Or maybe you’re more Ravenclaw or Slytherin? Questions like these are easy to ask, but not so easy to answer.
Each of us has a unique cruising profile and it’s a wise cruiser who truly knows himself. Take me, for example. I think I’m pure Gryffindor, but friends say I’m more of a hybrid – a kind of Ravenpuff. Well now perhaps there’s a way to uncover the truth.
Thanks to a new Harry Potter™ package deal you can cruise around the Caribbean and at the same time enjoy a free visit to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter™ in Orlando, Florida.
Cruising plus Harry Potter has to be an unbeatable combination. And one which could help you answer my opening questions.
What a muggle
When I queued up at midnight on 21 July 2007 to buy my copy of J K Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, I remember feeling a little sad. The great adventure was coming to an end.
Well what a muggle I was, because it’s far from over. Indeed the next phase of this incredible saga has already begun with the launch of the Wizarding World in June.
There’s no question, this new attraction is a full-on Harry Potter experience. Hogwarts and all.
Harry, Hermione and Ron
It’s a unique opportunity for us fans to follow in the footsteps of our three heroes, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – brilliantly played in the films by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
And while we immerse ourselves in their world of wizardry, we might finally discover what type of cruiser each of us really is.
For those of you mudbloods who are wondering what the Dumbledore I’m talking about, let me explain.
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin are the four houses of Hogwarts, the rambling castle of a school which Harry Potter attends.
Each house seems to attract pupils with a distinct set of characteristics, not unlike the qualities you might find among passengers on a typical cruise.
So which of the four types do you most resemble?
This is the house of Harry and his two young wizard friends. It tends to bring together people who value courage, loyalty and chivalry.
There’s an old-fashioned sense of decency about Gryffindorians and I like to think we all have elements of that in us, though some more than others.
If this is your cruising persona, then you might appreciate going on a formal cruise, where a premium is placed on these qualities. Though the truth is, someone like you should fit in well on any kind of holiday at sea.
These folk are generally seen as hard working and tolerant with a strong belief in fair play.
Some unkind observers have argued they might be missing a few cabins on the top deck, if you know what I mean. It’s also been suggested they can be a little boring.
Well, to all you Hufflepuffians out there I say take that with a pinch of floo powder. This is, after all, the house of Cedric Diggory and Professor Sprout and I cannot imagine many finer cruise companions than these.
One of the best known members of Ravenclaw is the beautiful and charming Cho Chang. It was on her that Harry developed his first crush.
If you feel you can relate to Cho, you are probably good looking, good company and highly intelligent. Even one out of three would be pretty good.
We need people like you to lead and inspire us. However, when you encounter us mere mortals in the bar or at the captain’s table, try to speak in words of just one or two syllables, so we can keep up with you.
These guys have had a bad press because their most notorious member is undoubtedly the scary and evil, Draco Malfoy, magnificently played by Tom Felton.
I like to thing of Slytherins as being ambitious rather than scary. Cunning rather than evil. They are resourceful people, with perhaps a touch of the rogue.
And of course we all know that bad boys get the girls, so maybe this is something for male cruisers to aspire to.
Potter flavoured cruises
Well there you have it – four possible ways of categorising cruisers. The question remains, which of these most closely corresponds to you?
One way to resolve that might be to book one of these Potter flavoured cruises from Virgin and observe how you behave on the holiday.
There’s a broad range of dates and options available with three ships to choose from:
And if all that’s not enough, here are a few more incentives.
Besides getting two free tickets to the Universal Orlando® Resort theme park, you will also enjoy:
- early admission to the park to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
- escorted early entrance to the Three Broomsticks restaurant for free breakfast refreshments
- a free gift – one per person
- free general admission parking at Universal Orlando® for the day.
Given that a single ticket to the theme park can cost close to £100, there are significant savings to be made.
So by booking one of these cruises, it’s safe to say, you’ll be quidditch in.
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