When you think of cruising in Canada & New England, do the oranges, yellows, and reds of the fall foliage dance through your mind? Do you think of the historic events that took place in Boston during the American Revolution, or the fabled shipwrecks off the coast of Nova Scotia? These are great, but the hidden gems on a cruise to Canada & New England are the delicious, regional dishes rooted in the history of the ports where you can try them! Take a look at 5 treats you have to try on your cruise to Canada & New England!
Created in 1929 in Connecticut, the lobster roll quickly caught on and became wildly popular in Bar Harbor, Maine, where some of the finest lobster in the world are caught. A simple sandwich, the lobster roll uses hearty lobster meat, lightly tossed in mayonnaise and served chilled on a toasted roll. Depending on how you “roll,” some fillings include celery or chopped onion! Make sure you pick up a fresh lobster roll in Bar Harbor! Served with a side of fries or chips, it’s the perfect lunch to get you through a day of exploration!
There’s so much to see and do in Halifax that you just might need something you can eat on-the-go! In 2015, Halifax declared the Donair to be the official food of the city, marking the first time in Canadian history that a city had an official food! When in Rome, right? But what exactly is a donair? Similar to the Greek gyro, donair is beef cooked on a vertical spit, then stuffed in a pita. But the similarities stop there. Top your donair with fresh veggies, cheese, or whatever you want! Once the toppings are on, bring it all together with the signature donair sauce, a unique condiment made with evaporated milk, vinegar, garlic, and sugar! They say the sauce is what brings the popular street food together, but we’ll let you decide. Try a donair the next time you cruise to Halifax!
Vacations are all about relaxation and it’s a lot easier to relax with some comfort food! Born in Quebec, poutine is a cultural icon for the city and has garnered international popularity. According to local lore, a chef was so flabbergasted by a customers’ request for French fries, cheese curds, and gravy that he yelled “ça va faire une maudite poutine!”—which translates to “it will make a damn mess!” And thus, poutine was born. This messy dish, made with fresh French fries, cheddar cheese curds, and brown gravy, has been feeding the Quebecois for years and has even been transformed for upscale eateries! Grab some poutine at a food cart in the city or class it up with foie gras poutine in a 5-star restaurant!
The city of Boston played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and is full of incredible historical sites, successful sports teams, and pies? Or is it a cake? Either way, the confection gets its namesake from the city and has been delighting residents since the mid-1800s. Created as a signature dessert for the Parker House Hotel, the Boston cream pie is created by layering rich, French butter sponge cake with creamy custard, all brushed with a syrup made of rum. Is your mouth watering? Finish your Boston cream pie with a layer of custard around the entire cake, some toasted almonds, and a topping made with bitter baker’s chocolate to tie each slice together. Named the official dessert of Massachusetts in 1996, it would be a travesty to visit and not have a slice, or three.
“The lettuce of the sea,” quite literally! Dulse is a protein-packed, vitamin-reinforced, seaweed snack that is popular in New Brunswick! Dulse is extremely versatile, and can be powdered and used as a seasoning or pan fried into crispy chips! Many choose to cover these crispy chips with toppings like cheese, salsa, and other nacho toppings! And as the vegan-craze grows, dulse is growing in popularity as culinary scientists have developed a strain of dulse, that when pan fried, tastes just like bacon! As chips or a healthy side for your eggs, you have to try dulse!
Have you found a recipe yet? We know you’re looking! We think the best way to try something is to go to where it originates, so you can taste the flavors that made these foods international hits! With that in mind, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 so our expert consultants can book you (and your taste buds) on a cruise to Canada & New England!
On June 11th, The Cruise Web officially marked its 25th anniversary with a celebratory dinner cruise in Washington, DC!
Once onboard the Odyssey river ship, our sightseeing celebration embarked for an evening of fun along the Potomac River. And if there were a theme for the evening, it would be gratitude—demonstrated in the way everyone could fondly look back at our company’s growth and heritage, the relationships formed through it and the clients helped because of it.
Joining The Cruise Web for these festivities were our friends, family and cruise line representatives—each of whom has supported our team in too many ways to count. From the longstanding relationships we maintain with our 20+ cruise line providers to better serve our clients, providing—among other benefits—access to exclusive offers, training and expertise, to the colleagues and loved ones that make it possible to put in the work needed to be successful for 25 years and counting!
While we would have loved for everyone to have been able to join us in person, we are immensely grateful for the wonderful video messages shared by some of our closest cruise providers:
Congratulations to The Cruise Web for 25 Years in Business - YouTube
Also celebrating with The Cruise Web was Monica Kindle, Director of Operations at Stepping Stones Shelter, a local homeless shelter dedicated to finding stable environments for homeless families with children. Impressed and moved by the vital service provided by the Stepping Stones Shelter, The Cruise Web has made it a reoccurring goal to give back to our community by supporting the organizations that make it better. With that in mind, The Cruise Web’s executive team, led by Frans Hansen and Karolina Shenton, was honored to support Stepping Stones’ mission with a $2,500 donation.
As the evening was nearing its close, Frans Hansen, The Cruise Web’s president and founder, took the time to share the core values—and one in particular—that have shaped our company and culture. Please enjoy his speech in the video below:
25th Anniversary Speech by The Cruise Web's President, Frans Hansen - YouTube
A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to all of The Cruise Web’s cruise line providers for their sponsorship and participation at this event, and also for their support over these incredible 25 years!
We’d also like to extend additional thanks to all of the Odyssey’s crew, service team and photographers for making this a memorable night! Check out our slideshow for a glimpse into the gala:
As proud as we are of our first 25 years, we believe this is just the beginning and we look forward to many more anniversaries to come!
This month, The Cruise Web is proudly celebrating 25 years in business!
Many exciting things have happened in 25 years, and a lot has changed—in both the cruise industry and The Cruise Web. Annual cruise passenger numbers have more than quadrupled, a host of destinations—like Iceland, the Arctic, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica—are now more accessible than ever, and onboard experiences have expanded to accommodate travelers’ diverse interests, now including everything from mixing your own wine and Cirque du Soleil, to robotic bartenders and go-kart racing!
Meanwhile, at The Cruise Web, we have outgrown four different offices, expanded our cruise provider line-up to more than 20 brands, and built the dedicated teams necessary to become the full-service agency upon which our clients depend—all the while devoted to expert personalized cruise consulting.
As we celebrate our 25 years in business, we also celebrate one thing that has remained constant—our dedication to fostering a team-oriented culture of trust and, most importantly, respect.
At our company’s anniversary celebration, Frans Hansen, president and founder of The Cruise Web, took time to elaborate on the significance of respect—to him personally, as well as to The Cruise Web. Below is the video of his speech, which we hope you’ll enjoy:
25th Anniversary Speech by The Cruise Web's President, Frans Hansen - YouTube
Thank you to everyone who has played a role in our journey from early startup fears to celebrating 25 years! Without our trusted cruise suppliers, reliable vendors and an incredible team of passionate, dedicated employees, we would never be able to maintain our mission of providing clients with the best value and expert guidance for their cruise vacations.
And speaking of clients… thank YOU! Humbly, wholeheartedly, and most of all, thank you to all of our loyal clients for trusting us with your cruise vacation plans. We would not be here celebrating 25 years if not for you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as we have:
In May 2019, Caribbean Princess came out of drydock featuring Princess’ brand-new, never-before seen attraction – The Reef Family Splash Zone. Located aft on Deck 17, The Reef embodies a family atmosphere where adults and kids alike can relax, have fun and enjoy the sun and water together.
“In our latest effort to enhance our family offerings, this newly reimagined space invited families and kids to experience a multi-functional area to engage, play, reconnect,” said John Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “The Reef is the ultimate spot for families of all ages to enjoy spending time together with new water features, recreational activities and lounge areas.”
The Reef is equipped with many features centered around family fun, including the Game Zone and Splashpad with Whale Feature. In the Game Zone, guests can enjoy oversized backyard games, comfy lounge sectionals, and a kid-friendly bar setting where families can “grab cocktails and mocktails” while going head-to-head in games like Connect Four, Jenga, or Cornhole. The Splashpad offers an interactive and inviting water playground including a splash pool, assorted water sprays and showers, as well as whale centerpiece that makes it “rain” from its fluke.
Aside from the fun and games, The Reef also offers a variety of relaxing amenities, including new outdoor furniture, an upgraded lighting and music system, a shade canopy and wind panels. The new area also features a refurbished pool, Jacuzzi and bar, which are updated to match the newly designed space with redone signage and contemporary artwork.
For more information on Caribbean Princess or to enjoy The Reef Family Splash Zone first-hand, call The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383!
April 2019 marked the introduction of Avalon Waterways’ 13th and newest Suite Ship: the Avalon Envision. This luxurious ship will cruise the Danube between its’ home ports of Prague and Budapest, while guests enjoy their stay in Avalon’s award-winning Panorama Suites. These 200 square-foot suites boast more than 30% more room than the industry standard, as well as wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the suite into an open air balcony. These suites also feature window-facing “Beds with a View,” which allow passengers to take in the beautiful scenery as they relax.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind suites, the Avalon Envision is equipped with many other onboard amenities. These amenities include, but are not limited to:
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
A state-of-the-art Fitness Center
An Adventure Center for bikes and active gear
An Avalon Host to assist with active excursions and activities
Exceptional onboard cuisine including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits
Versatile FlexDining venues including the Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, and the elegant glass-walled Dining Room
Library books, cards, and board games found in the Club Lounge
Observation Lounge which offers the perfect vantage point of the riverbanks and beyond
Expansive Sky Deck featuring a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and a variety of deck games
For more information on the Avalon Envision and everything cruising, call one of The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383!
On Monday, June 3, AmaWaterways’ all-new AmaMora set sail on her maiden voyage out of Amsterdam. Set to arrive in Basel, Switzerland on June 10, the AmaMora is the third ship to have been introduced by the brand in 2019, following the AmaDouro and the AmaMagna.
“We are always excited to introduce new ships to our innovative fleet, but this season has been especially rewarding, and significant, for us,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “We’re thrilled to introduce AmaMora to the Rhine River and look forward to continue exceeding our guests’ expectations with a luxurious onboard experience, enriching shore excursions, exquisite dining venues and of course, the AmaWaterways touch that turns an interesting voyage into an unforgettable personalized experience.”
The AmaMora is a sister ship of both the AmaLea and the AmaKristina, and similarly offers generous personal space, multiple dining choices and 78 staterooms featuring AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies. At the main dining room and Chef’s Table restaurant, guests can experience regionally-inspired cuisine paired with hand-selected wines. Passengers may also choose to enjoy the all-day tapas menu, afternoon tea, complimentary daily Sip & Sail cocktail hour or 24-hour coffee station.
The AmaMora also carries a fleet of complimentary bicycles and offers a line-up of 20 organized hiking and biking tours for passengers to explore the beautiful scenery beyond the ship. Onboard, guests may choose to utilize the heated Sun Deck pool and swim-up bar or massage and hair salon services. Guests also have access to complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and in-room Entertainment-On-Demand.
Are you a social media savant? An Instagram intellectual, if you will…
If so, why aren’t you on a cruise right now? With endless possibilities of photo ops, you’ll love your cruise vacation, and chances are your friends will “like” it too! So without further ado, and in no particular order, check out our Top 5 Instagrammable Spots in the Caribbean!
These two mountains rising out of the crystal blue water in St. Lucia are known as The Pitons. Each spire, formed hundreds of years ago by underwater volcanic activity, reaches for the sky at over 2,400 feet and is one of the most popular photo ops! If you want the #pictureperfect snap, take some advice from our team here at The Cruise Web and head to the white sand at Sugar Beach, where the immensity of these natural wonders can actually fit in the frame!
CAN YOU HEAR ME OVER THE ROAR OF THE ENGINES? Okay, good. Now I can tell you all about this unique spot to capture the coolest photo on your Instagram feed. Located on the southern, or Dutch part of the island, this beach sits just in front of the runway for the Princess Juliana International Airport and offers stunning views for beachgoers and aviation enthusiasts. Photos like the one below are bound to frighten your mom (no danger involved) and impress your followers!
It’ll take an excursion from Nassau to get here, but you can’t pass up the chance to see the pigs on Pig Beach. An uninhabited island, these porkers aren’t afraid of people and will scurry up to visitors in hopes of a snack. While no one knows how all these pigs got here, there are many local folktales that offer explanation. One suggests that these pigs were dinner for a group of sailors who never returned home, another portrays them as brave survivors of a shipwreck! No matter how they got there, we’re just happy to take their picture. Swimming happily through the clear water and rolling in the white sand of Exuma, the pigs on Pig Island are the perfect picture partner!
Do you ever wonder what they did for fun in the 13th century? Apparently, they went to the beach! Explore the ruins of the Mayan city of Tulum, resting on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Tulum is thought to be one of the youngest sets of Mayan ruins, meaning the ancient civilization lived here up until the Spanish invasion. The largest remaining ruin overlooks pristine, white sand beaches, making for a great backdrop. Don’t Mayan(d) if I do!
#NoFilter needed on the stunning photos you’ll take from the Mountain Top observation deck in St. Thomas. A cable car ascends the mountain, providing stunning views on the way to the top, where the panorama will take your breath away. On a sunny day, there is no better view, as the lush green vegetation of the island contrasts perfectly with the deep blue of the Caribbean, spotted white with yachts and catamarans.
Now that you have a game plan, you have to get there! And the best way to visit the Caribbean is, of course, a cruise! Call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 so one of our expert consultants can help you plan an Instagram-worthy vacation!
On Tuesday, May 21, Carnival Cruise Line announced its exclusive partnership with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters. The basketball team will now serve as Carnival’s official cruise line sponsor worldwide, embodying the tagline “Choose Fun.”
The Harlem Globetrotters’ captivating theatrics and always entertaining exhibition games are a perfect fit with Carnival’s signature brand of fun. Both parties will greatly complement each other in joint marketing efforts such as a designated Choose Fun Zone seating area with branded signage, playful décor, special player interactions and more. Through the new partnership, Carnival will also be provided with traditional marketing assets in order to support their charitable partners’ initiatives.
To promote the new partnership, Carnival released a video of the Harlem Globetrotters stars Hammer Harrison and Dragon Taylor gettin’ buckets in an entertaining fashion aboard Carnival Horizon, featuring Carnival’s SkyRide aerial attraction and Lido Deck:
Harlem Globetrotters Take Over Carnival Horizon | Carnival Cruise Line - YouTube
Harlem Globetrotters president Howard Smith explains that for nine decades, the team has been dedicated to bringing fans laughter, joy, and fun through basketball. “When we heard about the opportunity to partner with cruise industry leader Carnival,” Smith states, “we couldn’t wait to use our combined love of entertaining audiences to make our games more fun and memorable than ever.”
“The Harlem Globetrotters are synonymous with fun, helping families create wonderful memories – and our brands align so well together,” said Scott Becher, Vice President, Head of Partnerships for Carnival Cruise Line. “We look forward to seeing how everyone will ‘Choose Fun’ Globetrotters-style.”
To choose your own fun with Carnival Cruise Line, call The Cruise Web’s friendly experts at 1-800-377-9383.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently announced the incorporation of over 200 plant-based menu items across its fleet beginning October 1, 2019. Because of travelers’ increasing demand for these high quality foods, plant-based items will be fully incorporated into the fleet’s daily menus and available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This new cuisine will feature the trending Impossible Burger, a meatless burger that has more protein, less total fat, no cholesterol, and fewer calories than a hamburger of similar size.
Other menu highlights include:
Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Mushroom Duxelles and Red Pepper Coulis
Falafel Fritters with Harissa Mayo, Cucumber Mint, and Capers
Spiced Potato and Green Pea Samosas with Tamarind Chutney
Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly
Power Bowls and Poke Bowls
Baked Porcini and Spinach Cannelloni with Toasted Hazelnuts, Tomato Sauce, and Béchamel
And many more!
The new menu was envisioned by Bernard Klotz, Regent’s vice president of Food and Beverage. According to Klotz, “Plant-based cuisine appeals to a broad audience of luxury travelers… This is an emerging, modern specialty cuisine that allows our guests to enjoy more flavorful foods that are in harmony with their current tastes and pushes the boundaries on Regent’s acclaimed culinary creativity and imagination.”
For more information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants!
Carnival Cruise Line has recently revealed more details surrounding its highly-anticipated new ship, Mardi Gras. The ship will feature more than 180 suites that will come in 11 different styles, including the premium Carnival Excel Suites. These high-end suites come with select amenities including priority access to Loft 19, Carnival’s new resort-style open air enclave.
The new premium-level Carnival Excel Suites include 32 suites across four categories:
Mardi Gras will offer two Carnival Excel Presidential Suites, which will serve as the most spacious suites in the Carnival fleet. Located on Deck 17, these suites feature very comfortable living, dining, and sleeping areas. Carnival’s Excel Presidential Suites also feature the fleet’s largest balconies, each equipped with sunbed and lounging areas, along with guests’ very own private outdoor hot tub. In addition to Loft 19 access, Carnival Excel Presidential Suite guests will also have access to the spa’s thermal suite and Havana pool area.
Twelve Carnival Excel Aft Suites will overlook the ship’s Summer Landing for beautiful sea views from spacious wraparound balconies. Excel Aft Suites feature separate living rooms and bedrooms, along with outdoor lounging, dining, and a private hot tub. For guests who enjoy dining with a sunset, the Carnival Excel Aft Suites will never disappoint.
Mardi Gras also offers twelve Carnival Excel Corner Suites. These suites feature separate sleeping and living areas—including a wet bar and wraparound balcony with lounging and dining accommodations.
The fourth and final type of suite aboard the new ship is the Carnival Excel Suite. Located on Decks 10, 11 and 12, these suites feature generous sleeping, dining, and relaxing areas along with a spacious balcony for lounging and dining.
Guests who cruise in any of the Carnival Excel suite levels will enjoy the following premium amenities:
Unlimited access to Loft 19
Located on the ships top deck, Loft 19 includes a dedicated concierge, lunch delivery, and full bar service. The enclave also features a private pool with spacious cabanas stocked with beverages, plush robes, chilled towels, and fresh fruit.
Guaranteed specialty dining times (with the exception of Bonsai Teppenyaki and the Chef’s Table)
Complimentary Bottomless Bubbles soda package, room service and laundry
Sparkling wine and fresh fruit basket upon arrival
Upgraded bathroom amenities
For more information on Carnival’s Mardi Gras, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants!