The Road Ahead : August September 2007
TRAVEL & LEISURE STORY BELINDA PETERS There couldn't be a more fitting soundtrack or backdrop to celebrate sailing away on a 10-night P&O Tropical Queensland Cruise. Celebration, by Kool and the Gang, was pumping out of speakers on the back deck, while a large number of Pacific Sun's passengers waved a cocktail-fisted goodbye to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. As the sights of Sydney faded into the sunset, we dispersed from the deck to either unpack or star t exploring the interior of the ship. And there's a lot to explore. The Pacific Sun features 11 levels, eight lounges and bars, a nightclub, two pools (one with a two-storey waterslide), a casino, duty free shops, and two formal dining rooms. While exploring what the Sun had to offer, my stomach rumbled in anticipation of the 8.15pm dinner sitting (it didn't rumble again the whole time I was onboard). Food is a big par t of the cruising experience. Dinner is a huge, logistical operation for the ship's staff, with all 1900 passengers sitting down to a four-course dinner in two dining rooms over two sittings (5.45pm and 8.15pm). But you wouldn't know it was such a big job, as the ser vice is relaxed and friendly. With ever yone assigned to a par ticular table for the duration of the cruise, there is a chance to get acquainted with other passengers and the dedicated wait staff. Breakfast and lunch offers a choice of casual buffet or set menu in the Bordeaux Restaurant. For lunch, you can also enjoy a hamburger by the pool if removing yourself too far from a sun lounge is out of the question. Heading towards our first por t, Airlie Beach, there were two full sea days to get our bearings and sample the range of activities onboard, so it was back to the cabin for an early night. The cabins are modern and comfor table, complete with television and plenty of cupboard space, allowing you to unpack and make yourself at home. Fun on theSun A cruising holiday is a good option if you really want to relax.
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