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‘I took my kids on a holiday I wasn’t sure about – I wish I’d done it sooner’

by Staff

A cruise holiday can be great for the whole family with heaps of activities, destinations and entertainment on the cards – and one mum has shared what she learned on her first sailing

Claire was quickly converted to cruise holidays after a sailing around the Mediterranean(DAILY MIRROR)

Cruise lines did not have the best pandemic. Visions of Covid-19 outbreaks, escalating infections and stranded passengers would be off-putting for even the most intrepid traveller.

I’m probably also not the target demographic for cruises, under a certain age and more of a backpacker than an all-you-can-eat buffet type (as well as being prone to seasickness).

But with lockdowns and vaccine passports a thing of the past, I went into my first holiday at sea with an open mind, and I’m truly grateful I did. A week of tempting cocktails, every food option you can imagine, sun, sea and trekking in national parks left me kicking myself that I didn’t give it a go sooner. I travelled with my family from Edinburgh to Malta via Gatwick.

The 115,055 gross tonnage P&O Azura cruise ship is quite a beast. I was joined by my two children – and my 11-year-old son (usually more interested in his phone) actually gasped as we approached the ship.

P&O Cruises’ Azura ship is a beast(DAILY MIRROR)

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More than 950ft long and capable of carrying almost 3,600 passengers, it boasts 14 passenger decks, extensive restaurant options, a grand theatre, casino and no fewer than four swimming pools – one of which had an open-air cinema. We didn’t use it but there was also a free kids’ club. The vessel’s interiors were most impressive. Its sleek and contemporary appearance was tempered inside with modern wall art and sculptures, as well as a glitzy atrium full of bling.

The Mediterranean loop we were booked on to took us from history-rich Maltese capital Valletta, to beautiful Croatian island Korcula, the historic town of Zadar and the coastal city of Split – both in Croatia, and the port city of Koper in Slovenia.

Our deluxe balcony cabin was spacious, clean and had a private balcony.

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