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.

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...

Queen Mary 2 Britannia Inside Cabin 6201 Review

I booked a budget no-frills cabin on Queen Mary 2 and got just that. My travel agent tried to up-sell me a bigger, more comfortable cabin. On such a short cruise, there was no need for anything other than an Interior Guarantee cabin, randomly...

A taster cruise to Bruges on Queen Mary 2

Ocean liner and Royal Mail Ship, Queen Mary 2, swapped its regular transatlantic voyages for a brief jaunt to Bruges. The two-night mini cruise, particularly popular with passengers experiencing the Cunard brand for the first time, was a good excuse...

A Tour of Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess

Picture the Caribbean, and you may think palm trees, luscious beaches, and a fireball in the sky. Alas, despite the namesake, Caribbean Princess sailed into Liverpool on a British Isles cruise amidst a torrential rainstorm. The terminal bustled with...