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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 9th 2020
Princess Cruises, Fit for a Queen
Cruising the seven seas sounds exotic. It is if you have smooth sailing. The world's oceans can be rough.

Cruise Ship
Our cruise ship "Golden Princess

If you have never been on a cruise and don't fancy two weeks of possible sea sickness, try a short cruise close to home to test your sea legs.

Several cruise lines begin cruises from Melbourne. Princess Cruises offer several short cruises from Melbourne and return.

On board cruise ship.
You can swim, drink, sun bake or watch a movie, all at the same location.

The shortest is just five nights to Tasmania. The cruise from Melbourne to Hobart, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Melbourne, is highly recommended as a "see how you like it" cruise.

ship's wake
You can swim and see where you've been.

The cabins are called staterooms, which sounds impressive. There are five levels of stateroom accommodation, depending on your budget and your level of facilities.

The "prices from" option is an interior stateroom. Situated on the inside part of your ship, you have no window to look out, but all expected amenities are included, such as a complete en-suite. This option is ideal for those who just want somewhere to sleep.

There are countless activities on board from dawn until well after dusk, so if you are a person to be on the go all day and half the night the interior option is very economical.

You can dance the night away.

Ocean View is the next option. Same facilities but a large picture window to watch the passing seascape.

The balcony stateroom gives you a salt air experience. An outside balcony with a table and two chairs to sit and watch the sea go by or to have a fresh air read. The balcony is a pleasant place to watch as your ship enters or leaves port. Keen photographers can find interesting photographs from their balcony.

Spirit of Tasmania
The "Spirit of Tasmania

Two tug boats.
Two tug boats at Hobart after assisting our cruise liner.

The mini-suite is for those who like a little extra room. It has a separate sitting area with a lounge, coffee table, two flat screen TV sets and an outside balcony. The full suite is the ultimate in accommodation.

A mini-suite stateroom.

Every evening an on board newsletter is delivered to your stateroom. This details all the activities for the next day and any pertinent announcements.

Activities program.
Over 60 activities each day.

Mysterious Duo
The Mysterious Duo playing electronic cello & violin.

Organised activities begin at 6.00 am and continue into the early hours of the morning. Bingo and trivia sessions are very popular as is the karaoke.

Mini theatre
Entertainment is found everywhere.

There is an on-board casino with the usual casino games and plenty of poker machines. Once at sea, duty-free shopping is available.

The 729 seat Princess Theatre has live entertainment most evenings. There is also live entertainment is several of the lounges situated around the ship.

Stage show
Large production shows are a feature.

You will never go hungry on board. The Horizon Terrace, a large self-service buffet on both sides of the ship offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks in-between.

Part of the buffet in the Horizon Terrace.

Part of the buffet eating area.

Two large restaurants offer a-la-carte dining each evening.

One of the large restaurants.

The International Café is open 24 hours and offer light meals and substantial snacks whenever the hungrys hit. Pizzas, pies, hamburgers, chips and soft service ice-cream are all available.

The central piazza.

All the above mentioned dining options are included in your cruise price. There are two small intimate specialty restaurants which attract a surcharge and all drinks are paid for, except tea, coffee and juices at main meal times.

Throughout the ship there are twelve lounges and bars, offering entertainment.

Piano player
The Piano man.

Some of the activities offered are, Zumba classes, Tai Chi classes, various shipboard games including ping-pong, trivia quiz, bingo, karaoke, lawn bowls and many, many more.

outdoor chess
An outdoor chess game.

At every port of call many shore excursions are available.

I have experienced five cruises with Princess Cruises and look forward to the sixth.

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Why? It's an unique experience
When: Regular sailings
Where: All at sea.
Cost: From $1699 per person, twin share.
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Sounds like you're a bit of a cruise addict Neil.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 318 days ago
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