First time cruisers test the waters on Pacific Jewel.
First time cruisers test the waters on a short cruise on P&O’s Pacific Jewel.

Will I enjoy a cruising holiday? First time cruisers often ask that tentative question.

The only real solution is to take a cruise to test the waters.

P&O and Royal Caribbean cruise lines both have short cruises in Australian waters with no ports of call that are perfect for such a quest. The cruises tick all the boxes and are real “tasters” of what a holiday at sea  is all about.

First-timers soon learn why almost half a million Australians took a cruise holiday last year. They also discover if they are likely to get seasick onboard ship, and find no language barriers to create confusion as public announcements are in English.

Onboard activities such as rock climbing, mini golf, and dining at signature restaurants of land based celebrity chefs are all on offer, as well as group activities such as trivia, bingo, and dancing lessons. And if the sun is shining much time will be spent around the ship’s pool.

After dipping toes gently into life on the high seas, first-timers usually decide if they will  keep on cruising.

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Adam Armstrong says short cruises are the perfect weekend getaway, great value for money, and offer a sweet taste of what makes cruising unique.

Carnival Australia’s Ann Sherry says Aussies are lapping up P&O Cruises’ short breaks in local waters  as a “quick cruise fix” between longer cruises.

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