Why wouldn't one holiday at sea? Why not go for a very short sea voyage. No driving, no thinking about where to eat, popular entertainment at your fingertips night and day, being rocked to sleep, staff on tap to grant your every wish with grace, different areas [some segregated] for different age groups, 24 hour room service and shopping, to name just a few reasons.
What is lacking? One thing that many of Australians love to do, a pool to swim up and down to, to your heart's content. Maybe the next time the ship is refurbished this will be added.
She is small by comparison to some of today's cruising cities. Launched in 1998, she has been refurbished twice, changing with the expectations of the cruising throngs that travel the seas regularly.
One of the most asked questions from your fellow passengers is 'How many cruises have you been on?' Some of the answers are astonishing. One was heard to say that they had travelled the round the world trip on the QE11, 36 times. Well, dear reader, that was in 1991. One wonders if the person is still trying to set a record that certainly would made interesting reading in the Guinness Book of Records.
What is your pleasure? Exploring the 15 decks reveals the extent of the activities available. Way up top is the Sanctuary, a quiet zone. That would have been my area of choice but for the weather, not rain but lots of wind. Some passengers were disturbed by the rather violent movement that resulted, but being rocked to sleep at night was sheer joy. So the library was a wonderful space, not used by many and it had the most comfortable chairs, gorgeous panelled walls and plenty of reading material. No newspapers, but for those who can't live without their daily news fix, there is the internet room.
I booked at the last minute and the cabin was as high as one can go, a very small balcony and a very, very small bathroom, but a pleasant room with a view of the coastline as we sailed from Brisbane to Sydney.
Eating. Formal dining room, buffet, ice cream parlour or for a little extra you can have 5 star dinning in the grill room. Drinking. Bars galore, each with different décor, sitting at the bar or relaxing in lounge chairs, people watching. If you are alone, it doesn't take long to make new special, interesting friends. Ship mates are very friendly.
You want noise and party, party 24 hours. You want to gamble, you might be lucky and pay for the trip, lose, or better, win a motza .You want to shop. You want beauty and health tips. You want to dance. You want to sit and listen to a Palm Orchestra [I feel this one was in need of a little practise], just relax in the beautiful Atrium. You want movies, Showtime or God forbid, bingo, you got it.
In the Crooners Lounge at a white baby grand sat David Moore. David has been sailing for Princess Cruises for 18 years, and still makes his programme as fresh as day one. Beautiful music and stories that are funny and clean. Still not ready for bed? How about the all-night party on Deck 12 or the Razzmatazz Bar on Deck 7. Hungry? Buffet is open till 11pm or room service 24/7. It's all in the price of the ticket, but if you drink you may ring up quite a bar tab.
So for a short break, go to sea for 2 or 3 day cruises. Once you have been on one you don't have to check on departure dates the agent will keep in touch. If you haven't already been on a cruise, you may well get hooked and join the merry sailors who constantly sail the 7 seas.