Cruising has long shaken off its reputation for being one continuous buffet. These days cruise lines are packed full of innovative games and activities for sports lovers and adrenalin junkies alike. So bring your game face and get ready to sweat with these cruise ship activities.
Grab a board and catch the waves with FlowRider. Featured exclusively on some of Royal Caribbean’s ships, the 12-metre-long surf simulator gives you the experience of surfing or body boarding on a constant water flow. There are even lessons available for those who are more serious about knowing their rips from their curls. Surf’s up!
Gone are the days where you could drive balls into the ocean (it was banned in 1990). But there are still ways for golf enthusiasts to hone their skills onboard. Golf nets and driving mats now feature as standard cruise ship activities. Better yet, many cruises also offer golf simulators so you can play at some of the world’s most spectacular courses. Look out for tournaments and put your skills to the test against other passengers. Of course, if you’re not quite up to it, there’s always mini-golf!
When Norwegian Cruise Line announced the first onboard 10-pin bowling alley in 2007, there were a few cynics who didn’t believe it was possible. How would the bowling balls roll evenly at sea? Yet the four-lane alley has become a highlight of Norwegian Pearl.
If there’s one way to get breathtaking views from your cruise ship, it’s with rock climbing. Not to mention it’s a great way to work off the double helping of dessert from the night before! As with on-shore rock climbing centres, the grips are colour-coded according to difficulty. But beginners should probably steer clear if the ship’s rocking!
What goes up must come down! P&O Cruises features abseiling as a cruise ship activity. First, you need to climb the 10-metre-high aft funnel. But don’t worry –an instructor is on hand to guide you down. Still, it’s not for the faint-hearted!
All things ropey
Duck, walk and crawl over ropes high up in the air. Norwegian Cruise Line offers multi-level ropes courses on some of its fleet. And P&O Cruises takes this up a notch with cargo net racing.
Stroll through the park
Walking round the deck is one thing, but what if you could stroll through the park – while at sea? Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships feature the beautiful Central Park, where you can amble under the trees and wander amongst the flower gardens. Look up and you’ll spot fellow passengers whizzing way up overhead on the zip-line!
Imagine leaving your holiday with a new, trim body. P&O Cruises makes this a reality with Bootcamp at Sea. Other cruise ship activities guaranteed to keep you in shape include Yoga, Pilates, aerobics classes, spinning, sculpting and boxing.
What would you love to see as a cruise ship activity?