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My First Cruise: Part 1

By AdeleFriday 20th May 2016

The magnificent Harmony of the Seas.

Many of you will know by now that we’re welcoming a new ship to our fleet. This ship is called Harmony of the Seas and it’s our most extraordinary ship yet. Not only is it our largest ship, but it boasts the tallest slide at sea and it will be the first ship to launch our Broadway-style production of Grease! If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, it also offers countless delicious dining options, a range of fun-filled activities and it will cruise to amazing Mediterranean destinations all summer long.

This weekend will see the two-day pre-inaugural sailing set off from Southampton, and joining us onboard will be new-to-cruiser, Anna Scott. Anna is completely new to cruising, so for part 1 of ‘My First Cruise’ we asked her a few questions to find out what she’s expecting.

How do you think people see cruises?

I think cruises can often get a bad rap. There’s this outdated idea that they’re full of old people in dinner jackets going to bed at 6pm, or something similar… not that there’s anything wrong with that, I suppose people probably just want to be around people their own age or people who they’ll have lots in common with. Another aspect, I believe, is that people wrongly assume the ships are small and there won’t be enough to do onboard, which would be a huge barrier to getting them on a ship in the first place.

What has stopped you from going on a cruise before?

I’ve got two children – Tom, 14, and Sarah, 6, – so when I plan a holiday I have to make sure it’s right for all of us, and my husband too. I’ve always thought a cruise wouldn’t be suitable for the whole family. I mean, how could there be something to suit a 6 year-old and my 14 year-old, as well as giving my husband and I the opportunity for a bit of peace and quiet? A view from inside.

Why have you decided to take a cruise now?

With summer coming up, I’ve started thinking about where we’ll go on holiday this year. Last year we went to France, and the year before that we went to Scotland to visit my sister, so this year I thought it would be nice to try somewhere new. My friend Sue suggested that we should go on a cruise. She said it’s a great way to see lots of different destinations around the world, which can be hard with kids, and the range of shore excursions means you can explore a new place, without the fuss. She really sold it to me! So I was lucky when we were invited to do a test run on Harmony of the Seas’ pre-inaugural sailing.

What questions are you hoping to answer while onboard?

As I said, this pre-inaugural sailing is a test run for us, so I’m going to be trying to answer a lot of questions. Top of my list will be: 1. Will any of us get sea sickness? (I’m packing sea sickness tablets just in case!) 2. Will the kids like the Adventure Ocean® Kid’s Club? 3. Are the Staterooms big enough? 4. Will we get bored and what kind of activities will we find onboard? 5. Does the ship feel overcrowded? 6. Will we need any dining packages or drinks packages? Arriving in Southampton.

What are you most looking forward to on the pre-inaugural?

There are so many things I’m looking forward to; I don’t know where to start! The kids can’t stop talking about Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea – they just can’t wait to have a go. Personally, I’m excited to try all the food and drink options onboard. Sue told me she’d never eaten so well. As well as the included dining, which Sue said is delicious, I want to try the double-level Wonderland and, for the kids, Johnny Rockets. My husband wants to try out FlowRider and the climbing wall (rather him than me!) and we’re all looking forward to seeing Grease. Want to know how Anna’s first cruise went? Check back in a few weeks’ time for My First Cruise: Part 2.

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