Silversea Announces Plans for Three New Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Silversea Cruises revealed recently that they have plans to add three more luxurious ships to their fleet.

Two of these new vessels will be coming from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, and will be known as the “Evolution Class”. The first ship is expected to be ready by 2022. The third vessel, to be named Silver Origin, is estimated to arrive in March 2020. This more intimate expedition style ship will be constructed by Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop, and will take over the Galapagos Islands Itinerary that Silver Galapagos is currently sailing.

“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”

“We are very happy to build these new ships for Silversea Cruises. Together with Silversea we will create a new generation of environmentally friendly ships in the ultra-luxury cruise market,” said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.

Silversea is recognized as a game changer in the ultimate luxury cruise line industry. They offer guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of casual elegance.  With the expedition fleet currently comprised of Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.

For more information about Silversea, and for the latest on these new luxury ships, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with an expert cruise consultant.

 

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October 15, 2018   No Comments

The Cruise Web Receives Eastern Region Excellence Award from Holland America Line

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

The Cruise Web was recently honored at the 2018 World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellent Awards, where Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line recognized some of the top travel agencies. The Cruise Web proudly accepted the Eastern Region Excellence Award from Holland America Line.

“Travel agents play a most critical role in helping their clients who become our guests choose the right cruise line and even the right ship and itinerary through listening to where they want to go, what types of experiences they want from their vacation and what best resonates with them concerning the many things that help create those experiences,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “I am honored to join our three largest North American cruise brands for the Excellence Awards, which recognize the travel partners who help us exceed our guests’ expectations through their understanding of their clients and through their loyalty, hard work, dedication and creativity.”

Woman in pink address poses with 4 Holland America Line executives with award.

From left to right: Joe Slattery, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Holland America; Michelle Sutter, Director of Sales, Strategic Accounts, Holland America; Karolina Shenton, Vice President, The Cruise Web; Arnold Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Corporation; Eva Jenner, Sales at Holland America Line and Seabourn.

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August 23, 2018   No Comments

The Cruise Web Tours Oceania Cruises’ Marina Cruise Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

A group of The Cruise Web’s Cruise Consultants recently toured Oceania Cruises’ Marina cruise ship in New York City. They were able to explore this elegant, classic ship from top to bottom and see all the amenities she has to offer guests. They also enjoyed a delicious lunch – and Oceania is known for offering some of the best cuisine at sea! When they returned we asked them for their reviews of Marina, and they had nothing but great things to say:

Allison S.:

“The entire ship was lovely with a simple, clean, and elegant design overall. Of course, the Jacques Pepin designed cuisine was excellent – as to be expected. I particularly enjoyed the pool deck with its teak chairs and tables, and how loungers were generously distanced from each other. An unexpected, but pleasant, surprise was how inviting the interior cabins are; they give the feeling of being in an interior room in an old manor house, and are given the same attention to detail as the higher priced rooms.”

Ian H.:

“Oceania Marina exceeded all my expectations. At only 8 years old, she is in pristine condition. The two things that stood out to me the most were the incredible amount of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every public area, and the million-dollar fine art collection decorating the walls of each hall and lounge.”

Gloria H.:

“Marina is a great example of luxury at its best. The décor was modern and contemporary and very tastefully done. The colors chosen gave off a calming feel; for those who like subtle elegance – Marina is for you. The food was fantastic, everything is fresh and your plate is made to order. The chocolate lava cake was to die for, I watched two grown men almost cry when they tasted that cake. It was that good! I also liked the Theater set up, even though the seats were in long rows, there was plenty of space for people to walk through, and the seats were wide enough that you did not feel packed in. Marina also had a culinary center where you could work one-on-one with the chef and learn how to prepare a few of their signature dishes. For anyone who likes the finer things in life but don’t want to mortgage your house to get it – Oceania might be a good fit for you!”

Sherry J.:

“I was very impressed by the entire look of the Marina and its décor. Everything was elegant and tastefully done from the furniture to the flooring. I had the best beef tenderloin I have ever had preceded by an appetizer of tasty pasta purses filled with provolone in a butternut squash cream sauce.”

Juliana C.:

“When walking aboard Oceania Marina, it was as though I had walked into a luxury hotel with very intricate details. The staff was very courteous and amicable. Oceania take pride in using the freshest ingredients at sea and it is reflected in their cuisine.”

Ben S.:

“What impressed me the most were the different dining options. There is a reason Oceania takes pride in calling themselves ‘the finest cuisine at sea’. Marina has many specialty dining options that are elegantly and feature incredible menu items. We were treated to lunch in the Grand Dining Room and had some delicious options available: lobster & caviar, stuffed pasta shells, sea bass, beef tenderloin, and a unique dessert! Aside from the dining options, you can also try a themed cruise where Master Chef Jacques Pepin or Claudine Pepin will be onboard with a specially designed menu, culinary demonstrations, and more. If you want a luxury experience at a great price, I highly recommend Oceania Cruises!”

James M.:

“I thought the ship was very boutique and elegant, the staff beyond attentive, and the food amazing – especially the chocolate volcano dessert. The ship was easy to navigate and it was great to see all the fun activities available onboard.”

Scott R.:

“The food was wonderful and the service impeccable. I found the lobby to be very impressive and thought the miniature golf course on deck 16 was in excellent shape.”

If you’re a ‘foodie’, looking for luxury at an affordable price, enjoy understated elegance, or want to see the world in your own way, then a cruise with Oceania Cruises is perfect for you! For more information about upcoming sailings aboard Oceania’s Marina, and all other Oceania sailings, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert cruise consultants.

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May 16, 2018   2 Comments

Oceania Cruises Celebrates 15 Years!

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

As one of Oceania Cruises’ top producers, The Cruise Web was invited to participate in the Oceania’s 15th Anniversary celebration in New York City, featuring an exquisite menu inspired by none other than world renowned chef, Jacques Pepin!

The Cruise Web's Vice President celebrated Oceania Cruises' 15 year anniversary

The Cruise Web’s Vice President, Karolina Shenton, was honored to represent the company at this intimate event hosted by the Oceania’s executive team.  The menu presented that evening was a seven-course affair, La Cuisine Bourgeoise, and featured dishes from Pepin’s childhood. Oceania’s clients can now taste the same dishes on select Oceania’s ships and enjoy “happiness on the plate” as Jacques Pepin says.

A sample of the menu served at the Oceania Cruises' 15 year anniversary dinner.

 

The special guests of the event included, Jacques and his daughter, Claudine Pépin, who is the godmother of the Oceania’s ship – Sirena.

Upon Karolina’s return to the office, she had more than a few stories about the amazing dishes she enjoyed at this exclusive event.  If you would like to experience this amazing culinary experience for yourself, speak with one of our cruise consultant about booking your next voyage aboard Oceania Cruises.

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January 23, 2018   No Comments

The Cruise Web Raises Over $2k for Local Charity

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

This holiday season, The Cruise Web team decided to give back to the community by raising money for a local charity. Over the course of four weeks, The Cruise Web team raised over $2,350 for Stepping Stones – a local shelter that provides support for families with children. Stepping Stones houses up to 6 families at one time and houses approximately 30 families per year. However, Stepping Stones doesn’t simply provide shelter, they also provide job training and other essential aid to help families thrive when they leave the shelter.

Over $1,100 was raised by The Cruise Web’s employees, which was generously matched by the company – resulting in over $2,350 worth of goods for the shelter! The funds were used to purchase many urgent need items for Stepping Stones. During the holiday season, many people donate food or toys, which are essential, but sometimes other everyday supplies can be forgotten.

Some of the items purchased were Ziploc bags, diapers, bed sheets, aluminum foil, snacks, pillows, laundry detergent, kitchen sponges, paper plates, toilet paper, blankets, cleaning supplies, tissues, food items, and much more!

Some of the items generously donated by The Cruise Web to the Stepping Stones charity.

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November 30, 2017   No Comments

The Cruise Web Throws Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Cinco de Mayo at The Cruise WebOn Monday, May 5th, The Cruise Web kicked off the work week with a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! The party was complete with a festive spread of salsa, guacamole and cheese dips. Plus, everyone had a chance to try their luck at a ring toss challenge (special props to Sales Manager Mike Harris for being the first to beat the ring toss).

It’s always fun to celebrate different cultures, and it’s especially exciting for us to celebrate Mexican heritage because the nation is a huge part of the cruising world. Mexico, which is home to over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is one of our most popular cruise destinations, and Cinco de Mayo gave us the perfect opportunity to commemorate our Southern neighbor.

How did you celebrate the Cinco de Mayo?

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May 19, 2014   No Comments

A Gloria-us 10 Years

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Gloria shakes Frans' hand.This February, The Cruise Web marked the 10-year anniversary of Senior Cruise Consultant Gloria Hanson. In honor of her 10 years here, we had an ice cream social with 10 different toppings, one for each of her very fruitful years at the company.

The Cruise Web’s President Frans Hansen remarked that it has been a pleasure having Gloria on the staff. Over the years she has proven to be a dependable, loyal and professional cruise consultant that really puts her clients’ needs first.

When it came time for Gloria to give a speech, she played a prank on all of us by pulling out what seemed to be a never-ending sheet of paper, remarking that she had “just a few things to say.” After a hardy laugh she thanked everyone for making her last ten years memorable and shared how much she looks forward to the next ten.

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February 18, 2014   4 Comments

Cruise Web Consultant Pops the Question

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Alex and Katie in Central ParkThis October Cruise Consultant Alex V. surprised his girlfriend of four years, Katie,  with a ring on a recent trip to New York City. The two met in 2009 through a mutual friend and just recently bought a home together near Annapolis, Md.

Alex has known for a while that Katie is the girl he wants to marry, but having just purchased a home, he knew he didn’t have the money for a proper engagement ring. However, he found out that Smyth Jewelers had a financing program and decided he could afford to do it.

After purchasing the ring, things got tricky. Since the couple live together, Alex faced suspicious looks from his fiance and had to think on his feet when Katie would question him about his odd behavior.

Alex decided to hide the receipt in the glove box of his car, but then while driving, Katie started to root around looking for a tissue. Alex had to quickly make up a small fib to get her to stop looking around, so he told her he had her birthday card in the glove box, and it wasn’t finished yet. Then when the ring came in he had to go pick it up so he told her he was going to run some errands, to which Katie asked to go along. Alex told her he wanted to do something on his own, which raised suspicion with Katie. [Read more →]

November 14, 2013   No Comments

First Comes Love: Cruise Web Weddings and Babies

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

This summer has been filled with lots of wonderful celebrations for our Cruise Web staff. One employee became a mom, another welcomed a second daughter to the world, and three tied the knot.

Brides and Groom

Brandon and Meggie's weddingSenior Cruise Consultant Brandon Biss started out the wedding season by marrying his longtime girlfriend Meggie on May 25th in Pennsylvania. “I remember looking out with all of our friends and family in one room for us and feeling very lucky. It was a very emotional and humbling experience,” Brandon said. The two honeymooned in Hawaii where they visited Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Lanai. A highlight of the trip for the two was taking surfing lessons and both being able to get up on their boards. “It was a great mix of relaxation, touring, and being active.” [Read more →]

September 17, 2013   No Comments

The Cruise Web Celebrates Consultant’s 10 Year Anniversary

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Brandon BissThere have been many superstar consultants in the 19 year history of The Cruise Web, but Brandon B. is among the most storied, as he has recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with the company. Brandon is well-known throughout the office–always ready to offer some of his experience, knowledge or time to help develop the company or a fellow consultant. In celebration of his past (and surely future) success and dedication to The Cruise Web, the office enjoyed an ice cream social in his honor, featuring an array of flavors and toppings. As the company gathered to savor a sweet treat, Brandon shared stories new and old involving cruises, clients and more. [Read more →]

September 13, 2013   2 Comments