AZAMARA Cruises – we look at both ships, sorry did I say two? Three. Azamara has just bought the Adonia from P&O and is giving it the Azamara facelift. We have films and blogs and you can join the community and share and chat. There were four of these ships built, we wonder if Azamara is after the forth. Read, chat and join in.

Click here to join the Azamara community and share pictures and advice. Never cruised with Azamara? Did you love the Adonia? 

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These are hugely popular and sought after ships. Eight were made, they are all very similar and all hold 684 guests. Known as Renaissance Class ships, because they were made for Renaissance Cruises. However they are actually R-Class ships, and they were called one to eight. For example R 3 is the Pacific Princess as we know her now. Renaissance was a company in Oslo, competing with Fred Olsen. Founded in 1989 it was family owned by Fearnley & Eger Rederi. These ships are all 181 meters long, have a GT of 30,277GT and travel at 18 knots.

  1. R One – Oceania Insignia (1998)
  2. R Two – Oceania Regatta (1998)
  3. R Three – Pacific Princess (1999)
  4. R Four – Oceania Sirena (1999)
  5. R Five – Oceania Nautica (2000)
  6. R Six – Azamara Journey (2000)
  7. R Seven – Azamara Quest (2000)
  8. R Eight – Azamara Pursuit (2001)

Adriatic Cruise YouTube Channel – just the Adriatic films in one channel

Venice to Croatia YouTube Playlist. Leave it running and see the area used to make the Game of Thrones all by cruise. A fantastic historical and media current cruise.

Panama Canal brief history and facts

New Panamax ships, new costs!

AZAMARA QUEST – a great small ship

AZAMARA QUEST – a great small ship The Azama Quest holds just 694 passengers so there is no chance you will feel overpowered

The Island Of Bequia in the Grenadines

Admit it. There are times when you wish you could get away from it all

Azamara Journey – Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

Aegean Coast and Greek Island Cruise on the Azamara Journey


Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

IONA rumours – what is LNG? Can I cruise THIS year from Southampton on first ship?

Sometimes the rumours spread so well they become reality – or not. Lets stop the rubbish.

AidaNova floats out, is she a great clue on Iona?

Carnival have ordered four Excellence Class ships, the first will be named Iona. However, we ask has one already arrived?

AIDANova float out party – Iona clone?

We all like a party, but this is amazing. Is it the forerunner to the P&O Iona?

Iona first cruises go up for sale. Summer 2020 in the Fjords.

The IONA is the first in the Excellence class for P&O. (third in build)

Carnival Horizon will home port at Miami

Miami is big, the Carnival Horizon is a big fun ship. 

Novels and films set in cruise locations or on cruise ships

The Love Boat was a TV series that took cruising to a mass audience,

Magellan sailing out of Port of Tyne, graceful ship

This is David’s films of Cruise and Maritimes modern, contemporary, spacious flagship MS Magellan shot from the customs house at South Shields.

Nelson’s Harbour – Antigua

Antigua is another of the Caribbean Islands where the public Bus is easy to use.


Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Cryptic Journey for Pacific Dawn

The Pacific Dawn as you all know her is on a very cryptic journey.

Stuart St Paul – Cruise Crime Novelist with 50 years in the movie industry

One of the many diverse forms of entertainment on a ship are the guests.


Art is a huge feature onboard ship. Open to theft.

Emergency codes used on a cruise ship

Some codes you might hear on a cruise ship, or not, hopefully ….

The Best Worst Mistake – Cruise Novel from member

Life for Jessica MacLeod was all mapped out. A successful

MS BOREALIS – Fred Olsen

The MS Borealis is now a Fred Olsen ship, and the Olsen’s used

KINDLE on the iPAD on any pad

Many know this, but, you can easily turn your phone or iPad into a Kindle Reader.

The future of cruising? One no one else has poised.

The Beach Online! Seriously? Well, we cruisers are not getting to it by ship, so here is my logic for the swiftly ever-changing future. Some of you will know I wrote some very futuristic screenplays, and do talk on ships about that and the difference between writing a screenplay and a novel. So here is […]