On Board the Sun Princess Cruise Ship, 2014

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 3rd Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Taking a cruise ship holiday or vacation offers many options that are included in the initial cost, making this an economical and enjoyable way to travel.

On Board the Sun Princess, December 2014

When people take their first cruise they come home either loving it or thinking it's not for them. I'm one of those hooked from my very first cruise. I'd cruise at least once a year if I could afford it.
In December 2014 I took a seven day cruise with my sister, from Sydney Australia, down to Tasmania, with a stop in Melbourne before returning to Sydney. From the minute we stepped on board we were caught up in the pleasure of cruising.

Sun Princess Food and Fitness

You may have heard people talk about the amount of food on offer throughout a cruise journey. All the rumours are true. On all three cruises I've been on the food has been of a high quality, everlasting quantity and an amazing range of choices. Of course self disciplined people can restrict their intake, but I don't fall into that category.
Consequently there's a need to get plenty of exercise while on board.
Walking the long corridors and climbing flights of stairs rather than taking the lift are always good options. As is using the ship gym and swimming pool for your daily exercise.

Friendly, Hard Working Crew Members

Everyone on board the ship seemed to be there to help us, from the amazing waiting staff in the dining room to the men who helped us on and off the tender when we went on shore.
Smiles were seen everywhere, especially from the crew members we got to know best. The way they all learned our names and were able to recall something from the previous day was most impressive. This was definitely service at it's best.

Shore Trips to See More of Tasmania

When on a cruise there are ship days and shore days. Organised shore tours can be arranged, enabling you to see more of the area when the ship is in port. The other option is to explore the locality yourself, doing things your own way, in your own time.
On this trip we did half and half - making the most of organised tours in Port Arthur and Burnie, but doing our own thing in the larger centres of Hobart and Melbourne.

Finishing the cruise in Sydney

After seven wonderful days we cruised back into Sydney, getting up in time for an early morning view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We'd had an outstanding week, but all good things must come to an end.
You can be sure, I'll be going on another cruise some time in the future.

Other cruise travel articles by Val Mills:

Why I'm Hooked on Cruising as a Vacation Option
Cruise Ship Holidays: Value for Money
Land Diving on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Elephant Riding in Phuket, Thailand


Australia, Cruise, Cruise Holiday, Cruise Ship, Cruise Vacation, Cruising, Tasmania, Travel

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

Seen the cruise ship at the Auckland docks. Glad you had a great time. Compliments of the season.

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author avatar Paul Lines
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

This brings back memories of our cruise on the ruby princess a few years ago, Val. Thanks for the memories

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