It’s not just about lounging by the pool when it comes to cruising. Here we feature 22 of the wackiest things you can do at sea.
There are everything from adrenaline rush options for thrill seekers to more serene offerings for those who prefer to go at a slower pace …
1. Climb a mountain. Rock faces rise above the decks of large Tui ships, and gym staff can show you the (safety) ropes so you learn to climb easily.
High Life: Rock walls rise above the decks of large Tui ships where you can learn to climb with the help of the gym staff
On Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Series ships, guests can enjoy the ‘Lawn Club’, which features real grass
2. Let the grass grow under your feet. There is a “lawn club” with real grass on the upper deck of Solstice Series ships with Celebrity Cruises. Have a picnic, play croquet, or stretch out and listen to jazz in the park.
3. Read all about it in a floating book club. Selected cruises with Fred. Olsen sends out reading lists in advance (or orders and collects books when boarding). Then join the relaxed discussions on board.
4. Get a certificate. Start with a wine tasting on a Cunard ship. Then register for an internationally recognized wine and spirits qualification on the company’s Queen Mary 2 and other classic liners.
There are ice rinks on Royal Caribbean ships, where you can rent skates, gloves and helmets
5. Put on your skates. There are ice rinks on Royal Caribbean ships, where you can rent skates, gloves and helmets. Kids can take lessons and the whole family can return to the rink in the evening to watch professional skaters put on a show.
6. Start your day with a sunrise yoga class on a Uniworld cruise, and ask the fitness staff to book you a bike or Nordic walking stick set for a shore adventure. If health is your thing, cut calories with the special Traveling Lite menu.
7. Walk the plank. A narrow 8-foot-long plank stretches over the ocean on the upper deck of Norwegian’s Breakaway ships. Fans say it’s terrifying to walk (especially in rough seas), but you’ll be wearing a harness so you don’t fall.
Would you like to walk the plank on one of Norwegian’s Breakaway ships? The 8-foot narrow board stretches out over the ocean on the upper deck, but guests who choose to walk it must wear a harness
Call the butler on a small boat cruise with Silversea, Uniworld (pictured) or Avalon
8. Call the butler on a small boat cruise with Silversea, Uniworld or Avalon. These fleets of ultra-luxurious liners have the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the industry, and the suites offer on-call butlers ready to bring champagne – or whatever – around the clock.
9. Say goodbye to your children. Each age group has its own kids’ club on large P&O cruise ships. Groups start with kids two to four and grow through to teens, who will find a pool table, computer games, and a retro arcade in a floating youth club.
ten. Race for the sky. Compete and ride a unique ‘flying bike’ on the two-track course suspended high above the upper decks of Carnival’s Horizon, Panorama and Vista ships.
Two guests take their seats on the unique “flying bikes” aboard the Carnival Horizon ship. This is also a feature on Carnival’s Panorama and Vista liners.
On Royal Caribbean’s large ships, there are free trapeze and tightrope walking lessons in the triple-height sports arenas
11. Flee to the circus (school). There are free trapeze and tightrope walking lessons in the triple-height sports arenas on large Royal Caribbean ships.
12. Shout “before!” »In the practice areas of the golf course and the putting greens of the Saga cruises. Then replay your shots in a high-tech simulator.
13. Gaze at the stars. Light pollution is low at sea and Princess Cruises has partnered with the Discovery Channel to offer star lectures on its upper decks. Or head to Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Planetarium for an expert-led astronomy show.
Holland America dealers give free lessons if you want to improve your skills in blackjack or poker
14. Roll the dice. Most of the big ships have casinos and Holland America dealers give free lessons if you want to brush up on your blackjack or poker skills. They also run high stakes poker tournaments if you want to see how real players roll.
15. Dine with the best. Take a seat at the “chef’s table” or in one of the new private lounges on Scenic ships to hear the culinary secrets of the executive chef and enjoy exclusive dinners. On P&O ships, you might even see Marco Pierre White at the cooking club.
16. Be keen. Poses for a family portrait in the “Hollywood style” photo studio on Tui ships. Or follow the professional photographer to the deck for relaxed outdoor shots.
In the adults-only Serenity Retreat on the Large Celebrity Ships, there is a relaxing Zen atmosphere and a full-service bar
17. Snuggle up on a lounge chair designed for two at the adults-only Serenity Retreat aboard Big Celebrity Ships. There is a relaxing zen atmosphere and a full service bar.
18. Watch a movie in the moonlight. Screens light up when the sun goes down on Princess cruises – and hot chocolate and hot cookies are served with the popcorn at the start of the outdoor movies.
19. Chase the checkered flag in a go-kart race on Norwegian Bliss. There’s a covered pit lane, viewing platform, and jaw-dropping moments as the track shoots off the ship’s side.
On the ship Norwegian Bliss there is a go-kart racing track with a covered pit lane and viewing platform
On MSC’s huge Grandiosa ship, there is a bespoke gallery that features 26 paintings by French impressionist Edgar Degas
20. Relax. A snow cave is an addition to the spa on the Viking Star cruise ship. The frozen room is part of the Nordic-inspired wellness experience. Too cold ? You can head to the hot tub, sauna, steam room or just stretch out on a heated lounge chair.
21. Start with some fine art. MSC’s giant ship Grandiosa has opened a bespoke gallery to display 26 paintings by French impressionist Edgar Degas. MSC, Norwegian, Princess and others also have regular art auctions, and Saga Cruises offers art classes.
22. Get married or renew your vows at sea. Wedding planners can help you design your perfect day on P&O cruises. The captain and other staff can officiate at the ceremony – and you’ll already be in the perfect spot for a luxury honeymoon.