The Road Ahead : February March 2015
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 40 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2015 "The ship itself becomes the destination, even though there are many opportunities to grab a taste of each fascinating port," Dianne said. "You can be involved in as little or as much as you like. Your enjoyment and comfort is the priority of the ship's crew and they excel in this role." Like Kathy, there aren't many places Dianne and husband Robert haven't cruised to over the years. "We've cruised the Alaskan Inside Passage, been on a small cruise around the Greek Islands, and this year we did a 26-day cruise across the Atlantic to Europe and the Baltic," Dianne said. "We loved St Petersburg, but every port in the Baltic was a standout." Many Australian travellers are becoming increasingly aware of the convenient advantages cruising offers over air and land-based travel. The majority of cruise operators offer guided tours and destination information on port excursions during voyages, something Kathy says makes planning a holiday less of a strain. "Cruise operators are very organised," Kathy said. "They know most people want to go ashore at all the ports on the itinerary, so they send out destination information to you with helpful suggestions of what to see and do. You don't want to be hassling tour operators onshore trying to organise trips. The cruise operators take that stress away. The beauty of cruising is that you go on with your luggage, you unpack, and that's it." For Dianne, it's the little conveniences cruising offers that sets it apart from other holiday experiences. "You're being totally looked after," Dianne said. "It's wonderful to have a holiday where you can choose when to get up, when and where to dine, and with a huge variety of activities and entertainment, you can be as busy or as lazy as you like. After a delicious dinner, music and stage shows, you return to your cabin to find your bed turned down and a little chocolate on your pillow. " d entertained, and that's b t's not to like!" TRAVEL | DEPARTURE INTERNATIONAL THE 2013 AUSTRALIAN CRUISE INDUSTRY SOURCE MARKET REPORT FOUND: • Australia is the world’s leading cruise market in terms of growth and market penetration; • Australian passenger numbers have risen by an average 20% per annum for the past 11 years; • The South Paciﬁc is Australia’s favourite cruise destination, representing 40% of the market; • Cruises to Asia grew 28%; • Europe was the top-ranked long-haul destination, with more than 77,000 Australian passengers cruising to the continent. Did you know that RACQ Travel has access to the latest cruising offers and discounts on a range of cruise itineraries. For more details, refer topage42&43. OFFER RACQ TRAVEL You're wined, dined and entertained, and that's before you arrive anywhere... what's not to like! IMAGES: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) ROBERT AND DIANNE COAKES CRUISING THE ALASKAN INSIDE PASSAGE, THE SUN PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP, FINE DINING AWAITS, THE CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH'S GRAND BALLROOM, P&O'S TRILOGY OF MOUSSES DESSERT AND P&O JEWEL'S MINI SUITE.
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