CONFESSIONS OF CRUISE CONVERTS
Meet four couples who thought cruising wasn’t for them ...
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.
MAGDOLNA AND ZSOLT ORI, SYDNEY
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.”
ROBERT AND EVIE GAREB, SYDNEY
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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