Regardless of whether you’re the kind of person who views work as a grind, or if you love your job and enjoy going every moment at your desk (if you work at a desk); there’s still a certain charm about end of the day on Friday when the weekend begins.
Sorry to anyone who works weekends.
I love the weekend. I love my job too, but it’s having two days of my own with the wife that I can mould however I want, budget depending. That’s what makes it special. I’ve got some weekend traditions – football, Saturday night TV, Sunday roast – as I’m sure others do. So I’ve gone through and picked out 10 great weekend traditions, and looked at how best to recreate them at sea.
#1 Friday night out
The whole ritual of getting ready for a night out – getting your hair done, sorting your nails, spending hours over what to wear (and that’s just the blokes) – is part of the fun, but really it’s letting loose and having a drink and a dance that makes the weekend worth waiting for. Modern ships have their own night clubs perfect for this, and it’s the perfect way to unwind.
#2 Watching a movie
Some people like to go to the cinema and catch the latest film. Others just catch whatever’s on TV for a bit of Sunday afternoon viewing. For the former, you’ll find plenty of ships with their own cinemas including huge outdoor screens overlooking the pool. The latter can look forward to movies to rent in their own stateroom as you snooze. Bliss.
Sometimes you just want some peace and quiet. Escape with a book from the on-board library and you will always find somewhere to take it easy and remain uninterrupted.
#4 Saturday night takeaway
I don’t mean the ‘AntandDec’ TV show, but the tradition of finding your favourite food and having someone else prepare it. During your cruise if you don’t fancy the room service, just go and grab a burger or a slice of pizza, it’s easy enough and again you don’t have to worry about the cooking. Speaking of which…
#5 Sunday roast
Cruise ships won’t often have a dedicated Sunday roast dinner option but you can still enjoy fine dishes including chicken, beef, lamb, pork and so on, every day of the week. So you won’t have to miss out on your favourite meat dishes while at sea. In fact you can have them as often as you like!
#6 The pre- or post-dinner walk
Sunday walks are a delight. Recreate this on the ship with a walk around a promenade deck – the peace still exists, and you can soak in the fresh ocean air. You’ll be ready for a nap before you know it.
Who doesn’t love a bit of shopping at the weekend? Well, unless you’re being dragged around shops for ages when you aren’t buying anything. Get along to the on-board boutiques to grab the latest fashions and accessories, or just a souvenir.
#8 Watching the football
Big for the lads this, for nine months of the year Saturday means one thing only. Now depending on your ship you might not be able to see the latest premier league action but you’ll often find some sports to watch, or just have a game of something yourself to fill that gap.
#9 Take in a show
The live entertainment available at sea is excellent, so whether you’re a comedy fan or someone who just loves musicals, you won’t be disappointed. Weekends where you’ve got something like this lined up tend to be special – and there’s no reason why the same can’t be said on a cruise.
#10 The lie-in
The fabled wonder of the lie-in. I’ll be honest, I don’t ever have them – I’m awake at 7 at the latest and I can’t ever be bothered staying in bed. But then I know I’m the odd one out, and there’s something delightful about lazing in your stateroom, ordering something from the room service menu and just drifting as the ship sails on.
What makes your weekend special? I’ll bet it could be 10x better on a cruise ship.
By Ian Lewis