About

Who am I ?

To travel for me, especially far away, had never been completely fun. The luggage, the journey, the time shift, the hazards at each stage … I was often overtaken by my homebody side.

One day, I was taken on a cruise. In 2005, eleven days in the Caribbean from New York. But what was I going to be doing all this time on a boat ??? I had a lot of preconceptions about this type of vacation, influenced above all by acquaintances who had strong ideas on the subject, but who, most of the time, had never set foot on a cruise ship.

In fact, it was a revelation ! Put your suitcases in the cabin of a floating hotel and let yourself be taken from port of call to port of call, that changes everything. In the morning, you discover a new place, you visit, you go for a walk, you come back to the hotel, you have a great evening, you go to bed … and the next morning, you wake up elsewhere, effortlessly, without a suitcase to drag. I am convinced that cruises are the best way to travel:

  • Suitcases emptied (and refilled) only once
  • Live without planning, timing... once on the ship
  • You can go everywhere on the planet
  • One trip, mutiliple destinations
  • Price is "all inclusive" (at least the essential)
  • The comparison to a trip from hotel to hotel is clear (in terms of price)
  • The (large) ships offer many and varied activities
  • You can meet travelers from all over the world, easily (even French guys !)
  • You can try so many things you have never done before

So, since then, I have visited the 4 corners of the planet. And I am creating this blog in 2021, in the midst of a travel shortage, due to the pandemic, to keep track of these many trips.

Statistics

Number of cruises done : 53
Number of cancelled cruises (pandemy) : 9
Number of booked cruises : 9

Number of companies : 11
Number of cruise ships : 32
Number of nights onboard : 465

My next cruises (I hope...) (9)

11/14/2021 - Viking Cruises - Jupiter - Southern Atlantic Crossing (Barcelona - Buenos Aires) (21 nights)
01/08/2022 - Oceania Cruises - Marina - Polar & Patagonian Quest (Buenos Aires - Santiago) (20 nights)
04/18/2022 - Virgin Voyages - Valiant Lady - Canary Islands from Portsmouth (11 nights)
06/04/2022 - Celebrity Cruises - Beyond - Italian & French Riviera from Barcelona (9 nights)
07/08/2022 - Royal Caribbean - Anthem of the Seas - Norwegian Fjords from Southampton (7 nights)
08/17/2022 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Prima - Northern Europe from Amsterdam to Reykjavik (8 nights)
09/23/2022 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Prima - Northern Transatlantic from Southampton to New York (12 nights)
10/23/2022 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Encore - Panama Canal from Seattle to Miami (21 nights)
04/22/2023 - Celebrity Cruises - Eclipse - Tahiti, Bora Bora and Hawai from Sydney (17 nights)

My past cruises (53)

09/25/2021 - Celebrity Cruises - Apex - Greek Islands and Dubrovnik from Athens (8 nights)
08/28/2021 - MSC Cruises - Seashore - Mediterranean Sea (Marseille Round Trip) (7 nights)
08/15/2021 - Ponant - Le Bellot - Cruise Wild and authentic Corsica (7 nights)
08/03/2021 - Viking Cruises - Jupiter - Iceland's Natural Beauty (7 nights)
07/01/2021 - CroisiEurope - Le Renoir - Seine Valley (Paris-Honfleur-Paris) (4 nights)
05/23/2021 - Costa Cruises - Smeralda - Mediterranean Sea (Roma Round Trip) (7 nights)

03/02/2020 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Spirit - Exotic Expedition from Dubai to Cape Town (20 nights)

11/02/2019 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Encore - Northern Transatlantic (Southampton - New York) (9 nights)
04/28/2019 - Celebrity Cruises - Edge - Northern Transatlantic (Miami - Southampton) (15 nights)
04/21/2019 - Royal Caribbean - Harmony of the Seas - Western Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale Round Trip) (7 nights)

10/02/2018 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Breakaway - Northern Transatlantic (Copenhagen - New York) (14 nights)
09/23/2018 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Breakaway - Baltic Sea from Cophenagen (9 nights)
05/10/2018 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Bliss - Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles (15 nights)

10/15/2017 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Getaway - Northern Transatlantic (Copenhaguen - Miami) (14 nights)
08/14/2017 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Joy - Shanghai to Japan (Okinawa, Nagasaki) (8 nights)
08/11/2017 - Dream Cruises - Genting Dream - Hong-Kong Round Trip (2 nights)
08/06/2017 - Dream Cruises - Genting Dream - Hong-Kong to Japan (5 nights)
06/05/2017 - Princess Cruises - Majestic Princess - Dubai - Singapour (13 nights)
04/04/2017 - Princess Cruises - Majestic Princess - Mediterranean Sea (Roma Round Trip) (5 nights)

10/29/2016 - Celebrity Cruises - Eclipse - Northern Transatlantic (Southampton - Miami) (15 nights)
08/12/2016 - Celebrity Cruises - Solstice - Alaska from Seattle (7 nights)
04/15/2016 - Azamara Cruises - Quest - The Spice Route Voyage (16 nights)

11/11/2015 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Mediterranean Sea (Roma Round Trip) (7 nights)
10/29/2015 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Escape - Inaugural Transatlantic cruise from Southampton to Miami (10 nights)
10/28/2015 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Escape - Travel Agencies mini-cruise from Southampton (1 night)
10/25/2015 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Escape - Inaugural cruise from Hamburg to Southampton (3 nights)
04/19/2015 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Northern Transatlantic (Miami - Barcelona) (11 nights)

09/10/2014 - Princess Cruises - Royal Princess - Northern Transatlantic (Copenhagen - New York) (17 nights)
08/30/2014 - Princess Cruises - Royal Princess - Baltic Sea from Copenhagen (11 nights)
05/08/2014 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona Round Trip) (3 nights)
04/27/2014 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Transatlantic (Miami - Barcelona) (11 nights)
04/19/2014 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Getaway - Eastern Caribbean (Miami Round Trip) (7 nights)
01/13/2014 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Getaway - Rotterdam to Southampton (2 nights)

11/01/2013 - Celebrity Cruises - Reflection - Transatlantic (Roma - Miami) (15 nights)
08/24/2013 - Celebrity Cruises - Silhouette - Mediterranean Sea (Venice - Roma) (10 nights)
05/08/2013 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Jewel - Los Angeles - Vancouver (7 nights)
04/30/2013 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Breakaway - Northern Transatlantic (Southampton - New York) (7 nights)
04/28/2013 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Breakaway - Rotterdam - Southampton (1 night)

10/21/2012 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Northern Transatlantic (Barcelona - Miami) (13 nights)
04/29/2012 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona - Roma) (3 nights)
03/03/2012 - Princess Cruises - Star Princess - South America (Valparaiso - San Francisco) (16 nights)

09/25/2011 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona Round Trip) with family (7 nights)
05/18/2011 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona Round Trip) (4 nights)
05/07/2011 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Northern Transatlantic (Miami - Barcelona) (11 nights)
04/30/2011 - Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas - Western Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale Round Trip) (7 nights)

06/24/2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Northern Transatlantic (Southampton - New York) (7 nights)
06/21/2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Epic - Rotterdam - Southampton (1 night)
04/14/2010 - Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess - Asia (Bangkok - Beijing) (16 nights)

09/29/2009 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Jade - The Black Sea (Athens - Istanbul) (10 nights)
05/10/2009 - MSC Cruises - Fantasia - Mediterranean Sea (Genoa Round Trip) (7 nights)

08/23/2008 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Jade - Mediterranean Sea (Southampton - Barcelona) (13 nights)

10/19/2007 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Gem - Barcelona - Nice (2 nights)

10/30/2005 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Dawn - Western Caribbean (New York Round Trip) (11 nights)

Cancelled cruises (by companies, because of the pandemy) (9)

10/30/2020 - Celebrity Cruises - Edge - Norther, Transatlantic, Spain, Italy & Tenerife (14 nights)
01/31/2021 - Celebrity Cruises - Silhouette - Argentina & Antarctica (14 nights)
04/18/2021 - Celebrity Cruises - Eclipse - Japan & Bering Sea Transpacific (14 nights)
05/21/2021 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Escape - Europe from London to Copenhagen (7 nights)
07/11/2021 - Celebrity Cruises - Reflection - Norwegian Fjords from Amsterdam (7 nights)
07/16/2021 - Royal Caribbean - Anthem of the Seas - Norwegian Fjords from Southampton (9 nights)
09/03/2021 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Jade - British Isles from Amsterdam to Southampton (10 nights)
12/01/2021 - Celebrity Cruises - Infinity - Spain & Canaries Transatlantic (12 nights)
12/06/2021 - Norwegian Cruise Line - Spirit - Singapore to Sydney (17 nights)

Loyaulty Programs

With all these cruises, I was able to acquire a lot of points on some companies which have some advantages in their loyalty program...

Celebrity Cruises

Captain's Club : Classic, Select, Elite, Elite Plus, Zenith

Genting Dream Cruises

Dream Elite : General, Jade, Sapphire, Diamond

MSC Cruises

Voyagers Club : Classic, Silver, Gold*, Diamond
(* acquired by equivalence thanks to their "Status Match" program, not by the number of cruises with them, I did only two !)

Norwegian Cruise Line

Latitudes Reward : Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Ambassador

Princess Cruises

Captain Circle : Gold, Ruby, Platinum, Elite

Royal Caribbean

Crown&Anchor Society : Gold, Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Diamond Plus, Pinacle Club