A new Dawn for the Edge programme
It's always a gamble introducing something completely new on cruise ships. But fortunately for P&O
, the high-adrenaline Edge activities programme has been an unqualified success and it's all set for expansion in just a few months.
Dispelling the image of cruise travel as a fairly low-key, low heart-rate vacation, the 20-activity line-up was launched on the Pacific Jewel
ship last year with great fanfare, thanks to stuntwoman Janene Carleton. It was described as the most comprehensive adventure programme to hit the high seas.
The options include:
The Flying Fox: Travel on an 80-metre line from deck to deck.
Slackline Bouncing Bridge: Not for the faint-hearted, try out your tightrope-balancing skills.
Titanic Moment: Re-create your own iconic lean and arm stretch pose at the front of the ship, a la Kate and Leonardo. Something for the romantics out there.
Funnel Abseil: Pretty self-explanatory, thanks to the 10-metre funnel set-up. Just climb up and drop back down at your own pace.
Big Screen Climb: The outdoor movie screen isn't just for movies, it can also be conquered!
Stand-up Paddle Boarding: Let the instructors take you through this very popular pastime.
All set for October expansion
It appears that the cruise-travelling public have embraced the idea, with reports that passengers took part in 25,000+ activities in the first six months. Flying Fox was apparently the most popular.
Director of Sales P&O and Cunard
, Ryan Taibel, says this new direction has been an unqualified success.
"We needed something a bit different for our onboard activity programme for the adventure-seeking type of holiday guest. That's why we're set to roll out the Edge on Pacific Dawn
The company behind it, Pacific Adventures, also have a few tricks up their sleeve for Dawn. In the future, we are targeting 10 unique activities per ship. The whole concept is novel and exactly what we were looking for.
Value for money on holiday
Pricing is often a difficult area, as passengers may be reluctant to spend extra when there are so many all-inclusive facilities onboard, but Ryan thinks P&O have the balance right.
"We have found that Edge packages are a better way to go, although you can pay individually for each activity. A VIP Adventure Pass offers multiple sessions on different activities: they start at $99 for adults and $89 for children."
Cruise traveller Dianne Wilkins (52) and her husband Gary, from Adelaide
, were travelling on the Fiji Adventure trip and were thoroughly impressed.
"We thought the Edge activities were awesome. The best value is a Gold Pass for $149 as you can go back and enjoy the activities again and again across the whole holiday. It was better value than paying for them individually."
"The Segways were great fun, balancing on two wheels and moving them with your body weight. I'm a bit wary of heights, but still tried the Flying Fox. Staff were fantastic and helpful â?? although the breath test makes sure you haven't had a few too many beforehand!"