MSC Seaview | Italian Grandezza in XXL

With a capacity of 5,300 passengers she is currently one of the biggest cruise ships afloat. And while being designed for the European mass cruise market, sailing onboard MSC Seaview proved to be quite a pleasant experience as we found out during our latest Mediterranean cruise in November 2018. Let me show you around … Continue reading

Lufthansa | A350 – Blue Bird Style

Being part of the exclusive A380-Group at my homebase Munich, it took just about two full years until I finally received my training in December 2018 on our beautiful A350 Thunderbird. The first plane, call sign D-AIXA, was delivered in December 2016 and began full operation on our Delhi route in February 2017. Until today, 12 A350´s are already in service with two more (D-AIXM and D-AIXN) joining the fleet end of March, respectively June 2019. The, for the time being, last jetliner (D-AIXO) is expected for November 2019. Completing the original order of 15 XWB-aircrafts.
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On the Midnight Train to Budapest | Why Traveling on Tracks is so much more fun

I had always had a quiet passion for train travels, particularly after seeing the remake of Agatha Christie´s “Murder on the Orient-Express” recently in the movie theatre. But once you check the prices for this exclusive two to four days short trip, you quickly begin to reconsider other possible alternatives. And while I mostly rely on the plane as first choice transportation mode, it was owed to my partner that for our recent weekend escape to Budapest, we found ourselves racing the tracks on the midnight train from Munich central station to Budapest Keleti. And what can I say? It turned out to be a comfortable, time-saving and refreshing way to travel! Sleeping in inclusive. Continue reading

Travel Trends | Crystal Cabin Awards 2018

Air travel is in a constant change. The competition above the clouds has never been more intense than in this century. Check out the hottest of the latest innovations and visions for current and future inflight experiences showcased at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in April. All of them wooing for the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award 2018. 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

Lufthansa | First Class – A Heavenly Ride

Flying is one of my greatest passions. And who could know that my latest intercontinental journey from Beijing to Munich took place in the Champions League of travel classes: First Class. Continue reading

MS Koningsdam – Holland America Line | Balcony Cabin Review

Just like mentioned in my recent post about Holland America Line´s newest flagship MS Koningsdam, now it is time to talk about cabin comfort. We have stayed 10 nights in balcony stateroom 4017, a VF category cabin, in the forward section of Deck 4 starboard side. To put it into one word: We LOVED it. Find out why… Continue reading

Holland America Line | MS Koningsdam Ship Tour

Having been loyal Celebrity Cruises guests and becoming tired of the brand´s service decline, we were looking for an adequate alternative in terms of a luxurious resort ship cruise experience, yet with a classy and more conventional touch. And without being dusty, Holland America Line´s newest fleet addition, MS Koningsdam, provided us with a modern approach to traditional cruising that we were looking for and a quality that had been long-lost on all the Celebrity Cruises vessels. Step onboard with me and experience MS Koningsdam, HAL´s new flagship. Continue reading