Last month I travelled to Singapore for a three-day stint on Royal Caribbean’s brand new, billion dollar ship, the Quantum of the Seas. With no past cruise experiences under my belt, I was a little unsure what to expect. There’s no arguing that cruising is an industry shrouded in stereotypes, the main being the age of your typical cruiser, but I was pleasantly surprised with the demographic aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship. Within the first 24 hours of the trip I was messaging my friends to organise a cruise in 2016 when the next Quantum class ship, the Ovation of the Seas, arrives in Australia. I was, and a month later still am, convinced that it would be an absolute ball, and probably work out cheaper than a weekend full of beers at the local pub.
Since my return I’ve delved a little deeper into the world of cruising, doing some research for possible trips ‘with the boys’ and discovered a number of enticing attractions sure to suit men of all tastes.
Action and Adventure
From jumbo 3D movies screens and poker tournaments to watch shopping and croquet on real grass lawn, the amount of activities offered at sea is mind boggling for anyone yet to experience it. And that’s just the activities on the actual ship. At each port there’ll be different Shore Excursions for you to choose from.
Onboard the Ovation of the Seas, there’s plenty to keep me busy. The North Star viewing platform is a real standout – it stretches 90 metres out to sea and is essentially a glass viewing capsule. The Florider is an artificial wave for all the surfing fans out there and who doesn’t want to try Indoor Skydiving? Smaller ships like those from Windstar have water sports platforms for floating, kayaking, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing and diving. Alternatively, if you’re looking to relax, plenty of ships have barbers offering wet shaves and an extensive spa menu for men. Seabourn’s The Spa which features a hydrotherapy pool, a thermal suite with two herbal saunas and a relaxation room with heated loungers for you really de-stress in.