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From Cruiseless to Best Cruise Blogger? #CruiseAwards2014


Well, they are finally here, the #cruiseawards2014 and I am so excited. I don’t expect to win, I am still such a novice in the world of cruises, but it is so exciting to step into another blogging world. Today I will be attending the award ceremony in Kensington. To celebrate, here’s the post I wrote about the awards when the shortlist was announced:


Sometimes blogging opens up doors you really don’t expect. If you had asked me 12 months ago ‘cruise’ ‘cruise ship’ weren’t in my vocabulary, the idea of taking my family on one was something I had never considered.

However, aside from our amazing cruise adventures over the last year, more on that in a minute, something rather exciting happened last week and I think I have some of you lovely people to thank for it.

Last year I applied to become Carnival’s funnest family, cracked a few jokes on the application form and rather than making out we were thrill seeking lunatics, although we can do that, we charmed them with honesty about how tough balancing everyone’s needs as a family  can be and mentioned that them having an amazing kids’ club and lots for kids to do had somehow stuck in my mind.

Somehow we ended up on Carnival Sunshine in the Med and on Carnival Breeze In the Carribean, making videos doing all this incredibly FUN stuff, there are lots more funnest family videos here, but I love the latest one in Grand Turk.

DSC00378-1024x680 IMG_0417-1024x768My trips busted a lot of myths about family cruising and my readers helped me by asking some tricky questions about crusing on my return from sailing the Mediterranean in this post. If you’ve ever wondered anything about taking a cruise as a family, then this post should cover it! It was good to know that I had really altered some reader’s perceptions. Here’s what Helen thought:


It even convinced Donna to take a cruise for a hen do. The last time I changed someone’s hen do plans, she ended up climbing Snowdon, but that’s another story.

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I’ve blogged lots more cruise insights, more recently of our Caribbean Cruise onboard Carnival Breeze, taking in Miami, Grand Turk, La Romana, Aruba, Curacao. I would definitely cruise again, and after attending and speaking at the Cruise Show and flicking through the brochures on the Carnival stand, I am really keen to do an Alaskan Cruise next.

I’ve just contributed to this month’s Cruise International….look at that blue sea!


Both cruises, gave me so much to blog about, I still have a list of posts I would love to write. So many adventures on ship to share still! This piece in Travel Bulletin is constructed from snippets from blog posts.


But perhaps the most exciting thing to happen, was seeing this last week, A Residence a finalist in the Cruise International Awards 2014!  Thank you so much to all you lovely people who nominated me! I really didn’t expect to find myself as a Cruise Blogger.

If you would like to vote, it should take no more than 30 seconds, my category is at the bottom, huge congratulations to Carnival Cruise Lines too, you will see them in several categories! We had so much adventure with them, and they are perfect for families.

Also congratulations to Carnival’s in house cruise blogger John Heald, who I had the pleasure to meet on Carnival Legend last Summer and never dreamed of being nominated next to, as well as the lovely English Mum who I have had the pleasure to meet as a fellow blogger. Seeing her bravery in the face of  the flow rider on her cruise convinced me to go for it on ours, thanks Becky it was so much fun! I look forward to getting to know the other cruise bloggers too.

It’s more than enough to be a finalist, I think I’ve found my blue ocean as a travel blogger.



  1. 07/05/2014 / 9:44 am

    What an adventure you have had indeed! Cruising does look fun!

    • The Alexander Residence
      12/05/2014 / 10:21 am

      🙂 Can’t believe what an adventure looking back.

  2. 08/05/2014 / 7:34 am

    I’ve followed your adventures (and voted for you) with interest, as I was a first time cruising person last year, sadly on my own though and not with the family. Looking at all of the videos has reaffirmed to me how much I would love to go on a cruise with the whole family. It really does look great fun whatever age you are.

    • The Alexander Residence
      12/05/2014 / 10:21 am

      Thanks Amanda x I think you lot would LOVE a cruise!

    • The Alexander Residence
      13/05/2014 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Bex 🙂

  3. 12/05/2014 / 11:52 am

    I was really surprised by how well it seemed to work for a young family. And what a fantastic opportunity for you all to make some amazing memories together x

    • The Alexander Residence
      13/05/2014 / 4:58 pm

      Me too, think I have stumbled on something amazing I would never have thought to try! What a way to see the world with kids.

  4. 12/05/2014 / 4:41 pm

    What an incredible adventure you all had together…. and I’ve so voted lady :o)! X

  5. 12/05/2014 / 6:01 pm

    How exciting! Best of luck, I’ve voted for you x

  6. 12/05/2014 / 6:22 pm

    Oooh good luck! Keeping fingers crossed for you!

  7. 12/05/2014 / 6:58 pm

    I am enjoying all of the photos, cruising obviously makes you very happy. I have voted. Good luck x

  8. 12/05/2014 / 8:36 pm

    You had my vote from the top of the post. I have loved watching you this year, what an AMAZING opportunity, the places you’ve been to, the memories made and the boost your blog has received, well done Penny I hope you win lovely lady

  9. 12/05/2014 / 8:47 pm

    I can honestly say I had never considered cruises as a family friendly option until your posts about it, and it looks fab fun! have already voted for you – good luck!

  10. 12/05/2014 / 9:06 pm

    So exciting! You know how much I love being on the water and I have LOVED ffollowing your adventures! Good luck!

  11. 13/05/2014 / 2:29 am

    You got my vote lovely! x

  12. 13/05/2014 / 2:40 am

    I remember you covered all our questions so well, best of luck you have my vote.

  13. 13/05/2014 / 5:40 pm

    Just voted for you Penny! I so hope you will win as i love your cruise post!

  14. Emma
    15/05/2014 / 1:07 pm

    I wanna go on a cruise now, gah!!! look so good and everything is in one place, as I am lazy, I like this idea very much. X

  15. 10/06/2014 / 11:02 pm

    Voted, Lykke til !!!!! Loved our Norweigian Cruise, and would do another Icelandic one JUST because ‘thank you, bye!’ is ‘takk blehss’ and I just loved saying it!

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