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Top 5 Things To Do On a Cruise Ship

Updated on July 14, 2011

Cruising is one of the best all inclusive vacations that someone can take, especially if they want to do some luxury traveling. It has everything that a person can dream of in one floating luxurious place. It also gives parents an opportunity to allow their teenagers to explore and be entertained without having to monitor them continuously because they are on a ship.

It is reassuring as a parent to know that they cannot get lost, be taken off or out of the area by a vehicle and can always be found because the ship is always under the watchful eye of the security camera.

I would personally recommend that anyone should at least once in their lives go ahead and book a cruise for four days. I recommend four days because you get to experience a lot of what is offered without feeling like you have missed out on anything, once you leave the ship at the end of your voyage.

With a cruise everything is built in, most of it is free and accessible to all of it's passengers. Of course there are opportunities to spend more money but it is not necessary.

All your meals are included in one price and you can eat all day long. Every cruise offers a variety of cuisine at all times of day and night, so if you are a foodie like me you end up in culinary heaven. Caution, over eating is easy but not recommended, but you should taste every and anything you can so that you can say that you did try something different and exotic.

I would also suggest that you go to the sit down meals every night you are on board. The three course meals are normally excellent and you can sample all the fare on the menu if your stomach is up to it. The service is always excellent, entertaining and upbeat, which makes the experience even more worthwhile.

Sitting down to a meal also gives you a chance to meet others on the cruise. This can be either good or bad but i like to say every experience is a great learning or teaching opportunity. Normally having a variety of human interactions makes cruising even more exciting.

I found that dressing up for meals gave me a sense of exhilaration. Depending on your seating time, sitting down to dinner is always a great treat especially when you are being treated like royalty.

Having someone looking after all the household duties except for ironing and laundry was also the most appealing feeling. Yet if you plan you packing well, you may not have to do any ironing or laundry or you can do like on lady i met on board and get it over with your first day on the ship and then just forget about that particular chore.

Things to consider.

A. Deciding where to go depends on who you are traveling with, what time of the year you travel, your destination's weather and the cost of the trip you are interested in taking or the time you will be away.

B. Documents needed to travel, if you don't have a passport, you can travel on your US birth certificate and a photo ID, re entry into the United States' ports always involves clearing customs and declaring what you have spent, so, remember to keep in mind all of your spending limits.

C. What to pack, packing is always a fascinating concept, for women we usually pack more than we will ever need or wear, but it doesn't have to be. So i suggest that you pack materials that travel well.

1. You will need at least three outfits for dinner and one really dressy outfit for the captain's dinner.

2. Bathing suits

3. Shorts and shirts

4. Several (3) outfits for those between times on board ship

D. Who to travel with, this depends on where you are going, how long you are going for, what you want to do and how much you want to spend. According to the internet you can find a lot of deals.

1. Carnival cruise line, a family friendly line

2. Royal Caribbean International

3. Disney Cruise line

E. Go to the Caribbean first, The Bahamas- although not technically in the Caribbean is close to the Floridan coast, so it makes traveling by ship quite easy and enjoyable, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Turks & Caicos are also good choices as well.

show route and directions
A markerCaribbean -
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B markerThe Bahamas -
The Bahamas
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C markerJamaica -
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D markerPuerto Rico -
Puerto Rico
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E markerGrand Turk -
Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Cruise ship pics

Carnival Cruise ship.
Carnival Cruise ship. | Source
A puppy towel sculpture.
A puppy towel sculpture. | Source
Ice sculpture and watermelon carvings at the Mexican fiesta.
Ice sculpture and watermelon carvings at the Mexican fiesta. | Source
Formal dining with first class service and entertainment.
Formal dining with first class service and entertainment. | Source
Hanging out by the pool late at night.
Hanging out by the pool late at night. | Source

The ship itself offers lots of things to do, see and taste. It is always a great idea to experience what the ship has to offer first, then branch out into experiencing the other entertainments.

1. Explore the ship

a. look in all the public rooms

b. take the elevators

c. go on deck

2. Explore your room

a. get to know your steward

b. unpack your bags

c. organize your things

3. Find the restaurants

a. formal dining

b. cafeteria

c. sandwich station

d. pizza station

4. Locate the Stage areas

a. comedy

b. karaoke

c. musicals

d. game shows

5. Scope out the Ship's shops

a. jewelry and accessories

b. souvenir goods

c. liquor

d. candy shop

There are other activities such as poolside games, casino gambling, children's activities, swimming & hot tubs, disco and of course the spa and gym.

Recommendations, participate in at least one game, karaoke or show. Try the sushi bar, one exotic drink and the late night dessert bar.


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      Celiegirl 4 years ago

      Thanks Vacation Trip, i enjoyed the experience...

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Great hub with the tips. I enjoyed reading your hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      You're right talfonso if that is a part of your cruise.

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      talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      How about another thing to do on a cruise ship? If yours has walkaround characters (Disney Cruise Line's vessels being GREAT examples), wander around aimlessly. You'll never know who you'll encounter. Did that on my last one with DCL and encountered Lilo near the Walt Disney Theatre and Captain Hook in the fitness room while exploring the ship with my relative!

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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      thanks rwelton - Alaska is supposed to be one of the best cruises, i haven't done it personally - at least not yet, but from what i have heard from a few people first hand, the best thing to do is keep a camera handy. The photo opts are limitless and breathtaking! Going in September, the fall season should be excellent! Explore the ship & Enjoy!

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      rwelton 6 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks for the tips - cruising to Alaska next week. Any new tips?


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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      LULU SUE1987 you are so right. The sense of freedom is awesome.

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      I never care where I am going. I love cruising and the vacation is the ship.