Weird and wonderful themed cruises to try in 2019 and 2020

Do you go gaga over the Golden Girls? Or perhaps you’re obsessed with the Strictly stars? Chances are there’s a themed cruise out there with your name on it. Here’s our pick of the best weird and wonderful cruises...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/weird-and-wonderful-cruises-2019-2020/

First time taking a cruise? Here’s what you need to know

For the first-time passenger, cruising can feel a little overwhelming. Is a suitcase stuffed with glamorous attire an essential? How much should you tip? Will your cabin be comfortable, or should you expect something the size of a postage stamp?  

To ensure smooth sailing, take some lessons from this first-timer's cruise on board MSC Bellissima.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/first-time-taking-a-cruise-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

'If I can do it, you can do it too': meet Belinda Bennett, the world's first black female cruise ship captain

Rewind 200 years and the only women found on a cruise ship were the carved wooden figureheads of topless ladies (an offering to the oceans in exchange for calm weather), attached to the bow. Women had no place onboard because they were believed to be bad luck on ships, while their presence was said to distract the sailors and steer them off course. 

Not that Belinda Bennett – the world’s first black woman cruise ship captain – let the antiquated idea that women don’t belong at sea, break her stride. 

Ahead of Mothering Sunday, we caught up with the woman who joins Serena Melani (the first woman to captain a new cruise ship) and Kate McCue (the first American woman to captain a giant cruise vesse), in helping make cruise ship history. 

Read the interview here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/-if-i-can-do-it-anyone-can-do-it-meet-belinda-bennett/

Cruise ship review: MSC Bellissima

Overall score 9/10

Bellissima, sister ship to Meraviglia, was christened by screen goddess Sophia Loren in Southampton earlier this month. Passengers can meet the world’s first “virtual cruise assistant”, Zoe, enjoy two new exclusive shows by Cirque du Soleil, and the longest interactive LED dome at sea. Bellissima is sailing in the Mediterranean this summer.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/cruise-ship-reviews/cruise-ship-review--msc-bellissima/