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.

Westin Excelsior Rome Hotel Review

I’m a points collector.  Usually it’s with cruise line loyalty programs.  Lately, though, I’ve added hotels.  But I never seem to have enough accumulated points to earn even one night at a a Fairfield Inn.  Not that there’s anything wrong with a Fairfield Inn.  It’s just one of the lowest hotels on the Marriott roster.  […] Read more…

To Europe and Beyond 2018 and Rome at Last

Have you ever tried to jam everything you’ve put off doing throughout your cruise into the last couple of days and nights? I have, for sure. With only one full sea day and night left, I was horrified to remember that I hadn’t been to several music and one specific dining venue.  It was crunch […] Read more…

Review 2018 – The Home Stretch to Europe

These, the ninth and tenth days of our 14-night Holland America transatlantic crossing aboard Koningsdam, felt like crunch time.  Every transatlantic crossing starts out with a reality that for the next six days or more, there’s nowhere else to go, no ports to explore.  Then suddenly, having filled otherwise blank days with more onboard activities than […] Read more…

Reivew 2018 – Day 3 Koningsdam Passover Seder

Pic of the Day – Day 3 and a Passover Seder It’s Passover aboard Holland America’s Koningsdam.  Spend Passover on a cruise ship, really? Yes. This was my second experience aboard Koningsdam for their Passover Seder.  Not a highly publicized event, it’s noted in the daily planner.  If you want to attend, call the front […] Read more…

Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Review

On the first morning of our Holland America Mexican Riviera cruise husband Rob and I were thrilled as our ship slowly cruised within sight of the famous Land’s End rock formations near Cabo San Lucas at the southern point of the Baja Peninsula. We wanted a North American destination close to our Arizona home. Holland […] Read more…

Seven Secret Hideaways Aboard Queen Mary 2

Secret Hideaways aboard Queen Mary 2 If you think the idea of finding solitude and anonymity among 2,618 guests seems far-fetched, you’re wrong.  With the ship’s innovative design and size, I never feel crowded, experience long queues or delays in service.  Over the years, I’ve found hideaways aboard Queen Mary 2 where even the fussiest guest (me!) can read, relax […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Review

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Review

One thing is true about the shorter cruises; they’re usually done with older and oldest ships in a cruise line’s fleet. Take Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas; this ship has seen quite a bit of ocean.  Here at Port Canaveral, the Majesty of the Seas alternates three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas.  And after […] Read more…

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