Some people don’t like Valentine’s Day. Some people like action and adventure, to get as far away from the love hearts and the loved-up as possible. Thank goodness for cruises for adrenaline junkies.
Some of us prefer zip lines or extreme sports, and scrambling up rock walls to defeat gravity for fun. The lovebirds can keep their smooching – some of us want surfing. For the Anti-Valentine’s crowd, and for those looking to get over it, there are some fantastic cruises around where the emphasis is on sports and adventure.
Royal Caribbean’s ships, for example, are more fun than an army of puppies play-fighting in a field of whoopee cushions. These ships make perfect venues for active family holidays, especially if you and your kids are adrenaline junkies. Aboard the Adventure of the Seas you could be racing around the inline skating track up on deck, scrambling up a 30ft climbing wall or trash-talking your nearest and dearest on the full-size basketball court.
Or, if you’re on the gigantic Independence of the Seas, enjoy some of the finest aquatic mayhem afloat in the H2O Zone Waterpark. You could become a top-deck surfing legend on the FlowRider too, a surf simulator that jets 34,000 gallons of awesome per minute at fun-loving action monkeys of all sizes.
Passengers aboard Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch can tennis away in the nets on the top deck, or swing the heck out of a club in the ship’s un-crazy golf facilities. Leave the ship’s sauna and Jacuzzis to those who don’t understand the urgency of motion – you’re a force of nature with pools to swim, weights to lift, mills to tread and a studio to dance all over.
NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway is another paradise for adrenaline junkies. Invent a new dance style every night in the Bliss Ultra Lounge, and make the top deck your jungle in the multi-level rope course around the Sports Complex. The Splash Academy is perfect for kids composed of pure energy – and the Nickelodeon-themed Aqua Park offers twisting, towering water slides that swoosh kids into the pool at the speed of fun.
P&O’s Ventura is great for sports lovers too – with a roomy sports court on the top deck open to the shining sun. Fun-loving activites can be footballing and cricketing to their racing hearts’ content, or even try outdoor aerobics and Tai Chi if they’re on the lookout for something new. Passengers aboard the Emerald Princess will find no less than four pools to pick from, three of which have two hut tubs each – the perfect way to relax after owning the gym and the jogging track. If the table tennis, shuffleboard and centre court don’t finish off your energy levels for the day, there’s always a less-than leisurely swim in the lap pool, where adrenaline junkies can battle against the current to show physics just how much they don’t like it.
But you don’t need to be running around in various states of sport to enjoy some adventure on your cruise – how about some adventure of the culinary kind aboard Holland America’s MS Noordam? This ship boasts the Culinary Arts Center, a gourmet kitchen crossed with a lecture theatre, where professional classes and demonstrations could take your toast from burnt to French in no time.
However you like your adventures, our award-winning Cruise Concierge team can find an active cruise break for you. Give us a call on our freephone number above, or get in touch via the comments below – and viva los venturas!