Ocean Cruise Reviews

This is the category for actual cruise reviews, cruise ship reviews and ship profiles for curious cruisers and those want to learn more about their ship.

You’ll find cruise itinerary reviews from different cruise ships.  Photo tours of inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms so you can get a better idea of what you might like to reserve.

To help plan your cruise before you cruise, including shore excursions, cruise ports and reviews of onboard dining options, head to Plan Your Cruise.

Alaskan Dream Cruises Chichagof Dream in Juneau Alaska

Alaskan Dream Cruises – Chichagof Dream Review

I’m not a stranger to small ship cruising but never in Alaska.  Accommodating up to 76 passengers in 38 staterooms, this is truly a small ship. Also something new, this Alaskan Dream Cruises aboard Chichagof Dream would be my first “soft” expedition experience. Chichagof Dream on an Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Alaskan Dream Cruises is […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Review – 2019

I’m headed back to Alaska again this summer.  This time, deep into the interior.  Getting to Alaska from Florida wasn’t easy.   After four Amtrak trains to Vancouver, I chose Radiance of the Seas to go the northbound distance.  Mainly, this ship is my transportation to Seward; the doorway into the heart of Alaska.  Here are […] Read more…

Holland America Eurodam Review – 2019

Nearly four years had passed since my last Holland America’s Eurodam cruise.  No particular reason for the lapse in time.  Life and new ships just happen. In the meantime, there was an extensive Eurodam refurbishment.  I was really excited to see what was new and have the chance to write a Eurodam review.  Plus, we were going on […] Read more…

Viking Star anchored in the Mediterranean.

Viking Star Balcony Stateroom Review

How about a heated bathroom floor? Yes, please. The difference between upper premium and luxury cruise lines isn’t always easy to distinguish. Viking Ocean’s first ocean cruise ship, the 928 passenger Viking Star, is a case in point. After 12 days of cruising the Mediterranean aboard Viking Star I felt as though I was aboard a stunning […] Read more…

St Lucia Aerial Rainforest tram

Viking Sea Caribbean Cruise Overview

Highlights from our Viking Sea Caribbean cruise definitely included this aerial tram ride.  On a sunny 74-degree January morning, our 8-person open-air gondola quietly ascended into St. Lucia’s lush rain forest. Countless shades of green and a fresh, earthy scent delighted our senses and dispelled travel stress. As the live narrator’s voice explained what we […] Read more…

Nieuw Statendam Extended Verandah Stateroom

Nieuw Statendam Verandah Balcony Stateroom Review

This was something new for me. I’ve stayed in Holland America standard balcony staterooms (called “verandahs” on Holland America) a few times.  But this extended balcony stateroom aboard the new Nieuw Statendam was something different and interesting for me. In case you missed it, in a recent article I wrote about my first impression of Nieuw […] Read more…

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Nieuw Statendam – Welcome Aboard!

Preview peek at Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam As a fan of Holland America’s 2016 Koningsdam, I jumped at the chance to spend a week aboard the cruise line’s newest and sister ship to the Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam. Nieuw Statendam arrived into its homeport of Fort Lauderdale in late December 2018, after a fall season cruising […] Read more…

Celebrity Cruise LInes Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge Review Highlights in Photos

Celebrity Edge cruise ship review From the cruise line that coined the phrase “Modern Luxury” over a decade ago, Celebrity Edge is one amazing ship.  Its innovations truly push the envelope way to the edge.  Completed in October 2018 in France and now at its homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Edge welcomed media and travel […] Read more…

Crystal Serenity Review on a Panama Canal Cruise

Curious about Crystal Serenity? Read my unbiased Crystal Serenity review. I didn’t know what to expect.  For so many years all I heard was that Crystal Cruises was the top dog.  Nothing better.  Really? This wasn’t my first rodeo on a luxury cruise line, but it was my very first time on a Crystal Cruise. […] Read more…

Welcome Aboard My 14-Day Holland America Koningsdam Transatlantic Crossing

A transatlantic crossing is not your ordinary cruise.  Try to imagine a cork bobbing around in an triple-sized olympic swimming pool.  That’s kind of how I visualize what it’s like crossing the Atlantic.  But I don’t have a choice.  Most others do. Read next:  5 Observations on Cruising Solo on Transatlantic Crossings I take transatlantics […] Read more…

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