Start with the pool area, where you can play in the water and relax on a chaise lounge. This is also a venue for activities like trivia games, card tournaments, and dance contests. Plus, some ships have enhanced their pool decks with water slides and other fun attractions.
Visit the fitness center to maintain your workout routine or start a new one, get advice from a trainer or join a yoga class. Many ships also have open-air sport courts, outdoor tracks for walking and running, minigolf courses, ping-pong tables and shuffleboard courts. Depending on the ship, you might also be able to try out bumper cars, laser tag, a ropes course or a climbing wall.
For some pampering, make a reservation at the onboard spa and select a massage, wrap, facial or other rejuvenating treatment. Many also offer salon services like hair styling, manicures and teeth whitening.
Most ships offer fun and informative classes that can range from napkin folding to computer skills. You might be able to learn a new dance step, work out a quirk in your golf swing, or find out how to mix the latest cocktail.
To get to know the ship better, join a behind-the-scenes tour. Some ships offer tours of the galley, where the culinary staff produces amazing quantities of delicious food; or the bridge, where officers navigate the seas and steer the ship.
Evenings on a cruise ship feature some combination of live theater, comedy routines, first-run movies, magic acts, music, dancing and more. Some ships invite passengers on stage to participate in a talent show, often with impressive results.
We should mention that many ships also have daytime and evening activities designed specifically for kids, tweens and teens, helping them socialize and have fun together.
To find out what’s happening on board each day during your cruise, check the cruise line’s app on your mobile device or the printed schedule your steward will place in your cabin. Lots of activities are included in your cruise fare, but a few – such as spa treatments – come with a fee.
For more information about onboard activities on your next cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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