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Meeting Jason Bradbury

By BijalFriday 17th April 2015

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In the run up to the launch of our new ship, Anthem of the Seas, we’re talking to Jason Bradbury, who’s lucky enough to be going onboard. As a technology expert and father of three, we talk to him about what it’s like travelling with a family and why he prefers cruises to traditional holidays.

Q: It’s not long until you and your family are going on Anthem of the Seas, are you excited?

A: I’m super excited, but not as excited as my kids. They’ve never experienced anything like this before, and my youngest child has never been on a ship before, so stepping onto this enormous technologically enhanced playground will be a very significant experience for them.

Q: What did your kids enjoy most about Quantum of the Seas, when you went on the ship back in November?

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A: The thing you have to remember about kids, is that they are experiencing everything for the first time, so there is a real visceral hit that they get, which can be really overwhelming. They liked SeaPlex most of all because they saw it as a kind of Transformer – bumper cars one minute, basketball the next, and even a circus performance arena.

Q: Does your family prefer outdoor or indoor activities?

140719_455 A: We’re always trying to get the kids outdoors, and one thing that I find exciting about the cruises is that you get to see a lot of different places, and that’s really attractive as a parent because it’s practical and keeps the kids from getting bored. They’re kept in a safe environment, so you get to do excursions and see all of the cultural stuff without having to worry.

Q: Have you made use of the Adventure Ocean® youth clubs onboard the ship?

A: We did make use of them. My kids agreed to hang out there for a couple of hours, whilst my wife and I went to the Solarium to hop between hot tubs, and grab a healthy smoothie. We had a great time enjoying the food at Devinly™ Decadence – a super healthy low calorific restaurant which is just next to the Solarium. My kids had a great time at the youth club programme, and it allowed my wife and I the freedom to go off and explore.

Q: How did you find trying to keep fit onboard?

A: I love running on the track onboard, and the gym is incredible. Its position above the Solarium means that you can look out over the front of the ship whilst you exercise. You’ve got indoor and outdoor pools, so there’s plenty of choice. It’s like a floating health club.

Q: When you were trying out the ship’s activities, did you and the family get competitive?

Our Royal families got the chance to try out RipCord! Our Royal families got the chance to try out RipCord!

A: On RipCord, we tried to see who could get the biggest thumbs up from the instructor. My seven year old won, because he was scared and excited at the same time, which was really cute. Apart from my youngest, we all had a go on RipCord, and even came up with a team name – Team Xtreme!

Q: What are your favourite activities onboard, which you would recommend to other families?

A: RipCord is the thing that I think people will take away from their cruise holiday, as they might not get the chance to do something like that anywhere else. It’s a very exotic technology, and the fact that it’s on a ship blows my mind. Then you’ve got North Star, which is a more majestic, contemplative experience. You can float 300 feet up in the air at sunset, and see all the ship’s lights as it sparkles below you, it’s really stunning. So it depends who you are, but there’s something for everyone.

Q: You recently met Lewis Vincent, who created a Quantum class ship in Minecraft, what did he enjoy most about the ship?

Courtesy of Daily Echo Courtesy of Daily Echo A: He’s a real engineer, so he appreciated the careful design of the ship’s features. He was wowed by the Bionic Bar, because it’s a superb bit of tech, and it can be really mesmerising to watch the mechanical arms in motion. I also think he was impressed by the gaming pods in the SeaPlex.

Q: If you were trying to convince a family to take a cruise holiday, what would you say?

A: I’m not sure what I would say, because it all seems obvious to me. There’s literally everything you need for a holiday in one place, like great restaurants from recognised chefs and a kids club with activities for young children, so for me the advantages of cruising are obvious.

Q: What do you think of Street View, and how do you think this would influence someone who has never been on a cruise before?

A: It can be difficult to tune people into an idea that they’re not familiar with, but the Street View project is a really snazzy way of doing this. You can communicate the idea visually to families that haven’t been onboard the ships before, and connect them to the fun reality of cruising.

Q: What food do your kids love onboard the ship?

kids salad A: They love going to the breakfast buffet and choosing what to have, and as a parent you’re in a great position to make sure that they get some extra fruit with their porridge, for example, or you can even treat them to a pancake at the pancake house. There’s so much variety that you know they will be fed well. My seven year old in particular loved the pasta at Jamie’s Italian.

Q: As well as feeding the kids, what other concerns do you have as a parent when planning a holiday?

A: You need to make sure there are enough activities to tire the kids out, and that there’s enough space for them to run around, which you’ve got onboard the ship. You also want to make sure that there are things around to excite them, so that they can take physical memories home from their holiday to show to their friends. This is all there when you wake up in the morning, just walk to another part of the ship and they can go swimming, or skydiving – there’s nothing you don’t get.

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