Istanbul | Highlights of the Bosporus

Definitely one of my favorite ever visited destinations is the amazing city of Istanbul. Having spend an overnight a few years ago during an Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard Norwegian Jade, the city excited me right from the moment that the ship sailed into the harbor. Presently and quite sadly, it might not be the most recommendable place to visit due to political tensions and terrorist threats. Yet I am counting the days until I feel carefree again to return. To dive more intensely into the bustling melting-pot and its incredible attractions that are just waiting to be discovered. Continue reading

Tehran | Glitz and Glam of Niavaran Palace

It has been seven years already that I have last visited Iran. And if you believe it or not, it is a most beautiful country with impressive mountain ranges and absolutely gorgeous architecture. And as difficult as the country´s international relations and politics may appear, every time that I had visited I was welcomed by true cordiality and experienced the warmth of Iranian hospitality.  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

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

Munich | Church Chic – Theatinerkirche

She definitely is one of Munich´s most beautiful churches, inside and outside, but it was not before this year that I laid foot into Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan) for the very first time.  Continue reading

Silversea Cruises | MS Silver Spirit Ship Tour

196 meters long, eight passenger decks, 540 distinguished guests and all-suite accommodations. Sounds too good to be true? Welcome aboard Silversea´s Silver Spirit, the company´s ultra-luxury flagship in boutique cruising until the soon-to-be arrival of the newest addition to the fleet, Silver Muse. Let me take you on a ship tour of one of the most luxurious small cruise ships in the world that I was pampered on. Continue reading

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises | MS Europa 2 Ship Tour

Since her inauguration in 2013, MS Europa 2 has been named the world´s best cruise ship by the bible of cruise enthusiasts, the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. So when I had the opportunity to visit the most luxurious yacht in Barcelona, don´t think that it took me long to make a decision. Come onboard with me and experience the utmost possible in all-suite cruising made in France and with German profundity. 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