1. What Was Your First Cruising Experience?
I went on my first cruise with my parents when I was just 13 and absolutely loved it. I made so many friends on board and was so excited to be in a new destination almost every day.
2. How Has Cruising Changed Since Your First One?
Cruising is so much more popular now than on my first one 11 years ago.
There are many more ships sailing, more cruise companies to choose from and many, many more people booking cruise holidays.
3. Where Do You See Cruising in 20 Years Time?
I think cruising will continue to expand and ships will become more and more modern. I am sort of hoping that the trend for smaller and more mid-sized ships will come back though as I’m not a big fan of mammoth ships.
4. What is Your Favourite Cruising Region?
The Mediterranean is definitely my favourite. I’m a lover of architecture and culture and The Med has both of them in abundance.
5. What is Your Most Memorable Cruising Experience?
Photo Credit: John Joachim
During a Baltic Cruise with P&O we sailed under The Great Belts Suspension Bridge which connects two Danish islands. It’s the third largest suspension bridge in the world so it was quite amazing to sail under, especially as the sun was just disappearing for the day and the sky turned a beautiful pink hue.
6. What Are The Most Important Aspects to a Good Cruising Experience?
I think picking the right cruise line is hugely important as you don’t want to end up on a ship full of old people if you’re a young family or couple. I always tell people this is the most important thing to research before booking a cruise. After that it’s good food, great destinations, perfect weather and interesting company.
7. Is There a Ship That You Have Yet to Sail on but Yearn to do so?
I like the look of the new Princess Ship, Regal Princess, and I’d also love to try out any of the Regent Seven Seas ships as I think they look incredibly elegant.
8. Do You Have a Cruising ‘Bucket List’?
Not particularly but I would love to sail more in Asia. I sailed from Hong Kong through Vietnam and onto Singapore last year with Silversea and loved it.
9. Are You a Fan of ‘Select Restaurants’?
Yes. I love to mix it up during my cruises and the more options the better! I’ve had some of my favourite meals ever in select restaurants.
10. What is Your Favourite Restaurant at Sea?
I had an amazing meal in Sindhu, Atul Kochhar’s restaurant on board P&O’s Azura. I also loved Le Champagne on board Silversea’s Silver Shadow. It’s the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea and both the food and the service were incredible.
11. What is Your ‘Top Tip’ For a First Time Cruiser?
Make sure the cruise line and cruise ship are suited to you and your needs. Check out the dress code and make sure you adhere to it. Research the destinations you’ll be visiting and don’t forget your camera for all those special moments at sea!
12. You Have Been a Cruise Travel Blogger for 2 Years Now, What Did You do Before And What Made You ‘Take The Leap’ Into Becoming a Full-Time Writer?
I took the leap straight after I graduated from university. At that time I’d already had my blog Emma’s Travel Tales for 8 months and it was starting to grab people’s attention and gain a loyal readership. 6 months later I started my cruise blog Emma on Board and the rest, as they say, is history!
Bolsover Cruise Club would like to thank Emma for taking the time to answer these questions.