Some people are reluctant to take a cruise for fear they will be bored. They worry that, after a couple of days of relaxing, soaking up sun and maybe reading a book, they will be looking for something to do. While looking, they think, they’ll be trapped on a ship with nowhere to go. The result? Boredom.
Oh, how wrong they are!
True, lazing about is definitely one of the big advantages to any cruise. After working hard, sometimes six or seven days per week for months, doing nothing looks very attractive. But people who are used to being active and goal-oriented can, indeed, get bored with just reading a book all day. Most books aren’t quite that engaging.
Fortunately, there are now so many things to do on a big cruise ship that you won’t have time to do half of them even on a month long voyage.
Just exploring the ship can easily take a day or two. The new Elation from Carnival Cruise Lines, for example, is 885 feet long. It features three swimming pools, several restaurants, a gym and much more. Many ships feature onboard musical and theatrical entertainment and checking out the theaters outside performance times can be fun.
There are hundreds of nooks and crannies, several levels, dozens of different guest areas and much more worth exploring. For anyone interested in engineering or architecture or museums or just the interesting or unusual, these ships are a delight.
Nightly entertainment comes in several flavors on most cruises. You can enjoy a great play performed by some really talented actors. You can laugh at one of the many hilarious comedy performances on board. You can even see some of the best magicians anywhere on a cruise.
With swimming pools, waterslides, gyms, table tennis, deck volleyball and other activities you’ll have plenty of physically demanding and fun options. By the time you’ve done only a few of these, you’ll definitely be ready for some more reading and lazing around.
Kids of all ages will find plenty of things to do. Most of the large ships have arcades that gamers could only dream of twenty years ago. Pinball machines, computer games, video arcades, toy racing cars, even snowboarding on fake mountains… the list is endless.
Whether your interest is in action games or more cerebral challenges, there’s something for everyone. You can shoot down the evil Mordant and his minions or you can try to outwit one of the world’s most advanced chess programs. You can throw money into miniature slot machines (sorry kids, no gambling for real!) or build a five-foot, 3D jigsaw puzzle.
Then, just when you think you’ve seen a healthy sample of all the fun things to see and do on board, you’ll have a chance to explore the shore. So, dust off your running shoes and leave your computer at home. Get ready for adventure!
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