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.

Holland America Westerdam cruising in Alaska

Holland America Alaska Cruise Review

America’s coolest state offers the warmest welcome. As another hot summer dragged on, husband Rob and I decided the best place to cool off was America’s last frontier. So I booked a balcony cabin on a Holland America Alaska cruise.  We chose an Inside Passage cruise aboard the Westerdam. The 7-day journey embarked and ended in […] Read more…

We didn't need the retractable glass dome except for one rainy day in Belize.

Carnival Pride Review and My First Impressions

Note:  Carnival Pride underwent a short dry dock in February 2019.  The chapel was removed and a Michael’s Craft Center took its place.  Everything else is the same – dining, activities, pool etc. Three reasons why I chose the Carnival Pride. 1.  The appeal of a Tampa departure. Tampa’s cruise passenger demographic during the winter […] Read more…

Costa Mediterranea Overview and First Impressions

A UNIQUE CARIBBEAN ITINERARY BECKONS. Twenty years had elapsed since my last Costa cruise. When I received an invitation to cruise aboard the Costa Mediterranea, it was a no-brainer. Two decades ago, my kids and I had a fabulous time on the Costa Romantica. In those days, Costa was family-owned, pasta dishes were prepared tableside and […] Read more…

Carnival Ecstasy Reviews and Photos at Port of Miami

Carnival Ecstasy offers three- and four-night cruises to Key West, Mexico and Bahamas. Welcome aboard the “new” Carnival Ecstasy. New at least to PortMiami. I recently embarked on the Ecstasy for a four-night cruise to Cozumel and Key West, and to also experience a Carnival LIVE concert with Martina McBride.  Here’s my report. First Impressions. Even though this ship is […] Read more…

My First Country Music Cruise Experience

Country cruising in the Caribbean. When I was asked to cover this country music theme cruise, I didn’t know what to expect.  After all, my familiarity with country music came to a crescendo post-Urban Cowboy when Waylon and Willie were in vogue. I didn’t even know who Trace Adkins was, except for his bio that […] Read more…

Baltic Cruise Review Aboard Eurodam

While on a Norway Coastal Voyage, I fell in love with Scandinavian countries’ gorgeous scenery. After reviewing Holland America Line’s six-country Baltic Gems cruise itinerary, I was hooked. Stockholm’s beautiful island scenery–Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and canal cruises, Tallinn’s cobbled streets and high-tech energy, Helsinki’s park concerts, St. Petersburg’s fine arts museums and Germany’s bucolic countryside—sounded […] Read more…

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 on a transatlantic crossing to England

What’s it really like on transatlantic cruise? Welcome to my world on a transatlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2, where each day seems to flow into the next. There aren’t any ports. You’re a captive audience. So why do the six days and seven nights at sea seem to so quickly pass into each other? Let […] Read more…

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam Transatlantic Crossing

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam attracts passengers of all ages This is my third and longest cruise aboard Holland America Line’s  Nieuw Amsterdam.  Built in July 2010 with a modern look and feel, the entire decor features a New York City theme, and thus the ship’s namesake.  Everywhere you turn, there’s another tribute to the […] Read more…

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