Hello and welcome to The Anchor Man. I’m Sam.
This is me on my first cruise at the age of 3 – sailing on P&O’s Canberra with my extended family to the Caribbean and back from Southampton. There are points of this cruise that I still remember clearly and that reverberate through to my feelings about my ongoing passion for a holiday at sea.
Like most people, some of my happiest memories are on the backdrop of a cruise and this type of holiday has been present in each major stage of my life so far. Sailing as both a passenger and as crew; I’ve sailed throughout my childhood with family, later with friends as a young adult, with a partner and a couple of years ago my wife and I were even married on board a cruise ship.
Slightly later on, we became parents and it was important that I passed on the apparent family tradition of taking holidays at sea. It put another perspective on the holiday and hobby I loved, one that makes it a completely different experience.
Toby arrived in 2012 and his love of cruises echoes mine as a child, like all areas of his life – Toby is pretty clear on what he likes (and what he doesn’t – like most pre-schoolers). It feels right to get Toby’s opinion too and you’ll find his input on this site as Mini Anchor Man – you can find more information about him here.
I’ve always tried to try something slightly new each time I’ve been on a cruise. I’ve sailed from UK, European and far flung ports. I’ve traveled on older ships and brand new ships, small ships as well as some of the world’s biggest – you can find out about the ship’s I’ve sailed on here. Throughout my time I’ve managed to cover a lot of the cruising globe, and you can find out about the places I’ve been here.
This blog will bring you updates and news, as well as informative posts – all with a slant on modern and family cruising.
I wanted to take my experience and show all sides of cruises to anyone who would look at it… a view that it’s not just for the stereotyped passenger. Come and join us, we’re having a great time!