The final day has arrived so we thought we would make the most of it. For the past 4 days our morning routine included a brisk walking on Deck 3, read the Daily Programme, catch up with news on the television then breakfast.
When we woke and got up, we found some toiletries on the bathroom floor that had fallen due to last nights swells. Thankfully our sleep was not disturbed by the rough seas, perhaps even enhanced by the motion.
Beds proved to be very comfortable indeed, room remained dark thanks to good curtains, quiet and not too warm or cold just perfect for a restful nights sleep. Drawing the curtains and opening the balcony door revealed the weathers possible intentions, a big sky and vast open deep blue water, sunny with a light breeze, what a spectacular view.
It feels like a flashback now when we ventured out on a 5 night Tasmanian Cruise on board Queen Elizabeth, one of the luxurious cruise liners of the Cunard Line last March. Ports of call for this cruise included Hobart and her maiden visit to Port Arthur one of Australia’s important heritage and historical destinations. We had a grand 5 days on the high seas and land and I would like to share the details of our experience.
The first time we experienced the taste of Salt Grill by Luke Mangan was last year during our first cruise with Pacific Eden. Although you pay to dine here, this onboard restaurant is very popular, lunch and dinner reservations get fully booked within hours of boarding. Despite our attempt to book early, we ended up on the waiting list, which is the next best option as it usually pays off, thankfully the lovely staff were able to accommodate us for lunch and things even got better when Luke Mangan came to say hello at our table.
Short cruises seem to have ignited our desire to travel in and out of Sydney recently. The three night sampler cruises are really fun and a delightful time to be out at sea. Just imagine yourself sailing on a floating paradise with nothing to worry about at all, just sit back and relax.
Our recent break on board the Pacific Eden was quiet a remarkable one. She is an older cruise liner built in 1993, now belonging to the fleet of P&O. She had a mammoth make over in 2015, the dry-dock treatments have worked wonders, and she looks very refreshed.
Dining on board the Explorer of the Seas means an endless array of food choices, from complementary a la carte dining, specialty restaurants, buffet style meals and snacks, a classic burger joint and of course, room service.
Since our cruise was a short one, dining themes and attire were mostly casual, although dressing to impress is always an option.
Love or loathe the idea of a cruise? Once you get a taste of cruising, there will be no turning back and that was exactly what happened to us. From our very first cruise in April with the Voyager of the Seas, we found ourselves again exploring the high seas on board the Explorer of the Seas, Australia’s largest cruise ship launched in 2000.
The two identical floating resorts that we have cruised so far are both operated by Royal Caribbean International, voted as best cruise line overall by Travel Weekly for 13 consecutive years.