The average age of cruise passengers has dropped dramatically in recent years. Australians are a cruising nation, one of the fastest growing cruise markets in the world, and families are taking over.
The target market of cruise passengers has reduced meaning that the old days of the senior citizens with their zimmer frames ruling the flavour of on-board activities are gone. More and more families and multi-generations are cruising and they want adventure!
We have been fortunate enough to have taken a number of cruise holidays with P&O and a big drawcard is the P&O Edge activities - the largest adventure playground at sea!
No longer do you have to attend knitting classes or ballroom dancing lessons, now you can take a zip line, learn to ride a segway, rock climb the ship’s funnel, abseil down the bow, recreate the Titanic moment and climb the cargo ropes in the lobby! There are so many options to burn off the endless calories you consume when cruising.
However P&O Edge does come at a cost. To complete activities individually is quite expensive, we recommend a pass that provides access to activities each day of your cruise. If you purchase the pass in the first 24 hours there is normally a discount on offer.
OUr Top 5 p&O edge activities
Segways are a fun activity be it at land or at sea. The Segway course on the P&O Jewel is one of the better on offer as it has a large space dedicated to the activity with ramps and obstacles to navigate. The Eden and Aria also offer Segway however it is done on the basketball courts with a course navigating around cones as obstacles, still fun but not quite the same experience as on the Jewel.
2. Cargo Net Race
We first experienced this activity in the lobby of the Jewel. Rope nets are hung from the ceiling of the lobby which spans three levels of the ship. Crowds of cruisers gather around across the levels to watch the climbers compete to see who can get to the top the quickest. This is a tough climb and not for the faint-hearted or those scared of heights. When you reach the top your weary body abseils back down allowing a much quicker journey to the bottom.
3. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing off the funnel that sits in the open air of the ships top deck is a great challenge for all levels. Once harnessed in there are a series of courses to get to the top that challenge the beginner to the experienced climber.
4. Walk the Plank
Now this was a novel idea. Harness yourself in and walk off a plank over the edge of the ship. If you are game enough, let go of the rope and balance on one leg. You can walk at either day or night depending whether you want to see what is beneath you or not!
5. Laser Tag
This is the kids favourite activity. The Edge team take over the theatre and let the kids run wild on a laser tag adventure. Players are divided into teams and battle it out with electronic vests and laser guns.
Penny - ITCHY FEET FAMILY
Penny, an avid Trip Advisor Reviewer, is the author of ITCHY FEET FAMILY. A family of 4 living in Adelaide, Australia, and taking every opportunity to travel and explore the world.