Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New, All-Suite, Explorer-class Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced the anticipated arrival of their newest luxury ship for 2023. As of yet unnamed, the new ship will be a sister to Seven Seas Explorer, and the third all-suite, Explorer-class ship in Regent’s luxury fleet. The new ship will hold 750 passengers at full capacity and will have itineraries available in early 2021.

Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ship At Sea

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January 15, 2019   No Comments

Oceania Cruises Announces Allura-Class; Two New Ships

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In 2022 and 2025, Oceania Cruises will be rolling out their newest class of ship: Allura. Weighing in at nearly 70,000 tons, these ships are set to carry 1,200 guests.

The ships are being built by Fincantieri S.p.A., which will strive to incorporate the well-known, award-winning design and amenities that are hallmarks of Oceania Cruises’ ships. Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd—the parent company operating Oceania Cruises—believes the new ships will please loyal Oceania passengers and open the door for more to experience the luxury. Del Rio stated, “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

For more information on the new Allura-class ships and Oceania Cruises, please call 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants today!

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January 8, 2019   No Comments

Close to the Edge: Highlights of The Cruise Web’s Experience aboard Celebrity Edge

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In late November, members of the team here at The Cruise Web were fortunate enough to get up close and personal with Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge. After experiencing as much of Celebrity Edge as possible on an exclusive two-night inaugural celebration, these are their highlights, stories and first impressions:

Celebrity Edge - Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

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There is a ton of natural light throughout the ship, because the vast majority of the windows are floor-to-ceiling, which makes the spaces feel more open and inviting. Venues like the Oceanview Café, the Solarium, and Eden are some of the best places to be because of those windows.

The Theater is extremely technologically impressive. The giant wrap-around screen has moving panels that make for interesting artist entrances during the shows. I love that they have various types of acrobatic rigging, as well as trapdoors, elevating platforms, and rain curtains, which all lead to a visually-entrancing performance.

As far as dining goes, the ship goes above and beyond with options and choices. There are a very large amount of choices for those with alternative diets—vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, etc. The “Taste of the Edge” event, where each of the many restaurants on board had samples and small bites available, was fun, as it enabled people to try food from around the ship without having to make a reservation for the various specialty restaurants.

Celebrity Edge’s main pool is actually long enough to do laps in, which is refreshing since the vast majority of pools on other ships are very small, and it’s nearly impossible to really swim in them. I think having the “martini glass” hot tubs is actually a great idea—it makes the Resort Deck less crowded, and also acts as a built-in form of crowd control. Since you technically have to ascend two decks to get between the pool and the hot tubs, you’re not going to have people constantly running back and forth between the two. I also love the abundance of loungers all around the ship—it will definitely make it easier to find a spot to soak up the sun. The Solarium also has a large amount of plush loungers, and it is very easy to get comfortable here!

Dining and Pool Deck on Celebrity Edge

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December 19, 2018   2 Comments

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.”

Norwegian Encore hull rendering

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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

Carnival Introduces First Indoor Trampoline Park at Sea with New Ship, Carnival Panorama

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival has partnered with Sky Zone to feature the first-ever indoor trampoline park and challenge zone at sea when the line debut’s the new Carnival Panorama in December 2019. Covering over 3,000 square feet and reaching the height of two decks, the Sky Zone park provides a 12-lane trampoline court designed for guests to jump and fly freely. This venue is set to entertain guests of all ages with many exciting activities such as dodgeball and basketball on trampolines!

Carnival Panorama

Not only is there a trampoline court with games to play, but the indoor park also includes a challenge zone which features a balance beam, Sky Ladder and wall climbing, as well as Tug of War. Along with all these courts and trampolines will be events such as glow parties, toddler time sessions for little ones to enjoy the park, and even fitness activities for beginners to advanced levels.

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November 27, 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

U by Uniworld Announces New Northern France Itinerary for 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Starting on April 21, U by Uniworld’s river ship The B will sail along the iconic Seine River to experience Northern France at a Glance. This 8-day Seine River itinerary features stops in Paris, Vernon, Les Andelys, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Rouen and Caudebec-en-Caux.

 

This new itinerary includes immersive excursions including tea at Chateau du Champ de Bataille, climbing the cliffs of Etretat, and a visit to the local market in Rouen to help choose ingredients for dinner on the ship. Guests will also be able to stop at the beaches of Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and participate in a special memorial ceremony at the American Cemetery.

At launch, fares for this voyage are starting at $1,999 per person and include your accommodations, meals and excursions, but call 1-800-377-9383 for current rates and availability. Being a river cruise that appeals to the younger crowd, U by Uniworld will also have lots of onboard activities including paint and wine, silent discos, rooftop yoga, karaoke nights and themed parties.

For more information about U by Uniworld and this exciting new Seine River itinerary for 2019, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383.

 

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October 17, 2018   No Comments

Bon Voyage! Set Sail on Uniworld’s Newly Renovated Super Ship, S.S. Bon Voyage

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Uniworld’s River Royale will return in 2019 as the S.S. Bon Voyage! Emanating the delicious wines and culinary delicacies of France through sleek design and gourmet eateries, she sets sail under her new moniker in Spring 2019.

Widespread renovations will turn one of Uniworld’s classic ships into a lavish experience from stern to bow. After her extensive full-ship renovation, she will feature a swimming pool with a nearby casual dining area to host cooking classes led by classically trained chefs. After a nice meal and a quick dip in the pool, passengers may adjourn to one of four breathtaking new suites to kick back and relax before getting ready for the show.

The “show” will be in the revised main dining room, which will newly feature a chef demonstration area where passengers can watch chefs prepare them a succulent meal.

For more information on Uniworld’s S.S. Bon Voyage, and to learn more about her future itineraries, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants.

 

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October 15, 2018   No Comments