Have you noticed all the cruise ships around New Zealand? Wondered what the fuss was about and never thought it would be for you? Debbie Christian from our Cruiseabout Parnell store shares cruising tips with us, for all age groups and traveller types.
Cruising is the ultimate unpack once and relax holiday suitable for all age groups and traveller types. Families, couples, groups of friends, as well as special events such as stag or hens parties. Prices are incredibly competitive and are inclusive of meals and entertainment.
At-sea entertainment has undergone some ground breaking innovation in the past few years. Along with all the traditional cruise ship entertainment such as casino's, shuffle board, spa treaments and gym or yoga classes, we're now seeing 3D movie theatres, broadway musicals, rock climbing and even ice skating!
For families, cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean offer Dreamworks Animation themed departures with characters onboard such as Shrek, Madagascar or Kung Fu Panda. Also on some Royal Caribbean ships is the popular Flowrider - a type of body boarding in a wave pool.
Worried about what to wear? You can dress up or down. I have seen passengers wearing everything from jeans and a tee-shirt to tiaras and taffeta so the choice is yours.
With so many departures from Auckland and from many Australian ports, you can choose a short escape of a few days, or a longer break with more ports and destinations. Compare the prices to a South Pacific holiday, you will be surprised.
About the author: Debbie Christian has cruised on or experienced a large number of cruise ships including P&O Pacific and UK, Princess, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Paul Gauguin Tahiti and Star Cruises in Asia, The Queen Mary 2 and has also river cruised on the Nile.