READER REPORT:

You only have to unpack once

BEL COLLINS
Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012
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CRUISING MILFORD SOUND: A great way to expand your horizons ... and your waistline.

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My husband and I have been on three cruises now. Being in our mid 30s most of our friends thought we were crazy a few years ago when we said we wanted to go on a ship. They all seemed to think it was for older people, or that it was boring and you didn't see a lot.

They couldn't be further from the truth. The three things that will keep us cruising for many years are the ease of un-packing once, having all of your meals included - and let's face it we always forget to cost that into our land-based holidays - and it's a great way to see a few places at once.

We started out on a short cruise from Auckland as a taster, then cruised over to Australia, and a few weeks ago we came back from a Canada/New England cruise from New York; it was incredible.

There can be the odd rough day here and there, but it's nothing the great doctor in the medical centre onboard can't help you out with.

My only real negative was I put on 3kg! Next time I'm planning on not eating those fabulous bread rolls, and maybe, just maybe, I'll use the stairs.

We've made some great friends while cruising and to date it's still the most relaxing holiday we've ever had.

Hopefully we've now convinced all of our friends to come cruising with us next year.

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