Sail away on a dream
Cruise lines offer such a variety of onboard activities and onshore itineraries that tailoring your needs for the perfect holiday is a phone call away
IF YOU haven’t already cruised, I suspect you’re presuming you might be trapped on a ship taking afternoon tea while desperately trying to escape oldies brandishing pictures of their grandchildren.
I know how wrong my first vision of the experience was and just what a fantastic holiday it provides.
Today’s cruise experience caters to just about everyone – from people like my husband who love to sip a red wine on our stateroom’s veranda and watch the sun set, to those who want to play crazy golf with their family right through to the party set intent on dancing, or even gambling, the night away.
The biggest ships today cater to more than 6000 passengers – a mini city on the sea with carefully planned “districts” to ensure everyone is kept happy, right down to offering themed restaurants.
Let’s take Royal Caribbean as an example. Our last family cruise was on-board RCL’s Brilliance Of The Seas with 2000 passengers. There is plenty of space on these new ships. Real space. I don’t like crowds and so it is essential that I can always find a quiet niche to read – or just watch the world slip by. On the flip side, I love all the facilities available on-board including gyms, saunas, salons.
If I want to eat at odd times of the day I can and the food will be superb. I can eat in 5-star style or go casual to a monster buffet, to a burger joint, cafe, or have brilliant room service, and there is no price difference.
I can partake of the ship’s entertainment as I choose – whether it’s movies, ice shows, cabaret, gambling or easy listening cocktail lounges with live music. Or, ignore it all – as we often do. Best of all, I get the pick of the touring.
Most destinations love a cruise ship arriving into port and so you get terrific attention but without the hassle – even your customs/immigration processes are taken care of so all you do is step off your ship and head out for the day.
You can choose the night