Many movies have been set on cruise liners and many TV shows have featured something on a cruise, there was even a whole series dedicated to a cruise, called The Love Boat. Last month I had my very first taste of a cruise and it was out of this world.
My writing buddy and fiancée, Joyce Johnson and myself went aboard the Norwegian Epic a huge boat that was set to cruise around the Mediterranean Sea for seven nights. I had no idea what I was in for, I mean I had some idea, I’d seen some of the movies and watched some TV where cruises took some kind of part in it and I’d even read some books that took place on a cruise. One of my own books, Discovery had some action take place on a cruise but I had no real idea what it was going to be like. So eyes wide open and with a huge smile plastered across my face I boarded the boat.
The Norwegian Epic was a massive boat with seventeen decks that handles two thousand passengers with a crew of around eighteen hundred so when I found this out I expected it to feel crowded. In fact the opposite was true, even on the day we were at sea all day it never seemed over crowded, the boat was so huge that there was plenty of room for everyone.
Our stateroom had a balcony giving us a view of the sea and the opportunity to sit and take in the wonderful views this cruise afforded. I am a lad from a working class family who grew up on holidays in Blackpool or Rhyll so I had never witnessed such luxury before. The interior staircases were lit with blue lighting that bounced off the shining wooden bannisters. Thick pile carpets covered the landing areas with polished wooden decks everywhere else.
One night we walked through the sumptuous Casino and I swear it was like I was walking onto a James Bond set. The smell of expensive perfume filled the air, expensive gowns on women who looked like they had walked off the set of a photo shoot hung around holding cocktail glasses as their men played Blackjack or Poker while others watched the Roulette wheel spin away with their money. It was incredible and surreal all at the same time.
Kurt Stryder went on such a cruise on a ship called the Colonial Queen in the book Discovery, which was book three in the Col Sec series. The only difference was that his journey took place in the twenty fifth century and took him around the galaxy. My cruise just took me around the Med but was no less fantastic. Will I set further adventures on a cruise? It would be a waste of all the research I did whilst on board so don’t be surprised if I or Jack Dillon send either Kurt, Jack Flynn or the SI6 agents on a cruise in the near future.