What to Do on a Cruise? 50 Incredible Ideas!

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all the things to do on a cruise ship

What are the most amazing and beautiful things you can do on a cruise ship?
In this article, I have collected the things I have done on a cruise or heard positive things about. I hope they can be an inspiration to you as well!

1. Movie Under the Stars

Did you know that you can watch your favorite movies in a unique setting on the top deck? Many cruise ships offer large screens for outdoor movie nights. It’s a magical experience that really stays in your heart forever. If your cruise organizes it, make sure you don’t miss it!

2. Dinner at a Special Restaurants

Cruise ships boast an array of specialty restaurants offering everything from gourmet French cuisine to authentic Japanese sushi. The attention to detail in the food and ambiance creates a memorable experience. If you want to spend a different lunch or dinner, you could choose the restaurant that prepares your favorite cuisine!

3. Watch Broadway-Style Shows

Virtually all cruises have theatrical performances. On some ships, they are better than others, but generally, they are always of good quality. You can check the schedule in advance; if you like the upcoming show, you might go see it.

4. Dance Classes

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned dancer, you can enjoy various dance classes on board. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance, many of the people are beginners and attend classes mainly for fun.

5. Spa Treatments

Take care of yourself with a spa treatment. You can choose a massage, a beauty mask, or a body treatment.

6. Formula 1 Similator

Are you passionate about cars? I am sure you will love the Formula 1 simulator.
I tried it on MSC Seaside, which is considered one of the best ships of MSC Cruises.

7. Cooking Demonstrations

Join expert chefs as they demonstrate their culinary skills and share their secrets. These sessions are educational and an absolute treat for food enthusiasts.

8. Wine Tasting and Mixology Classes

Explore the world of wines or learn to craft your cocktails. These tastings and classes are fun and informative, perfect for both experts and novices.

9. Rock Climbing and Zip-Lining

For the adventurous, rock climbing walls and zip-lining offer a thrilling experience with stunning views of the ocean. I’ve tried the rock climbing wall during my last cruise with Royal Caribbean.
Unfortunately, I have to say it was not my thing…my fear of heights made even children laugh!

10. Try an observation capsule

Did you know that on some cruise ships, there is a capsule that extends into the sky? It was introduced on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, but I have never tried it firsthand. I know it’s free, so I recommend you go there in case there is one on your ship.

11. Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

One of the things you most often do on a cruise is go to the swimming pool or hot tub. You can swim, relax or simply drink a cocktail by the pool!

12. Water Slides and Water Parks

water slide on a cruise

Some cruise ships also have incredible water parks with slides for all ages. It’s a fun way to cool off and enjoy some time with family or friends.

13. Poolside Parties

What is there to do on a cruise ship? When the night comes, enjoy the lively atmosphere of poolside parties. With delicious food, music, and dancing, it’s a real celebration of the cruise experience.

14. Fitness Classes

Stay active with a range of fitness classes like yoga, Pilates, or spinning. The classes are tailored to all levels and are a great way to meet fellow cruisers.

15. Art Galleries

Explore art galleries and art pieces that are on your cruise. Sometimes, you can also participate in auctions showcasing stunning works of art. It’s an opportunity to appreciate and even acquire unique pieces.

16. Duty-Free Shopping

shops on a cruise ship

Shop for luxury brands and souvenirs in the ship’s duty-free stores. From designer fashion to jewelry, every cruise it’s a shopper’s paradise.

17. Themed Parties and Events

Did you know that there are often themed parties on cruises? From elegant galas to lively decade-themed dances, these parties are a fantastic way to socialize and have fun.

18. Live Music and Jazz Lounges

Immerse yourself in the world of music with live bands and jazz lounges. The various music styles cater to all tastes, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing evening.

19. Trivia and Game Shows

Participate in trivia nights and game shows for a chance to showcase your knowledge and win prizes. It’s a great way to engage with other passengers and enjoy some friendly competition.

20. Virtual Reality Games and Arcades

The biggest cruise ships have very cutting-edge virtual reality games and classic arcade fun. It’s an exciting way to spend time, especially for families, children, and tech enthusiasts.

21. Lectures and Educational Workshops

On a cruise ship, you can have fun, but you can also expand your knowledge with a range of lectures and workshops on various topics, from history to science. Check the most interesting sessions on the daily plan.

22. Destination-Themed Events

Celebrate the cultures of your cruise destinations with themed events featuring local cuisine, music, and entertainment. It’s a taste of the places you visit right on board.

23. Adults-Only Areas

On some cruises, adults-only areas offer a peaceful escape with plush lounges and serene pools. It’s the perfect spot for relaxation away from the hustle and bustle.

24. Book Clubs

Join book clubs and participate in discussions with authors. These gatherings are a delight for literature lovers and provide a great opportunity for intellectual conversation.

25. Kids’ and Teens’ Clubs

Cruise ships offer fantastic clubs and activities for kids and teens, providing a safe and fun environment for them to make new friends and enjoy age-appropriate entertainment. Be sure to take your kids there to keep them entertained!

26. Ice Skating

Enjoy the unique experience of ice skating at sea. It’s a fun and memorable activity whether a beginner or an expert. I tried it on the Harmony of the Seas a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it!

27. Live Sports Broadcasts

Some bars on the ship broadcast live sports events like football or soccer matches. If you are a sports lover, spending a couple of hours there could be a good idea.

28. Behind-the-Scenes Ship Tour

Discover the inner workings of the cruise ship with a behind-the-scenes tour. It’s a fascinating look at the operations and life of the crew. I have only done a tour of this kind once on Costa Cruises. I know not many companies offer this experience, but it can be really interesting.

29. Go to the hair salon

Do you want to make yourself beautiful for the evening? How about going to the hairdresser for a cut or a blow dry, there is one on all cruise ships!

30. Romantic Dinner Under the Stars

Some cruises offer the possibility of a romantic dinner, especially in the case of an anniversary or a marriage proposal.

31. Photography Classes

Improve your photography skills with onboard classes and workshops. These sessions offer tips and tricks for capturing those perfect cruise moments.

32. Planetarium Shows and Stargazing

Gaze at the stars and learn about constellations with planetarium shows and stargazing events. It’s a magical experience, especially on clear nights at sea.

33. Surf Simulators and Wave Pools

Ride the waves with surf simulators and wave pools. It’s an exhilarating experience, offering a taste of surfing in a fun and safe environment. I just want to tell you that it’s harder than it looks!

34. Environmental and Sustainability Programs

Participate in programs that focus on environmental awareness and sustainability. These initiatives often include interesting activities and lectures, which focus mainly on pollution at sea and the efforts made by cruise companies to improve the situation.

35. Afternoon Tea and Gourmet Coffee

Indulge in the tradition of afternoon tea or enjoy a range of gourmet coffee tastings. These sessions are a delightful way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

36. Ship’s Library and Reading Rooms

Escape into a world of books in the ship’s library and reading rooms. It’s a quiet and cozy space for book lovers to unwind and enjoy a good read.

37. Onboard Charity Events and Fundraisers

Participate in charity events and fundraisers, contributing to good causes while enjoying various activities. It’s a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

38. Bumper Cars

Experience the thrill of bumper cars. These high-energy machines offer a dose of fun and excitement for all ages. At the moment, they are only on Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas, and Odyssey of the Seas.

39. Cultural Dance and Music Performances

Enjoy performances showcasing cultural dances and music from around the world. These shows are entertaining and provide a glimpse into diverse traditions.

40. Meditation and Relaxation Spaces

Find tranquility in meditation and relaxation spaces designed for peace and serenity. It’s the perfect thing to recharge and find inner calm. Sometimes, you will find quiet places to meditate inside the gym.

41. Social Media and Digital Workshops

Stay connected and learn new skills with social media and digital workshops. These sessions are great for keeping up with the digital world and enhancing your online presence. During these activities many cruise companies also explain internet packages and how web browsing works on a cruise.

42. Interactive Cooking and Food Carving Demonstrations

Watch chefs in action with interactive cooking and food carving demonstrations. These are entertaining and educational, revealing the art behind the cuisine. I personally carved a melon; I’ll spare you the photo out of pity!

43. Sports Tournaments

Get competitive in sports tournaments, ranging from basketball to mini-golf. It’s a fun way to stay active and spend the day.

44. Private Cabana on the Top Deck

Relax in a private cabana on the top deck, offering a secluded, luxurious space with stunning views. It’s an exclusive retreat for ultimate relaxation. Sometimes, these areas are only accessible to guests in suites; check it or ask a crew member.

45. Jewelry Making and Craft Workshops

Unleash your creativity with jewelry-making and craft workshops. These activities are a great way to learn a new skill and create unique souvenirs.

46. Water Aerobics

One thing that I particularly like and that I often do is water aerobics. I find it a fun activity and at the same time good for health!

47. Play Chess

On some ships, I saw the giant chess set. I think it’s a great idea because it involves both the players and the people who want to watch the match. I therefore consider it one of the nicest things you can do on a cruise ship.

48. Ropes Course and Aerial Adventure Park

Challenge yourself with a ropes course or aerial adventure park. It’s an adrenaline-pumping activity that offers both fun and a sense of accomplishment.

49. Celebrity Chef and Guest Speaker Events

Attend events featuring celebrity chefs and guest speakers. These exclusive sessions provide insights into various fields and are often inspiring and informative.

50. Plan your next excursion

During your free time on the ship you can also plan your next excursion. Check transportation options, places to visit and things to see. This way you will be sure to enjoy your trip to the fullest!

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