From creating napkin art to flipping the perfect crepe to mastering the basics of a new dance step – or a new language – it’s simply amazing what you can learn while on a cruise. Of course, a cruise is also a wonderful time to do nothing at all, but most offer some terrific onboard learning opportunities.
Cunard Line’s ships are known for an abundance
of interesting activities (fencing, anyone?). On the Queen
Mary 2, these include stargazing courses taught in the
ship’s incredible planetarium. The cruise line brings
astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society on board to guide you
through the universe. Viking Ocean Cruises’ Orion and Jupiter also
have planetariums, with resident astronomers ready to show
and tell you all about space and its exploration.
If you admire the beauty of blown glass, another
unique course at sea is Celebrity Cruises’ Hot Glass Class. The Equinox, Eclipse, and Solstice have
glass blowing studios with skilled instructors who will help you
create a gorgeous piece of glass art. After your creation cools, the staff
will carefully wrap it so you can take it home.
Lots of people have recently discovered
(or rediscovered) the joy of cooking, and several cruise lines offer cooking
demonstrations and hands-on courses. One is Holland America
Line, which equips each of its ships
with a fantastic Culinary Arts Center. On Holland
America’s Koningsdam, the Culinary Arts Center actually
transforms into a dining venue in the evening. A
three-course dinner will be prepared right before your eyes
by the ship’s culinary staff, who will happily answer your
Many cruises offer scuba-diving excursions, but
some Royal Caribbean itineraries go a step
farther by giving you the opportunity to become a certified
scuba diver during the course of the cruise. The Professional
Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) provides scuba
training, a mix of online learning, practice in the ship’s pool, and open-water diving.
these (and many other) onboard learning
opportunities are included in your cruise fare, while some
require extra fees. To learn more, talk with Anita, your professional
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