Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coffee on the high seas

I don't really know, but I don't think I would be type to enjoy a ship cruise. A European river cruise would be more to my taste, I think. They are very popular with Australians at the moment. A neighbouring couple recently took a Euro river cruise and said most of the passengers were Australian. But they enjoy sea cruises too. If I did take a sea cruise, I think each morning you would find me taking coffee and croissant in this faux street on board the Voyager of the Seas, as featured in The Age.

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  1. Hello Andrew:
    We have always had an aversion to the idea of a cruise, sea or river, largely on account of, as we see it, becoming 'trapped' with people for a period of time with whom, in all probability, one would have very little in common. That, and all that endless food!

    We will ourselves be away and 'off air' for the next week or so [not on a cruise!!] but will look forward to catching up on our return.

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    1. No JayLa, I never imagined you both having a game of el bingo with a couple of hundred old people.

      Whatever you are up to, I hope it is enjoyable.

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  2. Select your cruise carefully.

    This July, the beloved and I went on a Mediterranean cruise in a relatively small ship. It did NOT carry 5,000 people with a full sized picture theatre, opera house, tennis court, swimming pool, casino, zoo and university.

    The days in port were fantastic - every full day on a Mediterranean island was in an organised tour or personally arranged. I couldn't get enough of Sardinia, Corsica, Majorca etc.

    But the days at sea were horribly boring. No films, no lectures, nothing but booze

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    1. Hels, that is the precise reason why I don't think I would like a ship cruise, even with all the extras. I believe internet is expensive. I live and die by the internet.

      It is a pity you did not blog about your trip, even if it meant setting up another blog. It sounds so interesting and we can only guess what you saw by what your write about with seemingly personal knowledge.

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  3. I'd be more likely to just fly to wherever I wanted to spend time and stay there for weeks at a time.

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  4. I'm not fussed on huge cruise ships. We did 7 days from Vancouver to Alaska. It was okay and the scenery was fabulous. Everyday there was something new to see. TOH enjoyed the computer lessons that were held every day when we weren't in port touring.
    The best ever cruise was a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. It was small people were friendly staff great but it is the sort of thing retirees do.

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    1. Ok Diane. We have considered the V to A cruise, but it doesn't excite me. The very expensive train trip does though. I take that as confirmation that the Euro River cruise is good.

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  5. I share JayLa's fear of being trapped with people I don't much like, though on something like the Voyager there would be some escape.

    It's really the only thing that puts me off a trip on the Ghan.

    A quiet private] trip on a canal barge in Europe has more appeal.

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    1. FC, there are even canal tours in England. Sis in Law took her late mother on the Ghan. They enjoyed it immensely.

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  6. We did the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise last year and it was terrific. There were about 160 passengers and whilst some were not to our liking their were others who made for pleasant travelling companions. It was great to go two weeks and not have to unpack and repack every couple of days.

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    1. Victor, was it only last year. I thought it might have been two years ago. I think the difference between a sea cruise and a river cruise is that on a river cruise, you spend much more time off the boat.

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  7. Ugh, i'm not a fan of boats full stop. Almost my idea of torture!

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    1. Fen, I hardly suppose a young chickie babe like you would be attracted to boats.

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  8. We traveled down the Nile a few years ago, was fabulous, mainly because you could nearly always see both sides of the bank, which I found reassuring in case the boat sank haha!

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    1. And then swimming to the bank in the sparkling clean water of the Nile.

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