When Royal Caribbean's gargantuan and game-changing Ovation of the Seas came Down Under for the first time, people wondered if anyone would bother getting off the ship in port, as it could take a week to try out everything onboard. But you don't need to sail on a 5,000-passenger ship to get the most from your days at sea. Any ship will do if you're content to spend your time passed out on a sun lounger.

But if you do want a mix of action and relaxation, it's key to pick the right ship -- and the right itinerary. Australia is a long way from most everywhere else and therefore an ideal jumping-off point for fans of consecutive sea days. It takes two to three days to get to the South Pacific or New Zealand, while repositioning cruises can sail for a week without a port of call.

Now that you know what to look for, here's our selection of the best ships for days at sea. We chose our favourites based on their variety of onboard attractions, both indoors and out, to keep cruisers of all ages entertained.

  1. Ovation of the Seas
  2. Explorer of the Seas
  3. Celebrity Solstice
  4. Sea Princess
  5. Queen Mary 2
  6. Carnival Vista
  7. Norwegian Escape
  8. Pacific Explorer

Ovation of the Seas in Sydney Harbor at sunset

1. Ovation of the Seas

On Deck: The largest cruise ship to call Australia home, Ovation of the Seas challenges anyone to be bored onboard, given its large variety of entertainment. With 17 dining options, multiple bars (including one staffed by dancing robots), live performance venues and free activities such as roller skating, dodgem cars and a skydiving simulator, the ship practically guarantees that no one will have trouble finding something to do.

There are three pools (including a tiered glass-covered solarium lagoon resembling a tropical jungle) plus the fleet's largest Splashaway Bay water play area for kids, with features like sea creature water cannons, slides and a giant drench bucket. Ovation also has the North Star, a panoramic glass capsule on Deck 15 that is attached to a giant mechanical arm, which gently raises it to 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level, providing 360-degree views of the surrounding seascape or ports of call.

Indoor Fun: The most exciting and innovative indoor fun can be found at the "SeaPlex", a multi-use indoor arena spanning the top two decks, which can be converted from a basketball court into a roller-skating rink, a bumper-car circuit or circus school with a flying trapeze. Multi-level room Two70 offers panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and fuses entertainment and technology to create cutting-edge shows most evenings. It is a great spot to enjoy a bite to eat during the day. Next door to Two70, you will find The Workshop, which hosts craft sessions, such as jewellery making and scrapbooking. Passengers can also challenge themselves with Puzzle Break, a brain-bending game where cruisers work together to try and "escape" from a room by solving puzzles and finding clues.

Shopaholics can stroll along The Via and be tempted by tax- and duty-free shops such as Bvlgari, while those who enjoy learning on holiday can sign up for a dance class or cocktail-making workshop. DreamWorks characters also feature in regular photo opportunities and meet-and-greets. For more laid-back offerings, retreat to the Vitality Spa at Sea, featuring 19 treatment rooms and a thermal suite with heated ceramic loungers, saunas and steam rooms. Alternatively, you can work off those buffet calories at the fitness centre, packed with cardio and resistance equipment, and the site of spinning, yoga, Pilates and kickboxing classes.

Meanwhile, kids can indulge in the Youth Zone, which includes features such as the Adventure Ocean kids' club (for ages three to 11) touting activities like puppet theatre and dance parties; there are also teen-only spaces (Fuel Disco and The Living Room); as well as the Royal Babies and Royal Tots nursery program for infants and toddlers aged six months to two years.

All-Day Dining: You won't go hungry on Ovation of the Seas. Beyond lunch in the buffet or one of the main dining rooms, passengers can find midday eats at Sorrento's pizzeria; the Promenade Cafe, serving up sandwiches and pastries; the Boardwalk Dog House with seven varieties of 'snags' and wursts; Solarium Bistro for yoghurt parfaits, healthy sandwiches and other light fare; and The Cafe @ Two70 for snacks, sandwiches and bistro-style salads with an ocean view.

Also worth seeking out are Jamie's Italian, from British Chef Jamie Oliver; the Kung Fu Panda Noodle Shop for noodles and dim sum; and Izumi (note all three of these venues charge a supplement). And don't forget all the delicious calories you can consume when caving into those noon cravings for ice cream, doughnuts and cupcakes.

Sisters: Elder siblings Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas -- all three ships are part of the Quantum-class fleet -- are virtually identical. The line's high-tech Oasis-class ships Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas include features such as the Ultimate Abyss water slide and the Rising Tide Bar, which travels up and down three decks.


Explorer of the Seas in Astoria

2. Explorer of the Seas

On Deck: It can be hard to find time to relax on Explorer of the Seas because of all the adventures on offer. For outdoor fun, it's hard to beat the FlowRider surf simulator, which offers stand-up surfing or boogie-boarding to try (or watch, both options are equally enjoyable). Burn off every bite you had at the buffet on the jogging track or hit a hole in one at the nine-hole miniature golf course. Sporty types can reach new heights on the rock climbing wall or challenge their friends or family to a game of basketball, volleyball, tennis and cricket. There are also multiple pools, including an adults-only area with a retractable glass roof, making it possible to enjoy the pool and two whirlpools rain, hail or shine.

Indoor Fun: For shopping and imbibing, the Royal Promenade is sized like a real mall and runs the length of a football field. Along with giving your credit card a workout, the bars along the promenade are great for people watching. Activities such as flash-mob dance classes and parades with DreamWorks characters in colourful costumes also take place there. Other daytime entertainment options include recent 3D movies from the DreamWorks cache, dance classes, DreamWorks character meet-and-greets and ice skating in Studio B. You can also relax (or workout) at the ShipShape Vitality Day Spa and Fitness Centre, which has a gym, and aerobics and spa facilities with 14 multi-purpose treatment rooms, a hair salon and relaxation area.

Kids facilities on Explorer of the Seas cover almost 1,500 square metres (more than 16,000 square feet) and feature Royal Caribbean favourite Adventure Ocean (for ages three to 11) and teen-only spaces.

Sisters: Explorer of the Seas is the only Voyager class ship based in Australia, but if you are venturing overseas there are four other Voyager class ships to choose from: Voyager of the Seas; Mariner of the Seas; Adventurer of the Seas; and Navigator of the Seas.


Pool deck on Celebrity Solstice on bright, sunny day

3. Celebrity Solstice

On Deck: Celebrity Solstice -- and its Solstice-class sisters -- put a new spin on top-deck fun with the first real grass lawns at sea. The Lawn Club on Solstice is the perfect spot for a sea-day picnic, a game of bocce or a barefooted stroll, feeling the grass between your toes. Plus, six private cabana alcoves are available for rent for those who want shade and a bit more privacy. Celebrity Solstice also has the Hot Glass Show, one of the most unique entertainment offerings at sea, where passengers sit surrounded by the grass of the Lawn Club and watch artists create stunning glass artworks, accompanied by informative and entertaining live commentary.

Sydney-based Solstice also has two outdoor pools plus a Wet Zone with spouting jets, which provides a fun spot for children to cool down. The adults-only Solarium invites with a pool bookended by a living wall of ferns and flowers and surrounded by comfy padded loungers, circular daybeds and hammocks. Hot tubs are scattered throughout this appealing space.

Indoor Fun: Celebrity's enrichment program, CelebrityLife, runs the gamut from intellectual lectures to less serious mixology and dance classes. On the brainy side, take advantage of Celebrity's partnership with Rosetta Stone for language learning and Apple for computer and technology workshops. The library onboard is small but picturesque; if you can find an empty seat, you might just want to curl up there with a book. The card tables are also in hot demand for social multi-player games such as bridge.

Foodies can learn about wine-and-food pairings, compete in culinary contests and join expert-led wine-tastings -- or independent ones. Passengers can conduct do-it-yourself wine tastings at the Cellar Masters wine bar with its automatic wine dispensers. If you like to kick back at a convivial watering hole, the Martini Bar is a great sea-day afternoon hangout. The enthusiastic bartenders will mix you brightly coloured concoctions while juggling martini shakers and performing other fun tricks. (Hint: Order two "flights" to find out exactly how many martinis your bartenders can pour at one time.)

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers a wide range of treatments and a Persian Garden area with heated ceramic tile loungers, a steam room and tropical rain showers. The gym at the spa offers all the newest fitness machines as well as a serpentine jogging track.

All-Day Dining: Celebrity has one of the best buffets in the biz, and the Oceanview Cafe is an expansive multistation venue for lunch and all-day snacking. Choices include a carving station and taco, pasta, stir-fry, sandwich, soup, salad and other specialty stops. For less healthy fare, pick up some burgers and hot dogs at the Mast Grill; for healthier choices, drop by the AquaSpa Cafe in the Solarium for salads and grilled seafood. If you don't mind forking over a few bucks for your lunch, Sushi on Five serves a la carte Japanese favourites like sushi and sashimi. If you've got a sweet tooth, hit the Cafe al Bacio & Gelataria to finish your meal. Gelato from here costs extra, but the cakes are complimentary.

Sisters: Solstice was the first ship in the Solstice Class; Reflection, Equinox, Silhouette and Eclipse are all great sea-day choices. The biggest differences are in the specialty dining venues and Lawn Club attractions.


Sea Princess exterior in port

4. Sea Princess

On Deck: The aptly named Sea Princess offers a 106-day world cruise departing from Australia and visiting 41 ports in 27 countries. Passengers have more than three months to relax in the main pool area on Deck 12 or watch a film at the Movies Under the Stars screen on Deck 14. For a quieter sea day, shell out for a coveted spot in the Sanctuary, the adults-only sun deck and pool on Deck 15. Here you can recline on an extra-plush lounger or rent a private cabana while stewards fetch drinks and healthy snacks for you (private spa treatments can also be arranged). Forgot your iPod? Borrow an MP3 player with Bose headphones that's loaded with playlists.

Indoor Fun: Princess' ScholarShip@Sea program doesn't take itself as seriously as the "edutainment" offerings of lines like Cunard or Crystal. Sure, you can learn about computers and art history, but the program also encompasses scrapbooking, wine tastings, cooking demos and dance classes. Sea Princess is the first Australian ship in the fleet to feature Camp Discovery, a Discovery Channel-themed kids' club for ages 3 to 17. Children can learn as they play with activities such as "The Greatest Catch" and "Just Squiddin' Around," and complete ocean-themed challenges.

There's also the Lotus Spa where passengers can chill out with a massage or facial, or get high-tech with acupuncture, Botox treatments, detoxifying wraps or teeth-whitening.

All-Day Dining: On sea days, you can find lunchtime fare at the main dining room, Horizon Court buffet or Cafe Corniche on Deck 8, which offers a good selection of pizzas and a more limited range of Italian antipasti, pasta dishes and desserts. The Riviera Grill serves burgers, hot dogs or chicken sandwiches; complimentary soft serve is available at Sundaes ice cream parlour on Deck 12. Balcony cabin residents can sleep in and order the Champagne Balcony Breakfast, complete with pastries, fresh fruit, quiche and a split of Champagne. It's elegantly served on your private balcony.

Sisters: Sea Princess is the only Princess ship in Australia that offers a world cruise. Other Princess ships sailing locally include Golden Princess, Majestic Princess and Sun Princess.


Queen Mary 2's Planetarium

5. Queen Mary 2

On Deck: With much of its time spent sailing back and forth across the Atlantic, Queen Mary 2 can offer lots of sea days -- but the weather won't always be the best for top-deck sunning. Still, the ship does have multiple pools, including the Terrace Pool, the Sun Deck Splash Pool on the top of the ship, the all-weather Pavilion Pool with a retractable dome and the Minnows Pool for kids.

Sports facilities include a basketball court, a paddle-tennis court and a Ping-Pong table in the Pavilion pool area. Or get old-school with shuffleboard and deck quoits. The promenade deck loops around the ship for a midday walk.

Indoor Fun: While you can certainly laze around all day, QM2 makes it possible to imbue your sea days with culture and learning opportunities, offering an excellent enrichment program with activities like watercolour painting, wine tasting or ballroom dancing. Cunard Insights explores historical and contemporary issues presented by explorers, academics, former politicians, actors, musicians, historians and filmmakers. Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts actors teach acting workshops on board, while presenters from the Royal Astronomical Society talk stars and solar systems; you can even stargaze during the day with a film in Illuminations, the only planetarium at sea.

Not enough for you? Cunard ConneXions is the connectivity hub with computer and meeting rooms and a wide variety of computer workshops. Plus, you can join a ship-wide book club for literary discussions or just browse in the well-stocked library onboard. If you'd rather pamper your body, QM2 is home to one of just a handful of Canyon Ranch SpaClubs at sea. The two-deck facility includes the spa itself, where you can indulge in massages and other, more exotic treatments. One of the highlights of the space is the Aqua Therapy Centre, which is equipped with an aqua therapy pool, whirlpool, reflexology basin, sensory showers, Finnish sauna, aromatic steam room, herbal sauna and ice fountain. Stylists at the Beauty & Skin Care Centre will beautify your hair and nails as you gaze out to sea, and you can get your heart racing with a variety of gym equipment at the Fitness Centre.

All-Day Dining: Passengers can enjoy daytime dining in their assigned main dining rooms (Britannia, Princess Grill or Queens Grill). Britannia is open seating at lunch, while Grill passengers have assigned tables (though no fixed times to dine), with an increased number of tables for two. The buffet restaurant, Kings Court, is located on Deck 7 instead of by the pool. There are actually five different themed areas in Kings Court: La Piazza (Italian), Bamboo (Asian), Aztec (Mexican), Coriander (Indian) and Smokehouse (American barbecue). By the pool, you can dine on typical grill fare at the Boardwalk or soups and sandwiches at the Pavilion.

For a lunch splurge, the Veranda restaurant serves up sophisticated southern France-inspired fare for $20 a person. Another popular but free alternative dining area is the ship's Golden Lion Pub, serving authentic pub food like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie. There's also the newer Carinthia Lounge, offering light New American fare for lunch along with specialty coffees (for a fee) and a patisserie counter.

Traditional tea service can be found in the Queens Room, where waiters and waitresses serve tea, finger sandwiches, pastries and, of course, scones with clotted cream. You can also find a more casual, self-service afternoon tea in Bamboo at Kings Court, and Grill passengers can take their tea at the exclusive Queens Grill Lounge.

Sisters: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth share some of QM2's dedication to enrichment programming, but they don't have all the bells and whistles (no planetarium, for example).


6. Carnival Vista

On Deck: If you love the Australia-based Carnival Spirit or Carnival Legend, imagine the fun you will have on the line's newest and biggest ship. The coolest feature on Carnival Vista's upper decks is SportSquare, an outdoor workout-and-play area. It includes: the innovative SkyRide suspended "aerial cycling course" (it's elevated above the ship and follows an 800-foot-long track); a two-level mini-golf course; outdoor cardio stations; volleyball/soccer and basketball courts; and a running track. It also includes the SkyCourse, where passengers don harnesses and run, swing and tiptoe through eight segments of an elevated ropes course. The adjacent indoor Clubhouse area comes with mini-bowling, Ping-Pong, billiards and Foosball tables, arcade-style basketball and shuffleboard.

If you're looking to get wet and wild, hang out by one of the three pools. The midship "beach pool" has a large screen that shows concerts, sporting events and other programming overhead throughout the day; Havana stateroom residents get the Havana pool all to themselves until 5 pm; and the Tides pool at the ship's aft touts great ocean views. Better yet, head to WaterWorks where tots can waddle around a splash park, speed demons can choose from two water slides (including the new 445-foot-long inner-tube Kaleid-O-Slide) and everyone can cool down with the Power Drencher, a massive bucket that, when full of water, dumps its contents on folks waiting below. Adults looking for respite can relax in the kid-free Serenity area, with its own bar, whirlpools, shaded double loungers and hammocks.

Indoor Fun: Carnival's ships emphasise outdoor activities, but Ocean Plaza is the hub for indoor fun on Carnival Vista. Groove to some live music, or compete for a Ship on a Stick plastic trophy during trivia games at the stage. If you get the munchies or the thirsties, the Plaza Cafe patisserie and Plaza Bar will meet your needs.

Alternatively, dip into the Carnival Multiplex, featuring the first IMAX Theatre at sea with a three-deck-high screen, as well as the multisensory 5D Thrill Theatre. Hasbro, The Game Show, is another family-friendly diversion featuring an interactive live action game show based on larger-than-life Hasbro games like Connect 4 basketball and Yahtzee bowling. Kids can dip into age-appropriate clubs (Club O2 for ages 15 to 17, Circle "C" for ages 12 to 14 or Camp Ocean for ages two to 11), and the youngest travellers will appreciate the Dr. Seuss-inspired story time, character parade, Green Eggs and Ham-inspired breakfast and vibrant Bookville family reading venue.

Adults, meanwhile, can wet their whistles with a cold brew and a brewery tour with the ship's brew master in the RedFrog Pub & Brewery. There's also the option of catching some live music with a frothy drink in hand on the Lido Deck at the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar or BlueIguana Tequila Bar.

Otherwise, you can sneak away to the Cloud 9 Spa for some "me" time, where -- in addition to the salon and treatment rooms -- there is a thermal suite .

All-Day Dining: Carnival's Lido Deck buffet is one of the best around. Food stations include a comfort food setup (mac 'n' cheese, meatloaf) and a New York-style deli (featuring made-to-order sandwiches). Above the buffet is Carnival's Italian venue, Cucina del Capitano, which offers a free pasta bar at lunch, along with a Mongolian wok station that is part of Ji Ji Asian Kitchen during lunchtime. Also on the pool deck, find Guy's Burger Joint, with its calorie-laden burgers and fries; the BlueIguana Cantina, serving burritos and tacos; a 24-hour pizza parlour; and the Vista-exclusive, for-fee Seafood Shack, touting seafood bites like lobster rolls, oysters and clam chowder.

On sea days, the main dining rooms offer open seating for the complimentary Sea Day Brunch, serving up brunch favourites like omelettes, French toast and eggs Benedict; the Bloody Mary bar rounds things off. (Note that drinks are charged.)

On Deck 5, even more eateries await. The expanded Bonsai Sushi is a sit-down sushi venue, while the RedFrog Pub & Brewery offers Caribbean bites (like grouper fingers and Jamaican-style chicken wings) and beers brewed on-site. Don't miss Cherry on Top, with its new (for-a-fee) ice cream venue and indoor/outdoor seating.

Sisters: Carnival Vista is in its own Vista class (it will be joined by a sister ship in 2018). Otherwise, Dream-class sister ships Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic have many of Vista's attractions, but are missing some of the aforementioned amenities and dining and drinking establishments.


7. Norwegian Escape

On Deck: If you enjoy Norwegian Jewel, based in Sydney each summer, consider upgrading to the line's most innovative ship. Norwegian Escape is on a mission to keep passengers entertained, and there's no reason to give up the sun to have some fun on Norwegian's largest cruise ship. Adrenaline junkies should head to decks 16 to 19, where they can try out the Aqua Racer (for tandem inner tube races), the super-fast Free Fall or the fun-for-the-whole-clan Family Slide in the ship's Aqua Park. (Little ones have their own expanded Kid's Aqua Park.) Drier adventures await at the rock climbing wall, mini-golf course and basketball or bocce courts, as well as the largest ropes course at sea where you can navigate 99 challenges, like swinging on one of five zip lines or "walking the plank", two of which come cantilevered over the side of the ship.

Escape has redesigned pool-lounge-hot tub areas, which include a bi-level bar, large LED screens and an open area for sunbathing. It also features the adults-only Vibe Beach Club with hot tubs and chaise loungers, and the Ibiza-inspired Spice H2O with a huge LED screen, bar and waterfall grottoes.

Indoor Fun: The Mandara Spa on Norwegian Escape offers all the usual treatments but also has a thermal suite that features a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, dry sauna, hot tub, heated mosaic loungers, salt room (for improving respiratory and skin problems) and even a snow room (where an ice-cold environment is said to help stimulate circulation). The large fitness centre has all you need for working off those sea-day snacks. Classes include options such as TRX, Norwegian Fight Klub and a body-sculpting boot camp.

At the crossroads of entertainment and dining, Wine Lovers the Musical is produced as a lunchtime spectacle in the Supper Club where passengers can sample a half-dozen wines while watching a musical comedy about "the joys of wine and love." Wine lovers can also indulge at The Cellars -- A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar; beer aficionados will find their match at The District Brew House, serving 24 draft beers on tap (and 50 more in bottles), including an exclusive brew for Escape; and cocktail fans will find their pleasure at Tobacco Road, an at-sea outpost of Miami's oldest and most storied watering hole. The casino is Norwegian's largest and best equipped, to boot.

Norwegian's huge kids' club (for ages three to 12) features a circus school in addition to games, sports, arts and crafts and play areas, while teens get a separate lounge-style hangout packed with couches, Foosball, flat-screen TVs and a dance floor. Look, too, for the first-ever Norwegian nursery, catering to wee ones aged six months to two years, complete with an active room for playtime and a quiet room for sleep and rest.

For video games, drop by the video arcade or try the ship's atrium with its giant, two-story LED screen with scheduled times for Wii games.

All-Day Dining: Norwegian's Freestyle Dining concept means passengers can find plenty of food at all hours of the day, and Escape has 27 dining options. There's always Norwegian's indoor-outdoor buffet area, and O'Sheehans doles out hot breakfast items and typical pub food with a side of (mini) bowling, billiards or darts. One of the complimentary main dining rooms will also offer a sit-down lunch each day, or you can try Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Sea (the first-ever on a cruise ship), serving casual fare such as burgers and salads alongside killer margaritas. Don't miss the Pincho Tapas Bar, a new specialty restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces; there's also the Food Republic food hall, dishing out a global smorgasbord of items such as Peruvian ceviche, Japanese sushi and Chinese noodles. Or, enjoy a drink or some housemade gelato on The Waterfront, a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade.

Sisters: Escape, which debuted in 2015, is the first ship in Norwegian's Breakaway Plus class; three additional Breakaway Plus-class ships are on order and due for delivery between 2017 and 2019. Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic were our previous sea-day winners for Norwegian and, along with Norwegian Getaway (sister ship to the Breakaway), are still top choices for onboard fun.


Pacific Explorer exterior in port

8. Pacific Explorer

On Deck: If you want to cool down and escape the kids on this family-friendly line, P&O Australia's latest ship Pacific Explorer has got you covered with not one, but two, 18+ pool areas. Kick back at the Oasis, an aft relaxation deck with a small pool, grandstand-style benches, two hot tubs, a bar and sun lounges or The Sanctuary, a lesser-known, adults-only refuge with a shallow pool, deck chairs and lounges. It's a great spot to read in peace and soak up the sun.

The pool deck has a kids' waterplay area with water cannons and large tipping bucket. Children (and their parents) will enjoy the two twisting, turning water slides, one of which has multicoloured lights and music pumping through it. For a fee, fun for all ages can be found at the P&O Edge Adventure Park on the Lido Deck with activities such as zip-lining, a funnel climb, Segway rides and other options including Walk the Plank, which extends off the side of the ship. The Lawns are open from 10am and 5pm, with the artificial grass used as a green for barefoot bowls challenges.

Indoor Fun: Traditional shipboard fun such as trivia, bingo, dance classes and health and fitness seminars abound on Pacific Explorer. In a nod to Aussies' love of a refreshing beverage (or two), there are two new-look bars available on this ship: the light-filled Plantation-style Explorer Hotel and the Ocean Bar, which sees loads of passing foot traffic, making it a top spot for people-watching.

Located opposite the compact fitness room, the Elemis Spa At Sea on Deck 12 provides services such as massage, manicures, waxing and teeth whitening. Inside the day spa you will also find a thermal suite comprising a sauna, steam room, relaxation room, heated ceramic beds and tropical shower, which can be used before or after a treatment or by buying a thermal suite pass for unlimited access throughout your cruise (a particularly worthwhile investment if there are lots of sea days).

Pacific Explorer offers a wide range of activities for children, including a cool Sony PlayStation VR room located in HQ, the teens-only area. Other activities include art and crafts, Lego challenges, karaoke, movies and scavenger hunts for tweens and older kids.

All-Day Dining: Complimentary lunch is available at one of two venues: The Pantry, P&O's contemporary take on the traditional cruise ship buffet, or the Waterfront restaurant. If you don't mind paying a little extra, 400 Gradi serves gourmet pizza while Luke's, a casual outdoor eatery created by celebrity chef Luke Mangan, dishes up seriously good burgers. Other crowd-pleasers such as chicken wings, hot dogs and prawns are also available at this attractive outdoor eatery.

Sisters: The Lawns is only available on Pacific Explorer but you will find the popular P&O Edge on P&O's other ships: Pacific Dawn, Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria and Pacific Jewel. Pacific Dawn has waterslides but no adults-only pool area (although there is an 18+ sun deck). Both Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria have a large adults-only pool and sunbathing space on the aft deck.