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DID you watch Girlfriends, the latest Kay Mellor drama on ITV that ended last week?
Following my confession (Bm@il Jan 24?) that a stranger in Uxbridge had to tell me I was wearing my coat inside out, I was pleased to see Miranda Richardson’s character in a similar situation.
Actually, it was worse for her because she was at work, and having a serious conversation, when a colleague pointed out that the white concealer under her eyes hadn’t been rubbed in. She looked like a panda.
Girlfriends was a tale of three friends who would of course always tell each other if their partners were up to no good or their slips were showing. But their loyalty is tested when they learn that one of them may have pushed her husband off a balcony on a cruise ship. Oh dear.
If that’s not enough to put you off cruise holidays for life, I suspect some of the recent TV programmes will have done. We all know about reality shows with their focus on problems and noise and disappointment but there’s no way Mr F and I could have spent nearly four months on a World Cruise in 2012 if it actually was as it is often painted.
Yes, on a cruise ship you can be surrounded by noise, you can be over-organised and over-eat, and you can be wholly disappointed if you constantly seek out problems.
But none of these options is compulsory. There are many ways to relax, from attending a lecture to walking the decks at sunset. Probably best of all is being able to have a drink or a meal, or watch a midnight movie, without having to organise a cab home.
One of our favourite moments was attending a performance of The Magic Flute at the Sydney Opera House. And the ship was parked outside!
Coincidentally I’ve just heard from reader Kathleen Day who wrote to tell me about the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ cruise she’s been on where she was photographed with judge Craig Revel Horwood. She was particularly thrilled that he told her she looked ‘fab-u-lous dahling,’ his trademark phrase, so I imagine she gave him a ten.
We haven’t been tempted to go on a themed cruise (we have our own theme of chillin’) but I understand they are becoming very popular – anything from wildlife to musical theatre – or golf. (Golf?!)
Mr F’s favourite pastime is reading on our own private balcony. Pushing spouses over the side is not advised.
Watch the views not your back on the ideal cruise