When choosing a ship for your next cruise, look for spaces where you can enjoy open sky and fresh air as you sail across the water. Some ships have especially appealing outdoor spaces; here are a few that we really like.
Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships, first introduced in 2008,
have an outdoor space that’s still unique in the cruise world. On the top deck,
there’s a half-acre of real, growing grass, called the Lawn Club. Guests are
welcome to remove their shoes, walk across the soft grass, and relax in a
hammock, Adirondack chair or cabana.
Onboard pools are often a good place to catch some fresh
air and sun, but they don’t all have sea views. Holland America’s Sea View
Pools, located at the rear (aft) of the ship, pools have a lovely view over the
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships feature Central Park, a
lush garden that’s located in the middle of the ship, but open to the sky. Each
park has thousands of full-size trees, shrubs and flowers, with winding
pathways, benches, shops, and restaurants. With a little help from technology,
the parks are also filled with the soothing sounds of chirping crickets and
singing birds (real birds sometimes find their way to these green spaces, too).
On Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera, the
spa’s thalassotherapy pool, along with hot tubs and chaise lounges, are on the
open-air Aquamar Spa Terrace. Here, you can combine some soothing spa
treatments with an inspiring sea view.
Since it was introduced in 2004, Movies Under the Stars has
become a signature feature on the ships of Princess Cruises. Passengers gather
in these open-air, poolside amphitheaters to watch current films, sports events, and more. Programming runs all day, but in the evening the crew adds pillows
and blankets to the poolside lounge chairs, then serves popcorn and special
To find out more about fresh-air spaces on any cruise ship,
talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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