HIGH TIME AT SEA
It’s worth leaving your deck chair for an adrenaline rush that takes cruising to the next level
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”.
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