About me

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Hey! I’m Emma Le Teace, I’m a cruise blogger, YouTuber and founder of the Cruising Isn’t Just For Old People Facebook community and website.  Welcome!

You’ll find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. To contact me please email me at emma@emmacruises.com

Cruising Isn’t Just For Old People

I started this website a little over 3 years ago when I came back from my first cruise with Cunard cruise line. I had cruised as a child and throughout my teenage years but the Cunard cruise was very different.

As I sat on the ship I thought ‘Why did nobody tell me these things before the cruise?’ I came home and started this website to share cruise tips, tours, and reviews with people like myself.

On this site, you’ll find loads of first-time cruise tips, ship/cabin tours, daily videos and more! If you’re taking your first cruise (or 100th cruise) I guaranteed we’ve got something for you here. Our aim is to help cruisers (or cruisers to be) to pick their perfect cruise.

Facebook Group

I started a Facebook group when I realised that I had built up a community across my social accounts and website. By bringing everybody together into a Facebook group I was able to provide a space for cruisers, or future cruisers, to ask questions without fear of judgement or looking ‘silly’.

We have over 5900 members at the moment and I still learn things on a daily basis from the group. If you’ve got a question about a cruise line or cruise destination you can guarantee that somebody has an experience they’ll be able to share.

cruising isnt just for old people facebook group

YouTube

As well as sharing written content on this site I also produce videos weekly for my YouTube channel.

Emma shares 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. Thanks for watching, welcome to the community!

In My Regular Life…

I work full time in the insurance industry. I studied maths at university and now work in data development (think coding, maths…). My day job couldn’t be further from the world of cruise but it pays the bills, and for the cruises!

I cruise as much as I can in my annual leave and 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.

Other things that I love:

  • My Cat Hudson
  • Cookies
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • Tea!

How many cruises have I been on?

I’ve been on 23 cruises to date. I cruised every few years throughout my childhood and teenage years but really have stepped up my cruising in the last couple of years! Below (on the right) I am with my first ever cruise ship. The Norwegian Spirit is still my favourite ship, I’m excited to be cruising on her again in 2019!

MSC Meraviglia Toulon Mediterranean Cruise

What Was My First Cruise?

I took my first cruise when I was 11. It was onboard the Norwegian Spirit and we visited Alaska. I loved the freedom that cruising gave me as a child. I had loads of 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!

emma cruises about me

In The Media

The Guardian

I was recently mentioned in The Guardian which was SO cool. I’ve not bought a newspaper for years but I bought this copy and I intend to keep it forever.

The online version of the piece can be found here: Why Cruises Float The Boat of The Instagram Generation. 

Emma Cruises Le Teace Newspaper Guardian

I’ve also been interviewed for a number of online pieces, usually to do with how younger people are cruising more and more. I am so proud of the cruise industry and feel so honoured to be a part of it. It is a world away from the insurance industry where I spend my days (insurance conferences just aren’t as fun as cruise related ones!) Only problem is having enough annual leave to cruise!

World of Cruising

I was recently featured on World of Cruising with a guide to cruising for millennials. You can check that out here: Emma Le Teace’s Guide to Cruising for Millennials. 

The Telegraph

The site was also mentioned on the Telegraphs website in an article called ‘The cruise for people who don’t consider themselves cruises’. The article has the most amazing quote:

“So, do you fancy a cruise?” I asked my partner. He pulled a face. “We’re not really ‘cruise-ship people’, are we?” I opened my laptop and the pithily named cruisingisntjustforoldpeople.com website: “But maybe we’re meant to be?”

You can read the full article here: The Telegraph. 

Telegraph Cruising Isn't Just For Old People

BBC

I’ve been interviewed multiple times on BBC radio. Below 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

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 Wave Awards

 

Shaving My Head… As You Do!

Travel Weekly

Last year, I let the captain of the Marella Discovery shave my head and I’m so glad I did. 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.

I’ve been posting YouTube videos and sharing photos across social media during the process of my hair growing back so if you notice I sometimes look like a fluffy little kiwi fruit, now you know why!

Emma Le Teace Brave the Shave

World of Cruising

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

Emma Le Teace Shave Head