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From a Flying Fox to surf simulators on Aussie cruises

Sarah on Mar 13, 2015

From a Flying Fox to surf simulators on Aussie cruises

The modern cruise ship is so much more than a floating hotel, loaded with gorgeous food and a selection of cocktails! You would probably be surprised at the things you can get up to during your cruise from Australia. From high-wire shenanigans to high-brow lectures, there is an activity for every passenger and family member to enjoy - prepare to be truly surprised. Try out some of these fabulous fun ways to enjoy your cruise holiday and you will barely have time to enjoy the incredible shore excursions.

P&O Edge Adventure Park
Currently on Pacific Jewel, and soon to come to Pacific Dawn, the Edge is an exciting and action-packed adventure park of ups and downs. Walk the plank to the edge of the ship, complete a high ropes course, take in the amazing views of the Crows Nest, abseil, have a cargo net race, try the Flying Fox and experience your very own Titanic moment on the bow with safety ropes.

The Edge is a one-of-a-kind facility on the Australian cruise market, with a jaw-dropping 20 activities - so if you want to pump the adrenaline, think about booking your next cruise on the Pacific Jewel or Pacific Dawn.

Scholarship@Sea by Princess
All lines offer enrichment programmes, but Princess really hits it out of the park when it comes to learning with their Scholarship@Sea classes, lectures and experiences. What is available changes from ship to ship, but here are a few of the program highlights across the line:

  • Mouth-watering culinary arts classes.
  • Wine tasting classes, from basic to connoisseur-level.
  • Lectures by expert speakers in a variety of fields, ranging from port highlights to art history, politics and maritime history.
  • Technology workshops - smartphones, digital cameras, internet and downloads.
  • Navigation presentations by officers for those interested in the workings of the ships.
  • Zumba fitness.
  • Pop choir - rehearse and then take to the stage!

Surf on Voyager of the Seas
Surfing isn't a common activity on a cruise, even in the ports. However, if you get onboard Australia's biggest resident ship, the Voyager of the Seas, you can catch a wave during the days at sea. The FlowRider is a surf simulator which allows people of all skill levels to have a go. Too shy to try? You can watch the fun and wipeouts from the nearby stadium seating.

Slip and slide on Carnival
The Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend have both been fitted with Green Thunder waterslides - the fastest and steepest slides at sea. The ride starts in a pod where the floor drops send you 34-feet down and along the 187-foot long slide. Speeds can reach 25 miles an hour as the slide twists out over the ocean. Fun for adults and kids alike!

Glassblowing on Celebrity Solstice
This one is a little out of the ordinary, and certainly something you wouldn't expect on a cruise holiday. Celebrity Solstice offers amazing glassblowing demonstrations in the custom-designed studio, where you can watch artists practice the ancient technique of shaping hot glass.

Where else can you see such a unique artform being created before your very eyes? The line's hot glass shows are in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass in New York state - so you would have to go quite a long way for the same experience on dry land.

There is a whole world of cruise ship activities out there. Just have a chat to our friendly consultants at Cruise Sale Finder and find the Australia cruise for you!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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