Go cruis­ing to get wet and have fun

Western Times - - LIFE ESCAPE - ROB WIL­LIAMS The writer was a guest of P&O Pa­cific Dawn.

STAY­ING high and dry used to be a big pri­or­ity for a pas­sen­ger when trav­el­ling on a cruise ship, but one com­pany has turned that rule on its head.

It wants its pas­sen­gers to get wet – re­ally, re­ally, wet.

P&O Pa­cific Dawn has re­cently had a multi-mil­lion dol­lar ren­o­va­tion in­clud­ing two 80m wa­ter­slides and a wa­ter­park that are sure to im­prove its rep­u­ta­tion as Best Cruise Ship for Families as awarded by Cruise Pas­sen­ger Magazine last year.

I’m sure the idea of fly­ing down a trans­par­ent wa­ter­slide from nearly 55m high would be con­sid­ered fun by many, but not by me.

That’s why I brought my nine-year-old daugh­ter, Sa­maya, and her friend to test them out. Ap­par­ently, they are a win­ner.

“When I first saw the stairs that went up to the top of the slide I was ner­vous, but I was so pumped up when I was go­ing down the slide. It was so fast and I just kept go­ing on it again and again,” was one com­ment dur­ing the day.

Af­ter the ex­cite­ment of the slides, the kids ex­plored the in­ter­ac­tive wa­ter­park.

“My favourite part of the wa­ter­park was the big bucket that fills up over and over and dumps a load of wa­ter on top of your head,” Sa­maya said.

Af­ter all the tir­ing fun they had, the kids felt like a good feed, and there were plenty of op­tions at The Pantry.

It was of­fer­ing nine dif­fer­ent foods in­clud­ing seafood, roast meats, sand­wiches and Asian cui­sine that re­places the tra­di­tional buf­fet the ship had pre­vi­ously. I find that adults can tend to sway an opin­ion based on many fac­tors, but kids gen­er­ally tell the truth. And ac­cord­ing to Sa­maya, the proof of the pud­ding was: “I loved be­ing on the Pa­cific Dawn,” she said.

“It made me feel spe­cial.”

PHOTOS: ROB WIL­LIAMS

SLIP, SLIDE AWAY: The in­stal­la­tion of a wa­ter­slide was part of a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of P&O Pa­cific Dawn.

The wa­ter park on P&O Pa­cific Dawn.

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