Cruise Reviews

Big ships, little ones, or something in the middle?

Do you want to enjoy peace and quiet at sea? Or do you want non-stop fun with something to keep the entire family happy?

Size divides many cruise addicts. Some prefer the intimacy and tranquillity of smaller ships, together with the less-trodden destinations they visit. Others prefer the buzz of larger ships, with non-stop action available 24/7.

Choosing a cruise ship can make or break your holiday. Book yourself on the wrong one, and you may well end up with the holiday from hell. But book the right one for your needs, and you could be in store for the best holiday in your lifetime.

My guides will help you get a feel for a variety of cruise ships and will help you pick the right one for your next holiday.

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...

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...

Attention To Detail On Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises is relatively little known in the the UK, but it is making big waves in the cruise industry and is getting noticed. I headed to Liverpool to tour Crystal Symphony ahead of its refit next month to learn more about this small luxury...

MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia vs. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

The launch of a next-generation ship naturally draws a comparison against the pioneer of high-tech cruising. Some of the aspects on MSC Meraviglia, christened by Sophia Loren in Le Havre, resemble those found on Quantum class of ships from American...

MSC Meraviglia Review: Evolutionary Not Revolutionary

When MSC Cruises named its latest ship, it opted for the Italian word for wonder. After spending 20 hours on a swelteringly hot bus travelling between London and Le Havre to get 14 hours onboard the ship, the experience made me wonder whether it was...

MSC Meraviglia Accessible Bella Balcony Cabin 8090 Review

I stayed the night on MSC Meraviglia in the accessible Bella grade cabin 8090. My allocation of an accessible cabin meant I could investigate how wheelchair-friendly such cabins are on MSC Cruises’ latest flagship. The dark green-themed cabin...

Queen Mary 2 Britannia Single Outside Cabin 2016 Review

If ever there was a cabin that made me want to leave my family on the quayside, this is it. Cabin 2016 is one of a small handful of recently added staterooms on Queen Mary 2 designed and priced specifically for solo occupancy. I had the opportunity...