Top 10 Reasons Why Cruise Sea Days are Wonderful
First time cruisers often wonder what they will do on Sea Days. Many experienced cruisers actually prefer sea days. They know what is in store. Cruise lines go all out to keep passengers entertained on days at sea. Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Cruise Sea Days are Wonderful.
Trivia and Game Shows
Always check your cruises daily planner for a schedule of activities. On sea days, your cruise director and staff work hard to keep you entertained. Compete against fellow travelers in trivia: music, movies, pop culture, pirates, history, and more. You might be selected to participate in the cruise versions of Family Feud or Newlywed Game. If not selected, then it is still fun to watch.
A Chance to Rest
Days in port tend to be very busy. You get up early. Breakfast at the buffet is rushed. Then, you hurry onshore for a port adventure or to explore on your own. On sea days, it is just the opposite. There is no rush. You can do as much or as little as you wish. Sleep in. Lounge by the pool or on the promenade deck. You can sneak in a nap if you wish.
For many people, no cruise would be complete without a spa day. Enjoy a massage. Get a skin treatment. Bake in a steam room or sauna. Just relax and let the attendants take care of you.
Many cruise lines play first run movies in their theaters on seas days. We tend to not go to movies at home prior to our cruises. During the cruise, we can catch the latest films in a relaxed atmosphere at no extra cost. It is a great way to escape the heat of the pool deck. Or, if it is raining or cool outside, a movie is perfect, too.
On sea days, you need to have lunch at one of the table service restaurants. Buffets are good, to a point. Some of our best dining on cruises, though, has been at lunch. Compared to dinner, the restaurant will be quieter, more peaceful, and less crowded. You will enjoy a four to five course lunch in addition to the traditional dinner. Splendid! The food is generally lighter. So, it’s okay.
On sea days, your cruise will usually offer daytime entertainment in addition to the evening show. Whether it is a magician, comedian, singer, or ventriloquist, you will be entertained.
A Chance to Tour the Ship
Sea days provide the perfect opportunity to explore your ship. Many offer open houses of the child and teen areas. Even if you do not frequent the bars, it can be fun to wander through them. Oftentimes, there will be formal tours to help guide you. You will be amazed at how much they have packed onboard.
A Chance to Exercise
With all of the food and drinks constantly available on cruises, it can be hard to squeeze in time to exercise. On sea days, you have plenty of time. Jog or walk around the promenade deck. Take some time to go to the fitness room with stationary bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, and weights. Many cruises offer pilates, yoga, tai chi, and other fitness classes.
Hitting the Casino (or Playing Bingo)
I know many people who love cruise ship casinos. If y0u enjoy gaming, then sea days are a perfect opportunity. Disney cruises do not have casinos, but they do have BINGO. People literally flock to the BINGO games. I have heard of jackpots over $10,000.
Playing Sports and Games
When was the last time that you played basketball, putt putt, foosball, or ping pong with your family? Some ships have driving ranges and bocci ball. There are now larger ships with bowling alleys and even ice skating rinks. Wow!
Bonus: Getting to Know the Crew and Fellow Passengers
We have met wonderful people from around the U.S., Canada, and the world on our cruises. If there are certain activities that you enjoy, you will likely interact with the same crew members and guests many times. It is a great way to make new friends.
So don’t shy away from cruises with multiple sea days. You will still be entertained and may find that you really like them more. That transAtlantic looks quite enticing!