Do you like the idea of cruising, but worry that you might get bored? There is plenty to do on a cruise if you choose the right itinerary and ship; however, being prepared for a little downtime will help allay your fears. Discover how to avoid cabin fever and get the most out of your seafaring holiday.
Choose the right ship
One of the best ways to avoid getting bored on a cruise is to pick a really big ship. Some vessels are so large that they almost have neighbourhoods within their decks. On some of the largest ships you can rock climb, play miniature golf, surf, take cooking classes, visit a spa, work out in the gym, lie by the ‘beach’ or in a hot tub, go zip-lining, go ice-skating, watch live entertainment, learn to scuba dive, go shopping, visit the bar and try karaoke – all on the one ship. If this isn’t enough to keep you entertained, you might also like to take a book.
Plan your port stops
On most cruises you will spend at least half of the days in port. Spend your cruising time researching your next destination – using a combination of guide books, the internet and advice from the ship’s staff – so you can make the most of your time ashore. This will help you to pass the time and become excited about the sights you are soon to see and experience.
Take lots of books
Or take your tablet. How often do you get the space to just sit and read, or to watch your favourite television show on your tablet, uninterrupted? A cruise can be a great way to enjoy ‘enforced’ relaxation time – that is, you don’t have to be up and doing something every moment of every day. Find a nice shady spot on the deck, sit by the pool or enjoy sprawling out on your private balcony, and settle in with your favourite form of quiet entertainment. If you are travelling with a friend, you might like to consider playing a game of cards or challenging them to a game of chess.
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