Meet four cou­ples who thought cruis­ing wasn’t for them ...

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - CRUISING - BRAD CROUCH

Many first-time cruis­ers have a “light bulb” mo­ment when they re­alise life at sea is the life for them – and be­come re­peat cruise guests. Es­cape speaks to four cou­ples about what turned them on to the cruise life.


Magdy and Zsolt were ner­vous about their first cruise, but just five years later have 26 cruises un­der their belt and are plan­ning Magdolna’s birth­day cruise on their favourite ship, Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional’s Voy­ager of the Seas.

“We went on Ra­di­ance of the Seas on an 11-day South Pa­cific trip be­cause we wanted to visit the is­lands and were im­me­di­ately hooked – the best thing is that ev­ery­thing is taken care of and you are looked af­ter so well,” Magdy said. “The service was ex­cel­lent, so was the food, the en­ter­tain­ment, and there was a kids’ club for our chil­dren; we loved it. I’m a per­sonal as­sis­tant and mother of two, so am used to look­ing af­ter other peo­ple at work and at home. To go on a hol­i­day where I am looked af­ter and don’t have to think about things like shop­ping, pre­par­ing din­ner, clean­ing up and all the rest is a real hol­i­day.

“You un­pack once and can re­lax, the cabin gets made up, you can dine at a choice of places, join in the many ac­tiv­i­ties or have an af­ter­noon nap.”

Magdy said her chil­dren, Adam and Clau­dia, aged 11 and 13 on the first cruise, loved the kids’ club. “The other big thing I love about a cruise is meet­ing peo­ple, everyone is re­laxed and more will­ing to talk,” she said. “On our first cruise we were a bit wor­ried about what to ex­pect but as soon as we got set­tled on board, we knew it was right for us.”


The Garebs had no in­ter­est in cruis­ing, even af­ter win­ning a ra­dio con­test to in­spect a ship in port. But af­ter watch­ing the Queen Mary 2’s maiden en­trance to Syd­ney Har­bour they de­cided to try a cruise from Auck­land to Syd­ney on the Cu­nard flag­ship to test the waters.

“We ab­so­lutely loved it, we fell in love with cruis­ing – the ‘wow fac­tor’ was see­ing the grand stair­case, then re­al­is­ing there were stage shows in the mag­nif­i­cent the­atre each night, beau­ti­ful restau­rants and so much more,” Robert said. “We are now cruise junkies, we’ve done 67 in eight years and have sev­eral planned for


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