About Me

Danielle (CruiseMiss)

I found my passion for cruising back in 2007 when I embarked on my first cruise – a 12-night sailing to the Canary Islands onboard P&O Cruises Oriana.

Cruising had never entered my mind, the thought of having a holiday onboard a ship was not appealing. I didn’t want to be confined to a space or pretend to be someone I’m not for two weeks and I certainly didn’t want to dress up every evening, after all, it was supposed to be a holiday.

My first cruise was the complete opposite to everything I had imagined a cruise to be. It was fun, full of energy, the average age was definitely not 80 and I didn’t have to wear a dress every evening, as I had expected. Those twelve days onboard were a real eye opener and it is fair to say I definitely caught what is often referred to as “the cruising bug” (and no, I don’t mean norovirus). 50+ sailings and a World Cruise later and I’m still trying to sell the ocean to everyone I meet.

When I am not at sea, I spend my ‘shore days’ working within cruise travel. I suppose I get the best of both worlds in that sense.

You may have seen my name mentioned through expert comment, quotes for press purposes and in articles on the following: Travel Bulletin, The Sun Online, Direct Travel, Travel Daily News, TravelMole, Breaking Travel News, Travolution, Captain Greybeard Blog, World of Cruising, Cruise Critic U.K., Porthole, Cruise International and Cruise Industry News, just to name a few.

Want to get in touch? Please do!  – CruiseMiss@Live.co.uk

30 comments on “About Me
  1. Hi Danielle. My wife and I have just booked a 42-day cruise on Boudicca next December/January from Cape Town to Tokyo. As Americans, we have very little knowledge about Fred. Olsen and your blog has been a terrific source for us. Your writing is wonderfully positive and your photos are excellent (what camera do you use?).

  2. Anne Edgcome says:

    Hi Danielle, just want you to know how much we’re enjoying your blog. We were on Boudicca from Seychelles to Phukett in November ( you may remember us on deck 8) and we loved it!! Great to follow you as we’ve got friends who joined you in Bali. Have a magical Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
    Anne & Clive xxx

  3. Steven says:

    Danielle it was a pleasure meeting you. You were a delight.
    Best to you and your friend and your 4 month adventure.
    Steven and Jose

  4. Hi,
    Just came across your website,off on The Celebrity Eclipse on Saturday.Can it be as good as most of the comments suggest.Almost a Newby to cruising ,went on The Oriana 20 years ago.The Eclipse and Norway will be a complete new ball game ; we will see!!!

  5. Chief-Editor says:

    I absolutely love your site. It’s a great personal Cruise Log of your travels, with very interesting perspectives. Would love to have the time to share my experiences in ports and destinations as well. But I’ve been very busy with developing a website providing information about Cruise Ports and Destinations. Lots of work but very fun. Don’t mean to sing to the choir but you may find useful information for you and those that read these pages. For instance, how many times do cruise travelers go to Livorno and miss the opportunity to explore hidden jewels of Tuscany like Siena, San Gimignano or Volterra. You may find interesting to find out how to travel to these destinations (affordable) on your own and what to see – always more than on a typical shore excursion. For Siena, check http://www.iqcruising.com/destinations/europe/italy/siena/index.html

  6. Carla says:

    Hey there!

    I want to cruise the Mediterranean for my 50th birthday. October 2016. Ugh. I want to hit Italy, Greece, Turkey and maybe Croatia. Pretty flexible on dates when is the best time of year for great weather (not to hot) and pretty good prices. We’ve sailed Silver Seas and loved it! So want the luxury smaller cruise lines. Also, I do the miles and points game so is there a best program to follow for that? Thanks so much.

  7. Sara says:

    HI Danielle, great to find your blog from Twitter. I’m new to cruising but took a trip on P&O Azura this summer and had the most perfect holiday! Really love your site. I blog about travel, backpacking and photography – I would love to take more cruise trips so I’m following your adventures 🙂

    • CruiseMiss says:

      Hi Sara 🙂 Thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog! I am glad you found me! Hopefully my cruise ramblings will help you decide on your next ocean adventure!

  8. Lasse says:

    Hi Danielle & Scott,

    What a great source of cruise information, thanks! We where on our first cruise last year, to the Norwegian fjords, and it was definitely an great experience. So it wasn’t the last time we went on a cruise. We are saving up for our next trip. We will follow this blog for inspiration. (Sorry my bad english) 🙂

  9. Very encouraging. Going to cross the Bay of Biscay in Nov and Dec and I’m terrified it will be rough. But you survived an awful crossing which encourages me. Don’t want to cancel through fear!

    • CruiseMiss says:

      NO! Don’t cancel you will be fine!! 🙂 I have crossed in Nov and Dec also and it was flat calm on the way out. If my friend can go again then you can too 😉

  10. Tony McMenemy says:

    Hi Danielle we met at the Cruise show at Olympia on 22nd March, Tony & Sheila- we were sitting having coffee and you and Mandy Smith joined us. Sheila & I are keen to try River and Canal Cruising,do you only do Ocean Criuses, or have you tried River and Canal cruises? Tony

    • CruiseMiss says:

      Hi Tony! Great to hear from you! Can you drop me an email cruisemiss@live.co.uk and I can better speak with you there. Mandy is actually on a river cruise as we speak so yes in answer to your question river is an option. I will look out for the email. Danielle

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  13. Always good to see ‘new’ converts to cruising and how much they enjoyed the experience, and this is invaluable advice for anything thinking of their first cruise. Hopefully more first-timers will get ‘the bug’ and enjoy reading along here, too!

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  15. Anthony L. says:

    I know! No one gets it! It’s do confusing to them! And good luck

  16. ria says:

    So nice to see I’m not alone being a young cruise obsessive, no-one else I know gets it!

    I think we are very similar – apart from you appear to have the job I’ve been after for a while ;-p never mind – I shall persist, and sooner or later carnival uk will give me a job (be it land or sea!) 🙂

  17. Anthony L. says:

    Hi CruiseMiss. I’m @carnivalcruises from Instagram. I am fascinated by your blog. I will add a picture of yours to my page, and I will continue to read your awesome blog!

  18. gary says:

    hi danielle, hope your well, its gary off the ventura, i sat with you and your friend, at the back of the ship chatting….

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great reading so far, can’t wait for the next episode. x

  20. Danielle and Amanda I have loved reading your posts here since i found you a month or so ago. They really speak to why you love cruise and are full of usefull information. Thank you and keep up the good work. Happy sailings!

  21. what’s your next destination? we’ve been in may 2010 in alaska, and now we are leaving in March 2012 for 28 days around Australia…yippeeeee

  22. amanda diven says:

    loving the site so far. if there is anything i can contribute, please let me know!

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