We are Mike and Anita, the faces behind the “About Luxury Cruising” cruise blog. We hope to entertain, inspire and encourage you in travel and cruise adventures and help you fulfil your dreams.
Our love affair with travel and cruising started many years ago, and we have been lucky enough to have visited many parts of the world and experienced some extraordinary adventures. Our cruise journey began with a cruise about which we were not too sure. To say that we had got it completely wrong was an understatement!
Cruising was the complete opposite of everything we had thought it would be. Our first cruise was one of the most amazing vacations we had ever had. From that point on we have never looked back and have become well and truly “addicted” to adventure travel and cruising.
Flashback to 1991 when Anita decided that we would be going on a Caribbean cruise! At that time we weren’t sure that cruising was something we would enjoy – after all, cruising is for older people – right. No – Completely wrong. Nevertheless, we took our first cruise out of Miami on the Royal Caribbean on Majesty of the Seas. At that time, we remember thinking how enormous the ship was. It was one of the largest cruise ships at the time at 74,000GRT with a capacity of 2744 passengers – how times change.
So we came to the conclusion we loved cruising and wanted to make the most of everywhere we went. So we compiled lists of the places we would visit if we had the opportunity. We still look back at these old “To Do” lists and feel incredibly lucky to have visited so many places. We have visited over 100 countries and set foot on the seven continents of our beautiful planet.
We are lovers of great food and wines and love to try all kinds of new cuisine provided we know its provenance. You could find us tasting wine in remote vineyards of the Chile or France or kayaking in Antarctica. We have an insatiable appetite for adventure, fine wines, good food and stunning scenery.
We travel as far and as often as possible and try to embrace how other people live their lives which reinforces the fact that the world is a much bigger place than the town where we live. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to travel the way we do, and when we come home, it may still be the same, but something inside always changes – and that changes everything. Photography and travel have taught us to appreciate the diversity and beauty of our world.
Quit your job, sell everything and focus on budget travelling or backpacking type of people. There are thousands of people with blogs like that, but that is not us. We don’t like the idea of living our lives out of a suitcase, continually unpacking and packing. That’s another reason why cruising has such an attraction. Unpack just once on any trip. Our home is important to us, and we want to come back to a place called home to unwind and plan the next adventure. We have a family and other commitments that command a slice of our time.
Photography is a crucial part of what we do. We are motivated by Cruising and Travel, researching and checking other peoples photo experiences and reading other travel blogs. We try to keep it real and don’t spend all our time on Social media sharing everything we do. We feel that many online posts have ‘fake’ stamped all over them. Who pays for our travel? All our journeys are fully paid for by us from our savings. We don’t own any fancy cars or expensive jewellery; instead, we save as much we can and use it for our travel funds.
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