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Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - CRUISING FAMILY -

It’s day one of your cruise. You’ve set­tled into your sunny spot on the pool deck and are maybe on your first (OK, third) cock­tail. The ship is pre­par­ing to set sail, edg­ing you closer to glo­ri­ous sun­sets and bliss­ful sea days. Your happy place is, how­ever, mo­men­tar­ily in­ter­rupted when a shadow from above glides over ...

What is that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Did we just sail un­der the world’s big­gest bridge? All eyes look to the sky, seek­ing out the source of the mo­men­tary eclipse.

The an­swer is no to all of the above. It’s just a pas­sen­ger zoom­ing 80m along the top deck on a fly­ing fox shout­ing “Yippee-ki-yay”.

Ap­plause fol­lows, sig­nalling “The Edge” is now open and ready for ad­ven­ture. Head­quar­tered on the high­est deck of P&O Cruises’ five-ship fleet is Aus­tralia’s big­gest ad­ven­ture park at sea. Here, you’ll find the launch-pad for up to 19 ac­tion-packed ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing your cruise to the next level.

In de­vis­ing their list of The Edge’s unique ac­tiv­i­ties, it would seem the de­sign­ers put to­gether a fo­cus group of adren­a­line enthusiasts young and not-so-young and asked them to tap into their wildest imag­i­na­tions. Ques­tion time prob­a­bly went some­thing like this: “So ... just ask­ing for a friend, but what’s the coolest ac­tiv­ity you might want to try on a cruise ship?”

The re­sponses: “To­tally walk­ing the plank”; “Ab­seil down the ship’s fun­nel” ... “Climb to the top of the out­door movie screen!” The out­come: “Sure thing.”

And they did. Thrill-seek­ing is just one part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Here are 10 more rea­sons to leave your deck chair and visit The Edge.

DEEP DIVE INTO CRUISE LIFE

Bounce your way to great heights with the help of The Edge’s bungee tram­po­line. A few de­cent jumps will send you fly­ing four me­tres into the clear blue sky. Note: No footwear is re­quired for this ac­tiv­ity, but oth­ers will re­quire closed-in shoes.

HAVE A GO OR WATCH

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