Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Cruise and Travel Reviews

Welcome to my Cruise and Travel Video Blog with detailed review from 12 cruises including Galapagos and Quantum of the Seas maiden voyage.













My detailed Cruise Reviews from 2013 to 2017:



My travel to Galapagos Islands, November 2013

Other travel reviews

Click on pictures for the individual reviews.

Planned Cruises in 2017 and 2018:
7 Nights Wester caribbean Cruise, Serenade of the Seas.
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise, Serenade of the Seas.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Canada and New England Cruise September 2016


I have been at an 'Anthem of the Seas'  9 Night Canada and New England Cruise from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey from September 22 to October 1st 2016
Day 1 - Cape Liberty, Bayonne
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Day 4 - Portland, Maine, USA
Day 5 - Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
Day 6 - At Sea
Day 7 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 8 - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Day 9 - At Sea
and back to  Cape Liberty, New Jersey, USA


Read the full review from the Canada and New England Cruise


See the short video from our cruise:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Circumnavigation of Upper New York Bay

September 22, 2016 Captain Henrik Loft Sørensen got permission to circumnavigation of Upper New York Bay where we were passing the Statue of Liberty and New York Skyline with Anthem of the Seas before passing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on her way for a Canada and New England Cruise.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Cruise Critic Reviews




Nine days Anthem of the Seas, New England & Canada cruise from Bayonne, visiting Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Halifax and St. Johns. 
Nine Fantastic Days at our Canada and New England Cruise 

11 Nights Ultimate Caribbean Cruise Celebrity Equinox from Fort Lauderdale February 2016. Cruise Itinerary: Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; George Town, Grand Cayman; and back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida Celebrity 
Equinox: Review is for the ship

Anthem of the Seas review from April 30 for the 3 Nt. Royal Experience, Paris & Bruges Cruise. Anthem of the Seas, 
3 Nt. Royal Experience, Paris & Bruges 

Quantum of the Seas 12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise January 11 to 23, 2015 
Quantum of the Seas, new and exciting

Review of cruise with the Splendour of the Seas - 7 nights 'Greek Isles & Turkey Cruise' from Venice November 7 to 14, 2015. 
Greek Isles and Turkey Cruise.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

11 Nights Ultimate Caribbean Cruise

We have just been at the 11 Nights Ultimate Caribbean Cruise  with Celebrity Equinox from Fort Lauderdale February 22 to March 4, 2016.

Full reviw can be found at this link

Cruise Itinerary: Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; George Town, Grand Cayman; and back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cruise ship will stay overnight in Cartagena.


I have posted a review form each day at this blog including pictures, video's and daily planner from the cruise.


Some videos from the cruise:

 
 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

7 night Greek Isles and Turkey Cruise

We have been on a cruise with the Splendour of the Seas - 7 nights 'Greek Isles & Turkey Cruise' from Venice November 7 to 14, 2015.
Itinerary: Dubrovnik, Croatia; Rhodes, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Split, Croatia; and back to Venice. See the short video from the cruise below.
We did 'Do it yourself' excursions in Dubrovnik (took a shuttle from dock to Old Town), Rhodes (Walking distance) and Split (walking distance). We took an organised excursion to Ephesus, but you could also just take a taxi from Kusadasi (30 minutes).
Despite the late time of the year, we had a fantastic weather on the trip.


Read review of my cruise at Cruise Critic and read my blog from the cruise.
At the blog you vill also find more videos from the cruise.

Video from the cruise and Splendor of the Seas:


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anthem of the Seas Review

I have previously been on two quantum cruises. Now I have booked 3 Nt. Royal Experience, Paris & Bruges April 30, 2015 to Le Havre and Zeebrugge.
I will post review on my blog. My primary focus is changes in Dynamic Dining, the shows and possible changes from Quantum.

Read my Quantum of the Seas review:
Maiden Transatlantic Voyage, November 2, 2014
12 Nt. Southern Caribbean Cruise, January 11, 2015

Link to the upcoming Anthem Review:
3 Nt. Royal Experience, Paris & Bruges, April 30, 2015

Picture from the float out of Anthem at the Seas at Meyer Werft (Ship yard), February 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Venice, Italy

Venice consists of 118 islands, located in the middle of a lagoon in the northwest end of the Adriatic Sea. From the rivers flowing into the sea, released large amounts of silt in the shallow water along the coast, and tidal and ocean current has led to the formation of a series of sand banks around the 51 km long and 14 km wide, serene lagoon.
The houses in Venice is built on wooden poles, and in many places, the buildings are no more than one meter above normal sea. The tide in the Mediterranean is weak, but especially at full moon there is a risk of flooding. there can be several centimeters of water at St. Mark's Square, so you put walking boards out. 

The unusual about the city is that it is very quiet. Pedestrians in the narrow streets are separated from traffic channels with few exceptions where the sidewalks goes along canals or streets going over the arched stone bridges.
Since the roads are water, are both the only motorized means of transport in the city.
Al transport by vaporetto motorboats or by gondola.
Below a short video from my Gondola ride at Canal grande and through the narrow canals:

The city has many places unusually picturesque. St. Mark's Square with the big church, the bell tower and the beautiful view out over the water, where the sun sparkles on the green lagoon, inspires many artists.
The city has many magnificent palaces, museums and churches which houses paintings by many famous artists. You can stroll around the narrow streets and observe the unusual surroundings. St. Mark's Square and the famous Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal - the city's main road - the many gondolas that still floats on water.
There are many shops in the city is known for - lace and embroidery from lagune¯en Burano and beautiful crystal and glassware from Murano.

Traghetto means "ferry" in Italian and are large gondolas without bow decoration, brocaded chairs.
They are rowed by two oarsmen: one who stands behind the passengers like a traditional gondolier, the other closer to the bow.


There are only three bridges along the the Grand Canal, therefore there are 7 locatons between the railroad station and St. Mark's Basin, where you can cross the canal in a Traghetto. They are used by locals as a fast route across canal. Locals pay 70 cents while tourists pay 2 EUR (2015)
The routes are marked on any good street map of Venice and you will see yellow signs pointing toward the traghetto landings when you are walking along the Canal Grande.
At the end of the video you will find a map with the 7 routes marked

Sunday, April 12, 2015

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

First weekend of April (Eastern) we did stay four nights at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa.
The hotel is located at the man-made Isola delle Rose (previously Sacca Sessola), one of the largest islands in the Venetian lagoon and covers an area of roughly 40 acres. After being established towards the end of the 19th century, 
it previously formed home to a series of hospitals. 

The island is 20 minutes by boat from the historic center of Venice, St Mark’s Square, and the city’s cultural gems.
The hotel is operating a complimentary shuttle service to St Mark’s Square.

Basically there is three ways to get to Isola delle Rose island from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). Fastes and most expensive is a Water Taxi from the airport. Most convenient and slowest (2 hours) is the Alilaguna Waters Bus from the airport to St Mark’s Square.
See video from the Alilaguna tour:

... and then catch the shuttle boat to the hotel:

It’s also possible to take the public bus from airport to Venezia Piazzale Roma (Line 5) and the Waters bus to St Mark’s Square.

Marriott are operating some early shuttle boats from the resort to to Venezia Piazzale Roma. First shuttle boat to St Mark’s Square is at 9 am (per April 2015).

The buildings at Isola delle Rose are transformed into a luxury 5 star hotel and resort with a beautiful park.
See my short review video:

Unfortunately due to construction delays – some parts of Isola delle Rose was not be fully accessible.
Including the Spa and the Dopolavoro Dining Room (announced to open both soon)

I can really recommend this beautiful hotel for those who want to stay away from the crowded city of Venice.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Quantum of the Seas, Southern caribbean Cruise

We have been at The 12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from January 11 to January 23.
The cruise did start in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, After 2 days at sea we did visit Labadee in Haiti; San Juan in Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort de France in MartiniqueBridgetown in Barbados; Basseterre St. Kitts; and then 3 days at sea, back to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

More information and a review can be found at: http://quantumcaribbean.blogspot.com 


Link to Review at Cruise Critic:  Quantum of the Seas, new and exciting.  


This is a 12 minutes video from the cruise:

... and her is a link to my Youtube Play List with all the video's from the cruise.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Quantum of the Seas Maiden Voyage


Quantum of the Seas Transatlantic Voyage from Southampton to New York November 2 to 10, 2014

See the review and the Video Postcards from the voyage on my blog at this link: Quantum of the Seas Maiden Voyage

Video from the departure from Southampton

Quantum of the Seas emergency stop at Azores


Quantum of the Seas Transatlantic Maiden Voyage - A Review

Quantum of the Seas Arrival New York

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Float out of Quantum of the Seas at Meyer Werft



Float out of Quantum of the Seas.
A short video from the float out of Quantum of the Seas at Meyer Werft 

Also visit my blog with pictures and videos from the float out (available after August 12th)

River Ems Conveyance september 22st, 2014
The Rive Ems Conveyance is planned to September 22. 
Also be back to watch videos form the conveyance. 
I will add pictures and videos after the events on this blog.

Follow my Quantum of the Seas reviews:
I will be sailing Quantum of the Seas for the Maiden Voyage from Southampton to Cape Liberty NJ in November 2014 as well as a Southern Caribbean Cruise from Cape Liberty in January 2015.
Follow my Video Post Cards and read the review here from November

Saturday, March 8, 2014

20 March 2014 Celebrity Reflection cruise

        Celebrity Reflection


Cruise Ports
Departing from Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Miami, Florida

Friday, December 27, 2013

My Cruises and Cruise Videos

Over the past 20 years I have sailed 23 times with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and 3 times with Celebrity Cruises.
Below a list of all cruises with link to related videos at Youtube or to posts in this blog.
Click on map to view large image

Posts with embedded videos - click on link to view Review/videos: 
25. 2015 Splendour of the Seas - Greek Isles and Turkey

24. 2015 Anthem of the Seas - 3 Nt. Royal Experience from Southampton
23. 2015 Quantum of the Seas -Southern Caribbean, from Cape Liberty
22. 2014 Quantum of the Seas - Transatlantic from Southampton

21. 2014 Legend of the Seas - Baltic cruise from Copenhagen
20. 2014 Celebrity Reflection - Eastern Caribbean Cruise

19. 2013 Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos Cruise (Separate blog)
18. 2013 Vision of the Seas - 7 Night Norway Fjords Cruise
17. 2013 Liberty of the Seas - 5 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise
16. 2013 Celebrity Millennium, Singapore, Indonesia and Malyasia
15. 2012 Vision of The Seas St. Petersburg, Baltic Cruise - Map with links to videos
142012 Serenade of the Seas  . Southern Caribbean Cruise - Map with links to videos
Post without video:
10.- 2009 Legend of the Seas - Shanghai to Singapore
9.  - 2008 Voyager of the seas - Western Mediterranean from Barcelona
8.  - 2007 Brilliance of the Seas - Hawaii from Los Angeles
7.  - 2007 Jewel of the Seas - Eastern caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
6.  - 2006 Brilliance of the Seas - Panama Canal  (Youtube: Panama Canal)
5.  - 2005 Rhapsody of the Seas - Western Caribbean from Galveston
4.  - 2004 Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean from San Juan
3.  - 2001 Splendour of the Seas - Carnival in Rio and Brazil
2.  - 1999 Enchantment of the Seas - Western caribbean from Miami
1. - 1996 Sovereign of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean from Miami  

Upcoming cruises:

26. - 2016 Celebrity Equinox - 11 Nights Southern Caribbean
27. - 2016 Anthem of the Seas - new England Cruise

See all my cruise videos at my Youtube Channel.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

19 Galapagos Cruise, November 2013

Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos cruise
Our last cruise was 7 days to Galapagos Itinerary  B (Now Galapagos Inner Loop Itinerary)  and 7 days in Quito, Ecuador.  

For the planning of a Galapagos Cruise get tips and inspiration at galapagosexpedition.info

For a detailed review of the cruise visit my blog: traveltogalapagos.info

And for the pre- and post-cruise stay in Quito, Ecuador visit quito-2013.blogspot.com

Videos from the Xpedition cruise:
- Galapagos Cruise, November 2013
- Panga Ride, Wet and Dry Landings
- Celebrity Xpedition Ship Tour

See more at traveltogalapagos.info


This is links to You tube videos from each location - click on 'Link' to watch the video from that location:

 # Day Date Location Landing Link to Video
1 Sunday 10 Nov.   Baltra (Galapagos) Dry landingNo Video
2 Sunday 10 Nov. Daphne Island Circumnavigation  Link
3 Monday 11 Nov. Puerto Egas (Santiago) Wet landing Link
4 Monday 11 Nov. Rabida Island Wet landing Link
5 Tuesday 12 Nov. Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) Wet landing Link
6 Tuesday 12 Nov. Caleta Tagus (Isabela) Dry landing Link
7 Wednesday 13 Nov. Sullivan Bay (Santiago) Dry landing Link
8 Wednesday 13 Nov. Bartolome Island Dry landing Link
9 Thursday 14 Nov. Las Bachas, (Santa Cruz) Wet landing Link
10 Thursday 14 Nov. North Seymour Dry landing Link
11 Friday 15 Nov. P. Baquerizo (San Cristobal) Dry landing Link
12 Friday 15 Nov. Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal) Wet landing Link
13 Friday 15 Nov. Kicker Rock Circumnavigation Link
14 Saturday 16 Nov. Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)Dry landing Link
14 Saturday 16 Nov. Charles Darwin Research Station
Link


14 Saturday 16 Nov. Santa Cruz Highlands
Link
15 Sunday 16 Nov. Baltra (Galapagos)Dry landing No Video

Sunday, June 9, 2013

18 Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Videos from Vision of the Seas cruising the Norwegian Fjords June 1st, 2013 from Copenhagen - see separate blog with review.
Port of calls: Ålesund, Geiranfger, Flåm and Bergen Cruising Storfjord,  Geiranger Fjord, Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord.

Ålesund, Norvegian Fjords Cruise June 3rd 2013

Cruising Storfjord and Geiranger Fjord, June 4th, 2013

Visit to Geiranger, June 4th 2013
Cruising Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord,, June 5th 2013

Visit to Flam, June 5th 2013

Visit to bergen, June 6th 2013



Saturday, March 2, 2013

17 - 2013 - 5 night Mediterranean Cruise


5 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise in April 2013 with RCCl Liberty of the Seas.

Ports of Call:

Barcelona, Spain; Villefranche (Nice), France; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Livorno (Florence), Italy; Barcelona, Spain      


 See the videos from the cruise:



Mediterranean Cruise, Villefrance and Nice
Link to video:
http://youtu.be/hP9dzdXaKFo







Mediterranean Cruise - Rome
Link to video:
http://youtu.be/lPRGQG3CzNo








Mediterranean Cruise, Livorno  Link to video: http://youtu.be/H2eMo4nIuek



Mediterranean Cruise, Barcelona City Tour and Airport Transfer
http://youtu.be/E__s1Kdqzso