HIGH TIME AT SEA

It’s worth leav­ing your deck chair for an adren­a­line rush that takes cruis­ing to the next level

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - CRUISING FAMILY - PAULA GEINITZ

It’s day one of your cruise. You’ve set­tled into your sunny spot on the pool deck and are maybe on your first (OK, third) cock­tail. The ship is prepar­ing to set sail, edg­ing you closer to glo­ri­ous sun­sets and bliss­ful sea days. Your happy place is, how­ever, mo­men­tar­ily in­ter­rupted when a shadow from above glides over ...

What is that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Did we just sail un­der the world’s big­gest bridge? All eyes look to the sky, seek­ing out the source of the mo­men­tary eclipse.

The an­swer is no to all of the above. It’s just a pas­sen­ger zoom­ing 80m along the top deck on a fly­ing fox shout­ing “Yippee-ki-yay”.

Wait. What?!

Ap­plause fol­lows, sig­nalling “The Edge” is now open and ready for ad­ven­ture. Head­quar­tered on the high­est deck of P&O Cruises’ five-ship fleet is Aus­tralia’s big­gest ad­ven­ture park at sea. Here, you’ll find the launch-pad for up to 19 ac­tion-packed ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing your cruise ex­pe­ri­ence to the next level.

In de­vis­ing their list of The Edge’s unique ac­tiv­i­ties, it would seem the de­sign­ers put to­gether a fo­cus group of adren­a­line en­thu­si­asts young and not-so-young and asked them to tap into their wildest imag­i­na­tions.

Ques­tion time prob­a­bly went some­thing like this: “So ... just ask­ing for a friend, but what’s the coolest ac­tiv­ity you and your mates might ever want to try on a cruise ship?”

The re­sponses: “To­tally walk­ing the plank”; “Ab­seil down the ship’s fun­nel” ... “Climb to the top of the out­door movie screen!”

The out­come: “Sure thing, we can do all of that.”

And they did. Thrill-seek­ing is just one part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Here are 10 more rea­sons why it’s worth leav­ing your deck chair to visit The Edge.

1 DEEP DIVE INTO CRUISE LIFE

Cruis­ing is ex­tremely re­lax­ing with each day seam­lessly rolling into the next. With all your wor­ries and cares left ashore, it can be easy to go with the flow of the ship and spend your days eat­ing, drink­ing, re­lax­ing and gaz­ing out to sea. Many pas­sen­gers wait for their shore days to get ac­tive, but with The Edge just a few decks up, your ad­ven­tures can start straight away.

2 SEA MORE

There’s no chance of cabin fever with The Edge around. Typ­i­cally op­er­at­ing on sea days, the ad­ven­ture park adds to the on-board ex­cite­ment and will give you an­other great way to ex­plore the ship. As a tip, when plan­ning your day (and your cock­tails), book your Edge ex­pe­ri­ences in the morn­ing. For ob­vi­ous safety rea­sons, climb­ing, hang­ing, jump­ing and fly­ing about the ship are ex­pe­ri­ences best en­joyed with a fo­cused mind and body.

3 CHAL­LENGE YOUR­SELF

Ev­ery mem­o­rable hol­i­day comes with its highs and lows and thanks to ac­tiv­i­ties such as rock climb­ing and ab­seil­ing, there are more highs than there are lows on-board.

There are Edge chal­lenges for all fit­ness and skill lev­els, be­gin­ner to ad­vanced. If har­ness­ing your in­ner “spidey” and climb­ing the ship’s fun­nel is your thing, then you can do it. If ac­tiv­i­ties closer to the ground (like learn­ing to op­er­ate a Seg­way) are more your speed, then that can be ar­ranged too.

All ac­tiv­i­ties are done with the full sup­port and train­ing of The Edge’s qual­i­fied and very at­ten­tive crew. The team has seen it all and prom­ises not to laugh if you’re hav­ing a go. Well, with one ex­cep­tion ... when you fall off the me­chan­i­cal bull.

4 CHOOSE EX­PE­RI­ENCES OVER THINGS

Sure you’ll find some great bar­gains in the gift shop, but long af­ter your cruise is over, you’ll still re­mem­ber the good times that were had at The Edge. This is es­pe­cially true for fam­i­lies. Chil­dren aged six and up, who are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult, can par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties. Parental dis­claimer: The ad­ven­ture ed­u­ca­tion of­fered by The Edge is very more-ish. Once your kids have tried it, they will keep beg­ging you to take them back. This may even come at the ex­pense of your deck chair time and their pre­cious trips to Kids’ Club.

5 PIC­TURE-PER­FECT MO­MENTS

You don’t need to be the out­doorsy type to en­joy The Edge. If you’re a photo en­thu­si­ast, there are am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to take a stun­ning pic­ture.

Re­mem­ber your cruise for­ever by be­ing pho­tographed stand­ing one­footed on a ledge next to the iconic P&O sign. Or use your Edge pass to recre­ate an epic Hol­ly­wood movie mo­ment from The Ti­tanic.

Your guide will take you to the front of the ship for the ul­ti­mate selfie. Tip: Book this at sun­set! Here you can re­mind ev­ery­one back at home that you’re “King of the World!”.

Be warned though, this is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and just like in the movie, there is a good chance that you might leave your “heart in the ocean”.

6 GO TEAM!

Get your crew to­gether for a morn­ing game of laser tag. Chan­nel your in­ner com­mando and meet The Edge staff to shoot a few rounds in one of the beau­ti­fully ap­pointed public per­for­mance spa­ces on each ship. The Dome and Mar­quee The­atre are two places that trans­form spec­tac­u­larly into the ul­ti­mate bat­tle­ground.

7 TOUCH THE SKY

Bounce your way to great heights with the help of The Edge’s bungee tram­po­line. A few de­cent jumps will send you fly­ing four me­tres into the clear blue sky and back. Note: No footwear is re­quired for this ac­tiv­ity, but oth­ers will re­quire you to wear closed-in shoes.

8 IF YOU NEVER GO, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

Even if you’re not keen to try The Edge, it’s still fun to be an ob­server. Hours of en­ter­tain­ment can be had just by watch­ing the young, the more ma­ture and those a lit­tle less so, giv­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties a go.

Once you learn a bit more about The Edge, you’ll also start to no­tice how the ac­tiv­i­ties are cre­atively spread across dif­fer­ent parts of the ship. P&O has done a great job mak­ing use of all the avail­able space that’s on-board.

THE TEAM PROM­ISES NOT TO LAUGH IF YOU’RE HAV­ING A GO, ... EX­CEPT WHEN YOU FALL OFF THE ME­CHAN­I­CAL BULL

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.