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

Royal Caribbean Introduces Godfamily for Symphony of the Seas

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Royal Caribbean is shaking up maritime tradition for its newest ship, Symphony of the Seas. Instead of a godmother, Symphony of Seas will be christened by actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean. It’s the first godfamily to ever christen a ship.

Back of Symphony of the Seas features a waverunner, waterslides, and pools.

Symphony of the Seas won’t be the first Royal Caribbean experience for the PenaVega family.  The couple got engaged on Oasis of the Seas and celebrated a babymoon on Allure of the Seas. In fact, Carlos PenaVega has been sailing with Royal Caribbean for almost 25 years and took his first cruise at 4 years old. His son Ocean sailed for this first time at just 13 months!

The PenaVegas will christen Symphony of the Seas when she arrives to PortMiami this November, where they will ceremoniously break a bottle of champagne and invite good luck on future voyages.

For more information about upcoming sailings on Symphony of Seas, and all other Royal Caribbean sailings, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with a cruise consultant.

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May 11, 2018   2 Comments

Infographic: Preview MSC Seaview, the Newest Ship from MSC Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Enjoy a colorful preview of MSC Cruises’ next groundbreaking ship, MSC Seaview, with The Cruise Web’s latest cruise ship infographic! MSC Seaview is a sister to the Miami-based MSC Seaside, featuring a plethora of carefully curated entertainment options, diverse palate-pleasing dining and unforgettable onboard activities. Plus, guests have their choice of a wide range of accommodations in which to retire – each a welcoming retreat to provide the energy needed to experience all MSC Seaview has to offer when she debuts in the Mediterranean in June of 2018!

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April 23, 2018   No Comments

Seabourn Introduces New Al Fresco Dining Experience

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Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn will introduce a new dining experience when its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, makes her debut in May 2018. Earth & Ocean at The Patio is an a la carte dinner venue designed to delight Seabourn guests with candlelight seating, sweeping views of the sea, and a sophisticated menu that celebrates the flavors from around the world.

Earth & Ocean at The Patio is designed to be a culinary experience like never before at sea. Seabourn worked closely with consulting chef Anton Egger to develop the concept, and the result is an innovative dining experience. Guests can look forward to an array of fresh, innovative dishes from around the world served underneath the twinkling stars.

“Earth & Ocean at The Patio continues the evolution of dining experiences across the Seabourn fleet, offering guests a culinary voyage to far-flung regions of the world served in a remarkably welcoming and relaxing open-air space,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The new concept, which has some really unique service elements, will be one of many highlights for guests to savor with the launch of Seabourn Ovation, and we look forward to expanding it to all of our ships in the year ahead.”

Earth & Ocean at The Patio will be on Seabourn's newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, when she debuts in May 2018.

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April 12, 2018   No Comments

U by Uniworld Introduces New Ship – The A

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Uniworld’s sister brand, U by Uniworld, is debuting its newest ship – The A! The A will be sailing the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers in Europe, while her sister ship, The B, currently sails the Seine River in France.

Although U by Uniworld recently removed their age restriction, it is the first river cruise line designed for the millennial generation. The A is sleek and sophisticated; a floating boutique hotel which travels seamlessly through Europe. She offers everything that the young – and young-at-heart – travelers want in a river cruise.

To experience the best view on the ship – head to the Rooftop; it’s perfect for hanging out with friends while listening to the guest DJ. It even has a glass room that rises from the floor to create a casual dining venue with an incredible view. Relax and unwind in the U Lounge and then head to Mugs to get an excellent cup of coffee, or grab a cocktail or local craft beer and wine at one of the two bars on board.

You can even keep up with your fitness routine while sailing on The A. The gym on board features treadmills, yoga mats, free weights, and more. You can also take your workout outside by grabbing a bike or arranging a hike in your gorgeous destination.

Travelers can visit the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, on The A.

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April 2, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Names Queen Latifah Godmother of Carnival Horizon

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Line recently announced accomplished musical artist and actress, Queen Latifah, will be the godmother of the line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon.

Carnival’s President, Christine Duffy, said, “With her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to ‘Choose Fun’ in everything she does.”

Queen Latifah will be the godmother for Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship - Carnival Horizon.

Queen Latifah will participate in Carnival Horizon’s official naming ceremony, and a Lip Sync Battle: Horizon showcase during the Carnival Horizon Gala in New York City on May 23, 2018.

The Gala will also recognize Carnival Cruise Line’s longtime partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a check presentation donating funds raised from various activities and events. In addition, the artwork created by more than 30 St. Jude patients will be unveiled. This artwork will appear on the Dreamscape – a beautiful three-deck-high LED sculpture in the ship’s atrium.

For more information about Carnival Horizon, and all other Carnival ships, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our friendly cruise consultants.

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March 1, 2018   2 Comments

Celebrity Cruises Reveals New Dining Experiences Aboard Celebrity Edge

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Celebrity Cruises recently announced its newest ship, Celebrity Edge, will feature brand new and exciting culinary options. Guests will be able to experience top-quality cuisine from around the world without having to leave the ship.

Celebrity Edge will feature 29 world-class venues, which includes seven brand new specialty restaurants, four main dining restaurants, two exclusive restaurants for Suite and AquaClass guests, five complimentary quick service dining venues, and 11 bars/lounges. Celebrity Edge promises to take guests on a cross-continental culinary journey.

“Once again Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience, allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises. “From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”

Eden Restaurant will be one of the new restaurants on Celebrity Edge.

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March 1, 2018   4 Comments

Carnival Cruise Line to Debut New Entertainment Options on Carnival Horizon

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Line recently announced the addition of brand new entertainment options aboard its newest ship, Carnival Horizon.  The in-house Carnival Cruise Line entertainment team partnered with creative directors from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London’s West End to create three original shows that will raise the bar for cruise ship entertainment.

The shows are part of Carnival’s Playlist Productions, and are designed to make maximum use of Carnival Horizon’s sophisticated and interactive LED screens while showcasing the incredible talent of the performers to deliver unforgettable entertainment.

“Carnival Horizon promises to be a spectacular addition to the fleet and we’ve made the entertainment and activity options equally spectacular with such an array of fun choices, morning until night,” said Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival’s vice president of entertainment. “Whether you’re enjoying an amazing Playlist Productions show, checking out the hilarious entertainers at the Punchliner Comedy Club or participating in our legendary deck parties, our team will make sure your Carnival Horizon vacation is one you’ll never forget,” she added.

Carnival Horizon is scheduled to debut new entertainment options from Playlist Productions.

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February 27, 2018   5 Comments

Carnival Panorama to Homeport in Long Beach in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Cruise Line recently announced its newest ship, Carnival Panorama, will homeport in Long Beach, California when she debuts in 2019.

Carnival Panorama will be the first new ship from Carnival to be based in Southern California in 20 years. The Long Beach Cruise Terminal recently had a grand re-opening after a multi-million dollar renovation. When Carnival Panorama debuts in fall 2019, she is scheduled to sail week-long itineraries from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.

The newest ship from Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Panorama, will homeport in Long Beach, California

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February 14, 2018   No Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line Begins Construction on New Ship, Norwegian Encore

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Norwegian Cruise Line began construction on its newest ship, Norwegian Encore. She will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and will be the fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class. Norwegian Encore is scheduled to sail to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in the fall of 2019.

Norwegian Encore will be the ultimate Breakaway Plus Class vessel and we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for this incredible new ship,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Over 50 years ago the Norwegian brand began creating unforgettable vacation moments with the first inter-island cruise in the Caribbean from Miami. We continue building on our legacy of innovation with this brand-new state-of-the-art vessel perfect for exploring the natural beauty of some of the most remarkable islands in the world.”

Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Encore, will debut in fall 2019.

Norwegian Encore is currently scheduled to sail 7-day cruises to the Caribbean and will accommodate close to 4,000 guests. She will continue Norwegian Cruise Line’s tradition of offering guests superior service, top-quality entertainment, signature dining, and fantastic onboard experiences. Norwegian Encore will blend innovative design and modern décor with Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature options which allow guests the freedom and flexibility to design their own perfect cruise vacation.

More details about Norwegian Encore will be revealed in the upcoming months, so check back here for the latest news about Norwegian Encore! For information about how you can sail with Norwegian Cruise Line – call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with an expert cruise consultant.

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January 31, 2018   No Comments