So you’ve booked your cruise getaway, and you’re just double-checking the destination itinerary when you notice something strange. Does that say “Day At Sea”? You pale a little and nudge your partner. “What are we supposed to do that day…?” you want to ask. After all, you’re certain you chose this cruise for the destinations. Nobody told you that you’d have to entertain yourself at sea…
Fortunately, the reason no one told you that is because it simply isn’t true! In fact, there are so many different activities and experiences on board across all of the cruise lines that you’ll have difficulty doing absolutely everything on your ship in the short time you’re travelling between destinations. To get you started, here is a list of exciting enrichment opportunities you can discover on a cruise….
Experience BBC Earth
Holland America has partnered with BBC Earth to bring you unforgettable new ways to experience the world’s natural wonders. Through innovative and breath-taking programming, guests will be taken closer to the ocean and natural world through a groundbreaking concert, various films, and game shows, as well as unique itineraries, children’s activities, and more!
Alaska in Concert, and Frozen Planet Live: A Visual and Musical Journey are two incredible experiences available across a range of Holland America ships.
Meet Your Food Heroes
P&O Cruises want you to know that great food lies at the heart of a great holiday, and they’ve got some of your Food Heroes on board! Wine connoisseur Olly Smith will show you the behind-the-scenes secrets of the craft of wine-making on board Azura and Ventura, Saturday Kitchen’s James Martin will teach you the trade at The Cookery Club on board Britannia, and the infamous Marco Pierre White not only features at The Cookery Club but also teaches on board the Azura and Ventura.
Become A Master Archer
Celebrity Cruises now offers you the opportunity to master your archery skills whilst on board. Initially on board Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette, 2017 saw the whole fleet upgraded to include this exciting new feature!
Create Your Own Wine
Wine connoisseurs and novices alike can experience the art of wine-making at BLEND – Holland America’s very own winery experience in collaboration with Chateau Ste. Michelle (Washington State’s oldest and most acclaimed winery).
The first of its kind for Holland America Line and the only purpose-built wine-blending venue at sea, BLEND, on board ms Koningsdam, has a tasting table that accommodates 10 guests who can create their own blend from a selection of five barrels of single-vineyard red wine. In addition to participating in the blending process, guests learn about wine from the ship’s wine expert, who leads the blending.
See The Stars
There’s a little more to it than just looking up! Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2, recently remastered, features an incredible facility called Illuminations (on Deck 3) which not only acts as a luxury 3D movie theatre and a classical music venue, but also converts into the only Planetarium at sea!
There are up to 4 shows per day, and when functioning as a Planetarium the venue holds 150 guests.
No, not the sauce, the dance! Royal Caribbean International offer salsa dance classes across 15 of their ships – giving you the chance to learn the steps for the evening’s boogey in Bolero’s. You’ll find the time and location of the classes in the daily on board newsletter, and if you’re nervous – why not have a margarita or mojito before you dance!
Discover The Culinary Centre
On board Oceania Cruises’ Riviera and Marina, you can discover the very first custom-designed and truly hands-on cooking school at sea. At The Culinary Center, you’ll learn how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Master Chefs from around the world will offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but it will be you that prepares the dish!
To complete the experience, you can join instructor chefs on Culinary Discovery Tours to shop for fresh ingredients at the local markets. From Pasta Master Classes, to crash courses in Greek or Nordic cuisine, and ever-popular crêpe classes – there’s so much to learn you won’t know where to begin…
Take An Ipod Art Tour
Holland America presents the world’s most extensive art collection at sea, complete with self-guided art tours via iPod. Narrated by radio hosts Paul Lasley and Elisabeth Harryman, the tours includes walking directions, interviews with artists and background music and last about 30 to 40 minutes.
Holland America also offers live auctions, gallery exhibitions, and educational programs – so you can pick up a quiet cottage scene by Thomas Kinkade, a vibrant contemporary piece by the likes of Peter Max, and a whole host of sports memorabilia from famous athletes.
Found something that takes you fancy? Let us know what’s your favourite thing you learnt on a cruise!