’s get on to the flavors — grapefruit, coconut and peanuts combined with mint, basil and shallots, oh my! Think cool and crisp with a zing from the citrus. I will certainly make this again.

I highly recommend you give this a try – even if you have to go through a half dozen rice paper wraps, it’s worth it. This recipe makes six rolls, and the best time to eat them is right after they’re prepared, so call your friends for a light lunch.

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April 22, 2014   No Comments

Recipe for Fruit Soup from Holland America

By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Fruit SoupWhen I think of summer on a cruise, I immediately think of fruit soup. On nearly every cruise I’ve taken there has been a selection of creamy, sweet fruit soups. I remember that on my first cruise they were served at the buffet and my mother and I quickly became obsessed.

If you aren’t familiar with these fruit soups served on several cruises, they’re like milkshakes you eat with a spoon. These creamy concoctions can be made with virtually any fruit. I’ve had them with cherry and peach and pineapple. For this recipe I chose to use bananas and I found a super simple recipe courtesy of Holland America, and I found that not only is this dish quick and easy, it’s something you can easily put your own twist on by trying different ingredient combinations. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   5 Comments

We Went On a (Norwegian) Getaway!

A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.

Howl at the MoonWhile our getaway wasn’t very long, we got a true taste of what you can expect when you cruise on the brand new Norwegian Getaway, which is now sailing to the Caribbean weekly from Miami. Despite it being freezing in New York during our cruise (and actually seeing snow fall from our balconies), this ship is certainly hot.

We surveyed our team to find out what their favorite part of this jam-packed ship was. Keep reading to find out what will appeal to you on a Norwegian Getaway cruise.

Alex V.
My favorite part of the Norwegian Getaway was the ropes course during the day. The ropes course is the largest one at sea and is part of the 3-story sports complex which also has miniature golf, a rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline. At night, the Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar was my favorite spot. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   1 Comment

Oceania Cruises’ Carpaccio of Salt-Roasted Beets

By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.

The colorfully finished dish.How often does a recipe jump out at you? It’s officially Autumn,  beets are in peak season, and I’ve recently become re-acquainted with them, so when I saw this recipe while thumbing through an Oceania Cruises cookbook, I knew I had to try them.

This recipe was surprisingly easy to make. With most of the ingredients on hand, I omitted the slices of black truffle, which were optional anyway, and replaced the canola oil with extra virgin olive oil from Greece.

I served this beet “Carpaccio” as a first course at a dinner with some friends with a light Pinot Noir. The verdict: this dish is capable of converting the average beet-naysayer into a fan. So, indulge in Oceania’s decadent version of this hearty and nutritious root vegetable.

Words of wisdom: it’s best to store your fresh beets with all foliage attached until ready to use. Most importantly, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time unless you have a trained chef in the house! I began too close to my guests’ arrival, eliminating my typical “trial run.” Therefore, I did not practice the Carpaccio-thin slices as I would have preferred.

Time was of the essence, so after peeling the carrots I continued creating “ribbons” with the peeler rather than julienne cut.

The Truffle Vinaigrette is luxurious on the palate, and the walnut oil was a nice touch. You’ll want to save your leftover vinaigrette to dress your salads, so I’d recommend storing it in an airtight glass container (up to a week). Just remember to allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to serving again! [Read more →]

October 21, 2013   No Comments

Review: Le Bistro on Norwegian Breakaway

By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Le BistroThe Norwegian Breakaway is quite a ship, and there are  28 dining venues to choose from, so I was delighted when one of our cruise consultants made a dinner reservation for a few of us at Le Bistro on our last night on the ship. I have to say, living in the suburbs, it’s not often you find a french restaurant, so it was exciting to get to experience the food from a country famous for its beautiful landscapes and decadent cuisine.

Le Bistro is one of Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants appearing on all of their ships except for Pride of America, which has her own french cuisine restaurant called Jefferson’s Bistro. Not only was the food delicious, the restaurant evoked a Parisian bistro. On the Breakaway, the entrance to Le Bistro looks and feels like a cobblestone street and there is “outdoor” seating where you can get a great view of 678 Ocean Place, the heart of the ship. Inside the restaurant the lights are low, making for a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. The plush seats and clean white tablecloths evoke a simple elegance. [Read more →]

May 15, 2013   7 Comments