Onboard Activities

Cruising these days is so much more than just visiting exotic, far-flung destinations, whiling away the hours pool-side with a cocktail in hand and devouring delicious cuisine prepared by world-class chefs. Most cruise lines offer an abundance of onboard activities that suit a range of passengers – from thrill seekers and arty types to those who prefer more leisurely pursuits. One thing’s for sure – you won’t be bored (unless you want to be, of course).

Liberty of the Seas

Get Moving

Whether you live for thrills or simply want to keep in shape, there are plenty of ways to keep your body moving while aboard your cruise ship. Experience the exhilaration of faux flying with Royal Caribbean Cruises' zip lining experience, catch a wave with FlowRider (their 12-metre long surf simulator) or try ice skating and scuba diving.

Adrenalin junkies will also be in heaven thanks to P&O Cruises Australia, with a range of hair-raising activities to choose from, including abseiling (off the ship’s aft funnel, no less), rock-climbing, bungee tramping, slackline surfing, cargo net racing, laser tagging and funnel climbing.

Other possible activities and amenities include:

  • Gym classes, including boxing and Zumba
  • Mini-golf
  • Basketball
  • Bumper cars
  • Table-tennis
  • Lawn bowls
  • Swimming pools
  • Water parks

Relax and Unwind

Need a little pampering? Can’t wait to rest and recharge? No matter which cruise line you travel with, you’re sure to have a few little treats to look forward to. Holland America Line boasts the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, where passengers can enjoy anything from facials and massages to therapeutic water treatments and a steam in a thermal suite. The spa and salon also features couple’s massage rooms, a heated ceramic lounge and a hydrotherapy pool.

The Spa

If retail therapy is more up your alley, you’re in luck. Many cruise lines offer passengers the chance to indulge in a little shopping, including Celebrity Cruises, which has a wide array of boutiques and stores on board its cruise ships. From designer clothes and scents to watches and jewellery, you can return home looking more stylish than when you left. 

Other possible activities and amenities include:

  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Bingo
  • Adults-only areas
  • Bars and lounges
  • Yoga and Pilates classes

Love Learning?

For many passengers, the joy of travel lies within learning and experiencing new things and places – luckily, when you choose a cruising holiday, you won’t have to wait to reach a destination to do so! Thanks to Carnival Cruises, you could attend an art lecture, sign up for a dance class or if you’re a budding Master Chef contestant, learn the tricks of the trade with a cooking class hosted by a team of professional chefs.

Cooking Classes onboard

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises has over 40 tutorials available, including card making, wine tasting, choir lessons, and photography classes. And in keeping with a distinctly sea-faring theme, Princess Cruises now also offers Discovery at Sea experiences, where nature lovers can practice stargazing, partake in specialised shore excursions and learn more about the fascinating world of our planet’s underwater marine life.

Other possible activities and amenities include:

  • Circus school
  • Jewellery-making
  • Scrapbooking tutorial
  • Mixology class
  • Trivia
  • Digital workshop

First-time cruisers not only experience the magic of discovering new destinations and sights, they also get to fall in love with all the activities and amenities on board their cruise ship! With so much to see, do and feel, cruising really is one of the most enriching ways to travel. Why not find out for yourself?


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