Days of brine and rosy ro­mance

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

WHO could for­get the catchy tune to the tele­vi­sion se­ries The Love Boat . . . ‘‘love, ex­cit­ing and new . . . come aboard . . . we’re ex­pect­ing you’’. I would sing along with Jack Jones and Dionne War­wick and imag­ine my­self as a ter­rific hit with of­fi­cers of all stripes, a wom­anof hith­erto un­known fas­ci­na­tion, wit and wardrobe.

Rosy no­tions still rule the waves, ap­par­ently. Arecent travel poll by P&OCruises re­veals 74 per cent of 500 sur­veyed pas­sen­gers chose a hol­i­day afloat ‘‘to put the ro­mance back into a tired re­la­tion­ship’’. An­done-third of those who­took part said ‘‘qual­ity re­la­tion­ship time on the high seas’’ made their ‘‘love life even bet­ter’’.

Whenasked to re­veal which celebri­ties they would most like to find aboard, pos­si­bly in in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tions, Ge­orge Clooney came out tops with the ladies at 29 per cent. No­sur­prise there, but what about a looka­like? Ona re­cent Se­abourn Odyssey cruise from Dubai to Sin­ga­pore, dop­pel­gangers were in abun­dance (par­tic­u­larly af­ter sev­eral mar­ti­nis in the Ob­ser­va­tion Bar). Onechap looked so much like Larry King, I had to check with a bar­man, just in case.

In 1998, I cruised French Poly­ne­sia on Vistafjord with the real Gene Hack­man and his wife, Betsy. The ac­tor was con­cerned about his pri­vacy so a group of friends and I started a ru­mour that it wasn’t really him, but a con­vinc­ing looka­like. Our trump card was our mate, Kevin, wholooked pass­ably like Steve Martin, es­pe­cially in a con­ceal­ing hat. So it was a false Gene and a real Steve as far as most pas­sen­gers were con­cerned. Back on Se­abourn Odyssey, my­chap, GB, a recog­nis­able ac­tor, was happy be­ing him­self un­til some­where off Mum­bai a pas­sen­ger ex­claimed, ‘‘Any­one ever told you you’re the spit­ting im­age of Graeme Blun­dell?’’

Ge­orge Clooney came out tops with the ladies at 29 per cent

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