TRAVELLING ON MS SPITSBERGEN TO SVALBARD – MY BEST MOMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Last year, I went to Svalbard on MS Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten. I am still thinking about this trip every time I hear something about Svalbard or see pictures of the Arctic. I think back to my trip and wish I was there again. I am jealous of the people that are going to travel there, although I have been already myself! But it was one … Continue reading TRAVELLING ON MS SPITSBERGEN TO SVALBARD – MY BEST MOMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

8 THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE BOOKING AND CONFIRMING YOUR CRUISE

You have decided to go on a cruise. Great, you have taken the first step on your cruise journey towards a fantastic holiday! But there are a few points to keep in mind and remember before booking that cruise as these can impact on your experience and your trip in general. Make sure you read this before pressing the BOOK button! 1. DESTINATION What is it … Continue reading 8 THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE BOOKING AND CONFIRMING YOUR CRUISE

MS SPITSBERGEN – ARCTIC SUPERIOR 622 CABIN REVIEW

On my Arctic Expedition Cruise to Svalbard, I had the pleasure calling cabin 622 my home for the two weeks I spend on board MS Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten. Cabin 622 is an Arctic Superior, an outside cabin located on deck 6 towards the aft of the ship. The location of the cabin is great and so convenient. You have the Explorer Lounge on the same … Continue reading MS SPITSBERGEN – ARCTIC SUPERIOR 622 CABIN REVIEW

PACKING TIPS FOR ARCTIC EXPEDITION CRUISES

I have had the pleasure to experience my first ever Expedition Cruise with Hurtigruten last month and I must say it was mind-blowing, truly magical and one of the best things I have ever experienced in my life! Seeing Spitsbergen and the archipelago of Svalbard, with all the wildlife, scenery and culture was fantastic. However, the Arctic is harsh, cold and especially windy. Therefore, to be … Continue reading PACKING TIPS FOR ARCTIC EXPEDITION CRUISES

MY HURTIGRUTEN EXPEDITION CRUISE IN PICTURES – SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC, PART 2

DAY 9 MORNING: SHIP CRUISING ALONG THE ICE EDGE On the way to our next destination, we encountered some ice and the Captain decided to cruise along it. So many different shapes, thicknesses and sizes. DAY 9 EVENING: PHIPPSOYA Located up north, the furthest north on my trip, this island also had some walruses and this time we were able to land and get close … Continue reading MY HURTIGRUTEN EXPEDITION CRUISE IN PICTURES – SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC, PART 2

MY HURTIGRUTEN EXPEDITION CRUISE IN PICTURES – SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC, PART 1

DAY 1 EMBARKATION: TROMSO The start of my journey to the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard. Embarkation day. DAY 4 MORNING: BURGERBUKTA Burgerbukta in Hornsund is famous for being one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard and I was lucky to see close up two if its eight glaciers. An amazing first landing site! DAY 4 AFTERNOON: SAMARINVAGON Located just opposite of Burgerbukta is Samarin … Continue reading MY HURTIGRUTEN EXPEDITION CRUISE IN PICTURES – SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC, PART 1

FORMAL NIGHTS ON A CRUISE – WHAT IS THE DEAL AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Formal nights are a big part of a cruise and depending on the length of the cruise, you might have multiple. The majority of people, at least on the cruises that I have been on, tend to go all out. The women look all glamorous and the men turn into real gentlemen in their suits and tuxedos. The halls are filled with photographers to take … Continue reading FORMAL NIGHTS ON A CRUISE – WHAT IS THE DEAL AND WHAT TO EXPECT

REQUIREMENTS YOU SHOULD TELL THE CRUISE LINE BEFORE YOUR TRIP

When we go on holiday, we want to relax and just get away from daily life. However, for some of us daily life also involves looking after ourselves continuously, being careful and on the lookout all the time. I am referring to (food) allergies, lifestyle choices such as veganism and sometimes even life-threatening scenarios that include illnesses. Okay, this sounds very scary and extreme, but … Continue reading REQUIREMENTS YOU SHOULD TELL THE CRUISE LINE BEFORE YOUR TRIP

CRUISE SHORE EXCURSIONS – ARE THEY WORTH THE MONEY?

Shore excursions are a great way to see the local sights when you have only a few hours on land. All cruise companies offer them, but they sometimes seem quite expensive for what they are. So is it worth splashing all your cash for a shore excursion or are you better of organising tours on your own? Let’s look at the pros first of why so many people book … Continue reading CRUISE SHORE EXCURSIONS – ARE THEY WORTH THE MONEY?

THINGS YOU DO NOT NEED TO PACK FOR YOUR CRUISE

I always like to take plenty of clothes with me on holiday and especially on a cruise and this for several reasons. First of all, during holiday I like to wear all the things I cannot while at work. Also, I like to have choice. During the cruise you will most likely have a formal night or multiple formal nights and the majority of cruise … Continue reading THINGS YOU DO NOT NEED TO PACK FOR YOUR CRUISE