A cruise ship does much more than get passengers
from one port to another; it’s a
self-contained entertainment complex, too, with loads of options
for fun, relaxation and education. So, how can you make the most
of your time onboard?
Our advice is to learn about your ship
before you embark. The cruise line’s
website has lots of information about the layout and
features of the ship and the activities available during
your cruise. When you know more about what’s onboard, you
can make a plan. Here are a few things to consider:
With the exception of some river cruise ships,
most ships have a swimming pool – and often more than
one – surrounded by lounge chairs. It’s easy to spend
a whole afternoon there with a good book and a refreshing drink. And, your
ship may have options like an adults-only pool or a
Most cruise ships have fitness centers,
too, that rival the best available on land. You
can keep up your usual fitness routine, or try something new,
like Pilates, spinning, or cardio kickboxing. Some ships also have exercise
facilities on the top deck, from walking tracks to zip lines.
Shipboard spas are very popular; check
out your spa menu in advance to see if you’d
like a massage, facial or body wrap. Your spa might
offer even more, like thermal loungers and snow grottos for the
ultimate in hot/cold skin therapy.
You can also
enjoy onboard lectures and presentations; many
ships bring experts on board
to give helpful previews of the ports you’ll
visit, which can help you enjoy the local sights and culture.
If you’ll cruise with kids, plan to take advantage of any
onboard programs for children. These are thoughtfully designed and staffed to
ensure young children, tweens, and even teens have a great time onboard.
And while the kids are with their new friends, you’ll have time to enjoy your
While onboard, check the ship’s daily schedule (available
on your stateroom TV or cruise line app) for wine tastings, cooking
demonstrations, galley tours, art auctions, and other events you might
enjoy. And, be sure to see the onboard shows, which might make
you forget you’re not in a Broadway theater.
One potential problem: you may not have time
to do everything you want to do onboard. So, select your
top priorities for onboard fun, then plan to do the rest on
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