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The Independence of the Seas is one of the UK’s favourite cruise ships, and since her multi-million pound refit she’s also managed to go up in her guests estimations.  This Royal Caribbean Freedom-Class cruise ship has spent the best part of the last 10 years sailing from Southampton during the summer months, showing UK cruisers the true meaning of what it is like to have fun at sea. If this is your first time on the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, or your first visit since the introduction of the  new

When it comes to getting off a cruise ship it can become quite a stressful day if you let it.  It’s definitely the saddest day of any cruise holiday by far, but you can still enjoy it and ensure that you have a stress free journey back home to help you preserve those precious memories made while you were away. These tips will help you have a smooth cruise ship disembarkation, whether you are a first time cruiser or you are an old hat at this getting off the ship

When I have been on a cruise holiday, I have always taken the shore excursions offered by the cruise operator.  When I went on a Marella (Thomson) Cruise with my husband, we made a conscious decision to use the shore excursions because we’d saved so much money by booking an inside cabin.   When I went on the Norwegian Epic I also got a taster of the shore excursions that they had available when we arrived in Naples, which I really enjoyed. A cruise shore excursion can be a little

You are going on a cruise! Yeah, I am so excited for you as I know you are going to have an amazing time whether you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise or you have picked up a last minute cruise deal through your travel agent.  Cruises are just the best holiday by far I think! I’m also really pleased you came to check out this post as whether you are looking for first time cruise tips or you are a regular cruiser, I think you will find some advice

Following on from my last post about choosing an inside cabin when booking a cruise holiday, I thought it might be helpful to share with you why cruising is also a family friendly way to travel.  If you’re a parent, you’ll know that travelling with tots in tow can be an uphill struggle but I can assure you that a family cruise can make life a whole lot easier. Just getting to the airport can be an arduous affair, then you’ve got to spend time waiting around for your flights.

My favourite kind of holiday is without a doubt taking a cruise, but I know some of you out there still need some convincing.  I’ve been been browsing lots of last minute cruise deals recently, simply itching to click book and it got me thinking about our first cruise.  We explored the Mediterranean while sailing on a Marella Cruise inside cabin, and it was literally our favourite holiday ever.  It got me thinking about all the reasons why booking an inside cabin for a cruise is a great idea and

If you are a regular reader of Zena’s Suitcase you will already know that I’m passionate about putting kids at the heart of family travel.  Do you remember when Indie and I visited Amsterdam?  She was totally in charge of the itinerary for our holiday, and she had such fun researching and planning what she wanted to do for that trip.  When it came to the city break itself, she embraced every single minute of it and all the usual moans and groans you’d expect from a small child on

There’s no doubt that a cruise is a great option for a family holiday. Usually for one payment you can get all your expensive costs covered as you are provided with everything from food and accommodation to transport and entertainment onboard. The only problem with cruising is that there’s so much choice! So, here’s my list of cruises perfect for families to help you guys out. Disney Nothing says family more than Disney and it’s not just their films and rides that are entertaining kids on a cruise. As well

So your going on a cruise! Congratulations! A cruise holiday is absolutely my favourite type of getaway and I am feeling totally jealous right now. You will get to visit and explore so many different places.  There’s going to be plenty of time for chilling out by the pool with your favourite cocktail too.  You can also be out every night painting the town or should I say cruise ship red if you fancy. A cruise holiday is back to back fun, activities and entertainment but what on earth do

There’s always a lot going on in a busy house isn’t there?  Families notoriously have a lot to juggle in their daily lives.  There’s the battle of getting ready for the day with repetitive requests to get dressed, clean teeth and pack the school bag.    Once we’ve tackled getting ready, it’s time to deal with the never ending run of activities, clubs and social activities we play taxi to.   That’s all before we even think about our own 9 to 5 responsibilities and household chores.  Fitting in the

A cruise can mean very different things to different people. To one person, it might mean a chance to see more of our world and experience new places and cultures that they never thought they would see. To a couple, it might be a getaway, a little time away from real life to be together in some of the most romantic settings around the globe. To a group of friends, it may be the opportunity to kick back, relax and have fun together. No matter what, first and foremost, a

When I start talking to people about how good a cruise holiday is, one of the first questions I get asked is ‘what is cruise food like?‘. It’s understandable really as food is a pretty major part of a holiday, well it is in our book.  If, like me, you like a week or two off from the cooking and deciding what to have for your family meals, trust me when I say you will not be disappointed with cruise food.

When we arrived onboard the Norwegian Epic we were a tad peckish.  All that travelling had made Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary and myself a little on the hungry side.  The one thing you can always guarantee onboard a cruise ship is there will be somewhere to get some food.  I checked out the ships plan, and felt drawn to the Garden Cafe.  After a a few hours sat on a plane and cooped up on a bus, the Garden Cafe sounded like the perfect place for a weary traveller

Welcome my blog post sharing all the NCL tips and tricks I learnt during my Mediterranean cruise on board the Norwegian Epic.  I was only away for 4 days but it was plenty of time to learn all the essential Norwegian Epic tips you will need for your cuise. There was so much to do on the NCL Epic Mediterranean cruise that it felt like I was away for weeks!  You would never do or see so many varied things on a land holiday as you will on a cruise.

Going on a cruise is by far one of the best holiday experiences you will ever have.  I was lucky enough to take my first cruise with my husband in 2011 for our honeymoon.  My son was deposited with his Granny for a week in the summer holidays while we flew off to Mallorca to join our ship.  These were very exciting times.  A childless holiday, and it was a honeymoon.  Both of these things I was sure would never happen to me.

This is a post I’ve been thinking about for a while, now that I’m in the ‘no-fly’ trimester of pregnancy.  I’ve been reminiscing over our last major holiday a lot, so when the chance came along to join up with Brit Mums and Visit Wales for the  #Wales4Kids Family Holiday Challenge I simply couldn’t resist! Last April marked the end of my maternity leave, some birthdays and a whole heap of significant events that had taken place in our little family.  A celebration was in order!  What better to mark all this than a

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