About Me

Nicky Wake & Finn

Welcome to Cruise Muses. I’m Nicky, a self confessed cruise geek and I love a holiday on the high seas!

I’m mum to Finn, my gorgeous little 6 year old sailor and devoted wife to husband Andy who’s very tolerant of my cruising obsession. We live in the hills above Manchester and when not on holiday we run an event management company.

We took our first cruise four years ago on a ‘cruise for people who don’t do cruises’ and I’ve been addicted ever since, spending almost 100 nights at sea so far.

My love of cruises has led to many happy hours of online holiday research, watching hours of YouTube videos and becoming an active member of several cruising Facebook groups. During this fact finding I’ve discovered so many helpful hints and tips about how to get the very best out of a cruise and I’ve really loved reading live blogs from others sharing their holiday advice.

On our most recent cruise, I was inspired to create this blog by the enthusiastic response to a few photos and posts that I shared on Cruise Lovers Facebook Group (a closed group of fabulously friendly cruise fans – well worth joining if you can get an invite) and on the forum pages of cruisecritic.com so I decided to live blog the whole holiday.

I really enjoyed writing a daily cruise diary and fourteen rather detailed posts later and hundreds of lovely likes and comments I’ve created this cruising blog to share tales of our holidays at sea, cruise news and views, hints and tips. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

If you have any questions or need any advice about any of the cruises we’ve taken, ports we’ve visited or ships we’ve sailed on then do get in touch, I want this blog to be a place where fans of cruising can comment, enthuse and share. Please feel free to get in touch with me either on twitter @cruisemuses or by emailing nicky@dontpanicprojects.com I’d love to hear from you!

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Our Family Cruises So Far…

Nicky & Andy Wake

We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a number of cruises, the list so far is –

Ocean Village, Caribbean, January 2010
14 nights out of Barbados visiting Tobago, Grenada, St Lucia, Isla Margarita, St Vincent, Barbados, Tortola, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua and Dominica

Ocean Village, Mediterranean, July 2010
7 nights out of Palma, Mallorca visiting La Goulette, Tunis, Civitavecchia, Genoa, St Raphael and Barcelona

Royal Caribbean, Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas, April 2011
3 nights out of Port Canaveral visiting Nassau & Coco Cay

Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas, Eastern and Western Caribbean, January 2012
14 nights out of Fort Lauderdale visiting Labadee, Falmouth, Cozumel, Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten

Island Escape, Mediterranean, April 2012
7 nights out of Palma, Mallorca visiting Ajaccio, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Toulon, Barcelona

Carnival Breeze, Mediterranean, July 2012
12 night out of Barcelona visiting Monaco, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice and Messina

Thompson Majesty, Canaries, February 2013
7 nights out of Tenerife to Lanzarote and La Palma where the cruise was cut short due to a tragic crew accident and we were flown home on Day 4.

NCL Spirit, Canaries, New Year Cruise December 2013 to January 2014
9 nights out of Barcelona visiting Casablanca, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Malaga

MSC Divina Yacht Club, Eastern and Western Caribbean, April 2014
14 nights out of Miami visiting Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Great Stirrup Cay, St Maarten and Tortola

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, Spanish Mediterranean, July 2014
14 nights out of Southampton visiting Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Valencia, Barcelona, Palma, Ibiza and Cadiz

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, Spanish Mediterranean, October 2014
7 nights out of Southampton visiting Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao and Le Havre

P&O Ventura, Mini Cruise, May 2015
4 nights out of Southampton visiting Zeebrugge and St Peter Port, Guernsey

MSC Opera, Greek Islands & Black Sea, August 2015
14 nights out of Venice visiting Bari, Piraeus (for Athens), Constanta, Sochi, Istanbul, Mykonos, Santorini, Cefalonia, Dubrovnik

NCL Jade, Mediterranean Mini Cruise, October 2015
5 nights out of Venice to Barcelona visiting Valetta in Malta and Palma in Mallorca

P&O Britannia, Christmas Caribbean Cruise, December 2015
14 nights out of Barbados visiting Aruba, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Tortola, St Maarten, Antigua, Dominica and Grenada

Nicky & Finn Wake Genoa