Free Things to Do on a Cruise

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Alaskan and Caribbean cruise rates are at a great value this year. The fares include accommodation, meals and on board activities and entertainment, you might have a little left in your pocket.
Those who have never been on a cruise might want to know what activities are available onboard. Many of the activities are free, such as using the pool, visiting the library, game room, or catching live entertainment, such as reggae bands to comedians and magicians. There are also a number of children’s programs that cater to different age groups. Many cruises leave a daily planner, or compass, that can help you map out your day’s activities. Activities vary by ship and cruise line, but you can generally see the following activities:
Many onboard parties are held, which include a Captain’s Welcome party, a Sail Away party, mix and mingles, theme parties, and more. There are also games like scavenger hunts, karaoke nights, and talent and game shows. You can also participant in tournaments of mini-golf, basketball, and even ping-pong.
Some ships have very creative free entertainment. The Princess Cruise Line ships, for example, offer Movies Under the Stars, with a 300 sq. foot screen set up around the pool. During the day, family movies and videos are shown, while at night, the cruise provides blankets and popcorn for you to enjoy. Newer Carnival ships and MSC ships also have these outdoor screens as well.
The Celebrity Solstice features glassblowers from New York’s Corning Museum of Glass giving free glass blowing lessons during their “Hot Glass Show.” On deck with this show is the “Lawn Club” with real grass that you can play bocce, croquet, and putt golf balls for free. The coming Eclipse (2009) and Equinox (2010) will offer the same activities as well.
Those who like to eat will definitely like the Culinary Arts Presentations Center that Holland America has. These cruises feature on-deck chefs offering food demonstrations, and throughout the year, famous guest chefs are featured. These demonstrations occur twice during a normal 7 day cruise, and when it’s done, audience members can sample some of the food cooked. Many other cruise lines offer cooking demonstrations, as well as ice carving and napkin folding among other things.
Royal Caribbean offers rock climbing on many of their ships, and the new ships have free ice-skating shows. Freedom Class ships have the Flow Rider, a surfing simulator that attracts many participants. The wavelike surface of the Flow Rider is perfect for surfers of all levels, and those who just want to watch can take a seat in the surrounding stadium. The Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship in the world, will be offering a Boardwalk and Central Park area with activities for everyone.
You will never run out of things to do on a cruise. Contact one of our agents to help you find the best value for your next vacation.

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