Ask any frequent cruiser and they’ll tell you: if you pick the right ship, cruise sea days are every bit as fun and exhilarating as days spent in port due to the abundant amount of cruise ship activities offered. Though it’s never a bad idea to grab a lounger by the pool or book a massage for those days in transit, cruise lines nowadays offer a huge array of cruise ship activities that are anything but run-of-the-mill. Check out a few top picks from Cruises.com.
Cooling off by the pool is definitely a must-do among cruise ship activities, but ships these days offer a plethora of ways to get drenched — many of which add in a heart-pounding element. Catch a wave on Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider, a surf simulator using 30,000 gallons of water that rush past rider in an artificial wave. Or plunge 200 feet down a slide from four stories above the pool deck on the Norwegian Epic, courtesy of the Epic Plunge. Looking for something more suited to little ones? Carnival Cruise Line ships feature super-fun WaterWorks attractions with slides, play zones, and soaking buckets for all ages.
Speed Things Up
Roller coasters are thrilling enough, but a roller coaster onboard a cruise ship? That takes the thrills to a whole new level. The BOLT roller coaster on Carnival Mardi Gras zips you on a twisting, turning journey high above sea level. The best part is that you can control the speed on this all-electric ride. Speaking of speed, some ships in Norwegian’s fleet feature go kart tracks, the first of their kind at sea. It’s the same experience you’ve always loved about go karts, but with dazzling ocean views!
Reach New Heights
When it comes to cruise ship activities that give you panoramic views AND heart-fluttering thrills, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Pedal your way around the decks of Carnival Vista, Horizon, or Panorama on the SkyRide, a suspended, two-lane course giving you unparalleled views of the sea (and the ship below!). Itching for the ultimate views but don’t want to propel yourself? Try the North Star signature feature on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships. This crane-like viewing deck lifts you high above the deck and over the ocean for panoramas like you’ve never seen before. For something a little quirkier, try the 8-foot pirate-style plank onboard Norwegian’s Breakaway-class ships.
Relax in Unique Environments
Cruise sea days don’t have to be action-packed to be fun and interesting. Sometimes it’s more about savoring your surroundings or exploring the one-of-a-kind features of your ship. For example, the Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge, Apex, and Beyond is something you don’t see every day. This floating platform moves between decks of the ship, changing your perspective and your experience every time you ascend or descend. It converts to everything from a full bar with live music to a tender boat embarkation point.
You may have heard of ice bars in Scandinavia, but did you know they can be found on Norwegian’s Breakaway, Epic, and Getaway? At Skyy® Vodka Ice Bar, you can cozy up in a 17˚ ice chamber where everything down to the seats and glasses are made of ice. Pretty cool, huh?
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