Australian Women’s Weekly NZ

Rough seas

When Michael and Ann Smith boarded the Ruby Princess on March 8 this year, they didn’t have a care in the world. They were joining two of their dearest friends for 11 idyllic days at sea. For Mike, it would be a welcome respite from his hectic career as a children’s psychiatric nurse in Perth, as well as a celebration of his 60th birthday.

They’d booked the cruise as a birthday treat. “We’d had a wonderful holiday with Princess Cruises once before – a Canada-Alaska tour – so we felt comfortable travelling with them again,” Ann tells The Weekly.

In the weeks before they sailed, she says, “there were very few COVID

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