Viking Expands Nile River Experiences with New Ship, Viking Osiris, and Pre-cruise Packages

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Just one year after debuting on the Nile River with Viking Ra, Viking River Cruises has announced the launch of a new ship scheduled to set sail in 2020. Viking Osiris will hit the water with a maximum of 82 guests, featuring the clean, classic design for which Viking’s river ships are known.

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May 3, 2019   1 Comment

Entertainment and Recreation on Norwegian Encore Announced at Keel Laying

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest construction, Norwegian Encore, had her keel laid on November 28, 2018. The ship, constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, will debut in 2019 as the newest ship in Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus class.

Once the keel had been laid, Norwegian Cruise Line announced details on the ship’s entertainment and recreation in a unique way. Four performers from the Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, gave a surprise presentation of one of the musical’s iconic songs, “Land of Lola.”

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November 29, 2018   No Comments

MSC Cruises Announces Details for MSC Bellissima Cruise Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

In less than three months, MSC Cruises will officially name their new ship, dubbing her MSC Bellissima. Staying close to home, MSC Bellissima will call the Mediterranean home until the Winter 2019 season, when she will make her way to the Emirates, and then further east to China in 2020.

As MSC Cruises tries to stay atop the cruise industry as far as technology goes, they will introduce a new feature aboard MSC Bellissima, Zoe. Zoe is a “digital cruise assistant” which will be available to all guests on board. The main functionality of this innovation is to allow passengers to have any and all questions about their trip answered in the comfort of their stateroom.

MSC Bellissima Cruise Ship Under Construction

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November 28, 2018   No Comments

MSC Cruises Names New Ship MSC Seashore

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

On November 26, 2018, MSC Cruises made the first cut of steel for their newest build, MSC Seashore. This will be the first ship in the MSC Seaside EVO-class. This will be a new subsection of the Seaside-class, featuring 200 additional cabins, more dining options, and a larger area for members of the MSC Yacht Club.

However, the pride of this ship for MSC Cruises is the advanced technology that minimizes the environmental impact of the ship. MSC Cruises notes a variety of environmentally-friendly modifications to the ship:

  • Selective catalytic reduction system
  • Exhaust gas cleaning technology
  • High-tech waste management and recycling systems
  • Advanced water treatment systems
  • Energy and heat recovery systems

These advancements, along with technology to measure efficiency, further MSC Cruises’ commitment to sustainability.

MSC Cruises steel cutting for MSC Seashore

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November 28, 2018   No Comments

New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2018

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

There’s no doubt about it, 2018 is going to be a big year for ship building – which means an even bigger year for cruising! With each of the major contemporary cruise lines launching new ships, along with a few new vessels from the mid-size and luxury lines, there’s sure to be something new for every type of cruiser in 2018.

Continue below to learn about the incredible new cruise ships debuting in 2018:

Symphony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Maiden Voyage: March 31, 2018
Passenger Capacity: 6,870

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas - Courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas builds upon the popularity of existing Oasis-class ships with new dining experiences – Hooked Seafood, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Sugar Beach candy shop and El Loco Fresh authentic Mexican – and onboard entertainment. Challenge friends to a laser tag battle, face your fears in the 10-story Ultimate Abyss waterslide, conquer the rock wall and glide around the onboard ice skating rink.

Plus, a diversity of stateroom accommodations presents something for all types of cruisers and any budget, from multi-story Royal Suites with private balconies to interior rooms with Virtual Balconies offering real-time outdoor views simulated on floor-to-ceiling displays.


Water Park & Slides: Splashaway Bay aqua park features fountains, pools, water cannons and the infamous drench bucket. Nearby, you’ll find a trio of water slides dubbed The Perfect Storm – three multi-story slides where guests can race or be swirled around a “champagne bowl” before being spat out.

Live Entertainment: From the high-flying, “deck-defying” AquaTheater acrobatic shows or Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Hairspray, to the newest adventure on ice, 1977, featuring a time-traveling hero out to recover Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels!

Royal Suites: Enjoy the VIP treatment in one of Symphony of the Seas’ Royal Suites, including access to Royal Genies, priority reservations and other perks. The two-story Ultimate Family Suite features an indoor slide, air hockey table, bumper pool, 3D cinema, hot tub and more!

This crowd-pleasing Symphony debuts in Barcelona, Spain on March 31, 2018, kicking off a fun-filled summer of Mediterranean cruising. Symphony of the Seas is selling quickly; contact our cruise experts at 1-800-377-9383 to experience Royal Caribbean’s newest ship.


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January 24, 2018   7 Comments

Infographic: Preview Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Preview Holland America’s next world-class vessel, ms Nieuw Statendam, with The Cruise Web’s newest cruise ship infographic! Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam will be a sister to the highly-acclaimed ms Koningsdam, featuring plenty of fabulous dining options, diverse stateroom accommodations, unforgettable live entertainment and more. ms Nieuw Statendam will start her seafaring career in the Caribbean in December 2018, followed by a repositioning to Europe in April 2019.

CLICK HERE to view the full-size version of The Cruise Web’s ms Nieuw Statendam infographic:

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December 19, 2017   4 Comments

Infographic: Inside Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Preview Royal Caribbean’s next adventure-packed, fun-filled ship, Symphony of the Seas, with The Cruise Web’s latest ship infographic! Royal Caribbean is known for bringing the ‘WOW’ factor aboard its ships, and the Symphony of the Seas will not disappoint. She’s built to deliver the thrills with a twisting ten-story slide, two rock walls, a pair of FlowRider surfing simulators and a zip line! Plus, guests will discover non-stop entertainment and dining options including sweet Boardwalk treats, Jamie’s Italian and the bustling bots of the Bionic Bar. Symphony of the Seas launches in Europe next spring, and then repositions to the Caribbean during the fall of 2018.

CLICK HERE to view the full-size version of The Cruise Web’s Symphony of the Seas infographic:

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September 19, 2017   No Comments

Infographic: Introducing Norwegian Bliss

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Discover Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest activity-filled ship, Norwegian Bliss, with The Cruise Web’s latest ship infographic! Norwegian Bliss debuts in the spring of 2018 with a host of new features, including the largest go-kart race track at sea, an outdoor laser tag course, a new upscale BBQ smokehouse and the spectacular Broadway entertainment of Jersey Boys! Beyond her new exclusives, Norwegian Bliss will also feature a multi-level Aqua Park, diverse dining options, multiple music and comedy clubs and a wraparound Waterfront promenade, as well as two stunning observation lounges to take in the beauty of Alaska, the Caribbean and beyond.

Preview The Cruise Web’s Norwegian Bliss infographic below, or CLICK HERE for full version:

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August 22, 2017   No Comments

First Reactions to Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship, Harmony of the Seas

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Harmony of the Seas at Night - Courtesy of Royal CaribbeanRoyal Caribbean just celebrated the U.S. debut of the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, and The Cruise Web was on hand for the festivities! With Harmony of the Seas, the adventure begins once you step on board – from breathtaking thrill rides to stunning live entertainment.

The ship features a variety of modern amenities coupled with a fresh lineup of onboard experiences to create a perfectly relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Though massive, Harmony of the Seas never feels overwhelming thanks to a creative open design with 7 distinct neighborhoods spread around 16 guest decks.

Gather the kids – if you can pull them away from the incredible Youth Zone – and head to the AquaTheater for a high-flying, death-defying show, or relax among the living greenspace of the ship’s Central Park. Enjoy a stroll along the Boardwalk, discover nirvana at the Vitality Spa, see the Broadway-hit musical Grease at the Entertainment Place, and cap the night off with a drink mixed by robots at the Bionic Bar!

Continue below for The Cruise Web team’s first impressions and biggest takeaways from last week’s U.S. debut of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas:

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November 15, 2016   4 Comments

Royal Caribbean Debuts Reimagined Empress of the Seas

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

CocoCay - Courtesy of Royal CaribbeanRoyal Caribbean is setting the stage for the exciting premier of their newly reimagined and completely refurbished Empress of the Seas. Starting in March 2016, the new Empress of the Seas will sail a series of 4- and 5-night Caribbean getaways out of Miami, Florida.

If the Empress name sounds familiar, it’s because she was actually part of Royal Caribbean’s fleet in a former life up until 2008 when she departed for one of Royal Caribbean’s sister lines. But now she’s back with Royal Caribbean and better than ever with a host of new features and amenities!

Aboard the Empress, every night will be like Saturday night, and every morning like Sunday. The pool deck will be hotter than ever with the Plunge pool party keeping the good vibes alive at sea. Plus, a popular “Sunday Brunch” will be offered EVERY DAY on board, featuring a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa for guests. The revitalized Empress of the Seas will also feature Royal Caribbean’s signature rock climbing wall, fitness center, jogging track, Casino Royale, spa and the fastest internet at sea, VOOM.

Caribbean cruises aboard the Empress of the Seas won’t be like ordinary vacations. As Royal Caribbean would remind us, “This is not a cruise. This is an endless weekend. And this is not the Caribbean – this is the Royal Caribbean.” Thanks in part to the ship’s smaller size, guests can expect longer stays in ports like Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Nassau/CocoCay.

Empress of the Seas Itineraries:

For more details on the revitalized Empress of the Seas, please contact The Cruise Web’s experts at 1-800-377-9383 or request more information online.


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January 19, 2016   2 Comments