How do you survive over 10 hours at sea?
Instead, I’m going to talk about some of the amazing examples of sea day activities I’ve got involved with during my cruises! Get involved in some of these and
I’m kicking off with something that’s probably a real marmite activity, but having done amateur musical theatre for years, I love a good sing song, even if my singing voice is questionable at best!
On all the cruise lines we’ve been on, we (and yes, I’m talking about my musical theatre hating parents) have always had a go at the passenger choir. They vary in terms of complexity depending on how many sea days you have and who’s leading. This means we’ve experienced both karaoke tracks and cheesy pop songs and musical theatre pieces with 4 part harmonies (hi Kelly!).
The latter is usually as fun as the former, if not funnier. You rehearse for as many hours as can be fit into the entertainment schedule, and then there’s usually a performance towards the end of the cruise. This involves dressing up, smiling your best smile, and in mine and my mum’s case, trying to concentrate on singing and not laughing (sorry Kelly!)
We’ve had some good giggles at choir and met some lovely people, both passengers and entertainment staff!
Enjoy some afternoon tea!
Eating turns into an activity on cruise ships! Sea days are a nice opportunity to go for afternoon tea. Some are more special than others, but all equally yummy!
A note for afternoon tea, let them know a day ahead if you’re gluten free as it gives them time to put together some yummy treats for you! I’ve had some lovely scones on board!
Go Behind The Scenes!
A lot of ships offer some sort of behind the scenes tours – some go into places like the bridge and anchor room, they normally have a fee attached – but we’ve also been on galley tours and backstage theatre tours – always fascinating!
This is maybe another marmite one, but on our Sapphire Princess cruise we had a go at doing the passenger flashmob. Not-very-secret rehearsals were held on sea days up in Skywalkers nightclub, and we performed at the end of a passenger showcase at the end of the cruise. As well having an absolute whale, it certainly helped sweat off some of the cruise calories you end up scoffing! On that particular cruise we had 4 sea days going to and from Bali, so plenty of time to learn our moves.
I’m sure we’ve all seen escape room attractions on land, but did you know some cruise lines have them at sea? We had a go at one on Sapphire Princess – I can’t recall the name, it was something to do with a magician.
Royal Caribbean go all out with their Escape Room experience though, and
Learn to dance – or just do it anyway!
Most cruise lines offer some sort of dance class, with loads of different types. Whether you’re a beginner with two left feet or really know your samba from your salsa, it’s a right laugh. Some of the more popular classes include line dancing (can’t say I’ve ever tried) and ballroom dancing – P&O even have Strictly themed cruises with dance classes from professional dancers!
I tried my hand at Irish dancing on our British Isles Royal Princess cruise. Safe to say I’ve not missed my calling in life.
Learn to play an instrument
I had no idea this was a thing until I sailed on Sapphire Princess – there were two opportunities to learn to play an instrument! I attended the first sessions for Ukelele lessons and drum circle lessons – these were given on each sea day and culminated in a passenger performance towards the end of the cruise (which I actually end up performing at anyway!)
Have a game of Quoits
I’ve got to include this just for my mum and dad! Quoits is a game popular on P&O Cruises – you throw a rope ring and try and get it nearest to a central dot – you score points depending on how close to the dot you get. I’m not very good at it and I think the rules are a bit more complicated than that – I just tend to have a go and believe people when they tell me how much I scored! Another popular deck game that can be found on more ships is shuffleboard.
Join in with ship rituals!
Cruising often gets associated with pomp and circumstance, but they know how to joke around as well! Twice this year we’ve witnessed “Crossing the line” ceremonies, where the crew complete challenges to please Neptune so that he’ll let us cross the equator! Get involved, cheer for your chosen team, and get involved in “Kissing the fish!”
Viking Cruises have a slightly colder ritual for crossing the Arctic Circle – it involved jumping into a pool full of ice! (Photos from Emma!)
Most cruise lines do some sort of quiz, either a general knowledge/pub quiz type set up or sometimes music quizzes. I don’t want to brag, but we quite often walk it! I think we won every one we did on Holland America at Christmas! Apparently
Learn to cook
Some ships include facilities where you can take cooking classes – sometimes you can even
Just Lay Back and Relax!
Some of these activities might not be your cup of tea, which is fine. Sometimes there’s nothing nicer than grabbing a cold drink, finding a spot on