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Cruise memories by Una Nield


Faithful P&O Cruises guest Una Nield looks back over 40 years of cruising holidays with her husband Eric

 Una Nield and her husband Eric

Una Nield and her husband Eric

'Eric and I began our cruising adventure in the 1970s. We travelled north from sunny Palma to the Land of the Midnight Sun, and I can still remember how strange and wonderful that felt. We were immediately smitten with it all: the entertainment, and the fact that the food was included and everyone we met was so friendly!


'I like to paint and sketch, and luckily there are excellent tutors on board. The lovely places you visit means there’s lots to draw. Eric is a keen sportsman, and on a trip to the Caribbean he was delighted to be able to play cricket on the ship alongside professionals such as Bob Willis. They actually played a local team in the West Indies!


'There are many fantastic excursions, too. In 1980, we sailed the Black Sea on Aurora and visited the Odessa Theatre in the Ukraine. This was my first time at the opera. Other cruise highlights include waking up before anyone else to watch the ship sail into Sydney Harbour, with the city in front of us, helicopters above and sirens welcoming us. In Sri Lanka, we visited an elephant sanctuary, which was a very special experience, and because we love jazz, listening to jazz musicians playing in the streets in New Orleans was brilliant, too.


'Spending a day in the Whitsunday Islands is like spending time in paradise. Seeing Oriana anchored off one of these beautiful islands was such a lovely sight; such a magnificent cruise ship against a backdrop of turquoise seas and green, fertile islands. On Hamilton Island, we sat and enjoyed the greedy sulphur-crested cockatoos waiting for food. I tried to sketch them but they were too quick for me. Then we relaxed on the beach until it was time to return to the ship. We felt so lucky that we’d been able to enjoy the beauty of this part of the world.


'We’re over 80 years old now and have 40 years of cruising and three world cruises under our belts. The experience has changed over the years and, although we still really enjoy it, we do miss things like the old-fashioned wooden decks. We recently took our daughter and granddaughter on a cruise and they loved the modern day experience. Dressing for dinner was a whole new experience for them and one we were glad to introduce them to.


'Over the years, we’ve enjoyed art sessions, lectures, games and, of course, our fair share of cocktail parties! We’ve made lots of friends and I don’t think there is anywhere better to meet people. After all, we're all in the same boat!'