Cruise Blog

Welcome to my cruise blog, where I share my thoughts and opinions on the latest cruise news.

Marella Explorer Review: Contemporary British Cruising Done Right

“We cross the ‘T’, dot the ‘I’, and put ‘U’ in the middle”. I lost count of how many times I heard that advert informing the country that Thomson had became TUI. But does a smiley logo make for a happy...

Norwegian Bliss Mini Suite 13202 Review

The first person to sleep in mini suite 13202 on Norwegian Bliss was yours truly. And there’s something oddly special about having that claim to fame. Located mid-ship on Deck 13 portside, the cabin offered easy access to the mid-ship stairwell...

Good Ol’ Hospitality at Q Texas Smokehouse on Norwegian Bliss

“Where would you like to dine?” asked a lady sitting meekly in the corner of a room, drowning in restaurant menus. There was only one choice for me: Q Texas Smokehouse. A highly sought-after choice but I was an early bird and I caught the...

Norwegian Bliss Review: Alaska Gets Best In Class

Alaska is about to get hotter with the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest Breakaway-Plus class ship, Norwegian Bliss. The ship, “designed for Alaska,” introduces go-karts, laser tag, and freestyle cruising to an already...

November 2017 – MSC Seaside Launches As Seaside EVO Is Announced

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. MSC Meraviglia joined the fleet in June and now in November, MSC Seaside has...

MSC Meraviglia Aurea Duplex Suite 9002 Review

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. While others got wrapped up in the promises...

Royal Caribbean Mini Cruise Flash Sale From £199pp

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. Either way, Royal Caribbean has a range of mini...

October 2017 – I Can’t Take My Eyes Off ‘U’

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.” U by Uniworld Naturally, the maiden voyage was...

September 2017 – Cunard, Silversea, and Azamara Expand Fleets

At a time when new ship orders seem to occur on a monthly basis, I was concerned September was going to be quiet. But then in quick succession, Cunard and Silversea both announced Fincantieri is building them new ships while Azamara Club Cruises is...

August 2017 – Spectrum of the Seas, New Ship, & Weddings

Second only to the headline features of a new cruise ship, the name is often one of the most closely guarded secrets in shipbuilding. So long as it can be kept a secret – and that relies on suppliers keeping it hush too (*cough* Symphony of the...