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

Los Angeles | A Day on the R.M.S. Queen Mary

For a ship geek like me it is unessential wherever it is at high seas or just in port, a ship is a ship and it does not lose any fascination to me just because it is fixed to the pier for the rest of the time being. Particularly, when it is a legend of transatlantic travel like the astonishing R.M.S. Queen Mary. Once one of the most popular luxury liners during the golden ages of ocean passages, she is now serving as a boutique hotel and floating museum, commemorating the glamour and style of long-lost times. 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

Regent Seven Seas Cruises | MS Seven Seas Voyager Ship Tour

What do you do when you get the chance to visit Regent Seven Seas Cruises´ all-suites, all balcony ultra-luxury cruise ship Seven Seas Voyager during a ship visit in Monaco? Decline. No, just kidding! Of course you would say yes! What a fabulous opportunity to experience one of the most exclusive vessels sailing the seven seas, literally. So step aboard and indulge in a casual luxury that has no need to show off. Continue reading

Costa Cruises | MS Costa Pacifica Ship Tour

Being currently the second largest vessel amongst the Costa Cruise ships, Costa Pacifica is called “The Ship of Music”. This is mainly due to the musically interior theme that the ship was designed in, but it also reflects in the fact that Pacifica holds an exclusive recording studio where passengers may record their own songs. She has also been dedicated a personal tune upon entering service. Discover her with this detailed interior view photo gallery. Continue reading

Costa Pacifica | Western Mediterranean – Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy

There were quite some things that I could recall of Sardinia when I last visited the island with my parents about three decades ago as a child. The beautiful turquoise sea, for example, the rocky silhouette of the Northern shoreline or the elegant fisher villages like Santa Teresa Gallura or Porto Cervo. I remembered the brisk ocean breeze that even on sunny days made you hold your hat while wandering the beautiful island and the extremely friendly local people who made you feel welcome straight from the beginning.

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Costa Pacifica | Western Mediterranean – Valencia, Spain

The first stop during my four nights mini cruise was the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest city in the country and the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia. Founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, Valencia is these days the fifth busiest container port in whole Europe and attracts millions and millions of visitors every year. It is famous for its rich and diverse architectural styles such as the gorgeous historic downtown area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the futuristic City of Art and Sciences (which was the set for a Star Trek movie). Or maybe you have heard of the annual Tomato fight called La Tomatina which is held in the close town of Bunol? Continue reading

Costa Pacifica | Western Mediterranean – Day 1: Barcelona

Day 1: Boarding Costa Pacifica

If you asked me if I would take a Costa mini cruise in May in the Mediterranean, I would say: Hell yeah! Surely it is not a cruise in the style of Silversea, Windstar or Oceania, but having done over 41 cruises in total so far, I would almost go on any cruise and on any ship when I have the chance. Because in the end, they all float. Some a little more luxuriously and some in disco style, yet the feeling to be close to the ocean remains the same. Continue reading

Málaga | Mariposa Hotel

Located only 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to Málaga´s central train station, the Mariposa hotel offers stylish and contemporary accommodations at an affordable price close to the city´s main sights and not too far away from the port if you are looking for a pre or post cruise place to stay. Continue reading