First Lady of the Sea

Meet the first woman to captain a new cruise ship at launch. All aboard with Capt Serena Melani at the helm of the new “Seven Seas Splendor”. Capt Melani began her nautical career at age 16 as a cadet while still at school, working on cargo ships in her hometown Livorno, Italy. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ bio also says Capt Melani was one of only a few women to have senior roles on oil tankers, cargo and container vessels.
Congratulations, Capt Serena Melani!

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A cooked chook in a shake ‘n’ bake bag, or maybe an overdone saveloy bursting at the seams: getting into a wetsuit in 35 celsius isn’t easy. But my “pain specialist” is keen for me to get back into snorkelling as part of living with early onset lumbar osteoarthritis (“Don’t push it, just one step at a time”). Now, I’m wondering if I’ve misunderstood the true meaning of “pain specialist”.
When in, it’s good, passive exercise, with the positive buoyancy of sea water. But I may have scared off most of the fish in the marine sanctuary at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay…
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It seems too expensive for Australians. P&O, Princess, Holland America Line – they all cater superbly for families and couples. But the “single supplement” excludes most solo travellers. Expect to pay $5000-plus for an entry level 8-night cruise; but $2500 for twin share. Not so in Europe and North America, where single rooms are common. But I will keep searching because solo cruising would be a fabulous experience…