Six Unique Sea Day Activities You Should Try

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Smiling woman enjoying a day on a cruise ship and looking at view.

So, yesterday, you ziplined over a rainforest canopy in Fiji, and today you have a day to relax on the ship as she makes her way to your next destination.And as you start to think you’ll be bored, you spy the daily program that the crew delivered to your room. Daily programs are a way to keep guests informed of what activities are available on the ship and the dining times. Here is a list of unique sea day activities for your next free day at sea! 

Rock Climb

Rock Climbing | Photo: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean was the first cruise to debut a rock climb activity. According to their website, you can climb forty feet above deck on their rock wall. Rock climbing is open to guests six years and older. Participants do not need to have prior rock climbing experience for this activity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced climber, the rock climbing activity provides a fun, new onboard experience for all!

Walk the Plank

Now you can experience the thrill of a pirate’s life! According to Norwegian Cruise Line’s blog, this activity will have you walk an “8-foot long, six-inch wide plank” over the ship’s side. Available on Norwegian Cruise Line Breakaway and Breakaway Plus ships, this activity was voted the Best Onboard Thrill by Porthole Magazine. 

Sky Dive

RipCord by iFly | Photo: Royal Caribbean

You can now feel what it’s like to soar through the skies like Superman, just a little closer to the deck. Guests can now freefall in a wind tunnel aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships like Anthem of the Seas with RipCord by iFly. According to Royal Caribbean’s website, guests must be older than three years and weigh less than 230 pounds if shorter than 6 feet to try this onboard experience. In addition, those who are 6 feet and taller must weigh less than 250 pounds. 

Roller Coasters

While roller coasters are not unique to cruise ships, Carnival’s Bolt is the first and fastest roller coaster at sea, according to their website. Carnival Bolt is a two-rider coaster, with the first passenger controlling how fast the ride is, making it good for thrill seekers or those who would like something a bit calmer. Bolt will cost extra and is available on Carnival Celebration, Mardi Gras, and Carnival Jubilee in the future. 


Cunard Queen Mary 2 Illuminations | Photo: Cunard

According to the cruise line, Cunard, Illuminations is the largest planetarium at sea. Located on their flagship, Queen Mary 2, you’ll explore the solar system or learn to navigate the stars. Cunard also says guests can see science and history films and listen to classical music in Illuminations, which is also a 3D cinema and classical music venue. 

Solve a Mystery

On board Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, guests ages nine and older can help Mickey and Goofy at Midship Detective Agency solve three cases. Guests can start by helping to recover some stolen paintings or missing props. Additionally, guests can go searching to figure out who kidnapped some Dalmatian pups. According to the Disney Cruise website, each case has several endings and perps for detectives to look out for. This is a self-guided game, allowing guests to play at their own pace. The activity begins at the self-serve kiosk, where guests will get the instructions to navigate through the game.

Sea days are the perfect time to relax, have more fun, and explore the ship as you cruise between your ports of call. Each cruise ship offers several activities to keep guests entertained while on the high seas. Some activities are geared toward adults, and some for families and kids, so no one is left out. The only question is, which one are you going to try first?

By Niko Balkaran

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