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Who has been cruising?
We are totaly addicted to the only way to enjoy a great holiday.We have done 6 cruises and can not get enough of them.Unfortunately we have to go to work in between.I can honestly say that the cruise ships of today are more like floating resorts and the customer service is the best that we have come across be it with P&O or the Princess lines.Having said that we have also,in between, taken lots of road trips and planes ones too in Aust and there are so many beautiful places here.But for the ultimate, go cruising.

Last reply: 25th Apr 2017 / 75 replies / Post by dinky

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Razorfish

Posted by: Razorfish
Posted: 21st May 2010

Razorfish says: Thanks dinky I always wondered about cruises. What do you think the average age of the people on the ship was and where did you go on your cruises? Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 22nd May 2010

Razorfish says: Thanks dinky I always wondered about cruises. What do you think the average age of the people on the ship was and where did you go on your cruises?

dinky says: Hi Razor
The average age on all of the cruise that we have been on is not predictable.We have found that it really depends on the time that you cruise.For instance,if it is school hols or not.There is ages from teens to 70 year olds+.And you will find that there is a great mixture on all the cruises.We have never found that there has been a problem finding people of any age group to socialise with.When the cruise ships are as big as the superliners of today it means that you are talking 2,000 passengers to play with.We have mainly been to the south Pacific.Vanuatu,Noumia,Fiji and we have also done the New Zealand cruise.All the ports are fab.But it is also the cruise ships that add the extra oomf to the journey.There is so much to do or nothing at all if you are inclined.We like them because you get to visit so many places and you don't have to move from your fab stateroom.The best one that we have done was the the cruise to Rabaul,New Guinea,down to the Solomans to Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
And again,if you are talking ultimate hols,CRUISE

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Grim

Posted by: Grim
Posted: 31st Jul 2012

dinky says: Hi Razor
The average age on all of the cruise that we have been on is not predictable.We have found that it really depends on the time that you cruise.For instance,if it is school hols or...

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Grim

Posted by: Grim
Posted: 31st Jul 2012

dinky says: Hi Razor
The average age on all of the cruise that we have been on is not predictable.We have found that it really depends on the time that you cruise.For instance,if it is school hols or...

Grim says: Hi Dinky, My wife & I take a cruise every year. We find that it a totally relaxing experience. As you say you can stay on board and take advantage of the numerous activities or take shore excursions (either cruie ship organised or just leave the ship and make your own arrangements)
We have enjoyed travel through the Mediterranean, Trans Atlantic crossings, Asian cities, New Zealand, South America, England, Ireland, Copenhagen and Keil in Germany.
Another thing a cruise can offer is the fact that you will on a number of occasions depart from one country and finish in another which gives you the ability (time allowed) to spend additional time in those countries.

I am with you, CRUISE is the ultimate holiday
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GodzGirl04

Posted by: GodzGirl04
Posted: 29th Aug 2014

dinky says: Hi Razor
The average age on all of the cruise that we have been on is not predictable.We have found that it really depends on the time that you cruise.For instance,if it is school hols or...

GodzGirl04 says: Hi Dinky!

My hubby and I went on our FIRST cruise this year!!!! We went to the Pacific Islands :Noumea, Lifou, and Vila. It was thrilling to say the least!!! As we're both not well, it was perfect for us in doing as much as we wanted or resting when we needed to. There was sooooooooooo much to do on board we couldn't believe it! The ship we went on was ginormous like a hotel on water...P & O Pacific Dawn. We will definately go again. We loved the Islands too, especially relaxing in the hot tub while at port in Vila, absolutely serene! We came home so refreshed, all our friends said how relaxed we looked. Cruise is definately the BEST way to holiday!!! Reply

princessxena

Posted by: princessxena
Posted: 6th Aug 2010

Razorfish says: Thanks dinky I always wondered about cruises. What do you think the average age of the people on the ship was and where did you go on your cruises?

princessxena says: Hi Razor, I have been to Europe and the Caribbean as well as South Pacific and Asia. I agree with Dinky, there is no way of knowing the ages. In Europe and Caribbean there was a mixture of ages from very young to old but that is all the fun. The ships are all huge so there is no end to the activities and fun that you can do with your friends or you can meet friends as most have "singles clubs" onboard. Try it and you will never go back. Reply

Reyna

Posted by: Reyna
Posted: 10th May 2011

Razorfish says: Thanks dinky I always wondered about cruises. What do you think the average age of the people on the ship was and where did you go on your cruises?

Reyna says: majority of them are retired professionals and businessman or woman or those who born with silverspoons on their mouth, the average age of these people 45 and up... Reply

tmg

Posted by: tmg
Posted: 16th Dec 2011

Reyna says: majority of them are retired professionals and businessman or woman or those who born with silverspoons on their mouth, the average age of these people 45 and up...

tmg says: I disagree entirely! We just did a cruise of the Mediterranean. The majority of people were in their 50-70s but hardly silver spooners! Mostly they were people who had worked hard for 40 years of their lives, the kids were off their hands, and they were going to enjoy their retirement or semi-retirement in the luxury they could never afford before. There were also people like us with children who didn't want the 'kiddie cruise' experience but wanted to travel. There were people on their honeymoon. Their were people with their teenage children. And we are FAR from silver spooners, just people who saved their money and spent it on a quality holiday.
That's a wild generalisation from someone who has obviously never been on one. Reply

Lil

Posted by: Lil
Posted: 16th Jul 2011

Razorfish says: Thanks dinky I always wondered about cruises. What do you think the average age of the people on the ship was and where did you go on your cruises?

Lil says: You have to go on a cruise. It's the very best kind of holiday. You do as much or as little each day as you want and mix with passengers of all different ages. Generally you have to state what time you want to dine and how many people you would like to share your table with. these details are fixed for you before you sail, but can be varied if there is some problem. Just remember that you don't have to eat everything that is put in front of you or you'll be rolling off the ship a lot heavier than you were when you went onboard. There are some great short cruises that would suit a newchum to cruising.
Go enjoy life on a cruise ship Reply

GodzGirl04

Posted by: GodzGirl04
Posted: 29th Aug 2014

Lil says: You have to go on a cruise. It's the very best kind of holiday. You do as much or as little each day as you want and mix with passengers of all different ages. Generally you have to state what time...

GodzGirl04 says: Hi Lil,

In regards, to putting on weight while cruising, My hubby and I didn't put on ANY and we ate like two hungry horses! I actually LOST a kg!! Ha ha! Was I shocked! We put it down to ALL THE WALKING you do from one end of the ship to the other, and you don't even realise it as there's so much to see! We are young (28 & 37) and not well so we even used the lifts instead of stairs too. Having said that, the ship we were on had a running/walking track on the top deck for those who can do it. No better place to keep up an exercise regimen, and with a view!...it was a dream come true to be able to go on a cruise for us and we're saving for another! We're hooked! Have a great day Lil :) Reply

princessxena

Posted by: princessxena
Posted: 5th Aug 2010

princessxena says: I love cruising. I started over 10 years ago and wont look back. Have been on 7 cruises and have now organised my 8th for later in the year. Why travel any other way. You go to different places but you don't have to unpack each time, or get on and off planes which is my pet hate. Going through the airport has to be the most humiliating experience ever. If you haven't cruised yet, give it a go. And for those that complain that they get travel/sea sick - I do and I have no problem taking ginger tablets or other medication. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 5th Aug 2010

princessxena says: I love cruising. I started over 10 years ago and wont look back. Have been on 7 cruises and have now organised my 8th for later in the year. Why travel any other way. You go to different places but...

dinky says: You are right there.Unpack once and that is iy.We hunt out a laundry every few days and if there is a wait,so be it ,come back later.A lot of people (who havn't cruised don't realise that these superliners are so big that they don't move around that much,except in really big seas,and we don't suffer from sea sickness generally but the occasional zantac certainly helps.We are off again in Nov on the Rhapsody of the seas on a Bluesuede cruise cruise.Limited edition that we were lucky to get onto.Back to Noumea and The Isle of Pines which is the most beautiful place to go.In fact we haven't come across any of the south sea islands that were not spectacular Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 28th Sep 2010

princessxena says: I love cruising. I started over 10 years ago and wont look back. Have been on 7 cruises and have now organised my 8th for later in the year. Why travel any other way. You go to different places but...

michele49 says: Hi ..we're about the same as you! Totally addicted to cruising .. just love the "unpack once" & relax! Started back in 2002 on an 18 night cruise from Darwin to Japan on the QE2. Wow...did that spoil us for our later cruises! We loved it! Have done some P&O, Princess & Royal Carribean as well as Captain Cook -- small ship short cruises to Qld & Fiji. Next year we are doing a 28 n around South America on Celebrity Infinity ..we haven't sailed with Celebrity before but have heard that they are an excellent standard. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 29th Sep 2010

michele49 says: Hi ..we're about the same as you! Totally addicted to cruising .. just love the "unpack once" & relax! Started back in 2002 on an 18 night cruise from Darwin to Japan on the QE2. Wow...did that...

says: Celebrity are great, we have done the Inside Passage with them and I would go again but for a longer time. So far we have done 3 and planning a few more in future. One more positive about cruising - if you feel like dressing up, you can! so rare these days and so enjoyable. Reply

PukPuk

Posted by: PukPuk
Posted: 26th Oct 2010

PukPuk says: My one cruise intention is to hop on the QE2 or whatever the current QE ship is at the time. With a 52 x 7 day a week contract in place there is no time to cruise yet but I will be in 2014 when I do a whole year of cruising between countries including an Antarctica trip. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 27th Oct 2010

dinky says: Well it is time to cruise again.It is cruise number 6 and we are going on the Rhapsody of the seas.It will be interesting to see how this one measures up to the Princess cruises.This one is a special one.It is the Blue Sued Shoes Cruise and it is a Rock and roll cruise.We are going back to Noumea and the Isle of Pines which we like going to.There will be a lot of well known rock and rollers on this one,eg Jade hurley,Dusty Springfield,an Elvis,The Beatnix etc Should be a lot of fun and great dancing Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

dinky says: Well it is time to cruise again.It is cruise number 6 and we are going on the Rhapsody of the seas.It will be interesting to see how this one measures up to the Princess cruises.This one is a...

michele49 says: Great to hear! We cruised on ROTS for 11 nights up the East coast of Australia ..had a balcony cabin on deck 7 near the Library. We LOVED the ship, food, entertainment, staff ... we think BETTER than Sun Princess. have a great time...will be keen to hear some feedback.! Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

michele49 says: Great to hear! We cruised on ROTS for 11 nights up the East coast of Australia ..had a balcony cabin on deck 7 near the Library. We LOVED the ship, food, entertainment, staff ... we think BETTER...

dinky says: Thanks for that.It is quite interesting about the feedback that you get from people that have cruised before.You never seem to get positive feedback but only the bad things.It is really nice to get your positive thoughts on this type of cruise.We had booked for deck 7 and when we recieved our travel docs we had been upgraded to deck 8 in a mini suite.First of all we thought "oh no" it is too near the top ,but having looked at the deck plans again it looks OK.Better than the Sun Yeh?OOH it could be fun.Let you know.And not only that it is my birthday and our anniversary.
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michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 18th Nov 2010

dinky says: Thanks for that.It is quite interesting about the feedback that you get from people that have cruised before.You never seem to get positive feedback but only the bad things.It is really nice to get...

michele49 says: Oh!! how lucky a mini suite!! Deck 8 is excellent ... I'm very jealous! One of the better points with RCCI is the quality of their linen ..our bed was very comfortable & linen was beautiful ..with pillow choices too ...this is where i feel they differ from Princess. I hope u have registered with cruise personaliser for recognition of your bday & anniv'y .. they will do something nice. Don't forget to try the rock-climbing wall! We had fun playing shuffleboard each day ...and the cooking demos in the Atrium were excellent ... I could go on...
Andrea Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 19th Nov 2010

michele49 says: Oh!! how lucky a mini suite!! Deck 8 is excellent ... I'm very jealous! One of the better points with RCCI is the quality of their linen ..our bed was very comfortable & linen was beautiful ..with...

dinky says: OK.Way to go.Let you know.This is going to be really good.
Thanks for that
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dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 30th Nov 2010

michele49 says: Great to hear! We cruised on ROTS for 11 nights up the East coast of Australia ..had a balcony cabin on deck 7 near the Library. We LOVED the ship, food, entertainment, staff ... we think BETTER...

dinky says: Hi michele49. Well have done it and what a great time.There was a lot of rock and roll and a lot of dancing going on.The atmosphere was excellent from the begining.It was a fantastic ship.The layout was exteemley easy to navigate and there was soo much going on.It was on par I think with the Princess ships but we think that maybe Princess still has the upper edge just Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 5th Jan 2011

dinky says: Hi michele49. Well have done it and what a great time.There was a lot of rock and roll and a lot of dancing going on.The atmosphere was excellent from the begining.It was a fantastic ship.The...

michele49 says: Glad u had a great time! so Princess is still your favourite! We r off on Celberity Infinity on 28th feb cruising Sth America so will be intrigued to see the difference with a ship sailing from international waters! Do u have any more cruises booked? Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 5th Jan 2011

michele49 says: Glad u had a great time! so Princess is still your favourite! We r off on Celberity Infinity on 28th feb cruising Sth America so will be intrigued to see the difference with a ship sailing from...

dinky says: Hi michele
Yes we think that it is still just ahead.The thing is that they are all different and therefore it is a matter of the individual preference.I have'nt heard of the Celberity Infinity.so it would be good to here of your experience of this one.Sth America huhh? It could be a good one.Hav'nt got any more at the moment cos they have to fit into our holiday schedule which is booked ahead and we want to do the cruising of the mediteranean sometime next year so who knows.Enjoy your trip next month. Reply

princessxena

Posted by: princessxena
Posted: 19th Nov 2010

dinky says: Well it is time to cruise again.It is cruise number 6 and we are going on the Rhapsody of the seas.It will be interesting to see how this one measures up to the Princess cruises.This one is a...

princessxena says: A colleague from work is on the same cruise. Hope you have a good one.... RCL is the best line. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 19th Nov 2010

princessxena says: A colleague from work is on the same cruise. Hope you have a good one.... RCL is the best line.

dinky says: Thank you for that feed back.Trouble is that there are so many people on these that you never seem to come across any one you know.But you never know.It will be interesting to hear what he thinks about this cruise.Keep in touch
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Sammbo

Posted by: Sammbo
Posted: 14th Feb 2011

dinky says: Well it is time to cruise again.It is cruise number 6 and we are going on the Rhapsody of the seas.It will be interesting to see how this one measures up to the Princess cruises.This one is a...

Sammbo says: Summed it up nicely.
Only problem is that most South Pacific cruises take in Noumea.
What a hole!

Give me the relatively unspoiled islands any time. Reply

suede

Posted by: suede
Posted: 1st Nov 2010

suede says: Hi all
I haven't been on a cruise, but my neighbour (single male 68) returned last week from Sun Princess cruise from Sydney to New Zealand and had a fantastic time. He brought back DVDs which were made on his trip. He couldn't speak highly enough of the ship, staff, service, etc.
Bon voyage!! Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 19th Nov 2010

suede says: Hi all
I haven't been on a cruise, but my neighbour (single male 68) returned last week from Sun Princess cruise from Sydney to New Zealand and had a fantastic time. He brought back DVDs which...

dinky says: Hi Suede.He is absolutely right.The Sun Princess is a fabulous ship.We have done the New Zealand cruise and it was fab.Can't speak highly enough of the crew,service,programs and house keeping.We were also on another cruise of the sister ship, Dawn Princess,and it was the same great value different crew of cause but still the ambiance was the same, Thoughoughly recomend Princess cruises.Going on the Rhapsody of the Seas tomorow.Let you know.
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neety

Posted by: neety
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

neety says: Never been on a cruise. I think I will get bored staying on a boat even though I know you can get off and visit islands and there are enough restaurants an sporting activities for you to do. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

neety says: Never been on a cruise. I think I will get bored staying on a boat even though I know you can get off and visit islands and there are enough restaurants an sporting activities for you to do.

dinky says: Hi Neety.No you never get bored as there is SOO much to do or not to do.What ever is your inclination.We have done cruises from 7 to 18 days and we have found that at the end we think oh it is finished.All the activities are free on board and there is a show every night and the night club opens at about 9.We have never taken advantage of the night club though as we are up really early so as not to miss the daily goings on so we retire early.{I think it is an age thing maybe}But you get all ages on the cruises and you do make some friends to hang out with.Over all it is the best way to holiday.We are off again on Sat 20th on the Rhapsody of the seas.2 to go and we are out of here.
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winspaz

Posted by: winspaz
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

winspaz says: unfortunately, i find cruising quite boring because to me, its being stuck on something. well, i guess it also depends how long the voyage is before you land. but for most parts, what is there to do on a cruise? eat, swim, movie mayb, games room... all these can be done at home. I prefer hols where i get to explore more and not spend 5 days doing the same thing. thats just me. I'm in my 20s and maybe still at the age of exploring new things. Mayb if you ask me 10-20 years down the track, i would love cruises :) but for now, backpacking or local tours are fun enough for me :) Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 17th Nov 2010

winspaz says: unfortunately, i find cruising quite boring because to me, its being stuck on something. well, i guess it also depends how long the voyage is before you land. but for most parts, what is there to...

dinky says: Hi winspaz.Cruising is an aquired thing.Maybe you will find it more suited when you age a little but it depends on the people that you travel with.My hubby and I don't travel with anybody because we like doing our own thing.We find it relaxing and a great way to travel because you get to visit places and stay in the same place all at the same time.There is always something to do if you want or nothing at all if you want to.At the end of the day it is an individual choice.Whatever apeals to you you should do
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princessxena

Posted by: princessxena
Posted: 19th Nov 2010

winspaz says: unfortunately, i find cruising quite boring because to me, its being stuck on something. well, i guess it also depends how long the voyage is before you land. but for most parts, what is there to...

princessxena says: Winspaz, have you ever been on a cruise? Don't knock it until you try it.
If you go on a cruise, a short one that goes to a different port every day you wont find it boring at all. You only eat and sleep on the cruise and go out visiting the ports you dock at. The best part about this is that you don't have to pack and unpack each time... Try it!!! Reply

winspaz

Posted by: winspaz
Posted: 20th Nov 2010

princessxena says: Winspaz, have you ever been on a cruise? Don't knock it until you try it.
If you go on a cruise, a short one that goes to a different port every day you wont find it boring at all. You only eat...

winspaz says: hi princessxena, i've been on a cruise once, many years ago, i think the cruise lasted for 4-5 days, and we ported about twice. the ship was really nice and all, with many entertaining facilities, but me and my sister got pretty bored on the ship anyway, mayb we were too young back then though, so i think i would like to give it another try since so many of u are recommending it!! hhehe~ Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 23rd Nov 2010

says: We have booked our first cruise for next year, and a much deserved break. After reading everybody's polls I am now so looking forward to it. I do get sea sick and that was a bother but you all seem convinced that it won't be a problem. Thank you. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 30th Nov 2010

dinky says: Hi Jenwah.Sometimes it gets a bit rough but not that often.We have just come off a cruise to Noumea and the weather was a little bit cloudy and windy but we find that these superliners are very stable in choppy waters.We recomend that if it is a little choppy that you keep on your feet and walk a lot.We don't tend to suffer from sea sickness because of the way we treat it but occasionaly we find that an antacid does the trick(Zantac is perfect)There is also a lot of medication that is available to stop you from being miserable I am sure that you will enjoy and probably become addicted like us Reply

19chris51

Posted by: 19chris51
Posted: 24th Nov 2010

19chris51 says: bring on cruising, complete indulgence, you can do heaps or nothing at all, un pack once, cabin stuarts make bed etc, its the life..... Reply

super88

Posted by: super88
Posted: 27th Nov 2010

super88 says: Personally I like to go somewhere and come home by ship. I always look forward to my next holiday but the best destination is always home. I can always relax on a ship knowing I don't have pack and unpack at the next port, and there is always something going on. Sadly this type of holiday can get a bit expensive so I can't do it as much as I'd like to. Reply

katzeyes

Posted by: katzeyes
Posted: 17th Dec 2010

katzeyes says: I've never been on a cruise but reading peoples views on them makes me want to go on a cruise one day.. I couldn't believe about themed cruises sounds fun.. I have wondered though how many kids go on the cruises and are do they seem to enjoy them too? Reply

giznjack

Posted by: giznjack
Posted: 28th Dec 2010

giznjack says: Cruising! the best way to travel. Getting to your destination becomes much more fun than lining up in airports, train stations, or driving. Plus you unpack once only.
My first cruise was a short one, 5 days because I had trouble talking someone into coming with me. We left Longbeach and floated our way to San Diego, Ensenada and Santa Catalina Island. The food, entertainment, freedom to choose busy or lazy day and even onboard shopping sold us all on the love affair of cruising. Our first and subsequent cruises have all been with Royal Caribbean and possibly always will be. Love their attention to detail and their staff interaction. Fantastic Amazing Relaxing Exhilerating ! ! ! Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 5th Jan 2011

giznjack says: Cruising! the best way to travel. Getting to your destination becomes much more fun than lining up in airports, train stations, or driving. Plus you unpack once only.
My first cruise was a...

michele49 says: Hi Deb! You should try Celebrity ships..we loved Royal Caribbean ..cruising east coast Australia...Rhapsody was great even though it's not one of their newest ships! In Feb we r doing a 28 night B2B of Sth America on Celebrity Infinity ..finishing in Fort lauderdale..then we have 2 days Miami & 6 days SF..will be a great trip for us "Aussies" Reply

giznjack

Posted by: giznjack
Posted: 6th Jan 2011

michele49 says: Hi Deb! You should try Celebrity ships..we loved Royal Caribbean ..cruising east coast Australia...Rhapsody was great even though it's not one of their newest ships! In Feb we r doing a 28 night...

giznjack says: Hi Michelle49, I am jealous. We are planning another cruise soon, but hoping to travel somewhere throughout Asia. If not, we would be more than happy to cruise from USA. Will start researching other shipping companies, while we plan. Thanks for your input. Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 7th Jan 2011

giznjack says: Hi Michelle49, I am jealous. We are planning another cruise soon, but hoping to travel somewhere throughout Asia. If not, we would be more than happy to cruise from USA. Will start researching...

michele49 says: Hi Deb,
Don't know if you've seen this one ..for mch'11 .. http://www.cruiseaway.com.au/special/costa-classica-south-asia-cruise?sd=26/03/2011 ..don't know anything about Costa ..but the price looks good. Good to go to cruisecritic.com ..great independent reviews there ..will give you some background! Reply

MACCA5

Posted by: MACCA5
Posted: 13th Jan 2011

giznjack says: Cruising! the best way to travel. Getting to your destination becomes much more fun than lining up in airports, train stations, or driving. Plus you unpack once only.
My first cruise was a...

MACCA5 says: i also would do no other than the great Royal Caribbean. i also have done that 5 day Catalina Island cruise and it was a great little starter. The only thing you forgot to mention about entertainment was the in house Casino, which i thoroughly enjoyed. Happy cruising to everybody. Reply

jeremiah_cool

Posted by: jeremiah_cool
Posted: 22nd Jan 2011

jeremiah_cool says: We are planning to go on a 10 days cruise to NewZealand from Australia.Does anyone know here the best ship to travel in.Thanks heaps.Glad to hear all the stories of cruise over here.excites me to go on mine :) Reply

michele49

Posted by: michele49
Posted: 10th May 2011

jeremiah_cool says: We are planning to go on a 10 days cruise to NewZealand from Australia.Does anyone know here the best ship to travel in.Thanks heaps.Glad to hear all the stories of cruise over here.excites me to...

michele49 says: Hi! I don't check these posts too often...so hope you haven't already been to NZ!!! I would suggest the Sun Princess or a Celebrity ship. We had wonderful meals on the Sun P when we cruised from Sydney 14 nights. Don't know why but it was much nicer than when we cruised on the Sun P to Hawaii for 35 nights ...maybe too long a trip for the chefs to keep being inventive! Let us know what you've decided. Reply

SarahEC

Posted by: SarahEC
Posted: 3rd Feb 2011

SarahEC says: Have never cruised but would love to give it a go - partner is very keen! But I would want one of those slow luxurious art deco ships with jazz bands and libraries and a fabulous restaurant, not one of those party cruises full of drunk footballers. Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 15th Feb 2011

SarahEC says: Have never cruised but would love to give it a go - partner is very keen! But I would want one of those slow luxurious art deco ships with jazz bands and libraries and a fabulous restaurant, not...

dinky says: Hi SarahEC
We have done 6.Those rumours that you hear are only in the minority.When you think of all the cruises that have been taken over the last , maybe ,10 years you only hear about the bad things.The cuises these days are perfectly safe and peaceful because the security on board are really top notch.All of the ships offer the best cuisine in the top resturants and even if you don't want to go to the dining room (you might be caught up elswhere and might want to go to the bistro instead)the food and service is internationally superb.There is also dance bands going continually in the lounges and bars.There is quite a fab range of different music to suite everyone.Hubby and I quite often have gone for a romantic dance before dinner and after dinner for that fact.All of the ships have libraries and internet cafes.Go for it you will love every second.
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Katie8

Posted by: Katie8
Posted: 15th Feb 2011

Katie8 says: My husband and I travel extensively (5 or 6 trips per year as we are retired). In our experience the best cruise we have ever done was on the Freight Ship, "The Aranui3" cruising the remote and absolutely EXQUISITE Marquesas Islands (about 1000 kms north of Tahiti). The islands of the Marquesas are so beautiful they are indescribable (huge mist covered mountains and weird wind carved cliffs jutting straight out of the sea for thousands of feet ). Travelling on the Freighter ship is the only way you can reach these magnificent islands (beyond sailing there yourself) - cruise ships don't go there. The Aranui3 is such an important link to the islands (there are 10 major islands on the Marquesas archipelago) and the wonderful, friendly and amazingly hospitable peoples come rushing down to meet the ship as it unloads everything from cars, cows to TV sets! Its an incredible experience. View this website ... it is the DREAM holiday!

www.aranui.com

Another wonderful cruising destination (equal to the Marquesas) is cruising around the Galapagos. I have always preferred small ship cruising (it is more personal) and cruising on the small ships around the Galapagos islands was absolute heaven (there were only 16 on board our boat). We went with the fantastic group, Ecotours. You stop and explore every island and there were so many exciting highlights, eg snorkelling with the (harmless) blue reef sharks and curious sealions swimming right up to your mask (they looked like they were smiling at us). It is fantastic but I suggest you go there sooner than later as there are so many people going to the Galapagos now, tourists are starting to love it to death .. I have heard that the Ecuadorian government are considering limiting the number of tourists travelling to the Galapagos (to protect the area from overuse). Reply

kerrym

Posted by: kerrym
Posted: 26th Feb 2011

Katie8 says: My husband and I travel extensively (5 or 6 trips per year as we are retired). In our experience the best cruise we have ever done was on the Freight Ship, "The Aranui3" cruising the remote and...

kerrym says: Hmm, that sounds like more my idea of fun, Katie. Having not tried it I wouldn't knock it, but I LOVE travelling by road as well as sea & air, and the thought of travelling with all those people on something the size of several city blocks just doesn't appeal to me !

Cruising the rivers of Europe on something smaller, or likewise the Kimberley Coast or the inside passage of Alaska - THEY sound good to me ! Reply

Glenny

Posted by: Glenny
Posted: 27th Feb 2011

Glenny says: Cruising is a great way to relax, be entertained and do as much or as little as one would like. There's no shortage of activities, food alternatives and relaxing lounges. Yet one is not forced to participate either. Of course, a road holiday offers a lot of interesting scenery and different people as well. A bit of both is a good balance. Reply

Benji

Posted by: Benji
Posted: 20th Mar 2011

Benji says: We recently did a Pandaw cruise from Siem Reap (Cambodia)to Saigon (Vietnam)...small boat...only about 58 persons......cabin with ensuite...all meals and drinks and tours included......totally wonderful....would recommend....anyone else sailed with Pandaw?? Also we are thinking of a cruise (Inside Passage Alaska) but wonder if anyone has cruised on the small ship that sailed closer to the coast and calls at many small towns where you are able to disembark for a day or so and then rejoin. I believe it is a coastal steamer maybe!! Look forward to a few replies.... Reply

NurseK

Posted by: NurseK
Posted: 21st Mar 2011

NurseK says: We did Superstar Gemini for our honeymoon - up the Malacca Strait - Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. At the time it was our first international trip and what a fantastic way to explore asia! Dirty all day and Party all night - we cruised at night in flat, calm waters of the strait and docked every day somewhere different to explore. OH!!! and did anyone mention the FOOD!!! Reply

sandylee

Posted by: sandylee
Posted: 19th Apr 2011

sandylee says: what is the best cruise you had and where did you go Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 15th Jun 2011

PGS says: We did one of the 3 night cruises as a test last year. Mrs enjoyed it & wants to go again, not so sure I'd waste the money on it though. I guess I'd cope with a week or so, but after a few days it gets incredibly boring. Reply

Trishii

Posted by: Trishii
Posted: 5th Jul 2011

Trishii says: I couldn't think of anything worse! Only having one day to see the world's great cities (some of which you couldn't even scrape the surface of in 7 days), being served up mass produced all-you-can-eat buffet food instead of dining out locally and supporting the local restaurants & economy, and days where you are only at sea doing nothing! And if you don't like the cruise experience, you cannot escape. Reply

kiwilen

Posted by: kiwilen
Posted: 5th Jul 2011

kiwilen says: had my first cruise with princess crusies did the alaska inside passage it was awesome Reply

Paulie

Posted by: Paulie
Posted: 23rd Sep 2011

Paulie says: Just cruised Anchorage to Vancouver, 61% off. Brilliant cruise and the cheapest way to do that trip. Seeing all the Alaskan ports was a bonus! Reply

nanab

Posted by: nanab
Posted: 23rd Sep 2011

nanab says: Went on my first cruise in July on PO Jewel to Pacific Islands...Islands were beautiful especially Champaign Bay.Food was very nice..chose what time we went for food..most nights we went to the restaurant and other times to buffet.Staff were very nice...it was great having our mini suite cleaned every day and the little extras we received like the chocolates on our pillow every night.Look forward to our next cruise. Reply

truck

Posted by: truck
Posted: 8th Oct 2011

truck says: Hi I have just done my first cruise. Wasn't disappointed but felt a little flat. I think one has to decide how to cruise. You either go the relax which depending on the destination is really great or you get totally involved with the activities on board. The holiday is great for families but I certainly will try it again. I went during school holidays but found no issue with children on board as I hardly saw them they were so busy with the kids club. Reply

Paulie

Posted by: Paulie
Posted: 24th Oct 2011

Paulie says: We recently travelled from Seward, near Anchorage Alaska, to Vancouver, along the Inside Passage. Our cruise with the Holland Line's 'Statendam' was 50% off... and because the Ozbuck was $1.10 at the time, we got another 10% off.
A week's Alaskan cruise... for 40% of the usual cost!!~ When we did the calculation, it was cheaper to travel by cruise-ship for a week than drive that same route, staying in motels and hotels. We are _not_ 'cruise-ship people', but this experience utterly changed our views on this form of travel. Fantastic food, brilliant service, great entertainment and some terrific ports-of-call. This will be the first of many cruise ship experiences in the next decade or two... Reply

Luci

Posted by: Luci
Posted: 4th Nov 2011

Luci says: Hi Dinky,
Have just returned from Cruising on the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, and will not cruise with anyone else. This is our second cruise with them, and it does not compare to anyone else. The food, atmosphere, choice of ports, is just amazing. The ships are beautiful and staff just wonderful. I agree that cruising is the only way to vacation, one price and its all included. I would recommend it to anyone. Reply

Sam

Posted by: Sam
Posted: 30th Mar 2012

Sam says: It's interesting to read these comments. We started cruising in 2009 and havent looked back. We love cruising so much that we have abandoned all other holidays. Value for money is the key for us. Once you've paid for your ticket, the only other out of pocket expenses are your alcohol and shore tours.... perhaps some souveniers. We have travelled with Royal Caribbean, Princess and P&O.... I'd probably rate them in that order as well... Reply

dinky

Posted by: dinky
Posted: 5th Aug 2012

Sam says: It's interesting to read these comments. We started cruising in 2009 and havent looked back. We love cruising so much that we have abandoned all other holidays. Value for money is the key for us....

dinky says: You know Sam we would probably rate them in that order as well.We thoughly enjoyed the Rhapsody of the Seas and tossed up about which one was the 'better'but we think that Rhapsody was the winner.We really want to get onto the Meditteranian cruises to see what they are like.Have you any feedback on these as we have heard good and bad but having said that are there any 'bad' cruises?I think not Reply

knaufie

Posted by: knaufie
Posted: 1st Apr 2012

knaufie says: Have to agree; did our first cruise to Asia over 42 days on Princess; off to NZ with same ship in November. And I am a rotten small boat sailor - ships no problem. Reply

dave

Posted by: dave
Posted: 8th Apr 2012

dave says: cruises are awsome it is good to meet new people and enjoy the views
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Barney

Posted by: Barney
Posted: 7th Oct 2012

Barney says: I love cruising. There is so much to do onboard. We did a Mediteranean cruise on the Queen Victoria this year and it was great. I did dance classes, joined the guest choir, went to the spa, trivia and so much more. The food is amazing and we met lots of great people of all age Reply

rosie

Posted by: rosie
Posted: 11th Oct 2012

rosie says: God me personally id love the chance to go on a cruise, but fortunately life is blank and repetitive:/ i envy you. Reply

Loganz

Posted by: Loganz
Posted: 23rd Oct 2012

Loganz says: I love cruising!!! I've been on 3 cruises in the past 2 years and planning another one next year. In my opinion they are the best holiday ever!!! Reply

Pameee

Posted by: Pameee
Posted: 2nd Nov 2012

Pameee says: Hi Dinky I am with you. Cruising is a wonderful holiday. so many places to see only one lot of unpacking and the lifestyle on board is wonderful. I am totally hooked and always looking for that next cruise .. and yes have to work in between to fund it.

happy cruising hope you enjoy a lot more
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bubbles

Posted by: bubbles
Posted: 21st Jan 2014

bubbles says: Went on PO Pearl for the 2013 Christmas cruise and had a fantastic time on Christmas day we were in Champane Bay and we were shopping and swimming. I would say do it at least once in your like. Got back and booked again.
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sandradwyer

Posted by: sandradwyer
Posted: 24th Apr 2014

sandradwyer says: if i was to request a holiday for anybody any age at all it would be on a cruise!! They are always so fun and you can never get board especially on sea days! Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 2nd Jun 2014

PGS says: We're just back from a P&O "Short Break" (weekend) cruise. I wouldn't recommend cruising to anyone that gets bored easily. I went as she whom demands obeyance wanted to go on on. Happily she found it boring enough that she won't want to go again.

If you do opt to go P&O (or other Carnival Cruises based ones), check your card statement carefully. I saw AUD through the booking process & on the payment page - and was then charged in USD resulting in extra fees. It has been a battle getting the extra fees back from them. P&O blame the bank, but if the page is coded to charge USD, that's how it is charged. They can't balme the bank for that.

P&O also decide that you will make a payment to one of their charities & you have to opt out of making that 'donation' - if you find out about it. The charge is just added to your room bill.

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PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 5th Jan 2017

PGS says: Been on 2 P&O cruises - 3 night ones - didn't enjoy either, wouldn't waste the money on it again Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 25th Apr 2017

PGS says: Did a couple on P&O - wouldn't willingly waste the time on them again. Financially, they are good value, if you look at it as a $xxx per night per person with accommodation & all meals - but we found them just SO boring. Flights or road trips for us. Reply

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