Cruise Reviews

Cruise Stories

Let us answer your cruise questions.
Let us answer your cruise questions.

Ready to begin your journey? Recaps from cruise ships and ports around the world.

Advice from trusted professionals who know the business of cruising. 

Buying a cruise is not just about price: there are lifestyle variables, itineraries, and numerous amenities to explore. I am there for you. What do you want to know?

Having spent hundreds of nights at sea, I have experienced amazing cruises as well as, let’s just say, not so amazing voyages. In addition, I owned a travel agency and was responsible for helping people plan and execute dream cruise vacations. To do my job I went on as many ships as I could and when I was not sailing, I took advantage of ship tours and sales training from  cruise lines and destination marketing organizations.

In a hurry to learn more? Click here to access our Blogger-at-Large series and guides to my Top 20 favorite ports.

Cruise Reviews by cruise line and destination

Below are links to various series written while I was cruising. Learn about what shipboard life is like, what to expect onboard, and what to do in port.

Europe

Bridges and canals in Venice.
Bridges and canals in Venice.

Alaska

Puppy-love: Princess Cruises 12 day Cruise and Tour.

Looking for more information about ports in Alaska? Click here.

Asia

Learn more about what cruising in Asia is like, click here.

Caribbean

Fun for all at Great Stirrup Cay via MSC Divina.
Fun for all at Great Stirrup Cay via MSC Divina.

Looking for more information about ports in the Caribbean? Click here.

South Pacific

Paradise is a swim off my overwater bungalow in Bora Bora at the InterContinental La Moana.
Paradise is a swim off my overwater bungalow in Bora Bora at the InterContinental La Moana

Looking for more information about ports in the South Pacific? Click here.

Mexico

Wide open spaces to explore via UnCruise
Wide open spaces to explore via UnCruise

Looking for port guides and information about destinations?

Here are some of the places that I look for destination inspiration and logistics.

Related reads:  check out the Blogger-at-Large updates from the ships, which offer real-time (when we are on the ships) insight and first impressions while I am experiencing the products and destinations first hand.

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  1. My husband and I were recently aboard the Viking Skirnir for the Grand European Tour beginning September 26 and ending October 10. This was our “Swan Song,” because due to our age, we knew we couldn’t take another trip like this.
    When we arrived in Vienna, my husband became suddenly and extremely ill with what we later learned was pneumonia. The doctor that Verona, the concierge, called came to our stateroom, observed my husband on the floor and said, “I’m a doctor. I don’t pick people up.” Then he charged me 100 Euros, leaving me with three Euros. I asked him to call an ambulance, which he did, because my husband was feverish and unable to rise from the floor. He is nearing 90, so of course, I was extremely worried about him, and I was sick, too. Verona took charge as we were leaving the ship, but did nothing to help us in any way. She said I would have to find a way to get to Budapest to pack up our things and get them back to Vienna. She told me that a taxi would be too expensive, and I should take a train, but didn’t tell me where I could find a train station. She made no suggestion where I might find a hotel in Vienna, or anyone I could call to get some advice as to how I might manage alone in Vienna. Nor did she call my emergency number to notify my daughter what had happened to us. Why do we give emergency contacts to Viking? Our children were terrified. Meanwhile, on the third day, Verona called me to say I could pick up my belongings when the ship made its return trip to Vienna. She knew all along that the ship was coming back, but she let me worry over how I was going to get to Budapest to get our things. My blood pressure was 228/110 and I had to make two trips to the emergency room for IVs to try to lower it. I’ve never been so alone and so worried in my life.My husband was in the hospital for 10 days, when we were finally discharged to return home, but unfortunately I have only the memory of being an old woman completely helpless in Vienna without even a hint of concern or assistance and unable to speak the language. Would Verona have wanted her mother to have been put in this situation? My letter to Viking about this was sent a month ago, but it has has gone unanswered.

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