Hello! My name’s Emma, I’m a 24-year-old cruise blogger from the UK. I’ve been cruising since I was 11 and I was recently voted favourite cruise blogger in the Wave Awards. I’m working to build a young cruisers community, full of like-minded cruisers who want to inspire and inform others.
A bit about me
In my real life (not that this isn’t real) I’m a data developer in the wonderfully fun world of insurance, I could talk about that but I’m sure you’d much prefer me to get back to the cruise chat!
Fun fact: I actually have a maths degree which doesn’t help me in the world of blogging, AT ALL. Apart from counting the members in our Facebook group maybe?!
I cruise in my spare time and run this blog in my spare time too, there is nothing I love more than counting down to my next cruise (apart from booking one maybe). I am an expert on packing light and you’ll usually find me in an inside cabin. Cruising on a budget is my speciality!
1. Alaska – NCL – Norwegian Spirit – 2005
The Norwegian Spirit is my all time favourite cruise ship, to find out why click here. I loved her big open atrium and the general spacious feel of the ship. I really wish I remembered more about the Alaska part, I would love to return!
2. Hawaii – NCL – Pride of Aloha – 2005
This cruise directly followed the Alaska cruise mentioned above. We took this amazing cruise as a family and I had an amazing time cruising with my brother and cousins (parents too of course!)
3. Baltic – NCL – Norwegian Jewel – 2008
The main things I remember about this cruise was the amount that it rained, you wouldn’t think that from the photos below though! An amazing cruise filled with tons of history and culture. I would love love love to return (maybe when the sun is shining).
4. Bahamas – NCL – Norwegian Sky – 2009
For some reason I have no photos of this cruise, at all?! I promise I went though…
5. Mediterranean – NCL – Norwegian Jade – 2009
All of the photos from this cruise were taken on my Tocco ultra pink slide up phone (how cool was I?!) I’m actually pretty amazed how well the photos came out.
6. Canary Islands # 1 – NCL – Norwegian Spirit – 2012
Back onboard the Norwegian Spirit for Christmas! Hooray! I loved this cruise, my favourite ship AND a Christmas cruise. I am a big big fan of cruising at Christmas.
7. Northern Europe – MSC – MSC Opera – 2012
My first and only MSC cruise! We ordered every single course at dinner, not realising that we didn’t have to do that. I honestly think I had around 6 courses for the first meal…
8. Bermuda – NCL – Norwegian Breakaway – 2015
I loved this cruise, Bermuda was amazing and the Breakaway is one of my favourite ships. The sail into/out of New York harbour was incredible. We woke up early and sat on the balcony (my parents had a balcony) watching us sail in.
9. Canary Islands # 2 – NCL – Norwegian Epic – 2015
Another Christmas cruise! My second visit to the Canary Islands which I loved. I also love the photo below of me and my (little) brother. Not so little anymore, he’s taller than me.
10. Western Caribbean – NCL – Norwegian Getaway – 2016
I booked this cruise on a whim because I found bargain flights to Miami, when looking at hotel prices in Miami I realised it was almost cheaper to cruise, so I did! We visited Mexico, Belize and Honduras so thats 3 more countries ticked off my to do list.
11. Greek islands – Cunard – Queen Victoria – 2016
I affectionately call this cruise the ‘fancy pants’ cruise. I have never been a big fan of formal dining and/or dress codes but I really enjoyed our Cunard cruise. It was totally different to the way that I normally cruise but I would do it again. To find out what I thought about cruising with Cunard in my 20s, click here.
12. French and Dutch adventure – Royal Caribbean – Independence of the Seas – 2017
My first cruise as a blogger! (Lots of photos taken and videos made). This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise and I loved it. I even tried the FlowRider and managed to get on my knees without falling over (something I am really proud of!) I would love to cruise with Royal Caribbean again.
13. Mediterranean #2 – MSC – MSC Meraviglia – 2017
The MSC Meravigilia was an amazing ship. Cruising with MSC was pretty different to NCL/Royal Caribbean but I really enjoyed the more ‘European’ style of cruising. This cruise was also over Christmas which was so much fun. I’d always recommend a Christmas cruise!
14. Asia – Princess – Golden Princess 2018
This was my first Princess cruise and I think it may be my favourite cruise of all time. Every place we went was AMAZING and I adored Princess. The ship was great and the food/service was amazing. If you ever get the chance to visit Asia (in particular Japan) DO IT.
Read more here:
– Golden Princess blog posts
– Golden Princess – Daily VLOGS
15. British Isles – Princess – Royal Princess 2018
Being from the UK I had never really considered a cruise around the British Isles, however, I’m SO glad that I did. We visited Loch Ness, Giants Causeway, Dublin and more! I once again loved Princess and the Royal Princess really is something special.
Read more here:
Royal Princess blog posts
16. Norwegian Fjords – P&O – Britannia 2018
This was my first ever P&O cruise and I was seriously impressed! The food and service were so so good. We also watched ‘astonishing’ onboard and I took a cookery class with Marco Pierre White. Norway was amazing too even though it did rain every day.
To learn more about my upcoming cruises….