Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard


Cruising, Easy Way to Travel

On board Nieuw Amsterdam, many passengers press the elevator button, watch the doors open, peer in, nod appreciatively and then move away. It’s not that they don’t enjoy using the ship’s elevators to speed them from deck to deck, it’s just that they like to know what day it is.IMG_3008

You see, the square mats in the floor of Nieuw Amsterdam’s elevators have the day of the week imprinted on them, changing daily of course, and it is perhapsthe only way most passengers are going to keep abreast of things…and not just us seniors either.

There is so much to do on board, the days pass in a flash of activity, pleasure and fun, and well…you do tend to forget what day it is. Cruising is big time. And getting bigger. By the minute.

Almost daily we hear of another bigger, better, more wondrously equipped ship setting off to alluring destinations, beckoning us to step on board and sail into the sunset.

Forseniorssuch as you and me, it is probably the perfect holiday – and for many reasons. We unpack just once. We are taken to destinations we would otherwise visit only if we were prepared for long drives, exhausting flights and stressful airports.

The one price feeds, accommodates and entertains us. We are pampered by a squad of trained crew who appear to love us very much.IMG_0608

We meet new mates. We learn things too. And there is always a massage and mojito a moment away. Nieuw Amsterdam is just one mid-sized ship in the Holland American line.

Apart from all the activities on board, there are workshops galore to keep us up to speed with technology, to help us take better photos, learn more about Skype and Instagram make videos…oh, the list the endless.

It’s not just tech stuff you learn on board either How to make a Mowtown Margarita is just as important to many (me). For others it’s learning a new card game, or discovering some unknown trivia, making pasta primavera, or how to match wines, dance the tango, conquer towel art, even how to sing that bit better at the piano bar.

As for the all-important eating part of a cruise- …well, the specialty restaurants on board most ships now lead us into temptation never experienced before on the high seas.



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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