Cruise Experiences

HAL: Colonial Charm and Coastal Charisma

Ablaze in autumn color and alive with tales of the past, the New England Atlantic coastal region is steeped in history.  A cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam makes the journey even more exciting. The cruise begins in Boston and stops in Bar Harbor, Maine. In Canada, the stops are Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward Island […] Read more

Jamaica: Explore the Incredible Ocho Rios

Located in northern Jamaica, Ocho Rios has become a tourist destination that includes a cruise port, bustling beaches, many hotels, but most importantly, a destination that offers unique explorations. Here our ship, the Msc Seaside, arrives at 9:00 am and departs at 5:00 pm. Plenty of time to explore, but we decided to take the […] Read more

Disney Dream: a “dream” for all ages

“A dream come true” is the headline on the Disney Cruise Line website in the section dedicated to their ships. I must say that this is not a misleading advertisement: sailing on Mickey’s ships is always an emotional experience, immersing young and old alike in a special atmosphere of fantasy on the one hand, and […] Read more

HAL’s Rotterdam pays a sentimental visit to NYC

There has always been a Rotterdam sailing for what is now Holland America Line. The first ship to bear the name made her maiden voyage to New York City in 1872. The passage took 15-days and included stops in Dover and Plymouth, England. On her first voyage, Rotterdam I carried 70 passengers—10 in Cabin Class […] Read more

Msc Orchestra: Round Britain italian style (Pt2)

We have come to the end of the story of this experience on board Msc Orchestra, if you missed the first part of the story you can read it here (Part 1). Dublin The picture that presents itself the next morning is not unlike that in Belfast. The sky is overcast, green hills mark the […] Read more

Msc Orchestra: Round Britain italian style (Pt1)

Here we are in the first part of the story of an experience on Msc Orchestra, with fun on board and fantastic cities to discover. Happy reading! You don’t take a cruise around the British Isles for the weather. Instead, what you’ll get is an abundance of green landscapes, deep insights into British and Irish culture […] Read more

Carnival Celebration: much more than a fun ship (Part3)

Here we are at the end of the story of my fantastic experience with Carnival on board Carnival Celebration, you can read the part 1 and part 2 here, otherwise enjoy! A second stop in Mexico Welcome to Costa Maya! Today, we are the first ship to arrive at the dock. And once again we […] Read more

Carnival Celebration: much more than a fun ship (Part2)

Welcome back on board Carnival Celebration, where were we? You can read the Part 1 here or continue reading! Enjoy! The Ultimate Playground: fun for young and old alike Beep, beep, beep. At 6:30 a.m. the cell phone alarm throws me out of bed. I want to greet the sun on deck and calmly examine […] Read more

Aida Diva: A baltic cruise onboard a truly german ship

When it comes to naming a typical German cruise operator, most people refer to Aida Cruises. With 12 ships carrying between 1,200 and 5,400 passengers each, the Rostock-based company, part of the American Carnival Corporation, indeed boasts a large and diverse fleet. But what is it like to cruise with Aida? Cruising Journal embarked on […] Read more

Carnival Celebration: much more than a fun ship (Part1)

Even before we flew to Miami, we were very excited to see what the new ship in Carnival‘s fleet has to offer. Of course, one of the biggest curiosities was to find out how Carnival Celebration is a “fun ship”. After all, the shipping company’s motto is “chooseFUN”. Carnival Celebration is one of the 15 […] Read more