Travel: Cruises

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Cruises are increasingly popular with UK travellers, and are a great way to see multiple destinations on one trip. They can also offer good value, as long as you plan carefully. Each of the blog posts in this round-up shares a different aspect of cruising, and I’ve enjoyed reading all of them, Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

I’ve been on just one cruise – with my daughter, when she’d just finished her GCSEs. We cruised around the Adriatic, starting from Venice. Although I knew that I’d love the itinerary, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d enjoy the whole cruising thing. I needn’t have worried, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I’d definitely go on a cruise again. Since then I’ve published a post on my blog Mums do travel about the benefits of family cruising: 10 reasons to go on a family cruise

Nadine Hill, who blogs at Juggle Mum enjoyed a cruise to the Canary Islands, Portugal and Morocco with her family with P&O Cruises. During the cruise she tried a cookery class and learnt how to make macarons. Nadine says: ‘I love cruising for the relaxation and ease of the holiday plus there is something on a cruise for all the family to enjoy, but on this particular cruise I wanted to take advantage of the lessons on offer to spend a day in their cookery school! It was a fantastic experience to be on board a cooking school at sea and I was excited to have learned a new skill in the kitchen!  Although I will need practise to perfect the appearance of my macarons!’ Read more in Nadine’s post: The Cookery Club on P&O Cruises: Britannia

Donna Vallance of Like Love Do enjoyed exploring Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished ship the Independence of the Seas on a two-day cruise to France and then the Norwegian Fjords. Donna says: ‘The recently updated ship is full of surprises including an escape room, new sports bar and even a virtual trampoline. There really is so much to do on board you needn’t worry about the weather or the children!’ Read more in Donna’s post: A Review of the Newly Refurbished Independence of the Seas

Donna also blogs at Cruising With Kids. Donna’s a big fan of Royal Caribbean and she sailed on their ship Symphony of the Seas with her teenage sons within weeks of its launch. Donna put together this guide to show the impressive range of activities and facilities which are on offer for teens on board the ship: The Ultimate Guide on Symphony of the Seas for Teenagers

Lisa Jane of Travel Loving Family worked onboard P&O Cruises in the Shore Excursions department for three years, and so is an expert cruise insider. In her post 8 hidden costs of cruising and how to minimise them she shares some very helpful advice on saving money when cruising, based on her experience both as a crew member and as a passenger.

Sarah Christie of Extraordinary Chaos went on a cruise with her husband and son on the ship Celebrity Silhouette. Sarah says: “Celebrity Cruises offers families the flexibility to see a new port every day whilst having incredible dining facilities on board to enjoy at the end of a day exploring. The dining options onboard Silhouette are so diverse, even giving you the opportunity to get involved and cook your own dinner with the chefs – this is a great cruise for foodies.’ Read more in Sarah’s post: Highlights From The Bravo Cruise 2018 On Board Celebrity Silhouette, Part 1

Nikki Turner-Chaplin of Yorkshire Wonders enjoyed a family cruise from Southampton to France and Spain on board the Emerald Princess. Nikki says: ‘The staff on board the Emerald Princess were lovely to the children. They loved the swimming pools, all the fabulous food and begged each day to go to the kids’ club. I loved the opulence of the cruise, everything was taken care of and I could really relax.’ Read more in Nikki’s post: How family friendly is the Emerald Princess cruise?

Leona Bowman of Wandermust Family was a seasoned cruiser before becoming a parent, and she took her baby on a cruise as soon as she was old enough. Leona says: ‘Cruises are the perfect first holiday for babies in the opinion of the Wandermust family!’ Leona has put together this extremely helpful post with detailed advice on cruising with a baby: CRUISING WITH A BABY – OUR TOP TIPS AND REASONS WHY TO GO

Trish Burgess of Mum’s Gone To… enjoyed a fun river cruise in France with her husband this year with U by Uniworld. Trish says: ‘This summer we tried a river cruise designed to attract a younger adult market. A fun, relaxed cruise along the Seine with plenty of time in Paris too.’ You can read more in Trish’s post: Review of The Seine Experience river cruise, U by Uniworld

Claire Hall of Tin Box Traveller went on a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise with her two young daughters this year. Claire says: ‘I cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas in May and, while it was a great holiday, I couldn’t help but lust after some of the cruise line’s newer features for families.’ Claire’s post: Navigator of the Seas with kids – how family-friendly are Royal Caribbean’s older ships? is very helpful if you’re thinking of booking a Royal Caribbean cruise, and are not sure which ship will be best for you.

Next time

For the next travel round-up I’m after your favourite travel posts of 2018. Posts can be about a destination, an experience, a journey, a lesson learnt, or anything else to do with travel. So please send me your top post from this year, with a couple of introductory sentences explaining why you’ve chosen this post for the round-up, by email to me [email protected] by Tuesday 20th November, 2018. I’ll include the first 20 posts which I receive.

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.

1 Comment

  1. 07 November 2018 / 20:46

    There are so many great options for cruises now – great to read about the different ships and destinations. Thanks for including my river cruise on the Seine – we loved it!