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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As I sat, sipping an espresso in my private whirlpool tub, I pinched myself to check if this was real life. Let’s rewind to March 2016, when bookings opened for MSC Meraviglia‘s maiden season.
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.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but how far do lines go to deliver a magical experience aboard their cruise ships?
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.
Is there any stopping MSC Cruises? No. Not really. They are on a relentless journey of rapid expansion at the moment, signalled by the second new ship launch THIS year.
Fancy trying a cruise but don’t want to commit to a week or two aboard? Or perhaps, like me, you’re a cruise addict and want to see the new changes on Independence of the Seas next year.
This month saw the introduction of a really exciting concept in the river cruise market. U by Uniworld seeks millennials aged 21 to 45 looking for “immersive, fun, and adventurous travel.
At a time when new ship orders seem to occur on a monthly basis, I was concerned September was going to be quiet.
Second only to the headline features of a new cruise ship, the name is often one of the most closely guarded secrets in shipbuilding.
Crystal Cruises is relatively little known in the the UK, but it is making big waves in the cruise industry and is getting noticed.
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:
Torn between an ocean cruise and a river cruise? Try both, as Fred Olsen’s Balmoral takes to the River Seine. The ship that thinks it is a river boat will sail from Southampton on a three-night mini cruise to Rouen and Honfleur in France.
Enjoy a short trip with a full itinerary to the Channel Islands and France. Saga Pearl II will sail to Guernsey and then Honfleur before stopping at Dartmouth on the way back to Portsmouth.
Sailing on a Friday, this mini cruise is the perfect excuse for a long weekend.