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Hey! I’m Emma.
I’m a Cruise Blogger and
YouTuber from the UK.

I’m 28 and I’ve been cruising since I was 11 years old. I’m here to show you how to cruise on a budget so that you can go further and do more.  

If you’d like to contact me please click here.

If you’re looking for the cruise course, patreon or the book a cruise links here they are.

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The Cruise That Started it All

I took my first cruise when I was 11. It was onboard the Norwegian Spirit and we visited Alaska. I had so much fun in the kids clubs with my brother and cousins. I also loved being able to decide what and where I wanted to eat. My parents might decide to have dinner in the main dining room and I could have pizza from the buffet, it was great!

(On the right) Is me with my first cruise ship.

Norwegian Spirit Emma Cruises Le Teace
Me (right) and my cousin libby in front of the Norwegian Spirit, my first ever cruise ship!

How My Cruise Career Started

When I decided to take my first cruise by myself, I was surprised to find that none of my friends would even consider it. They had outdated ideas about cruise ships being formal and boring, which I knew was not the case.

I started this website in 2016 and a YouTube channel a year later. The aim of both is to dispel common cruising misconceptions and to show potential cruisers that there is a cruise line to suit everybody

I’ve been lucky enough to cruise all over the world and I have travelled on cruise ships ranging from 100 passengers all the way up to around 5500. My favourite trip to date was a cruise which I took from Singapore to Tokyo with Princess Cruises. Every port we visited was fascinating and visiting by ship meant we were able to visit multiple countries in a relatively short period of time. 

I’m a strong believer in the idea that there is a cruise line, ship, and destination, to suit everybody, regardless of age or budget. 

When Things Changed – A Pandemic Life Change!

In March 2021 I made the decision to leave my job in Data Development to throw myself full time into the cruise world. I’ve never looked back. 

I’d worked in that job for 6 years and it definitely was a scary decision but being my own boss means I don’t have to ask anybody else to approve my leave, it’s fabulous!

To learn more about how I managed to turn a hobby into a business, check out this post: 9 Ways I Make Money as a Full-Time Travel Content Creator (Tools & Resources)

It’s Not ALL About Cruising

Here are a few of my favourite things:

  • My Cat Hudson – He’s a big ginger boy and he often appears in my YouTube videos. You may recognise him from my logo! 
  • Cookies – If there are cookies to be found on a cruise, you can guarantee I’ll be there.
  • Yorkshire Puddings – This one doesn’t need an explanation. If you haven’t tried a Yorkshire pudding, you must.
  • Tea – My favourite is peppermint but I’m also a fan of ‘toast and jam’ tea, yep that’s a real thing!
  • Pepsi Max – I have to admit, I am totally addicted to Pepsi Max. Coke Zero or Diet Coke will do too, I love all diet cola drinks. 

I am very lucky to live in Sussex, UK. This means I’m close to Southampton for those weekend cruises and London for cruise events!  The best of both worlds. 

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In The Media

CNN Travel

Following the launch of Virgin Voyages’ first cruise ship Scarlet Lady, I was asked to be part of an article on CNN Travel talking about my experiences and how this differed from my initial impressions of Virgin.

This was based on my initial review and follow-up review.

When Virgin Voyages launched a second ship, Valiant Lady, I was also asked to be part of another article.
You can read the full articles here:

Virgin Voyages’ First Cruise Ship Sets Sail
Virgin Voyages Launches New Adults-only Cruise Ship

Newspapers, TV and Radio

I’ve been interviewed for national TV as a ‘cruise expert’ (more information coming soon), consulted live on BBC radio and have been featured in a number of large newspapers and on travel websites.  

I’m usually asked to speak about the rise in young people cruising and to talk about how the cruise industry is changing and adapting to the demands of consumers.  I usually focus on the budget end of the cruise market and aim to encourage others to try their first cruise. 

The Guardian – Why Cruises Float The Boat of The Instagram Generation

World of Cruising – Emma Le Teace’s Guide to Cruising For Millenials

The Telegraph – The cruise for people who don’t consider themselves to be ‘cruise ship people’
Why your first holiday after this is all over should be a cruise

New York Times – The newest tech on cruise ships

Insider – A TikToker who has been on 40 cruises shares 3 ways to save money on board

BBC Radio

I’ve been interviewed multiple times on BBC radio. Sadly it’s usually only where something bad has happened and the industry needs defending! Fear not though, I’m always willing to stick up for the cruise lines. 

Here is an extract of the show where I was interviewed about mystery cruises. It was SO much fun being on the radio, if a little scary. Being told ‘okay Emma, you’re on air NOW, is terrifying’.

Awards and Achievements

A few of the things I’m proud of

I Won The Ultimate Content Warrior Challenge

Thousands of bloggers and YouTubers from around the world competed in the challenge. How incredible is this belt?! It’s now hanging on the wall in my house. Definitely a conversation starter.

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In 2021 I won the Ultimate Content Warrior challenge by IncomeSchool.

IncomeSchool are a blogging community and contest took place over multiple month, it was a LOT of work but I knew I had to give it a go.

(You can learn more about IncomeSchool here).

I Braved The Shave For Macmillan – We Raised Over £5000!

In 2019 the Marella Discovery shave my head on the main stage of the theatre. We raised £5000+ for a cancer support charity and I was able to donate my hair to be made into wigs for children that need it.

The story was also mentioned on World of Cruising and Travel Weekly’s websites. I am so grateful for the media attention because we managed to raise £3500 online before the day! That is CRAZY cool.

We Did a 12 Hour YouTube Live – Raising Over $27,000!​


The cruise industry came together in 2020. We held a 12 hour YouTube live stream to fundraise for my friend Sean who was diagnosed stage 4 with Pancreatic cancer.

Sean passed away in early 2021, a year after this live stream happened. The stream meant so much to Sean (and me). If you watched and/or donated, we are forever grateful!

Other Awards:

I was voted ‘favourite cruise blogger’ at the Wave Awards in 2018. It was such an honour to be up against cruise bloggers who I had looked up to for years. Click here to read more about it.

Emma Cruises Online

Instagram

I use Instagram to document my cruises and day to day life as things happen. I’m by far the most active on this platform so if you would like to get to know me, please do give me a follow here: Instagram, Emma Cruises. 

YouTube

On my channel, I share ship reviews, cabin tours, cruise vlogs, and cruise booking tips and tricks. If you’re considering taking your first cruise, or are interested in learning more about a certain cruise line or ship, you’re in the right place. I upload a new video every single week and regularly do live streams too. Please do subscribe! 

Patreon

In Patreon you’ll find a weekly podcast where you can ask me anything, monthly members-only live streams, behind-the-scenes photos, a discord chat where you can share any photos or stories, zoom calls with me, and other exclusive content like handwritten postcards from my cruises. 

We’ve built a great community here in Patreon and I’m excited to have you as a part of it (even if that means I have to make and write one more Christmas card… just kidding, I love it). 

Join here.

Your support helps me to keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need for me to partner with any cruise line. Every Patreon helps me to spend more time creating cruise content. 

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Other Social Media Accounts

Twitter
TikTok
Cameo
Facebook

Blogging and YouTube Tools​

If you’ve ever wondered how I manage to run my YouTube channel, website and social accounts. Check out this post:

9 Ways I Make Money as a Full-Time Travel Content Creator (Tools & Resources)

The post details things like which companies host my website, my email provider, where I get stock video from and much more.

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