Acrobatic wonders, full-scale Broadway musicals and comedians straight from TV — cruise lines deliver quality entertainment options on board nightly.
There’s plenty to look forward to as the sun sets when beloved TV brands come to life with shows like “Deal or No Deal” on Norwegian Cruise Lines, “Lip Sync Battle” on Carnival and “The Voice of the Ocean” (professional mentors, iconic spinning chairs and all).
Smaller ships welcome more sophisticated and intimate shows, as with Azamara Club Cruises’ Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club and Cunard Line’s impressive National Symphony Orchestra music concerts.
6. It’s tough to be bored on board
From bow to stern, cruises are packed with cutting-edge fun. Modern fleets have successfully antiquated the game of shuffleboard, and then some.
In the new era of cruising, the day begins with fitness classes, followed by hours of continuous programming, including pick up games on expanded sport decks, arts and crafts, lectures, behind-the-scenes tours and much more.
Industry-first attractions like a 1,000-foot go kart track on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy and “indoor” skydiving by way of RipCord by iFly® on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class deliver some of the most thrilling moments at sea.
Every day on the ship, you’ll receive a comprehensive planner that details the activities, dining hours and late-night bar options that helps to make the most of your day.
7. Cruising doesn’t mean you have to disconnect
To connect or disconnect; the choice is finally yours. No longer beholden to subpar internet access, cruise lines are prioritizing high-speed, ship-wide Wi-Fi networks that can provide the bandwidth to stream Netflix poolside.
Research the internet packages prior to boarding, as you’ll likely save by purchasing ahead of time. Regardless of the internet package you choose, you’ll still want to bring your phone along throughout the day, as most lines offer free, resourceful apps that help with passenger-to-passenger communication, daily activity schedules and tracking account charges.
8. Ships also provide serenity
As much of an emphasis as there is on fun at sea, every cruise ship dedicates areas of quiet relaxation.
Spa amenities and facilities continue to expand as cruise lines invest in partnerships with spa brands including The Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships, Dr. Andrew Weil on Seabourn Cruise Line and Liv Nordic Spa on Viking Ocean Cruises.
If peace and quiet is a priority, a balcony is a must for the perfect view of the endless horizon. There are also plenty of cozy chairs that line the edge of each cruise deck with the same view.
Pro tip: Plan ahead for your first day on the ship by bringing a day bag. When boarding the ship, your luggage is whisked away, usually appearing at your cabin a few hours later.
If your first instinct is to head straight for the spa, pack your day bag with a swimsuit and a change of clothes.
9. You don’t have to be a slave to seasickness
The ship can and will sway, but new ships minimize the effects of the ocean’s motion with high-tech stabilizers.
Maintaining your wellness at sea begins with staying hydrated, making sure you counter each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water, and applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day.
Non-drowsy Dramamine or Bonine can help seasickness symptoms, or opt for ginger chews for a natural aid.
Pro tip: If you are anxious about getting seasick, consider a cabin in the lower, center ship areas.
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