I’m finally onto the last of my blog post series based around the misconceptions I’ve previously held about cruise holidays. If you’ve missed them you should go have a read. I put loads of effort into them all, so I’d really appreciate it.
So we’ve come to the final point, which was the idea that I’d get bored while at sea on a cruise ship.
These days there are literally hundreds of cruise ships to choose from, and they’re all massively different. The Carnival Sunshine is nothing like the Crystal Serenity, so you need to know what kind of cruise you’d best be suited on. Now for me, while I do love a luxurious bedroom and a bit of peace and quiet, there are some cruise ships where I might be bored. I need things to do; I’m not the kind of person who likes sitting still doing nothing.
Now that might be right up your street, and if it is then this blog doesn’t really apply to you – cruise ships offer some of the most opulent places to relax that you’d find anywhere, easily matching the best spas you’d find on land, so you don’t need to worry about boredom. However for me, and the many others who might see a holiday as something more active, we need more.
And these days cruise ships provide more. There are many with more of a focus on fun, a world away from the image I held of a quiet space for an older audience. These amazing ships are equipped with phenomenal entertainment facilities suitable for both the day and evening, including many ideal for younger guests as family cruising becomes more and more popular. Here I’ll touch on some of the more unique additions to cruise ships in the past few years that have really made them stand out.
Royal Caribbean has gone big when it comes to their ships and the entertainment on-board. The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas are absolute mammoths, with a frankly ridiculous amount of attractions and things you can fill your time with. I defy you to book a cruise with them and complain that you’re bored. I mean whoever thought of putting a zip line on a cruise ship is a genius. You’ve got sports facilities, a water park, ice-skating, in-line skating, mini golf, 3D movies, a rock climbing wall, self-levelling pool tables (what a great idea), theatre shows, comedy shows, a casino, a nightclub and MORE. There’s also the FlowRider, a surf simulator that you’ll also find on the Freedom class of ships as well.
Then there’s Carnival with its Waterworks pools and slides, the EA Sports Bar where you can game and watch live sport to your heart’s content, the HASBRO game show and many of the same features as the Royal Caribbean ships too. Or NCL, which has live shows from the Blue Man Group along with abseiling and bowling.
I don’t want to carry on because I don’t want to come across as if I’m favouring one cruise line over another. They’re all great, and as well they all share many of the same features, just with their own twist. But one thing is absolutely certain, if you’re bored on a cruise ship then you’ve either made the mistake of booking a ship that isn’t suited to your personality, or you’re impossible to please.
So that’s the end of my mini-series of blogs on my cruise misconceptions. I’m still learning but it’s fair to say that I’m a lot more knowledgeable when it comes to cruise holidays and I’ve certainly banished the daft thoughts that I did have. So there you have it. I’ll keep posting blogs about interesting subjects of course, so you don’t have to worry about me disappearing just yet.
By Ian Lewis