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Gone sailing ...

Gone sailing ...

Whoa, it's been ages since my last post. Because real life, you know. But now I'm back. Hello there! Today we're going to talk about sailing. In big boats. No. Huge ships, actually. Cruising, to be more specifik!

Ever been on a cruise? No? Me neither. According to the international organisation for cruise shipping lines, however, cruises are the fastest growing type of holidays. Forecasts state that approximately 26 million people globally will join a cruise in 2017 alone. That’s an increase of 45 % since 2009!

 Maybe I should go for a swim?

Maybe I should go for a swim?

Personally I have never been attracted to cruises. I don’t really know why as I like sailing, but I guess it’s the mere idea of staying on a boat for ages – stuffed together with a lot of people – I haven’t really taken to. But as I don’t really know anything about cruises, I shouldn’t comment or be making assumptions.

Recently, however, I had the opportunity to set foot on a cruise ship for the first time. Alas, not because I’m going traveling, but because I was invited to a press do for Costa Cruises. And where better to do a press stint for cruises than on a humongous ship?

 Now that's a big boat. Hello there, Costa Mediterranean!

Now that's a big boat. Hello there, Costa Mediterranean!

So on board I went – through numerous security checks, at that – with my passport at hand. And a faint holiday feeling to go with that. Who’s to say that holidays have to be weeklong? My day on the cruise ship was only a few hours, but had me in vacation mood anyhow.

Seeing as I was only on board for a few hours, I’m not the right person to comment on the staying on a boat forever part. But considering the sheer size of the ship (even though this particular cruise ship ‘only’ had a capacity of 2,800 passengers as opposed to one of Costa’s new ships soon to come, which has a capacity of 6,600 passengers), I think I can safely say that a real cruise wouldn’t feel too crowded. At all.

 The theater with no expenses spared ... 

The theater with no expenses spared ... 

The cruise ship was a complete community with bars, restaurants, amusement facilities, theatres and so on. The kitchen – no, sorry, make that the galley – was a micro-community in itself with staff dedicated one particular job. For instance cutting and arranging fruit and vegetables on the plates. According to Costa Cruises, a staggering 2.5 tons of fruit and veggies are used in just 7 days at Costa Mediterranea. That’s quite a lot of veggies to cut and arrange, but hey – vacationers gotta eat, right?!

 Me in the galley. Properly dressed, of course!

Me in the galley. Properly dressed, of course!

And eat, we did. We had a scrumptious lunch consisting of bite-size tapas and petit fours. Suffice to say that I didn’t disembark hungry …

 Pretty, eh?

Pretty, eh?

 Dessert is served!

Dessert is served!

 

About Costa Group

Costa Group is the largest shipping company in the cruise industry in Europe with its 27 cruise ships shared between 3 corporations: Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia. The ships have a total capacity of 76.000 (seventysix THOUSAND!) beds. Just imagine …

Costa Group employs 27.000 members of staff shared between 20 offices in 14 countries. Headquarters are situated in Genova, Italy.

Sea kayaking in Hasle harbour, Paddle Bornholm

Sea kayaking in Hasle harbour, Paddle Bornholm