Cunard Line | Queen Victoria – Dinner at The Verandah

Cruises and excellent dining belong together for us like the sun and the sea. And since it is a huge passion of us to try out the various dining options that each and every line and ship have on offer, this time, we paid visit to Cunard Line´s “The Verandah” aboard the beautiful and elegant Queen Victoria. And boy were we reassured… Continue reading

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

Sea Cloud Cruises | MSY Sea Cloud 2 Ship Tour

She is one of the most legendary and luxurious sailing yachts in the world. And by far, MSY Sea Cloud 2 makes your jaws drop wherever this magnificent beauty appears. Even if not carrying full sails, her sleek and elegant appearance is an eye-catcher in any port. And once you will know what is waiting inside, you will understand that fairy-tale wishes do come true when sailing the seven seas. Continue reading

Kirkwall | A Scottish Taste of the Orkneys

Have you ever heard of the Orkney Islands? Sounds a bit intimidating at first once those ugly and frightening mythical creatures “Orcs” come to one´s mind that have sprung from the “Lord of the Rings” blockbuster saga. But luckily, this Scottish archipelago has nothing to do with murderous creatures. It rather is a well-kept secret in natural beauty and seclusion. A “Garden of Eden” at the Northern end of the British main isle. Continue reading

Princess Cruises | Royal Princess Ship Tour

Ship visits are a great way to experience a certain product at first hand to see wherever the vessel suits the personal preferences or not. And what city could be more perfect to explore Princess Cruises´ luxurious Royal Princess than the romantic Venice in Italy? Admittedly, I could have thought of more inviting weather conditions, but on the other hand just the typical winter day here in Venezia. Welcome aboard! Continue reading

P&O Cruises | MV Aurora Ship Tour

With an overall length of 270 meters, MV Aurora is the sixth largest cruise vessel within the British P&O Cruises fleet. She entered service in 2000 and was the first ship to receive the updated company livery with the waving Union flag design on her bow in 2014 while receiving a major refurbishment. I recently had the opportunity to visit the ship in Hamburg and fell in love right from the moment I laid foot on her teak decks. 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

Empress of the Seas | 4 Days Eastern Caribbean

It was a warm Thursday noon when we boarded the shuttle bus from our airport hotel towards the port. The Empress was waiting at Terminal G, the closest to downtown Miami and I was surprised how tiny she actually looked in direct comparison with the building itself and the other ships in port. We had sailed on the larger Majesty of the Seas a few years ago, so this would actually be a small ship experience for my partner and me. Continue reading

Queen Mary 2 | Channel Crossing done Majestically

First of all, I would like to apologize that it has been quite quiet here on HideousJourneys lately. But believe it or not, a traveler like me needs some vacation time as well. Back home, I am ready to share some of my latest travel adventures with you. And they all have to do with cruising again, finally. But before we are setting sail for the Caribbean, let me give you insight in one of my favorite mini cruises there is: The crossing from Hamburg to Southampton (or vice versa) on a Cunard Queen. Continue reading