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11 things we learnt about P&O cruises from Travel Guides

Travel snobs Janetta and Kevin during the South Pacific cruise. Picture: Channel 9
Travel snobs Janetta and Kevin during the South Pacific cruise. Picture: Channel 9

Taking a cruise on a P&O ship is almost a rite of passage for Aussies.

But there are a few tricks to making the most of a cruise that you won't read in the holiday brochure - from why you shouldn't use a debit card to the surprising secret to warding off seasickness.

They're some of the discoveries from the stars of Channel 9 reality TV show Travel Guides, who hit the high seas on P&O ship Pacific Aria in this week's episode.

Here are 11 secrets to surviving a cruise holiday they shared from behind the scenes of their cruise trip:

1. THE SECRET WAY TO WARD OFF SEASICKNESS

"Get the alcohol package. Surprisingly it makes it easier to walk the corridors as the boat bounces up and down over the waves."

- Spiritual backpacker Matty

2. DON'T USE YOUR DEBIT CARD

"The ship's purser will want to reserve (or block) a thousand dollars or so on your credit card when you first get on board. Never use a debit card for this. Even if you don't spend the money on board that's been reserved on your card during the cruise, you won't have access to it for up to a month after you get off the ship. It can stuff up the rest of your trip beyond the cruise if you don't have access to the money you've pre-allocated to your cash card."

- Travel snobs Kevin and Janetta

3. THE COOLEST WAY TO SEE THE SHIP

"Want to see the ship from a different angle? The make sure you try the flying fox across the pool deck!"

- Bargain hunting Fren family

See the ship from a new angle on the flying fox - part of P&O Edge Adventure Park. Picture: Channel 9
See the ship from a new angle on the flying fox - part of P&O Edge Adventure Park. Picture: Channel 9

4. LEAVE THE HEELS AT HOME

Taking a cruise on a P&O ship is almost a rite of passage for Aussies.

But there are a few tricks to making the most of a cruise that you won't read in the holiday brochure - from why you shouldn't use a debit card to the surprising secret to warding off seasickness.

They're some of the discoveries from the stars of Channel 9 reality TV show Travel Guides, who hit the high seas on P&O ship Pacific Aria in this week's episode.

Here are 11 secrets to surviving a cruise holiday they shared from behind the scenes of their cruise trip:

5. BREATHE THE SEA AIR

"Avoid feeling to closed in by getting outside on the deck and doing some yoga. Breathe in the sea air, know that there is light at the end of the claustrophobic boat tunnel!"

- Spiritual backpacker Monni

The Fren family: “Make sure you take some clothes for any event nights on board the ship.” Picture: Channel 9
The Fren family: “Make sure you take some clothes for any event nights on board the ship.” Picture: Channel 9

6. BRING YOUR SOCIAL SELF

"Be ready to be social ... There's always someone that wants to chat or play ping pong with!"

- Bargain hunting Fren family

7. IT'S WORTH WORKING OUT ... FOR THE GIGGLES

"The swaying pushes your workout to the next level, have a go of staying on the treadmill, or use the opportunity to laugh at others battling it out."

- Flight attendants Chrissy, Mon and Kath

Spiritual backpackers Matty and Monni. Picture: Channel 9
Spiritual backpackers Matty and Monni. Picture: Channel 9

8. HOW TO COMBAT BOAT BOREDOM

"Have some wave fun! Feel becoming an almost astronaut as the boat moves up and down with the waves. On a flight of stairs you can feel yourself become twice your weight and the shift to feeling as light as a feather and almost flying with zero gravity. One of Matty's and I's favourite cruise games was jumping up and down these flights of stairs."

- Spiritual backpacker Monni

9. CAREFUL WHAT YOU WATCH

"Don't watch Titanic before you cruise!"

- Big spending Rifai family

10. KNOW WHEN TO GET OFF ...

"When it comes to the days of the island explorations (the best days of the cruise), get yourself out for the first tender for max island time. Yew!"

- Spiritual backpacker Monni

11. ... BUT BEWARE LAND SICKNESS

"Get off the boat onto dry land they said, it will make you feel better they said….ever heard of land sickness? Yes it happens. Travel Calm we said."

- Flight attendants Chrissy, Mon and Kath

Travel Guides screens at 9pm Tuesdays on Channel 9.

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