Cruising

I love all types of cruising. From small boats to large ships, I am happiest on the water. I have cruised with a number of companies throughout the world. Here I share the links to all the stories and photos from my cruising experiences all across the globe.

 

European Waterways

European Waterways excels in luxury hotel barge cruises on the small canals throughout Europe. I loved the intimate environment, the bespoke tours, and the personal service I have received on each barge cruise I have experienced.

La Belle Epoque
European Waterways’ La Belle Epoque

La Bella Vita

I cruised on the La Bella Vita from Venice to Mantua through the Venetian Lagoon and down the Po Canal.

European Waterways La Bella Vita Cruise Review – Discovering Italy on a Luxury Barge Cruise

Memories From a “Beautiful LIfe” on the La Bella Vita – European Waterways Blog

 

La Belle Epoque

I cruised on the La Belle Epoque barge on the Burgundy Canal in France.

My France Canal Barge Cruise – Quiet Luxury in the French Countryside

My “Belle of the Ball” Experience On La Belle Epoque in Burgundy – European Waterways Blog

Boomer Adventure on a Burgundy Canal Barge Cruise – MyItchyTravelFeet.com; this story was recognized with a Silver Award in the Luxury Travel and Resort category in the 2020 North American Travel Journalists Association excellence in travel journalism competition.

Renaissance

I cruised on the Renaissance barge on the Canal de Briare in the Loire Valley in France.

An Intimate European Waterways Loire Valley Barge Cruise on the Renaissance

Cruising the Canal de Briare and the Loire Valley – Amateur Traveler podcast

Barge Cruising in France – Vacation Station Magazine

Why a Luxury Barge Cruise Should be on Your Bucket List – BlendRadioandTV.com

Barge Cruising with European Waterways – BigBlendRadioandTV.com podcast

A Perfect Luxury Barge Cruise is all About the Details – European Waterways Blog

 

Iceland ProCruises

Owned by an Icelander and using only Icelandic guides, Iceland ProCruies specializes in Iceland circumnavigation small ship cruises that included the scenic highlights along with unique stops and experiences, along with unique itineraries in Greenland.

Iceland ProCruises review - sailing on the Seaventrue expedition ship

I toured with Iceland ProCruises on the expedition ship MS Seaventure on one of their 9 day Iceland circumnavigation cruises.

Experiencing Authentic Iceland in Style – An Iceland Pro Cruises Review

Shore Excursions in Iceland – How I Spent a Day in Iceland’s Most Popular Ports

In the Land of Fire and Ice – My Favorite Iceland Photos and Iceland Photography Spots

How I learned to Eat Fermented Shark with Iceland ProCruises – fwtmagazine.com

Unique Small Ship Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – Travel World International Magazine

Circumnavigating Iceland with Iceland ProCruises – BlendRadioandTV.com

Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRadio.com

Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRadio on YouTube.com

Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRadio on Apple Podcast

Adventures with Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRadio on Spotify

Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRadio 0n Amazon

Adventures With Iceland ProCruises – BigBlendRaio on iHeart

Circumnavigating Iceland With Iceland Pro Cruises – Big Weekly Blend Magazine – Travel and Leisure Edition

Pandaw

Pandaw specializes in river cruises in Asia. In fact, owner Paul Strachan pioneered the Vietnam-Cambodia river cruise on the Mekong which is now imitated by many. Their signature teak and brass boats are evocative of a time when travel was slower and more intimate. I loved the unique itineraries and the personalised service on their beautiful small riverboats.

Laos Pandaw on the Mekong River in Laos
Laos Pandaw on the Mekong River in Laos

Laos Pandaw

I sailed on the Laos Pandaw on the Mekong River starting in Thailand and ending in Vientiane.

The Faces of Laos

The Boats are Back in Town – The Triumphant Return of Pandaw River Cruises

Bassac Pandaw

I cruised on the Bassac Pandaw on the Lower Mekong River from Saigon, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Cruising With Pandaw on the Mekong River – Big Blend Magazine

Cruising With Pandaw on the Mekong River – BigBlendRadioandTV.com

Cruising With Pandaw on the Mekong River – BigBelndRadio.com podcast

 

Princess Cruises

View over Alesund, Norway
View over Alesund, Norway and the Sky Princess

I have taken quite a number of Princess cruises on a variety of ships so now when I get on board it feels like home, but with an ocean view. Movies Under the Stars, the International Cafe, interesting itineraries, and quiet sea days with a good book are some of my favorite Princess cruises experiences.

 

Guide for picking a drinks or fare package: Princess Cruises Drinks Packages and Fare Packages – Which One is Best?

Discovery Princess

I took a coastal discovery cruise on the Discovery Princess from Vancouver to Los Angeles.

Discovering New Horizons With Princess – A Complete Discovery Princess Review With Photos

The Princess 360 Experience – A Performance for all the Senses

A Taste of All the Discovery Princess Dining Options Including the 360 Experience

Island Princess

I cruised on the Island Princess in Alaska.

Alaska Cruise Excursion Tips to Inspire Your Best Alaska Trip

Skagway Excursions On Your Own: Going Off the Beaten Path to Explore Carcross, Yukon

Regal Princess

I was on the Regal Princess on a cruise around the British Isles with stops in England, Ireland, NOrthern Ireland, and Scotland.

Cruising Like a Princess – A Complete Regal Princess Cruise Review With Photos

Ruby Princess

I did a full Panama Canal transit on the Ruby Princess from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco through the New Panama Canal locks.

Living Like Royalty On A Princess Cruise – A Ruby Princess Review With Photos

I Loved These Panama Canal Cruise Excursions

A Costa Rican Cooking Class – Forging Local Connections on an Atypical Cruise Excursion

One Day in Cartagena, Columbia – A Colorful, Independent Cruise ExcursionThis story was recognized by the North American Travel Journalists Association with a Silver award in the Photography – Cover or Feature Photo/Illustration category in the 2022 annual media travel awards competition 

A Full Transit Panama Canal Cruise – Passing Through an Engineering Marvel

Why NOW is the Best Time to Take a Cruise – fwtmagazine.com

Sapphire Princess

I cruised on the Sapphire Princess from Valparaiso, Chile along the coast of South America, to Antarctica, and then up the South American coast ending in Buenos Aires.

What is a Princess Cruise to Antarctica Really Like?

Finding My Blue Heaven on a Princess Cruise – A Detailed Sapphire Princess Review with Photos

Photographing in Antarctica – 19 Antarctica Photography Tips for All Skill Levelsthis story received an honorable mention award in the SATW Lowell Thomas competition in 2023.

Penguins and Ice and So Much More – My Favorite Antarctica Cruise Photos

An Unforgettable Day With the Falkland Island Penguins

Sky Princess

I cruised on the Sky Princess from Southampton along the coast of Norway past the Arctic Circle.

Cruising Sky HIgh with Princess – A Complete Sky Princess Review with Photos

Discovering the Sky Princess Dining Options and the Chef’s Table Experience

Norway Shore excursions – How I Spent a Day in Norway’s Most Popular Ports

Beautiful Storybook Norway Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip

 

Running On Waves

a luxury sailing holiday in Greece with Running On Waves ship
The beautiful Running On Waves ship

Running on Waves is a bountiful sailing vessel that specializes in small group itineraries around the Greek Islands. I have enjoyed sailing on her twice.

Release Your Inner Jackie O On a Sailing Holiday in GreeceThis story was recognized by the North American Travel Journalists Association with a Silver award in the Cruise category in the 2021 annual media travel awards competition .

Cruising in Style to the Most Beautiful Islands in Greece

A History Lovers Guide to One Day in Kos, Greece

Running On Waves Review: Unforgettable Greek Sailing Vacation – SheBuysTrave.com