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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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Norwegian Gem Ship Tour Part 1

Norwegian Gem Ship Tour

On a nice day in late September, I had the privilege to tour the Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Gem. Since there are no real opportunities to tour a ship in and around Wisconsin, I need to fly out somewhere and spend a night or go to a conference to take part in a ship tour.  So, with this in mind I flew into New York City the night before and stayed at place using Airbnb. You can read about my stay in a previous post A Un-hotel Option.

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

That Saturday morning, after catching a glimpse of the ship from the top floor of the apartment building I stayed at and drinking my cup of coffee, I walked the few blocks down to pier 88 of the Manhattan Cruise Passenger Terminal. NCL allows us to bring a guest along on the ship tour, so I met up with my clients outside the terminal and made our way inside. After going through the normal process of giving up our I.D. to get the visitor badge, we were shown to a waiting area so we can wait till the group was ready. What a perfect time to grab a picture of the artwork on the hull of the Gem.

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

When we were ready to board, we were taken through the security line where our carry-on bags were checked and were led on board. This ship does have the WOW factor when you walk into the Crystal Atrium. It is beautiful! I will get into the public areas of the ship more in another post since we were whisked off to tour the staterooms first.

Crystal Atrium

Crystal Atrium

We were first taken up to the The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line’s “ship within a ship” concept. There are many benefits you get when you stay in The Haven which include:

  • 24-hour, trained and certified suite butler
  • Concierge service
  • Courtyard Valet
  • Gourmet “white tablecloth” en suite dining with special gourmet menus
  • Platinum keycard access
  • Exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area

    The Haven Courtyard

    The Haven Courtyard

  • VIP priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • Priority boarding of tenders ashore
  • Priority reservations in the ship’s specialty restaurants, spa, award-winning shows and more
  • Invitations to private restaurants for breakfast and lunch and to exclusive events
  • VIP private tours ashore can be reserved by The Haven Concierge

We were shown the three bedroom garden villa that I will only be able to see on a tour or in my dreams. This suite goes for just under $22,000 for a 9-night cruise.

Garden Villa Sitting Area

Garden Villa Sitting Area

Garden Villa Master Bedroom

Garden Villa Master Bedroom

Garden Villa Private Courtyard

Garden Villa Private Courtyard

After that, we were taken down to see the balcony and inside cabins. They are well decorated and more spacious than other ships that I have been on. Lets face it though, how much time are you really going to spend in your stateroom? There is so much to do on this ship you will want to spend as much time exploring it as you can. I will get more into the public areas and all the activities there is to do in my next post.

Balcony stateroom

Balcony stateroom

Inside Stateroom

Inside Stateroom

Author Nathan Nehmer: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Social Media Showing Off The Norwegian Breakaway

Don’t you just love social media? Remember the days when you had to wait for the event to be over and the newspaper to come out before you saw pictures of it? Those days are gone! With sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; we can see whats going on almost as its happening. Of course, we also have to thank smart phones for helping out with this feat.

This past week the Norwegian Breakaway was christened in New York City. She is the largest cruise ship to be positioned full time in New York. The build up to the event on May 8, 2013 was huge and everyone in the cruise industry was talking about it. Norwegian Cruise  Line also set up a live video theme of the ceremony. At one point, I saw a tweet that there were almost 6,500 viewers on the live feed but that number dropped as they experienced a few technical problems with it.NorwegianBreakaway.jpg

Then she set sail and we have been seeing pictures and comments come in over twitter and other social media sites. I sorted through some of the tweets and picked out my favorites to show. The picture above was tweeted many times and I can’t seem to find the original person who tweeted it to give credit.

Norwegian Cruise Line was busy posting pictures to their Instagram page. It looks like they are proud of her and want to show her off. Here are some of the pictures from their account.

She has arrived! #norwegianbreakawayis docked in #nyc! Check out the view of the city.

She has arrived! #norwegianbreakaway is docked in #nyc! Check out the view of the city.

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The @rockettes just christened #NYC’s newest ship, #norwegianbreakaway! Time to celebrate!

The @rockettes just christened #NYC's newest ship, #norwegianbreakaway! Time to celebrate!

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The incredible Slam Allen is lighting up the room with another amazing performance at Fat Cats On#norwegianbreakaway

The incredible Slam Allen is lighting up the room with another amazing performance at Fat Cats On #norwegianbreakaway

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Enjoy the most beautiful view of the Freedom Tower in #nyc from deck of#norwegianbreakaway!

Enjoy the most beautiful view of the Freedom Tower in #nyc from deck of #norwegianbreakaway!

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You can even chill at Fat Cats on the Waterfront on #norwegianbreakaway!

You can even chill at Fat Cats on the Waterfront on #norwegianbreakaway!

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Ok I know what some of you are thinking; These are professionally taken photos from the cruise line to make their ship look good. For this reason I sat down and searched twitter for passengers pictures of the ship. There were plenty to chose from so here are some of my favorites.

I think those are some impressive photos from people who were already lucky enough to sail on her. I can’t wait to get my turn to see her in person

Author Nathan Nehmer: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Cruising is Loving New York

The cruise industry is showing the Big Apple some lover these days. Well maybe it not just New York City but the area surrounding it. Two new ships will be calling this area home in the near future. Both of these ships sound spectacular and innovative as well. And both of these ships are causing the whole cruise world to talk.

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

The first one to arrive is actually on her way here as I type this. The Norwegian Breakaway, from Norwegian Cruise line, will arrive in New York on May 7, 2013. She will be sailing year-round from Manhattan Harbor with itineraries to Bermuda, Florida and the Bahamas, and the Southern Caribbean.

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There are so many exciting features on this ship. From areas like the Aqua Park & Sports deck, 678 Oceanplace, and The Waterfront (a boardwalk community right on the ship). Entertainment on the Breakaway will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. If you want to be pampered in an exclusive “ship with-in a ship”, maybe The Haven is for you. You can read more about the haven in an earlier post: A Look at The Haven on the New Norwegian Breakaway

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

The second ship to call the New York area home will be the Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribbean. Launching in 2014 She will sail out of the New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season. The Quantum of the Seas is currently being built Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Knowing Royal Caribbean’s style and history, with the Oasis class ships, we will be talking about this ship a lot more before it launches.

RipCord by iFly

RipCord by iFly

A few weeks ago, Royal Caribbean released some of the innovated features that will grace this ship. We are talking about skydiving at sea, hanging out over the edge of thee boat in a glass pod, and inside cabins with a view of the ocean. I wrote about these features in an earlier blog post: Quantum of the Seas Dazzles.

Virtual Balcony

Virtual Balcony

Northstar

Northstar

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

There will be more information coming on the Quantum of the Seas to build excitement for her launch.

To learn more about the Quantum of the Seas click here.

It is clear that the cruise industry is excited about the New York area market, and why not? It is a large market with many people who wouldn’t have to travel to catch their ship. For those who are from a “non-cruising” market, like me, New York provides a great place for a pre or post cruise stay. Either way I say, “Keep them new ships coming!”

Author: Nathan Nehmer nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Deflating the 10 Reasons to Never Cruise Part 1

I recently read an a blog post entitled 10 Reasons To Never Cruise Again in which the authors gave their reasons why a cruise is not for them. There is always talk from people on why cruising is not for them. Some people have never been on a cruise while others have and were probably on the wrong cruise line. The couple that wrote this post has said they were on two different cruise lines and I could probably guess which ones they were. I tend to think that if someone does enough research, or talks to a cruise consultant, they can find a cruise that is right for them.

 

MS Eurodam from the Port Everglades webcam

MS Eurodam from the Port Everglades webcam

I will take a look at the 10 reasons they gave for why to NEVER cruise again and give a few reasons why I think a little extra time in the planning stage could have made for a better experience.

1) The only place you can be alone is your room.

For the most part, unless you are camping or hiking through some remote area, it is hard to really be by yourself while on any vacation. Many of the new ships being built are building in ways to allow people to have some “alone” time while on the ship. Take for instance; on the new Royal Princess there will be cabanas in the Sanctuary and around the Retreat pool that you can reserve.

MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have the Yacht Club and The Haven, respectively. These are like a ship within a ship where there are fewer passengers and special amenities to those booked in those cabins.

The Haven Courtyard on the Norwegian Breakaway

The Haven Courtyard on the Norwegian Breakaway

2) You’re less likely to experience any authentic dining.

Most of the time you are in port for a full day. You can have plenty of time to find some authentic food while in port. Yes, I know, the food on board is included in your fare; but how can you turn down a chance to try some street food in port?

3) Your destinations are manufactured.

This is where they complained about the ports being built for the cruise ships. I need to say, of course the built the ports especially for the cruise ships. People like to be docked more than they like to be tendered to port. There is more to the port of call than just the actual port. Get out and explore.

4) The alcohol on the boat is expensive, man!

Have you ever when to a hotel lounge? Any nice restaurant in a larger city?  The last time is went to a hotel lounge my drink was $14; I don’t think the drinks on board that far out of line.

5) The on-board structured group activities are lame.

No one say you have to participate in the activities. There are other things you can want to do. Some cruise lines bring experts on board to give seminars about the culture your port of call. Princess does this in Alaska and Norwegian Cruise Line does this in Hawaii. Almost all cruise lines do this in Europe.

Dreamworks Character parade on the Allure of the Seas

Dreamworks Character parade on the Allure of the Seas

I will continue with reason 6 – 10 in a later blog but for now, what are your ideas? Do you consider any of these points when thinking about taking a cruise? What are your pros and cons of cruising? I would love to hear them. Please comment on this blog and lets have a discussion.

Author Nate: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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A Look at The Haven on the New Norwegian Breakaway

The Norwegian Breakaway will be making her New York inaugural voyage on April 30, 2013 from London to her year round homeport New York City.  She will be making sailings to the Bahamas & Florida and the Caribbean during her inaugural winter season.

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

I wanted to take you on a trip to her exclusive area, The Haven. Guests who booked themselves into some of the most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations on board the Breakaway; will enjoy an experience of a lifetime. Some of these experiences that guest will enjoy are:

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  • The Haven Courtyard – A private pool, sundeck, hot tub, fitness area, as well as the The Haven Restaurant and The Haven Lounge that is exclusive to The Haven guests

    The Haven Courtyard

    The Haven Courtyard

  • The Courtyard Valet – The Haven guests will experience dedicated Valet in The Haven Courtyard to provide personalized service, whether it’s taking a guest’s drink order or providing an extra towel
  • 24 Hour Certified Butler – All of The Haven’s butlers receive formal training by the International Institute of Modern Butlers and are available to our guests day and night
  • White Tablecloth En-suite Dining – If guests of The Haven want, they can have their butler serve a gourmet meal in their suite, complete with white tablecloth for an upscale, fine-dining experience (perfect for the newlyweds on their honeymoon)
  • Platinum Colored Keycards – These special babies will get you enhanced recognition throughout the ship.
  • Priority Reservations Throughout the Norwegian Breakaway – A dedicated concierge can secure reservations for The Haven’s guests at specialty restaurants, the spa, entertainment and invitations to private events

    The Haven Restaurant

    The Haven Restaurant

The Norwegian Breakaway features 7 stateroom categories within The Haven.

1.    THE HAVEN DELUXE OWNER’S SUITEWITH LARGE BALCONY

These Suites are located in The Haven and offer amazing ocean views, a wet bar and an extra-spacious wraparound balcony. They include a king-size bed; additional bedding that accommodates two, and one and a half bathrooms. This stateroom can sleep up to four people.

2.    THE HAVEN OWNER’S SUITE WITH LARGE BALCONY

These beautiful Suites are located in The Haven and offer amazing ocean views and an extra-spacious balcony. They include a king-size bed; additional bedding that accommodates two, and one and a half bathrooms. This stateroom can sleep up to four guests.

3.    THE HAVEN 2-BEDROOM FAMILY VILLA WITH BALCONY

These Villas are located in The Haven and are perfect for the family. They feature an extra-spacious balcony, two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, the other with a double sofa bed and two bathrooms. Can sleep up to six guests.

4.    THE HAVEN COURTYARD PENTHOUSE WITH BALCONY

These Penthouses are located in The Haven and include a king-size bed and private balcony with a fantastic view. (Sleeps up to three)

5.    THE HAVEN AFT-FACING PENTHOUSE WITH BALCONY

These Penthouses have access to The Haven and feature a king-size bed plus dining and sitting areas. They offer an unforgettable view from the aft-facing, private balcony. (Sleeps up to four)

6.    THE HAVEN FORWARD-FACING PENTHOUSE WITH BALCONY

These Penthouses have access to The Haven and feature a king-size bed plus dining and sitting areas. They offer amazing views from the forward-facing, private balcony. (Sleeps up to four)

7.    THE HAVEN SPA SUITE WITH BALCONY

These Suites have access to The Haven and are the perfect way to experience a total spa vacation. They include a king-size bed, hot tub, oversized waterfall shower and multiple body spray jets, spa décor, easy access to the adjacent Mandara Spa and fitness center, as well as complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular Spa hours. (Sleeps up to two)

 

 

Now you may be asking yourself; if you book a cabin in The Haven, does this mean you can’t explore everything else the Norwegian Breakaway has to offer. The answer is: by all means no! In fact, I encourage you to explore the rest of the ship. She has so much to offer you, it would be a great disservice to yourself not to see the rest of the ship. The hard part would be to want to leave The Haven.

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The Haven is truly a great way to relax and feel pampered as you enjoy everything that Free-Style cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line has to offer. Why not make your plans to check out everything The Haven has to offer?

Stateroom descriptions and photos are courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

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