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5 Activities You Probably Never Thought You’d Be Able To Do On A Cruise

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Lines

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Lines

Have a picnic on the lawn:  Imagine sitting on a freshly manicured lawn of deep, plush, green grass, staring up at the clear blue sky with a strong ocean breeze blowing over you.  One of the unique features of Celebrity Cruise lines is the Lawn Club, half an acre of real green grass featured on the top decks of the Solstice Class Ships.  Here you can find Alcoves which are cabana that offer some privacy for spending the afternoon reading a book, playing chess or taking a light lunch.  Cruisers can play croquet or practice their golf swing.  Some evenings they may find a live musical concert at the Lawn Club, enjoying music under the setting sun.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Surfing lessons:  Most of Royal Caribbean’s newer ships feature an expansive Sports Deck with the trademark FlowRider.  This is a surf simulator on which cruisers, under the assistance and direction of coaches, can learn or practice surfing and body boarding.  There are height requirements but they are reasonable, allowing most older children to participate.  This is the perfect opportunity for cruisers who have always wondered what it would be like to surf, to have their chance in a safe environment with coaches at their side.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Ropes Courses: Many cruise ships now feature Sports Decks with varied physical activities and games.  Carnival is famous for their extensive ropes courses.  Designed with safety in mind and for the whole family, these courses cover much of the sports deck and over incredible views of the open sea.

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Lines

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Lines

Cooking Classes: One of the features of cruise vacations is that travelers have access to world class cuisine which is included in their cruise fare.  Many lines now offer cooking classes as part of their onboard activities.  Celebrity cruise lines offers cooking classes for adults and children taught by award winning chefs; cruisers can learn to bake exquisite pastries or make pasta from scratch.  Celebrity also has trademarked Top Chef at Sea, offering cruisers a chance to compete against each other in Quickfire cooking challenges and also features a Top Chef Night in the main dining halls where the menu features items made popular by the competing chefs on the Bravo television show.  Adding personal details to the unforgettable dining experiences cruiser will have, the culinary interactions are definite crowd pleasers.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Bumper Cars:  The modern and innovative Quantum Class ships by Royal Caribbean feature an indoor family friendly activity center called the Sea Plex.  One of the activities that cruisers can enjoy in the Sea Plex is the bumper cars which are always a crowd pleaser.  Imagine spending a day at sea with your family (or group of friends) challenging each other in this ridiculously fun activity normally found in land based amusement parks or on the boardwalk.

There are so many features and activities to be found on cruise ships nowadays.  Cruise vacations have truly become one of the best ways for families and groups to travel together, offering increasingly unique adventures and excitement.  What is the most interesting activity you’ve ever enjoyed on a cruise vacation?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Nicole November 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Great post! I would love to go on a cruise but I get terrible motion sickness. Someone suggested going on a 3 day trip to see how I do but I’m still concerned that I may get sick. Any suggestions for treatments that might prevent this from happening while at the same time allowing me to stay awake? Thanks.

    • Reply Jeuelle Sam November 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Nicole, I am VERY susceptible to motion sickness and I have been able to fully enjoy 3 cruises recently. On many of the larger, newer cruise ships (our last trip was on the Oasis of the Seas which carries up to 6000 passengers) you probably won’t feel the ship moving at all; I didn’t even feel like I was on a boat for our entire cruise on the Oasis. On our first family cruise, which was on a smaller boat holding 2400 passengers, I was able to keep the sickness at bay by using Seabands and taking Dramamine. Also, planning travel in certain times of year when the seas are usually calmer will help.

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