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

Fantastic Waterways – New York City

There is no such thing as a mid-day arrival after a Transatlantic passage into the harbor of New York City and therefore a bucket list item for everyone! I remember how disappointed we were upon check-in in Southampton, that our scheduled overnight stay on the Bermudas had to be cancelled due to heavy storms over the Atlantic Ocean. And that the ship had to evade towards Madeira instead. But what was a tremendous frustration at first sight, turned out to be a marvelous day-time experience that most cruisers do not get to see when crossing the Atlantic. 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

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