Which Kind Of Cruise Is Right For You?

Regular readers of this blog will know all about just how amazing cruises can be as a way of getting around and seeing the world.

For anyone keen to visit many countries in a short period of time, while having an all-inclusive holiday packed into that, will find that cruises are among the best way to do so.

However, relatively few people know that there are actually a number of different kinds of cruises, and it is useful to know the differences between them if you want to make sure that your holiday is exactly right for you.

In this post, we are going to discuss some of the different kinds of cruises you can explore – which one is best for you?

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If your goal is to have a crazy, no-holds-barred time of exploration, then you might well prefer to go on an adventure style cruise.

These are generally in exciting and out-there places and can either be on the ship the whole time, or on land partially, or mostly on land.

In any case, they are an exciting way to cruise around the world and not the kind of cruise that you will want to take your young children on.

So if you are taking your family, look elsewhere. For everyone else, however – adventure away!


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Maybe you are going completely solo, and you want to just let loose and have a wild time. If that sounds like you, then you probably want to find a decent party cruise instead.

Fortunately, this is one of the most common cruise tips and boat party tickets are usually relatively cheap in comparison to other cruise and boat types.

However, you should be prepared to expect plenty of debaucheries if you are going on one of these boats, as you never know quite what can happen. Remember: what happens at sea stays at sea.


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Food & Wine

Are you a true foodaholic? If so, the classic food and wine tour cruise could just be your ideal next holiday. Generally, these sail around some of the best foodie locations in the world and more often than not they are complete with on-board cookery classes and tasting sessions.

Maybe you are a keen amateur chef willing to practice your knife skills or you just love good food and don’t mind a little wine either.

Either way, food and wine cruises can be a fantastic way to see the world – all while getting your belly full.


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Of course, when most people think of cruise lines, they think of the luxury kind. If you can afford it and you are willing to splash out, then going luxury is of course often the better way to go.

This is especially good if you are keen to celebrate or commemorate some kind of event, such as an anniversary or similar.

A luxury cruise is bound to keep you satisfied in more ways than one, so this is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a cruise this year.


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Which Kind Of Cruise Is Right For You


What To See When Taking A Cruise Around Iceland in Summer - Lucy Williams Global

Thinking of going on a cruise to Iceland this summer? This is a great way to see Iceland and then return to your luxury cruise ship in the evening, without having to figure out your own accommodation and road trip.

Just book tour a shore excursion from the cruise ship or before you board online (you can book your own independent tour, just be back on time). Then just sit back and relax as the ship sails to each port.

All the logistics are sorted out on your behalf all you have to do is meet at the meeting point at the correct time and go and enjoy your tour.

There are different cruises that go to Iceland, some start in the UK and some on the east coast of the US. So you will see some more ports as well as the Icelandic ports.

The cruise we went on around Iceland was in August/September and it was fantastic as we had lovely weather.

The ports we went to were; Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Grundarfjordur and Reykjavik. We also went to Lerwick in the Shetlands Islands in Scotland, Thurso in Scotland and Bergin in Norway.


Seydisfjordur is on the east of Iceland and is surrounded by fjords. It is a charming small Icelandic village with a church, a few small shops and cafe/bars.

The day I was there it was a beautiful sunny day, so you saw the reflection of the buildings and fjords in the water.

When we were there we just enjoyed a walk around and took it easy as we knew we were going to go on tours for the next few days.


Akureyri was the second Iceland port and is in central northern Iceland. When we were there we went to visit Godafoss Waterfall, Namaskard Pass, Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn.

My favourite part of the day was visiting Godafoss Waterfall and Namaskard Pass. Godafoss waterfall was amazing to see and means ‘Water to the Gods’.

It is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, that is rushing with glacial water of the Skjalfandafljot River.

Namaskard Pass is one of the most volcanic areas in Iceland and there are boiling hot mud pools with dense vapours of sulphur, after a while though the sulphur gets to you.

We also visited Dimmuborgir where lava formations were left and are in lots of different shapes and we saw Lake Myvatn where large craters are. We had a lovely traditional Icelandic lunch of cauliflower soup, followed by trout and veggies.


Grundarfjordur was our next port that is on the north shore of Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland.

We visited the black pebble beach and saw the lifting stones that the local sailors tested their strength by lifting. These stones ranged from a 23 kg stone to a 154 kg stone.

To be eligible to become oarsman they had to be able to lift the 54 kg stone. After visiting, the beach we went for a walk around the peninsula that was a stunning rocky shoreline. For lunch, we ate fish soup, followed by cod and veggies.


Reykjavik is in the south-west of Iceland and is a large city by the sea. We had two days there so we got to see a lot.

On the first day, we went to Blue Lagoon which is a fabulous outdoor geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic rock.


Blue Lagoon Iceland - Lucy Williams Global

The water is full of minerals and you can put the white silica on your face as a face mask. There is a bar that is in the water so you can swim up and get a drink or two!

Also, there is a sauna and steam room. They offer massages on the water which is at an extra cost.

If you like to take selfies while in the Blue Lagoon these Watertight Sealed Underwater Dry Bag for iPhone and Other Smartphone pouches are great to put your phone in and not get it wet! They have a handy lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, so much easier than carrying!

That evening we went to my favourite lobster restaurant ‘Lobster & Stuff’. We had lobster soup, followed by a lobster roll, delicious!

Lobster and Stuff Iceland - Lucy Williams Global

On the second day, I went to visit the Golden Circle, which is Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur. Also on the tour, we saw a Geothermal Power Plant and The Pearl.

I was very excited to see Strokkur for the geyser, it had that smelly sulphur smell again like the boiling muds pits.

But seeing the geyser spurt with water was quite something and you never know in which direction the water will go! I was filming and the water came in our direction, that was funny watching it back!

Thingvellir National Park was very interesting as the rift valley shows the Reykjanes Ridge that divides the North American and Eurasian plates of the mid-Atlantic Ridge, quite something to see.

Gullfoss Waterfall was breath-taking and it was amazing how close you can get to it compared to visiting the Godafoss Waterfall in Akureyri.

I recommend visiting Iceland as it is a fascinating place, very different to the rest of Europe due to its climate and not having many trees.

The Vikings cut most of them down years ago to build boats and they never grew back. The Icelandic people are now replanting but it takes time.

You can visit Iceland all year round, but if you would like to see Iceland in daylight visit in the summer months, as in the winter months there are only 6 hours of light a day. Cruise ships only go in the summer months.

Essential Info

  • Weather in summer months: 4*C – 14*C.
  • Language: Icelandic, but most people also speak English.
  • Currency: Icelandic Krona.
  • It is cold even in summer so wear layers and bring a hat, scarf and gloves.
  • I recommend wearing trainers or hiking shoes to enjoy seeing the sights.
  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket as when it rains it pours!
  • Bring your camera or phone as the scenery is amazing.

I loved these for my Icelandic adventure:

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Love Lucy x

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Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and Cruising

It has been quite a year of travel for me, so a travel roundup for 2017, I had to write!

This year has been an unusual year, as I have been to so many places in just the space of a year and this is why I started writing this blog.

I started the year in Italy, had a short trip to the UK and then flew to Los Angeles to join the world cruise.

World Cruise

I was very lucky that my husband was put on a ship that had the world cruise as an itinerary. So, of course, I had to tag along!

It was a wonderful experience visiting so many places in the space of 111 days and I met some fantastic people onboard.

On the world cruise, I went to Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bay of Islands and Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney and Cairns in Australia and Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

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Guam in Micronesia, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sanya in China, Singapore, Phuket in Thailand, Cochin and Mumbai in India, Dubai in the UAE and Petra in Jordan.


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Rhodes, Chania, Zakynthos in Greece, Bari, Trapani and Venice in Italy, Hvar and Sibenik in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Chefchaoen in Morocco and Portimao in Portugal.

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Hamilton in Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale in the USA, Oranjestad in Aruba, Santa Marta in Colombia, San Juan de Sur in Nicaragua, Acajutla in El Salvador, La Paz in Mexico and Los Angeles in the USA.

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We sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt and the Panama Canal in Panama. I stayed on for one more cruise and also went to Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

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111 Days Sailing Round the World | The World Cruise in Photos

Italy and the UK

After this amazing experience of going to 38 ports and 6 continents, I went back to the UK and then to Italy. I spent a summer in Genoa and visited Sardinia, Lake Como and Camogli.

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Genoa | Camogli | Sardinia


Then I flew to Seattle at the end of August to join my husband onboard the ship. While I was onboard we sailed around Alaska to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria in Canada.

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Ketchikan | Juneau | Glacier Bay | Skagway

West Coast of Canada and USA

After the Alaska season finished we sailed down to Vancouver in Canada, then Oregon, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in the USA.

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Oregon | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii and French Polynesia

A quick cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan in Mexico, then on to Hawaii and French Polynesia. We went to Hilo in Hawaii, Honolulu in Oahu, Lahaina in Maui and Nawiliwili in Kauai.

After lots of days at sea, we stopped in Pago Pago in American Samoa. Then on to Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia and back to LA.

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Hawaii | Oahu | Maui | Kauai | French Polynesia


After this lovely long cruise, we sailed around the west coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada. We stopped in Catalina Island an island just off LA.

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Mexico | Catalina Island

End of Year

I flew back to Italy from LA in December and have spent the last month of the year in Genoa in Italy.

This year I have been to 29 countries and I cannot quite believe it! I know next year will not be like this, but I am looking forward to what the new year will bring.

I would like to thank you for reading and supporting me in my first year of blogging. I have really enjoyed writing and sharing my travel, cruise and packing tips.


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Christmas in Lake Como | Christmas in Genoa

I would like to hear from you! What would you like to read about? More behind the scenes onboard? More about Italy or the UK? More cruise tips? Let me know as I like to answer your questions and many of my blog posts have started from a question I have been asked.

I would like to wish you a wonderful new year and I will see you in 2018!

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

P.S. Here are my favourite travels items that I always travel with.

Eastpak medium luggage and hand luggage, as it is lightweight before you put anything in them.

Packing Cubes for easy and organised packing.

Portable phone charger to charge your phone on the go, for travelling and out and about site seeing.

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Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

I have returned home after three months of travelling around Alaska, the Californian Coast, Mexico, Hawaii and French Polynesia and reality has hit me!

Real life after travelling is nice but overwhelming!

If you have been following my travels you will know I travel with my husband that works onboard a cruise ship. Hence my blog tagline ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.


This has been another long trip, but it was lovely to see Alaska properly. I have worked many Alaska seasons when I was still working onboard, but I never really saw much.

This time I made the most of my 4 weeks there and visited glaciers up close from a small boat to landing on top of one in a helicopter. I saw wildlife up close and totem poles.

Glacier Bay | Juneau | Ketchikan | Skagway

Californian Coast

After sailing around Alaska, we sailed south to the California coast and on the way we stopped in Astoria, Oregon. This was a new port for me and I enjoyed a lovely tour of the Oregon coast.

We then sailed to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The weather was great whilst in these port so I saw the Golden Gate Bridge in its full glory.

Santa Barbara was a food and drink day on an amazing food tour and LA was spent in Long Beach catching up with friends.

Oregon Coast | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii & French French Polynesia

I went back to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It was fantastic to go back to Hawaii and French Polynesia as they are my favourites! Especially Bora Bora in French Polynesia, pure paradise.

It took a long time to get down there, only 8 days at sea! But it is worth it in the end when you get there. I got to see another new port; Pago Pago in American Samoa on the way down to French Polynesia. It is a beautiful little lush tropical island.

Hawaii Oahu | Kauai | Maui | French Polynesia


We spent a lot of time in Mexico on seven cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were nice for the margaritas!

Also, short mini cruises of 4/5 days either just to Cabo San Lucas or to Ensenada and Catalina Island, California. Catalina Island was another new port for me and it was a nice new place to go, a really pretty island across the water from Los Angeles.

Mexico | Catalina Island

Back Home

Since I have been back home my feet have not touched the ground. After a 14 hour flight, I have been suffering from jet lag. I wish my body would just understand and sleep at night-time!

Within two days of being at home, we have been to Lake Como, lovely but I would have preferred a week at home to recover!

Now, it is time to get ready for Christmas, our tree is up, the turkey is ordered and the Christmas shopping is done. If you need a helping hand with your Christmas shopping check out my gift guides for travellers and cruisers.

Traveller Gift Guide | Cruiser Gift Guide | Travel Beauty Gift Guide | Christmas Decorations

It’s Not the End!

I love to travel so, even though I am home there will be lots of travel blog posts from around Italy and the UK and you will be reading them very soon!

Happy Holidays

Love Lucy x

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global


Where to Find the Best Margaritas in Mexico! Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo - Lucy Williams Global - UK

The first thing that comes to mind when in Mexico is where to get the best margaritas! So, what do I like to do in Mexico? You guessed it! Drink margaritas!

We were cruising along the west coast of Mexico and stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

These cruises were a seven-day cruise with two days at sea with three ports and a return to Los Angeles. This is a good starter cruise as you get a feel for the ship and have enough port days.

Puerto Vallarta

The first port was Puerto Vallarta and this a lovely port. The cruise terminal has a market with souvenirs, bars and pharmacy stalls.

Across the street from the cruise terminal, is a mall and grocery stores if you need something.

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Puerto Vallarta has lovely restaurants and my favourite is Pipis ‘The Original’. It is near the seafront in the old town.

When you sit at your table they made fresh guacamole in front of you and it is delicious!

It has a great menu with all the Mexican classic dishes and a lot of seafood. I love the grilled lobster and a coconut margarita.

The margaritas are huge like little goldfish bowls! They come in mango, strawberry, original, coconut, etc.

I love what is painted on the wall of the restaurant – “Don’t drink the water, drink the margaritas. ”

The atmosphere is great there with good music and the prices are very good here too.

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The second port was Mazatlan. While we were there we went to the Royal Villas Hotel Resort.  It was a great place to relax and the hotel was on the beach.

We had margaritas while lying on our sun loungers and enjoyed the sea view. We had lunch there and they served traditional Mexican dishes or American style dishes. I had the quesadillas and they were yummy!

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The hotel was in the Golden Zone, where all the nice beaches are. The hotel is walking distance to other restaurants, bars and the shops.

Cabo San Lucas

The third port was Cabo San Lucas. This is a nice port and you can walk around the marina. Cabo is getting bigger every year and is now is an American style Mexico!

It is lovely to visit the famous El Arco rocks, the natural landmark of Cabo San Lucas, by a small boat and go to Lovers Beach.

You can see the rock formation from the ship though! In this port, you can go on many tours, like swimming with dolphins and booze cruises around the El Arco rocks.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 22*C -27*C
  • Language: Spanish and some English
  • Currency: Mexican Pesos and US Dollars are accepted
  • Recommendations: Wear sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, UV protection hat, lightweight clothing and swimwear for the beach. Below are some great examples available from Amazon.


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Cruising the Western Mexican Coast - Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo - Lucy Williams Global -UK

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