When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. People who know me well and have read the piece I wrote about our adventures for Cruise International have asked me if what I wrote was true because we do, on the face of it, seem to be very unlikely people to find on board. We always self cater when we go away, we are very independent, are big fans of peace and solitude to shake off the chaotic busyness of our working lives and we usually prefer to sail ourselves to places rather than letting other people do it for us!
So – did we really enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why…be warned, it’s picture heavy, both Mr TS and I are photographers and we had several cameras with us!
Two days in Venice alone before we boarded Island Princess with Princess Criuises for our journey to Istanbul and then on to Mykonos, meant that we were relaxed and ready for our first cruise adventure. I had read other people’s accounts of their experiences on board but I didn’t really know what to expect. When I opened the door of our stateroom and saw the carefully made bed, the well appointed shower room, the loungers out on the balcony and the chocolate coated strawberries and chilled Champagne waiting for us on the table I began to realise that this wasn’t our usual boating experience! We started with a Martini in Crooner’s Bar overlooking the incredibly glitzy three story Atrium at the heart of the ship.
And so we sailed on. As we moved along the Eastern Mediterranean our phones updated us offering us service from every country we passed on our way (Mr TS loved that!), I had lounged, he had lounged, our cares had wandered off and given up on us giving them any attention and he had started taking photographs of me again – like he used to – and I didn’t mind, there were no children for me to hide behind, it was just me and him. This one was taken at the start of our second day at sea, just before we set off on the most fascinating tour behind the scenes to find out how a cruise ship is run.
You can read the next part of our adventure on Island Princess next week with a behind the scenes tour of the bridge and the kitchens – so exciting!
We travelled on board Island Princess with Princess Cruises as part of a press group. All our expenses were covered.
GETTING THERE Princess Cruises offers a 12-night cruise on Island Princess from Venice to Barcelona, with ports of call including Istanbul, Mykonos, Athens, Naples and Toulon from £949pp, based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom, cruise only. Price includes accommodation, all meals and on board entertainment. For more info or to book visit princess.com/discover or call 0843 374 2403.