This month I went on my very first holiday on (and not by) the sea. It was a three night Food and Wine cruise off Sydney on P&O’s largest vessel, the Pacific Explorer.
To be honest, I was a bit tentative as I wasn’t sure if this type of travel would be right for me. Starting off with a short cruise was the ideal way to test out the waters (pun intended). It was a great way to find out I’d have signs of boredom, claustrophobia or seasickness.
The schedule was jam-packed with food and wine events with guest chefs (shout out to Luke Hines), as well as general activities, entertainment and stage shows. Some events were an additional cost and required bookings, others you could simply turn up for. Bingo is loads of fun (the prize money is amazing) and I enjoyed visiting the gym for morning workouts.
With so many options available, you’d be hard pressed to get bored on a cruise. There really is something for everyone (including the little ones).
You can choose to relax and take it easy, or you can book yourself up and be super busy. It’s an ideal way to holiday as you can tailor the experience to suit your needs.
There are a number of restaurants included in the cruise, with some that cost extra to dine at. Dining options on the Pacific Explorer included a huge buffet with different cuisines, Asian and Italian restaurants, poolside burgers, a pizza bar and an ice cream stand.
My favourite meal was at Italian restaurant 400 Gradi, that served a brilliant eggplant parmigiana, a fabulous pumpkin pizza and a HUGE nutella calzone (and entertaining card tricks from the waiter). Ordering room service for breakfast to quietly enjoy out on the private balcony was a highlight, and we spotted dolphins swimming next to the boat!
I’m very happy to report that I would go on another cruise!
My travel usually consists of staying at each town for a few days at a time, which means I’m constantly in and out of a suitcase. Cruising is great as you can get comfortable in your room and you only have to unpack once. Next time I would consider a cruise including destination visits, so there is a variety of onboard and location experiences to break up the trip.
Keep an eye out for my follow up post, where I share tips for getting the most out of your first cruise.
Have you been on a cruise? I’d love to hear your cruising experiences!
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