Cunard Line | MS Queen Victoria Ship Tour

Being my secret favorite of the three Queens, it was a long-awaited short trip to Southampton for private pleasure as well as a chance to check out the newest refurbishment that had just taken place in 2017. Continue reading

Celebrity Edge | Construction Update

She is currently one of the most anticipated new cruise ships for the next century and aims to change the way we will travel the oceans from 2018 on. Celebrity Cruises´ groundbreaking Celebrity EDGE will enter service later next year, so reason enough to check at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, how far the works have evolved on what has been one of the best kept secrets of the cruise industry. Continue reading

Cunard Line | Queen Mary 2 Ship Tour

She is one of the most iconic passenger ships of modern times and the last true ocean liner sailing the classic transatlantic passage from Southampton to New York and back. I have sailed the one and only RMS Queen Mary 2 a few times already and even though they say “some things cannot get better”, I found out during my latest visit to the queen in the port of Hamburg that they surely can. Having been remastered just a few months ago, QM2 returns into service with retouched interiors that once again reinforce her statement: You are not taking a cruise. You are about to make a journey. Continue reading

Norwegian Cruise Line | MS Norwegian Jade Ship Tour after Refit 2017

With her summer deployment to the port of Hamburg, Norwegian Jade has returned this year to Northern Europe offering seven to twelve days cruises to Norway, Iceland and the British Isles. After an extensive dry dock in early 2017, the ship aims to bring the contemporary Norwegian Cruise Line style to the 2006 built vessel. Reason enough to take a look at what has changed since I had last cruised on her a few years ago and a great place to reunite with my great friends Steve and David during a short hop from Southampton to Hamburg. Continue reading

Celebrity EDGE | Modern Luxury Reloaded – First Impressions

So this is it: The ship that aims to change the way you experience your future “Modern Luxury” resort ship cruise experience: EDGE.  After the first steel-cut in November 2016 at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire (read more about it here), Celebrity Cruises has officially launched the first images of its new flagship fleet member. And it does look different, I have to admit. But before going endlessly on, come along and take a look on what will await passengers from late 2018 on … Continue reading

Project EDGE | From Infinity to Beyond

It is getting there. Celebrity Cruises´ long awaited prototype ship is finally becoming reality. Continue reading

Project EDGE | Celebrity plays the Copyright Card

With a whole new approach to their Modern Luxury branding and two new ships on order to revolutionize the upscale big ship cruising market from 2018 on, Celebrity Cruises moves closer and closer to the center of attention. Not much has yet been revealed nor confirmed by Celebrity publicly about the new class of ships. And while everyone, including me, is eager to find out what EDGE will actually look like outside and inside, much speculation about possible design concepts is thriving in online forums and cruise blogs around the world. Including mine. Continue reading

#1,000,001 Reasons | 2017/18 Cruise Highlights with Carnival Cruise Line

2016 is a great year for Carnival fans around the world. It marks the cruise line´s return to Europe after a few years break and the introduction of the company´s newest resort vessel, Carnival Vista, bringing impressive innovations to the seas like the first IMAX theatre or the thrilling Skyride bicycle course. Just to name a few.

And while the year has already passed half and most of you will have already booked their cruise for this winter, why not talking about what is in stock for next year? Continue reading

Project EDGE | A short update on the cruise industry´s best kept secret

Just having returned from a beautiful Mediterranean cruise aboard Celebrity Equinox a few days ago (yes, there will be a blog post about this trip!), I could not miss out to gather any new information from the crew onboard concerning Celebrity Cruises´ well guarded secret Project EDGE. Continue reading