Welcome & Hello!

We love sharing our passion for cruise vacations with other travelers and hope to help you have the best experience possible.

About Us

We’re Phil and Mike, a dynamic duo of travel enthusiasts, who have spent over two decades exploring the world for both work and pleasure. Our extraordinary journey into the realm of cruise vacations began unexpectedly in 2002 when a group of friends extended an invitation to join them on a cruise in the beautiful Mediterranean.

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Phil & Mike with the dog Foster on the Queen Mary 2

With little reason to decline such an enticing offer, we hopped on a plane to Barcelona, embarking on what initially appeared to be a colossal ‘boat.’ Our first cruise adventure was characterized by a delightful lack of expectations and an abundance of open-mindedness. After seven days on the ship, we disembarked with a new excitement about cruise vacations and the vast potential of cruise travel.

It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, after relocating to Europe for a few years with our faithful canine companion Foster, that we truly became addicted to the world of cruising. In the best interest of our four-legged friend, who preferred to remain grounded, the Queen Mary 2 became our family’s preferred mode of travel. This marked the beginning of many remarkable journeys, sailing on over 20 different ships across 10 different cruise lines, each voyage offering us a new and unique adventure.

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Queen Mary 2 Kennel Master with our dog Foster (2010)

How we work together

Phil’s talent lies in crafting detailed narratives, transforming experiences, and conveying those experiences into helpful information for readers. His in-depth knowledge and passion for cruises shines through in the content he creates, offering readers a deep understanding of the world of cruise travel.

On the other hand, Mike possesses an extraordinary eye for photography, bringing the essence of their journeys to life through vivid, stunning imagery. His photographs allow readers to visualize the beauty and excitement of cruise destinations, creating an immersive experience that transcends words.

Their extensive exploration of the cruising world has transformed them into consummate experts, offering valuable insights into what to do and, just as importantly, what not to do while on a cruise. Drawing from their first-hand experiences, Phil and Mike have become a go-to source for cruise enthusiasts seeking tips, advice, and unforgettable travel experiences.

With a genuine passion for cruising and a desire to assist fellow travelers in making the most of their journeys, Phil and Mike have channeled their expertise into crafting a series of informative guides and travel narratives. Their mission is to empower readers with the knowledge and insights they need to navigate their next cruise with ease and enthusiasm.

As cruise travel experts, Phil and Mike’s commitment to authenticity and firsthand experience is evident in everything they share with their readers. Their writing and photography combine to offer a complete, immersive experience, providing a treasure trove of tips, advice, and personal narratives that bring the world of cruising to life.

Join Phil and Mike on their thrilling adventures and let their content and photography ensure that your next cruise experience is smooth sailing all the way. With their expertise at your side, you’ll embark on unforgettable voyages and discover the magic of cruise travel.
Stay tuned for their latest publications and embark on a journey of a lifetime with Phil & Mike – Cruise Travel Enthusiasts.

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P.S. We’ve been asked why the name “CruiseGear” – It’s kind of a long story, but initially in 2018, we had this idea to sell essential cruise accessories, a.k.a. “gear” to fellow travelers. However, over time, requests for more information outweighed the requests for selling cruise products. So now, we offer a ton of information and still help people source essentials for their next cruise, we just don’t sell them directly anymore (except for our fabulous logo merch, which helps us keep the proverbial lights on for the website! Check out our merch here!)

So since we had the snazzy domain name CruiseGear which was well-established, we just kept it!