WAVE HELLO TO CRUISING
Cruisers are a passionate bunch. Non-cruisers equally so. Get them together and the debate rages over why it is or isn’t the best way to holiday. In my experience, the cruise critics aren’t people who have actually cruised and not enjoyed it, but people who’ve decided it just isn’t for them.
I understand that it’s not easy to take a leap of faith with your cash and annual leave allocation into a trip that you don’t have your heart in, but I would definitely encourage open mindedness about considering it.
This year I’ve danced in the silent disco on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas and waltzed in the ballroom of the Queen Mary 2. I was lucky to be one of the first to be handed the key to a stateroom on the new Silver Muse, and have seen plans unveiled for Celebrity Edge. This new class of ship will hit the oceans late next year and its designer, having never been on a cruise in her life, has created an aesthetic like a chic, contemporary island resort. The only ocean-going vessel I’ve not tested is an expedition ship.
From all this, I can say there is – as the cliche goes – something for everyone. October is
Plan a Cruise Month, a good time to consider booking, and this week our stories will help you choose the right cruise for you.
So whether you’ve clocked up many days at sea, or you’re thinking about it, we’re here to help you set sail. JANA FRAWLEY NATIONAL TRAVEL