Monthly Archives: December 2013

Being Pampered, What Would You Pay?

When you hear the word “pampered”, what comes to mind?  The Webster’s Dictionary defines pamper as “to treat (someone or something) very well: to give (someone or something) a lot of attention and care.” For you, does it mean to be offered great food by a waiter? Maybe it means that someone will drop everything to help you out. Or does it mean that you get care beyond what you get in everyday life?

The Funnel Picture

The Funnel Picture

Norwegian Cruise Line is adding to what they think the word pamper means. Last week they announced the addition of a Butler-Drawn Bath Menu that will be available to all suite guests on their 12 ships. The menu features 7 different bath options that will surely make you feel like a queen. Your certified butler draws each bath. And, yes, if you are staying in The Haven, Norwegian’s ship within a ship concept, you can order from this menu.

Garden Villa Master Bathroom

Garden Villa Master Bathroom

What are these baths you maybe asking yourself?

For the ultimate in luxury, you may want to try the Mediterranean Soak. Your bath will be filled with French verbena bubbles. You will be served a glass of Dom Perignon champagne and feast on sturgeon caviar while you soak wearing an eye mask.

Mexican Riviera Retreat, where you can ease into a siesta with a lime 
exfoliating body scrub with loofah. You will be enjoying the perfect nightcap of a freshly made, all natural margarita with 100% agave tequila, premium triple orange liqueur and fresh squeezed limes.

Caribbean Calm, you will feel like you are in the tropics while enjoying a passion fruit bath gel with exfoliator gloves, topped off with a hand- muddled Mojito prepared with Bacardi Superior, fresh mint and hand pressed limes.

Hawaiian Bloom, you will find your own tropical paradise by slipping into a plumeria milk bath with floating flowers and be treated to a coconut kiwi pineapple splash prepared with Bacardi Rock Coconut, pineapple juice, lemon lime soda with chunks of fresh pineapple and kiwi. You will be sure to find your own ALOHA spirit!

Alaskan Plunge, you will experience refreshing relaxation with pine bath salts and a back scratcher. After soaking, you can enjoy a cold pitcher of strawberry lemonade with Stolichnaya vodka, fresh strawberries and hand pressed lemons.

Great Island Oasis, you will slip into a seaweed eucalyptus bath, complete with bath pillow and passion punch made with passion fruit liqueur, vodka, fresh fruit juices and sparkling wine.

And don’t forget the kids because they need pampering too! With the Wonder Waterfall, your kids will love to splash around with kiwi fruit berry bath bombs. Then be treated to a yummy kid-friendly strawberry and banana smoothie.

For me, there isn’t a low enough price to make this worthwhile because I haven’t taken a bath in…well…I don’t remember the last time I have soaked in a bath. I am not the type who enjoys sitting in a bathtub. I am more of the “Take a shower and get on with your day” type of person. But for those who do enjoy their baths and find them relaxing, what would you pay for these bath experiences? The Mediterranean Soak will cost you only $499. To pamper your kids with the Wonder Waterfall will only set you back $49. All the other baths go for $99.

I am curious, how many of you think these baths are worth the price? How many of you think these are an inexpensive way to be pampered? How many of you would take advantage of having someone draw you a special bath like this? How many of you think I am crazy for not enjoying soaking in a bath? Please comment on your thoughts.

Author: Nathan Nehmer, nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Cat in the Hat Goes Cruising

Carnival Cruise Line announced a partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring to life the beloved children’s books to the lines 24 ships. In what they claim as an industry first, the Carnival Seuss at Sea program will give kids plenty of activities, entertainment, and dinning fun while onboard. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line already has partnerships with DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon, respectively, bring their characters to life on their ships. Not to mention Disney Cruise Line, who doesn’t need a partnership to bring characters children love on their ships.

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Like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival will offer The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast in the main dinning room on the first sea day. For five dollars per guest, attendees will have the wait staff serve them foods inspired by Dr. Seuss books. Characters from the books will also join them at their tables for even more fun and photo opportunities.


There will also be Seuss story time help on sea day on each voyage, which will include some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. There will be opportunities for guest to meet and get their pictures taken with the characters. A Seuss-a-palooza Character parade will also take place, much like the DreamWorks Character parades on Royal Caribbean.

The Carnival Freedom, which will get refurbished in May, along with the Carnival Vista, set to debut in 2016, will feature the Dr. Seuss Bookville. This will be a fun play space inspired by the world of Dr. Seuss.

The Seuss at Sea program will debut on the Carnival Splendor in February and will be on all 24 Carnival ships by 2015.

While this may not be totally an industry first, it sure promises to be fun for people of all ages who love the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.

Information and logo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Nathan Nehmer: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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