When it comes to sea days, cruisers fall into one of two camps: they either adore them or absolutely hate them. While cruising is a fantastic way to explore the world, days at sea are inescapable as your ship journeys from port to port.
If you find yourself desperate for something to do during those ship-bound days, keep reading for some top tips that we’re sure will turn you into a diehard fan of sea days before you know it.
Try out some Daily Activities
Most mainstream cruise lines will offer an extensive schedule of activities for days at sea. Although smaller ships will run a limited number of activities, there’ll still be something going on daily, so it’s always worth checking in.
On-board activities can be quite diverse and range from group activities like puzzle games or bingo to adrenaline-pumping zip lines and even on-deck go-karts. Most of today’s ships also run lectures on presentations on a wide range of topics such as health and wellbeing, personal finance, photography, history, music, astronomy, and even website design.
Give Casino Gaming a spin
It’s hard to think of any cruise line that doesn’t have its own casino in 2020, and the bigger the ship, the flashier it will be. You can expect to find all the usual casino games onboard a ship, including roulette, blackjack and craps tables, and of course, slot machines. Stakes in cruise ship casinos are typically much lower than you would find elsewhere, with minimum bets starting at $1 and maxing out at $200.
Besides a casino, many luxury lines also feature a separate card room for customers to use. Whether you find how to play poker online beforehand and head to the card room to practise or have a few lessons with the on-board gaming expert, poker is a great way to spend a few hours and pick up some serious new skills in the process.
If you’re more of a punter than a player, you’ll probably find that your ship honours that age-old tradition of cruise ship horse racing. No actual horses are involved, instead, toy horses are mounted on poles and moved by hand around the ‘racecourse’ based on rolls of the dice. It’s quite silly, but lots of fun and you and your fellow passengers will place bets on the outcome. Some lines take their horse races very seriously and present an Owner’s Cup race and Best-Dressed show at the end of the cruise.
Get away from it all, literally
While group activities and games can be fun, sometimes on sea days you just need a quiet place to retreat to. Well, if you’re travelling with a luxury line that place doesn’t have to be your cabin.
Princess Cruises are the original pioneers of the adults-only sun decks. Their Sanctuary sun decks offer private moments of bliss with their plush lounge chairs, expert massages, Evian misters and steward service. The likes of Norwegian, Seabourn and Holland America have taken the concept a step further with private hire cabanas filled with every little luxury you can imagine.
If you aren’t travelling with these lines, at the very least your ship will have an adults-only pool, so you can lay back and soak up the sun without being drenched by its mini occupants.