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.

Lucerne mountains and bridge

Review – AmaWaterways AmaKristina Pre-Cruise Stay in Zurich and Lucerne

AmaWaterways AmaKristina pre-cruise tour in Switzerland was four days; two days in Zurich and two days in Lucerne.  Plenty of time to get a feel for two of this country’s most popular (and expensive!) cities.  It was several years since I’ve tried a pre-cruise land extension, so I decided to try it. After a smooth 14-day transatlantic crossing aboard […] Read more…

Holland America Transatlantic cruise

Holland America Transatlantic Cruise in 14-Days

I’m going to try to keep this quick and simple.  A report about thirteen nights on one ship with only three ports before reaching our destination can get slightly monotonous. So here goes…in a nutshell: 14 days on Holland America’s Koningsdam transatlantic crossing. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you […] Read more…

Malaga and Alicante, Spain With Holland America

Malaga, Spain After 10 days crossing the Atlantic and a brief mid-crossing call at Ponta Delgada, we finally reached Europe.  Beneath a full-moon at midnight, we made the transit through the narrow Straits of Gibraltar, within eyesight of Algeria, North Africa.  By dawn, we were docked and after breakfast we were ready for our visit to Malaga, […] Read more…

NCL Epic in Southampton

Throwback Thursday: Norwegian Epic – the Shakedown Cruise

The phrase “maiden voyage” isn’t nick-named a “shakedown cruise” for nothing.  When I realized my need for another “ocean bus” to get home from my two month European adventure, the maiden transatlantic voyage of the NCL (now rebranded “Norwegian”) Epic offered the perfect timing. Leaving behind twenty-four amazing days on the Danube River aboard Uniworld […] Read more…

Venice gondolas at sunset

Mediterranean Cruise to Venice Italy

Cruise to Venice, Italy While a cruise to Venice (or from Venice) isn’t that uncommon, there are two reasons why this mysterious city should be on your to-do list.  First, the sight of Venice from the sea is beyond breathtaking.  In the future, large cruise ships may not be allowed to cruise past Piazza San Marco, the gleaming […] Read more…

Cunard Queen Mary 2 Britannia Dining Room

Best Things About a Cunard Queen Mary 2 Cruise

Queen Mary 2 tries to adhere to time-honored Cunard traditions. A Bit of Background Life aboard a Cunard ship was once a class-conscious, microcosmic society. From the very wealthy in First Class to the poor schlemiels in steerage, life on some of the world’s grandest ocean liners was not much more than a maritime caste […] Read more…

Cruises AzAmazing Evening

Azamara Club Cruises, Italian Opera and an AzAmazing Evening

Azamara Cruises AzAmazing Evening is a masterfully orchestrated event that gives center stage to local culture. It was a moonless October night. The ancient port city of Livorno and a warm Mediterranean breeze provided the perfect backdrop for our Azamara Cruises AzAmazing Evening. Our awaiting chariots were gleaming, 44-passenger motor coaches, summoned to deliver us to the historic, 19th […] Read more…

Review: Four Days in Dunoon, Scotland at Douglas Park Guest House

Relax along the waterfront at Douglas Park Guest House. Considering it was a late autumn transatlantic crossing, we had a pretty smooth week aboard Queen Mary 2.  Docked in Southampton and an early departure from the ship, I was soon on the motor coach for a onward journey to London and eventually Douglas Park Guest House in Dunoon, Scotland. […] Read more…

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