Hi Finy, We've either sat with the same people for the whole cruise or have asked to be seated at a table for 2. If we're at a table for 2, it's easier to leave when we want to leave the table, then we don't get to the theatre late, & miss out on getting a good seat. It's not good if you have to sit behind a poll, & we don't like having to stand up to watch a show in the theatre, because we've arrived so late, there's no good seats left, so after dinner we'll rush straight to the theatre!
Yes a cruise appeals, have been on a couple long ago and intend to go on another in the next few years. The difficulty (being on my own) is finding someone to go with - and someone you get on with and also co-ordinating where you want to go and dates that suit both.
No, never been on sea-going Cruise. Interests me not one jot!
Have cruised on the 'Murray Explorer' twice, & loved that!
Also cruised down the Nile, from Aswan to Luxor, & saw as many antiquities' there as possible.
Waking up at dawn, to look out, & see the Pyramids, was beyond belief, when staying at Nile Hilton in Cairo.
As both cruises' 'still' water, I think that makes a big difference!
Instead of going by sea to Antarctica, did a Day Flight on QANTAS! Fantastic to see, which was much from 10000'! Loved it, & had THREE hours' doing huge figures-of-8's over our Territory there. Aust owns 41%. Best way to see it I think.
Interesting that in coming home, got much turbulence over Southern Ocean. But better than on a ship!
I would love to cruise the Alaska Passage, as land 'protected', still better than open ocean.
I came out to Australia on a ship when just 19 months old,of which I have no memories but plenty of funny stories from my parents. Then we returned to England by the Oronsay which I do have memories of,though I was very little! We then came back to Oz on the Oronsay and I still have my little Nora Wells sailor doll which back then was THE little keepsake to own! I became very ill on the trip home and ended up in the ship's hospital. I have not done a cruise as an adult,though I think I may enjoy doing so one day if my health allows! The ships these days are so enormous....more like a floating city than a vessel to go from place to place!!! I am not a big eater so the food id not what interests me at all!!!
I don’t like active holidays, & we’ve NEVER been bored on a cruise! We just LOVE cruising! My husband & I have been on 11 in 10 years running, & not P.O. cruises either. We live in Sydney, Australia, We’ve done: 2 Alaskan, 14 nights each, 1x14 night Asian, 23 nights: Pacific Islands, 2x N.Z, (total of 23 nights,) twice around Australia, clockwise, then anti clockwise, (total 68 nights) 2xPanama. (total 37 nights) We’d love to do an Amazon 1, 1 down the Nile, & a European 1. And I once went on a ship to the UK when I was 3, with my family, but I don’t know how long that 1 took, & I still have the kids menu form that 1, somewhere!
Since writing the above, we went on a 2nd south pacific 35 night cruise Oct/Nov '15.We were doing on a very short 9 night south pacific cruise to a few islands we hadn't been to before but my mother would have been having her 95th birthday while we were away, so we cancelled the cruise idea. They'll always be another 1, probably after we've tidied up our house...big time.
We're recently found a 14 night south pacific cruise, to islands we haven't been to as yet, except of the lovely Isle of Pines, which has sand as soft as a baby bottom! This 1 is for the middle of Feb' '18, Melbourne return. We have family members living there, so we'll stay with them, before & after the cruise!
We're now going on a 4 night cruise Sydney return to Brisbane, in early December, because it was only $99 for the inside cabin each + $139 for taxes, port charges (rip off) & something else! I'd love to spend our day in Brisbane at the art gallery. We're also doing a 3rd Sydney return to NZ for 14 nights, in January '18. I just LOVE my cruising!
NO, we didn't get to do the Brisbane cruise, NOR the NZ cruise, but we are having a balcony on the south pacific cruise, with 2 days in Melbourne before the cruise, & 10 days in Melbourne after the cruise. This cruise will give us enough nights on Princess for platinum level, so we get 250 hours of free computer use.
Sorry, that last reply from me was WRONG! It should have read: 250 MINUTES each of free WiFi. By the time our cruise ended, we had only 7 minutes left! No, we don't have anymore cruises planned, until we try up our messy house!
I like to get to my overseas destination fast so a cruise isn't my cup of tea. I've also seen a few too many news clips of poor folk on cruises from hell (e.g. S.S. Gastroenteritis) and I'd say this has made me less than keen.