David Fiske, Cruise Blogger
Hello, I am David, a website developer and marketer who accidentally fell into the exciting world of cruise travel writing. I strip away the marketing fluff and tell it like it really is.
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The launch of a next-generation ship naturally draws a comparison against the pioneer of high-tech cruising.
Beverages keep on flowing when you buy a drinks package on your cruise holiday. But those seemingly unlimited drinks from the bars and restaurants come with a hefty initial cost.
The best cabins for impressive views over the AquaTheater on the world’s biggest cruise ship are the plush AquaTheater Suites, right? Cabin 8729 is one of the ten hidden gems on Harmony of the Seas known as Boardwalk balcony cabins.
Why book a cruise holiday?
Cruise holidays have transformed into an entirely different proposition in recent times. They may well have been stuffy affairs for the elite, but now the industry has modernised, making cruise holidays accessible for all.
Whether you want to sail on a small and intimate ship or the world’s biggest cruise ship, you can find the perfect holiday. Whether you want a kid-free adults-only holiday or you want to take the little ones on a holiday of a lifetime, you will find a ship to suit. If pampering in a setting of sheer luxury, or a no-frills, good value holiday is your priority, you will find a cruise line to match.
I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate reasons to cruise, which you can find here.
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I love writing about cruise ships, cruise holidays, exciting destinations, and about travel to and from ports. Here are my latest articles.
My whistle-stop tour of Canada involved a jaunt between Montréal and Québec. The options open to me were to fly or to take the train as I refused to drive the 160-mile, three-hour journey. As I needed return transport, I opted for both.
World cruises, designed for the cash rich and time rich, can be an excellent way to tour many destinations on a single voyage.
Have you heard about The Cruise Show? It is an exhibition devoted to cruise holidays. If you are slightly curious about cruising, you should plan a visit to the show.
July has been a big month for cruise lines revealing new itineraries. But I’ll start with a shameless plug for your vote.
So there I was, standing next to the man I had cooked on countless television programmes. Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo was onboard Anthem of the Seas to open Jamie Oliver’s latest sea-based restaurant and my timing could not have been better.
After a long time in the making, MSC Meraviglia launched this month, christened by Sophia Loren in a ceremony in Le Havre, France.
Try your first cruise
Dipping your toes into the world of cruising need not be daunting.
In fact, several cruise lines offer short taster cruises of between one and five nights that are perfect for sampling the cruise lifestyle.
These mini cruises let you explore the ship, sample the hospitality, try out the food, enjoy the entertainment, and visit popular ports of call in a short space of time. If the thought of spending a week cooped up on a cruise ship scares you, these are perfect short breaks where you can see exactly what cruise holidays are really like.
Click here to see my calendar of upcoming taster cruises. Here are a trio of suggestions to get you started:
If getting time off work mid-week is a struggle, try this weekend mini cruise. Sail aboard P&O Cruises’ flagship, Britannia, on a quick jaunt to Zeebrugge, where you can opt to tour the popular Belgian cities of Bruges or Brussels.
Enjoy a long weekend break touring France and Belgium on an American cruise ship. Independence of the Seas, a firm favourite with Brits, will embark on a three-night mini cruise from Southampton in mid-October.
Few mini cruises from Southampton have the luxury of being able to reach Spain. This five-night mini cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas heads straight to Bilbao and squeezes in Le Havre on the way back.