The world’s newest cruise ship slipped past our shores earlier this week and moored up in Southampton for some short ‘shakedown’ cruises to get her crew into shape.
Built in Germany, she’s the first ship to be built especially for the Asian market, which is seeing the largest growth recently.
Gone are the days when all we had to choose between were the QE2 or the Canberra
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is certainly huge.
She’s slightly larger than Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and has enough power to light up Stubbington.
Without doubt, a cruise is my number one choice of holiday. What’s not to like about it?
You stay in a classy five-star hotel with wonderful food from a variety of restaurants.
There is excellent entertainment every night, from West End-style shows to comedians, musicians and magicians. The foreign cruise market is massive and the UK market also continues to grow.
But with such choice, you have to know what you want before you spend your money.
Pick the wrong style of ship and you will no doubt hate your two weeks away. This is where research is vital.
Ovation is certainly amazing. With 18 passenger decks with such activities as ice skating, dodgem cars, sky diving and surfing, you will never run out of things to do.
Her stern lounge is a marvel. Two decks high, glazed from ceiling to floor overlooking the ocean – and at night they project images ranging from a rainforest to a city skyline.
You really could be anywhere in the world.
For me, cruising is about relaxation. Being spoilt, enjoying a pool and a sun lounger during the day, indulging in fine food in a sophisticated restaurant and listening to a calming pianist in a classy bar at night.
But that’s the beauty of it all. You pay your money, you take your choice.
Gone are the days when all we had to choose between were the QE2 or the Canberra.
We are so lucky today as there is a ship out there to suit all tastes.
You just need to try one!
HELICOPTERS AND FOGHORNS ARE STOPPING ME GETTING TO SLEEP
This week I’m covering the Wave 105 breakfast show and, once again, sleep is of the essence.
The show starts at 5.30am and I have to be up an hour earlier.
My young children seem to get this and sleep soundly through the night. Sadly, outside the house is a different matter.
With HMS Bulwark and RFA Lyme Bay anchored off Stokes Bay, the crew are being helicoptered to and from the harbour until late at night.
Then there’s the fog. The car ferry to the Isle of Wight is constantly blasting its horn and the catamaran’s higher-pitched horn is sounded too.
First world problems, I suppose.
But, fearful of missing my 4.30am alarm and not getting to the radio station, a pin dropping would wake me up!
WE KEEP FORGETTING FREDDIE MIGHT PICK UP RUDE WORDS
Apparently we swear on average every 140th word in a day.
What is worse is that our children learn at least two naughty words by the time they go to school.
This is all our fault!
We may think our kids don’t understand what we’re saying, but they’re copying from a tender age and picking things up.
For instance, my god-daughter’s first words were about dog poo.
The trouble is that I’m afraid Sarah and I are guilty and keep forgetting Freddie is almost two now and will be picking up words.
I can’t help wondering what he’s heard us say.
I certainly don’t want Freddie’s first utterances to be rude ones, especially if he’s with the mother-in-law or the vicar!