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

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 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

Crystal Cruises Reveals New ‘Diamond Class’ Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Crystal Cruises shared exterior renderings of their new ‘Diamond Class’ fleet with the first ship to be released in 2022. Incorporating pristine amenities and luxurious design elements, the 67,000-ton ships will comfortably accommodate 800 passengers taking once-in-a-lifetime voyages.

“Our ocean ships are the heart of the Crystal brand and have been loved by our guests for more than 28 years,” says Tom Wolber, Crystal president and CEO. “We are delighted to expand this celebrated fleet with amenities and spaces that our guests have come to love, along with more choices and new experiences that will take luxury to the next level. We look forward to sharing more details next year with our guests and travel partners.”

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September 28, 2018   No Comments

Hull Artwork for Norwegian Encore Revealed

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, will feature the artwork of celebrated Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo on the hull of the ship. This announcement continues Norwegian Cruise Line’s tradition of having iconic art decorate the hulls of its award-winning ships.

The design will represent Arranz-Bravo’s modern and abstract style with bright splashes of color adorning the hull. It will pay tribute to Arranz-Bravo’s life by the sea in Barcelona and will highlight Norwegian’s signature vibrant guest experience.

“Eduardo’s design will be a perfect complement to the collection of hull artwork within our fleet and is a testament to the dynamic experience our guests will have on board,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “We are proud to welcome him to our Norwegian Cruise Line family.”

Render image of Norwegian Encore featuring bright splashes of color on the front and sides of the ship.

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September 13, 2018   1 Comment

New Ship from Carnival Cruise Line to Sail Out of Port Canaveral, Florida

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to a new state-of-the-art terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida to accommodate its newest ship. The currently unnamed ship will be the largest in Carnival’s fleet and is scheduled to make her debut in 2020.  Carnival’s decision to homeport the new ship at Port Canaveral continues a decades-long strong relationship and strengthens Carnival’s position as the number one cruise line in Port Canaveral.

“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “Easily accessible from all over the southeast with excellent facilities and friendly staff, Port Canaveral is one of our most popular and fastest-growing homeports.  This fantastic new ship, coupled with our future plans for Port Canaveral, will provide guests with an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience from the minute they arrive. ”

“The Port and Carnival Cruise Line have worked closely for decades building a successful partnership together. We are proud of our partners at Carnival and eager to begin this new chapter in our business relationship,” said Canaveral Port Authority Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray. “Carnival’s commitment to Port Canaveral demonstrates their confidence in our ability to support one of the world’s most successful cruise brands.  We’re excited and looking forward to having their largest and newest class of ship homeported here.”

Carnival Breeze sailing through dark blue water at sunset.

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August 24, 2018   No Comments

Sneak Peek of Princess Cruises’ Newest Ship: Sky Princess!

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

The newest ship from Princess Cruises, Sky Princess, is getting ready to make her big debut in 2019. Although that is still a year away, please enjoy this sneak peek to learn about some of the new features on Sky Princess:

Sky Princess sailing in blue water with Sea Witch logo on front of ship


Whether you spend a lot of time in your stateroom or just a little, you’ll want to be comfortable during your cruise. Thankfully Sky Princess has options to fit all needs and budgets, with everything from the affordable interior cabins to the luxurious Sky Suites–there’s something for everyone! There will be 2 Sky Suites onboard which will comfortably host up to 5 guests and will have a luxuriously furnished 700-sq ft. balcony. Although, if the Sky Suite is a little too large for you, Sky Princess has plenty of other fantastic stateroom options. Enjoy more living space and luxurious accommodations in a suite. Have your own private view of the sea with a balcony or cozy up in an interior stateroom and get the best sleep of your life. No matter which stateroom you choose, you are sure to enjoy an elegant and comfortable room aboard Sky Princess.

Dining Options:

When you cruise with Princess, you expect a top quality dining experience, and Sky Princess won’t disappoint! Of course you’ll have the mainstays; the buffet with quick and varied dishes and the main dining area features fresh and delicious dishes designed by award-winning chef Curtis Stone. But if you’re looking for something a bit fancier than the included dining, then visiting one (or more!) of the specialty restaurants during your cruise is essential. Enjoy an extravagant multi-course meal created and hosted by the ship’s executive chef at the Chef’s Table Lumiere. Or, if you’re craving some authentic Italian food, then a meal at Sabatini’s must make your ‘must do’ list. Or, if your trip won’t be complete without a perfectly cooked steak, then you must fit in a meal at Crown Grill. Whether you try one dining venue or try them all, you are guaranteed to enjoy a delicious meal every time.

Pasta with tomato sauce in decorative bowl with glass of white wine

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July 31, 2018   3 Comments

Princess Cruises Announces Two Ships of the Next Generation

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Princess Cruises will be adding two new ships to its fleet, one in 2023 and another in 2025. The new ships will be the first in the line to be dual-powered and will primarily use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel source. LNG is the most environmentally friendly advanced fuel technology and the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. Using LNG as the primary fuel will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil.

“This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future vacation and lifestyle trends of our guests – further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next-generation premium cruise ship into service,” she added.

Princess Cruises will be adding new ships including Sky Princess and two just announced.

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July 27, 2018   No Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line to Add Two New Ships to Fleet

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced its intention to add two new ships to the fleet, which will be the fifth and sixth ships in the new Leonardo-Class. The first ship of the new class is scheduled to debut in 2022 and the recently announced ships are scheduled to debut in 2026 and 2027 respectively.

“Our six-ship Leonardo Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

The newest ships in the Leonardo-class will be smaller than the Breakaway-Plus class and more energy efficient.

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July 17, 2018   No Comments

Queen Latifah Christens Carnival Horizon in New York City

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah christened Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, in a naming ceremony in New York City on May 23rd. The ceremony also showcased artwork of the young children from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital whose art decorates the Dreamscape – a beautiful three-deck-high LED sculpture in the ship’s atrium.

Long shot of Carnival Horizon sailing in deep blue water toward a green island

Following the ceremony, Queen Latifah took on Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion Jake Elliott in a lip sync battle – modeled after the hit TV show. Latifah performed a fantastic rendition of “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls while Elliott rocked out to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”.

Queen Latifah may have won the lip sync battle but it was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who was the real winner of the day. St. Jude received a $100,000 donation from Carnival Cruise Line, which raised the money from various fundraisers – both onboard and ashore. This is the latest donation in Carnival’s eight-year history of support for St. Jude, during which more than $16 million has been raised.

“Carnival Horizon’s naming ceremony was one of our best yet, with Queen Latifah carrying out her duties as godmother then battling it out with Super Bowl champion Jake Elliott of my hometown Philadelphia Eagles in an entertaining Lip Sync Battle,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “We were also delighted to showcase the wonderfully talented children from St. Jude whose artwork on the Dreamscape will be forever associated with this spectacular ship,” she added.

Queen Latifah added, “My time aboard Carnival Horizon was nothing short of incredible.  In addition to having the honor of serving as the ship’s godmother, meeting the amazing kids from St. Jude and their families and squaring off against Jake in an all-out Lip Sync Battle is certainly something I will always cherish.”

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May 25, 2018   No Comments