I was never interested in cruising up until a few months ago when I started hearing so many stories about people who have become hooked on cruising. I would have to say, that is now me. Hooked.
Cruising is like no other holiday. Where else do you get ocean view rooms, housekeeping twice daily, all day food--either at the buffet or restaurant--all day coffee, tea and soft drink, all day ice cream, and all day and night entertainment for around $100 per day per person? You really can't beat it.
We left on Tuesday this week from Sydney to Hobart. My husband surprised us all--his parents and our children--with this amazing holiday for Christmas. A 5-day cruising taster. I've got the taste alright.
We decided to travel by ferry to board our boat. I have never been to Hobart, or for that matter Tasmania.
Our children--aged 16, 6, 5, and almost 3--were so entertained. Although our 3 year old wasn't going to go to kids club, his grandparents gave us some time out to enjoy a few dates.
The comedy nights are so funny. We had the very funny Tahir from the ABC show, Housos. He is fantastic. There was another comedian who was funny but relied upon a lot of swear words to make him funnier.
Then there was swing bands, dancing, acrobatics, magic shows etc. The shows were stunning. Costumes were fabulously colourful and the shows were broadway quality.
There was bingo, karaoke, trivia, scavenger hunts, cocktail mixing competitions, which I won and had the cocktail named after me for the rest of the cruise--so many things to mention.
The best bit for me? Being able to have a spa in the "adults only" section of the boat. I talked my hubby into it, top deck, our last day and freezing cold. But, it had to be done.The other best bit, was getting involved in the competitions and winning one of them.
5 days I would have to say was a great time spent on the ship. We were suppose to stop in at Port Arthur for a day also, but because there were quite high swells, it made getting ashore on a life boat a little trickier. So, we spent 2 days in Hobart. That was great as there was a fair bit to see.
I am now already planning our next holiday adventure on the seas. This time, a group of friends and hopefully my littlest guy will be use to going to preschool by then, and be able to enjoy kids club.