P&O Cruises Comedy Cruise
Michelle Sutton from Cruiseabout Parnell has returned from a 3 day P&O Comedy cruise and shares her experiences with us.
Recently I was lucky enough to enjoy a quick weekend P&O Cruises comedy cruise from Sydney. Coupled with the Friday and Monday flights there and back, as well as the lovely weather, it was a true getaway that felt like a week away.
We flew out on the 7am Air New Zealand flight, so were out in the Taxi rank at Sydney International about 9.30 am. I wanted to maximize shopping time (of course) so we taxied to the P&O Cruises terminal in Darling Harbour, handed our suitcases to the ship staff and jumped back in our waiting cab which took us to a nearly Mall.
Happy times shopping and lunching in Sydney on a beautiful day. Checking in at 1 pm was a breeze and we were on the ship in no time checking out the buffet.
Unfortunately cold rain arrived and the sail away party had to be taken to an indoor bar, so we celebrated our eminent departure at the back of the ship at The Oasis, where we could look at the Harbour Bridge all lit up. It was such a buzz standing on the highest deck as we set off from Darling Harbour, where many cruises from Australia depart from, cruised under the bridge and then went past the beautiful Sydney Opera House.
From morning until night on the 3 nights, 2 days we had on-board the P&O Cruise Jewel, there were comedy shows on top of the usual fun onboard activities such as bingo, dance lessons, karaoke, information talks on health and beauty, fun competitions, bands and shows.
We took advantage of big swells and bad weather to relax, read our books and sit in on some of the talks on the Saturday. Sunday was a stunner and we enjoyed the sun and fresh air with the scenery floating past, as well as being anchored off a picturesque island.
We sampled the pay extra restaurants La Luna and Salt, both of which were fantastic - great value and well worth the money. The gym's fabulous views also motivated us to work out on the plentiful machines for a while.
Sydney harbour is so beautiful. We set our alarms to get up at 5.00 am and it was well worth experiencing the entry through the heads at sunrise, sailing up the harbour on a beautiful morning to see the pink-hued Sydney Opera House and golden city.
Of course we didn't want to get off and enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast in the sun looking at the Harbour Bridge before we headed into the city for more shopping and sightseeing around the Circular Quay area. Finally we set off to the airport for our 3.30 pm flight.
It was a short break of laughs, food , drink, shopping and relaxation and we came home thoroughly recharged.