Anyone who’s apart of the cruise blogging community will know that it is one of the most friendliest groups around. This is no more true than for the reigning cruise queen Emma Le Teace from ‘Cruising isn’t just for old people’. Winner of Britain’s favourite cruise blogger at the Wave Awards 2018, Emma’s taking the cruise world by storm. Now up for best blogger at the Cruise International Awards 2018, she’s at the helm of a website, blog and community which “brings together bloggers and cruisers from all over the globe, and all walks of life, who all share a passion for cruising and a belief that cruising is for everybody irrespective of age”
Emma has kindly dropped by for a Q&A session with us and I am delighted to be able to share with you all this unique insight into Emma’s world. We’ve tried to have a bit of fun at the same time, so let’s jump straight in!
What inspired you to start blogging?
Wow Danny! What an amazing introduction. Thank you so much.
I started blogging when I came back from my first Cunard cruise. There were SO many things that I wish I knew before the cruise so I decided to write them all down. My first post ‘8 things I wish I knew before cruising with Cunard’ is still one of my most popular posts!
Why ‘Cruising isn’t for old people’?
I came up with the blogs name when I was onboard the Cunard cruise mentioned above. I was talking about starting a blog when my brother asked me ‘what are you going to call it’. I, jokingly, blurted out ‘cruising isn’t just for old people’ of course! The name has stuck ever since. I appreciate the name is a little silly but I strongly believe in it. There are so many cruising options now that I truly believe that there is a cruise to suit everybody.
You’re having an incredible year and we’re not even 6 months in yet! Tell us your top highlight so far?
It has got to be the Princess cruise that I took around Asia! Asia is an INCREDIBLE part of the world and I would recommend a visit to anybody. We cruised from Singapore – Tokyo onboard the Golden Princess. This was my first Princess cruise and I was blown away by the service, food and ship.
How’s it feel being crowned Britain’s favourite cruise blogger?
Winning the award was absolutely TERRIFYING. Incredible by terrifying at the same time. It was my first time at any kind of awards ceremony and the cruise blogger category was up first! When my name was called I had no idea what to do…
I am so SO grateful to everybody who voted for me. I feel unbelievably lucky and am really enjoying being part of the cruising community! (One of the loveliest communities around without a doubt).
Let’s get to know you – What was your first cruise ship?
Norwegian Spirit! We cruised on her around Alaska when I was 11 years old.
And your favourite cruise ship – why?
I think it would have to be the Norwegian Breakaway/Getaway. I know that’s two ships but they are sisters and basically the same!
I adore the waterfront on NCL ships. I usually cruise in an inside cabin so having a place where I can sit out and watch the world go by is important. I honestly can’t think of anything that I dislike about these ships!
Favourite destination visited on a cruise – why?
I think it’s going to have to be Tokyo! What a crazy place. The lights and sounds make the whole place seem so surreal.
Lets have some fun! Marmite – Love or Hate?
Hot chocolate or Horlicks?
Hot chocolate, who likes horlicks? Bleh!
Full English or Continental breakfast or both?
Continental. Give me a banana and some bread and I’ll be happy!
Country pub or city bar?
100% country pub.
Your top 3 cruise essentials?
I always see these lists where people list 100 random objects that you ‘must have’ for a cruise. I pack ridiculously light (2 weeks in a cabin bag is no problem) so I don’t really have space for the things that most people pack!
I obviously couldn’t cruise without my phone so that’s one. My go pro would be the second and the third would be my clothes for Zumbaaaaaaaa!!
Your top tip for new cruisers?
Make sure you do your research before booking a cruise to ensure that the cruise line suits what you want to do when cruising. There is no point booking a cruise line which has a really strict dress code if you don’t want to dress up for dinner! There is a cruise line for everybody so make sure you do your research and find the one that’s perfect for you.
A nice place to finish – Your next cruise?
I’m taking my first P&O cruise onboard the Britannia. I feel like I already know the ship inside out from all of your photos Danny! I cannot wait to find out what so many people love about P&O. I’m a big fan of afternoon tea so I’m looking forward to that one… I’ll be comparing it to Cunard’s of course.
Before we go, is there anything you want to add?
Thanks for having me on here Danny and thank you for being such a big part of our Facebook group. Your insights help so many people and I really appreciate your contributions! All of your cakes make me so hungry…
Thank you Emma! This has been great fun and I’m so glad to be able to share this with everyone. Emma’s blog carries on climbing from strength to strength and you can check it out over on her website! I know she has lots of exciting things planned over the next 12 months so be sure to keep an eye out.
Keep smiling and happy sailing! 🙂