Hello I’m Steph, Welcome Aboard!
I’m a forty-something cruise advocate based in the Midlands, UK. I’ve been cruising since 2005 and spent over 100 nights at sea. I have many roles in life, Mum, Wife, Chartered Psychologist, business owner, exceptionally bad surfer, artist and now, cruise blogger. My favourite sign in the world is ‘To the Ship’, closely followed by ‘Gin Parlour’ and ‘Tea Room’.
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Why I started this blog
Cruise with Amber was formed from an insatiable appetite for cruise holidays and an enduring love of the sea.
I started this blog as a place to share my love of cruise along with memories and experiences of my previous cruise holidays. The aim is to inject some form of structure to my cruise experiences so that they might inspire and be helpful to anyone considering a cruise holiday.
What’s on this blog?
After playing around with different ways to organise this site, I’ve split it into three main sections focusing on the following areas.
Ports: here you’ll find itinerary guides, destination guides for ports of call to help you explore ashore independently (when it’s finally safe to do so once again).
Ships: in this section I’ll include ship tours and cabin reviews, encompassing both ocean and river cruising.
Tips: I like to think of this section as your ‘go to’ place to pick up essential tips and hacks to get the most out of your cruise holiday – regardless of your budget, destination, or itinerary.
…and of course my Blog.
As a starting point, here are a few of my most popular blog posts you might enjoy.
I also encourage you to check out my YouTube channel and if you like what you see, please consider subscribing – its free and I genuinely do a little happy dance every time someone new subscribes (honest).
Why this blog is called Cruise with Amber
Why ‘Cruise with Amber’ and not ‘Cruise with Steph’?
The name ‘Amber’ comes from my business (which has nothing to do with cruising but pays the bills and funds my cruises). Having been known as ‘Steph from Amber’ for over a decade in my professional life, it just made sense to carry that on in my cruise blog life.
More about me
I was born and grew up in Wales near the coast, but now I’m based in the Midlands (which is about as far away from the sea as you can get in the UK). As the saying goes ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and I regularly top up my vitamin sea levels by regular visits to the coast and of course, cruise holidays.
When I’m not on a cruise, thinking about a cruise or planning a cruise, my day-to-day job is as a Chartered Psychologist (no, I can’t read minds) I work with organisations of all shapes and sizes across the public and private sectors.
I come from a family of cruise addicts. My auntie and uncle regularly cruised around the Pacific and West Coast back in the early 80s. Since 2005 I’ve been cruising with my parents, siblings, fiancé (now my husband) and most recently with our two kids. We all agree that cruise holidays are an exceptional experience.
I’ve experienced so many happy memories on board ship; I got engaged on a cruise then returned to honeymoon on the same ship the following year. In 2018, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on ship and took the kids on their first ever cruise. Safe to say, the kids were bitten by the cruise bug too and have since racked up over a month on board ship.
I’m also a keen traveller and I spent 1999/2000 travelling around the world with my husband. We were lucky to have an extended stay in Australia and New Zealand before visiting Hawaii and California on the way home. Whilst I know all of these places, I have never visited them on a cruise but that’s hopefully something I’ll change in the coming years.