(Recently posted in Escape.com)
He’s clocked up more than 100 cruises — but he still can’t get enough.
So there’s not much Adam Armstrong doesn’t know about cruising.
“Every cruise I take makes me want to take another,” says Armstrong, the managing director of Royal Caribbean Cruises for Australia and New Zealand.
Growing up in a fishing family in northern England, Armstrong was introduced to life on the water from a young age, and since embarking his first cruise as a teen, he’s been hooked.
Now based in Sydney, he took some time out from travelling the world to share his tips and tricks with Escape.
From the essential gadget to take on a cruise to the one region that’s shaping up as the “next big thing” for Aussie cruisers, Armstrong gives us his insider advice …
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CRUISE DESTINATION?
From Australia, it has to be the South Pacific islands, they really are paradise. But when I’m in Europe, I love cruising the Norwegian Fjords, they’re absolutely stunning.
WHERE IS THE NEXT UP AND COMING CRUISE DESTINATION?
Flight connections to Asia cruise ports like Singapore and Hong Kong are faster and more affordable than ever before, so there’s never been a better time to explore the region by sea.
Cruising in Asia is such a great way to visit so many phenomenal places in one holiday, without the hassle of constantly repacking your luggage and traipsing from one hotel to the next. A cruise lets you travel in comfort from country to country at night, arriving at a new destination each morning.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR A CRUISE HOLIDAY?
I recommend gentlemen should pack a simple navy blue suit for a cruise holiday, as it can be formal or informal depending on the occasion.
I never cruise without a longer iPhone charger cable. Plug sockets aren’t always in the most convenient locations …
WHAT’S THE BEST CURE FOR SEASICKNESS?
I’m from a big fishing family and I cruise a lot … but if I do happen to feel a little queasy, I find the best solution is to get out on deck, take in the fresh sea air and look at the horizon.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING EVERYONE SHOULD DO ON A CRUISE?
Relax. There is so much to do and see on board — but sometimes you just have to sit back, chill out and do nothing at all.
YOU TRAVEL A LOT FOR WORK. WHAT ARE YOUR BEST FLYING TIPS?
I love flying for work. I always try to sit as far forward on a plane as possible (regardless of cabin class!) so I can get off the plane quickly at the other end. I’m also very loyal to one particular frequent flyer program so I can guarantee lounge access, extra luggage allowance, priority boarding, advance seat selection and so on; together these make a real difference to a frequent traveller.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TRAVEL MISTAKE?
Trying to cram too much into a holiday. Less is more.
HOW DO AUSTRALIAN CRUISERS DIFFER TO THE REST OF THE WORLD?
Coffee is important! We bring in extra baristas and coffee machines, and we’ve even changed the beans we use in coffee for our ships in Australia. Aussies also demand great wine at a good price — and since this country is blessed with some of the best wines in the world, our ships stock plenty of Aussie wine wherever we sail.