The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WELCOME -

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


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