Whether you’re new to cruising, or a seasoned shipmate, it’s often difficult to know whether you should book a shore excursion or make your own way in a port of call. If you’ve just booked a cruise it’s likely the cruise line is currently trying to sell you at least one – so what are shore excursions, and what’re the pros and cons?
REVIEW: P&O Britannia – British cruising is back
After a pause of nearly eighteen months cruising has restarted in the United Kingdom. How has the pandemic changed cruising, and what did I make of my first time sailing with P&O? Join me as I take one of the first cruises back on the seas. The Cruise As cruising restarts in the UK sailings…
REVIEW: Celebrity Summit – a renovation to turn heads
Celebrity Summit is one of Celebrity’s older ships but thanks to her recent Celebrity Revolution makeover she certainly doesn’t feel it. We had the pleasure of sailing on her in October 2019 – come with us as we explore the Summit.
MSC to lengthen Magnifica by 23 metres ahead of UK arrival
MSC Cruises have revealed that the MSC Magnifica will undergo a renovation and transformation that will add 23 meters to the ship. The extra space will deliver an additional 7,000 m2 of space to the ten eyar old ship – adding in 215 extra cabins, bringing the total number of balcony cabins to 63% of the overall ship. The renovation will…
Sky Princess completes sea trials
Princess Cruises has accomplished another major milestone in preparation for the launch of its newest ship, Sky Princess, by completing the vessel’s sea trials.
“I’ll be bored” and other misconceptions about cruising
It’s no secret that cruising has at times struggled with its identity as the industry transitions from the ocean voyages of past to the cruise vacations we see now – one of the results of this is misconceptions. Let’s try and tackle a few of those here and now… 1. I’ll be bored 😴 (click…
Freedom of The Seas to be amplified in March 2020
Royal Caribbean has released the details for the upcoming amplification and refurbishment of Freedom of The Seas. The $116 million refit touches all areas of the much loved ship, the lead vessel of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Class.
P&O Cruises cancel Dubai & Arabian cruises amid growing tension in region
P&O Cruises have cancelled their winter 2019/2020 Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme as tensions rise in the Strait of Hormuz. P&O had Oceana scheduled to serve the region in 2019 & 2020 but she will now be moved to serve European cruises from Southampton. The cruise line’s President, Paul Ludlow, issued a statement today explaining…
Sea Princess rescues three stranded sailors
Princess Cruises’ 2,000-guest cruise ship, Sea Princess, yesterday rescued three sailors who were forced to take to a life raft after their boat sank in the south Caribbean.
REVIEW: MS Marco Polo – Quaint, Quirky, Confused.
MS Marco Polo is a truly unique boat amongst the modern mega-ships that cruise the oceans today, but can she keep up with what guests expect in 2019? I stepped onboard in June 2019 to find out.