Ten Things To Do On A Cruise To Nowhere
One of the most popular cruise destinations
these days is…. nowhere. Several operators offer this type of vacation. All you
have to do is board your cruise ship, settle in to your cabin or stateroom,
kick back and relax. There’s no shuttling back and forth between ship and
shore, and your time is completely your own. But how do you fill it? Here are
Shop: Most cruise ships have extensive shopping
malls, including duty-free shops. If you’re intending to buy duty-free goods,
make sure that you check the rules about what and how much you can bring
ashore. You don’t want the nice guys from US customs taking your booty from
you! One of the great joys of cruise ship shopping is that the mall is very
close at hand and is open for long hours. So you can window shop, consider your
purchase over a meal or another activity, and buy the goods at your leisure.
Play: Tennis, bowling, pool, shuffleboard,
climbing – yes, there are a huge range of sports and games you can play aboard
ship. For most of them you can hire the appropriate equipment on board. Some
ships are even equipped with golf driving facilities – it’s unlikely anyone’s
going to fill up the Pacific with golf balls, after all, however long they
Read: Take some of those books with you that
you’ve been meaning to read. Grab a sun lounger and lose yourself. A word of
warning: don’t just bring weighty classics, thinking you’ll force yourself to
read them while aboard. Bring a mix of fiction, history, travel, biography and
so on. Most cruise ships have bookshops or libraries where you can get hold of
absorbing reading material.
Learn: Learning is a lifelong experience, and
there’s no reason to take a break from it on your cruise! Many cruise lines
offer on-board talks and lectures on a huge range of topics from resident
experts who are available for a drink and a chat afterwards.
Dine: There are few cruise ships these days
that aren’t equipped with a range of dining facilities – everything from ornate
Edwardian ballrooms to slick, modern burger bars for the kids. Do bear in mind
that dress codes are usually enforced in the more upmarket of a ship’s eateries
– but appropriate evening wear can be hired.
Talk: You’re on board a ship for several days
with hundreds, if not thousands, of people whom you have never before met. So
get to know them. These people are all on a cruise to nowhere for the same
reason as you – they want to get away from the hassle and hubbub of everyday
life and relax a while. So you have something in common! Getting to know your
shipmates can be the most enjoyable part of any cruise!
Work Out: You might think that a cruise ship is
just the kind of place where a body can pile on the pounds – and you’d be
right! Fortunately, most modern cruise ships are equipped with fully kitted-out
gyms. Most also have a personal trainer or two on the staff, so you can pick up
some training tips while you’re on board. Some of the larger ships also have
running circuits marked out around the upper decks, so you don’t need to break
your training routine while you’re away. Remember, though, that the best time
to run on board ship is early in the morning, before it gets crowded.
Be Entertained: All cruise ships have a very
comprehensive schedule of entertainment, from kids’ activities such as face
painting to full-scale theatrical productions. At any point during the day
there is probably some kind of live music going on, too, whether it’s a rock
band or a lounge pianist. There’s usually no charge for shipboard
entertainment, as everything is included in the price of your cruise. For some
shows advance booking may be required, however.
Explore: Ships are huge, complex places, and
there’s a great deal to see. Most cruise lines lay on guided tours for those
interested in how modern ships work, and it’s well worth signing up for a look
around to learn more about the fantastic vessel you’re on board.
Relax: The whole point of a
Cruise to Nowhere is to kick back and relax – enjoy yourself, have fun,
meet new people, enjoy great food, drink and entertainment. In short, the
number one tip is: have fun!