What To Do On a Cruise When You’re Stuck Out at Sea

Ahoy there my potential seafaring vagabonds,

Are you unsure of what to do on a cruise while you’re out at sea? Been hesitant to book a cruise holiday because you feel that you might get bored and have no way off the ship? Feel that you might get cabin fever and consider jumping to a watery grave just to stave off the monotony of being stuck on board a floating hotel?

Fear not, you are not the only one who needs to be occupied and cruise ships are set up to make sure your holiday experience exceeds your expectations. Bear in mind that the not every day is a sea day, and your days on board will be broken up with plenty of swimming on tropical islands, exploring European landscapes or adventuring in the Alaskan wilderness depending on your destination.  As a general rule on a cruise less than two weeks, you should not have more than three sea days in a row as you get to and from your ports of call.

What to Do on a Cruise When You are Out at Sea

To help you get your head around what to do on a cruise holiday while out at sea, here are three cruise day scenarios to match your perfect day off at home.

 

If this is your perfect day off at home:
Starting with a long and lazy sleep in, you enjoy a long hot shower before throwing on a casual outfit and grabbing a good book as you meander out the door. As the world rolls by, you read and chat over brunch at your favourite café with no intention of moving until you are good and ready.

Feeling relaxed you head down to the beach for a swim and some sunbathing, grabbing an ice cream at the SLSC before heading home for a shower. Ready to get busy, you jump back in the car go out to meet friends to play volleyball and go indoor rock climbing at the local rec centre.

Wired and hungry after having fun, you grab dinner at a relaxed restaurant and check your phone to see what is playing nearby. You watch a movie together because last minute theatre tickets aren’t an option. After a nightcap at a bar within walking distance, your day is done and you are relaxed and happy.

Then you’ll stay entertained like this on a cruise:
With no busses or emergency vehicles for miles, your sleep in is blissfully uninterrupted. Enjoy a long hot shower without thinking about how much hot water is left or how much gas costs, knowing someone else will take your wet towel and wash it for you. Throw on a casual outfit and head to your favourite eatery on board to read and chat over brunch as the waves roll by.

Feeling relaxed you head to the pool deck for a swim, perhaps a cocktail in the swim up pool bar (the sun is over the yard arm somewhere), and some sunbathing on the sun lounges that have already been set up for you. Ready to get busy, you grab an ice cream at the free soft serve machine, or some Ben and Jerry’s or NZ Natural before going to your room to shower. Ready to get busy, you discuss your options over a cappuccino and wander up on deck to participate in a volleyball competition and go indoor rock climbing with views out across the vast expanse of the ocean.

Ravenous after hours of playing outdoors in the sun, you dress for dinner and choose which restaurant to visit tonight. Checking your daily flyer to see what is happening all over the ship, everything is within walking distance. You choose between a Broadway-style show, a movie or a spot of late night mini-golf and a spa under the stars because everything is within walking distance. After a nightcap (or five – you don’t have to drive anywhere for a fortnight) at a quaint English pub with live music, your day is done and you are relaxed and happy.

If this is your perfect day off at home:
After waking naturally without your alarm clock, you pull on something comfortable and wander out to the kitchen to whip up breakfast. You potter around the house getting things done so you can spend the rest of the day doing the things you love without worrying that you should be doing something constructive.

After a lunch that you throw together out of things you find in the fridge, Hubby naps in front of the footy on the TV while the Mrs gets creative with a little craft work.

A trip to the beach or a visit with friends rounds the afternoon off and you decide to grab dinner at a relaxed restaurant on the way home because you know that if you go home to change first, you’ll just end up eating leftovers out of the fridge because it is too much hassle to go back out again. Fed and content, you go home to have a glass of wine and curl up on the couch together to watch a movie.

Then you’ll stay entertained like this on a cruise:
There are no alarms out at sea, and no traffic noise from other people trying to get to work. You wake naturally and pull on something comfortable before wandering down to the dining room to begin your day being spoiled by friendly wait staff bringing you a decadent breakfast of your choosing. So many choices that are not usually in your own fridge are available to you here. Your bed will be made for you and someone else is taking care of the cooking and cleaning, it is time to check the daily flyer to see what is on today.

Full and happy, together you laugh your way through the morning trivia competition before a dip in the adults-only area and a cold drink poolside in the sun.

At lunch, you are spoiled for choice by the all you can eat food court included in your fare.  Plates piled high you take your food out on deck to eat alfresco. After lunch you go your separate ways.  Hubby watches the State of Origin on the big screen up on deck.  Meanwhile, the Mrs gets her creativity fix with whatever scrapbooking, origami, art or jewellery making class is on offer. Both of  you enjoy chatting with like-minded people and make new friends.

Dinner in the main dining room is a sit-down affair which you to take your time over, enjoying the changing menu, exceptional service and a bottle of wine to share.

Finish out the evening by grabbing a pillow and blanket from your room and heading back out on deck.  With the stars shining above you and breeze in your hair, cuddle up under your quilt and kick back on a deckchair to watch a recent movie on the big screen. If you’re up for it, friendly staff bring you whatever you want to drink so you do not miss a moment of the movie.

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If this is your perfect day off at home:
You wake up early and go for a run (this is clearly *your* perfect day off at home, not mine) before coming home to shower and cook the breakfast of champions. Dishes done, you head to the beach to spend the rest of the morning surfing.

Back at home you shower and grab everything you need for a BBQ at the park. You throw some sausages on the barbie and have a couple of beers before kicking the footy around and throwing a Frisbee (I clearly don’t know what young active people do at the park. It’s been a long time since those days for me).

After a dinner out where you all do mental gymnastics to calculate your own share of the bill, you’re out to the casino for a little flutter and a few drinks. Still up for more, you’re off to a nightclub to while away the rest of the night before grabbing an Uber home.

Then you’ll stay entertained like this on a cruise:
You wake up early and go for a run around the jogging track on the top deck or hit the treadmill at the gym. Or perhaps you feel more like jumping in on the Pilates class you can see when you get to the gym. Maybe you’re up for the challenge and you’ve booked yourself in for BootCamp. After showering, you head to the main dining room for the breakfast of champions or keep it light after Pilates with a fresh fruit platter. No dishes to do before getting in on the first wave rider session of the day.

Lunch is a relaxed affair around the pool, the poolside BBQ bar has burgers and sausages all ready for you and the bar staff make sure you’re well looked after without having to even get up. You spend the afternoon zip lining, rock climbing, participating in a crew vs guest water volleyball contest and shooting down water slides.

After a sumptuous dinner at the restaurant of your choice which is either included in your fare or paid for with a single swipe of your cruise card, you’re out to the casino for a little flutter and a few drinks. Still up for more, you’re off to the nightclub to while away the rest of the night, no Uber necessary.

 

The best thing you can do for yourself if you’re worried about getting bored on a cruise, is to do your research before you book.  Find out what facilities are available to you and what each cruise line boasts in the way of entertainment. While there are some things that are universal to every line, each one has its mark of difference that sets it apart from the others. This difference can turn a holiday into an experience.

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