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Life On Board
With an exceptional level of personal service, gourmet cuisine,
outstanding amenities and accommodations, cruise lines go out of their
way to ensure an unforgettable cruise experience. While each
cruise line has its own personality and charm, you can be assured that
your experience onboard any cruise ship can be tailored to create your
Typical Activities and Things to Do
Onboard the ship you will have a broad range of activities and
amenities. Depending on the ship, you can: Take in guest lecturers or
enrichment classes. Enjoy time with your significant other while the
young ones play in the supervised kid's area, and the older children
can congregate in the ships teen center for some fun all their own.
Then there's the dining venues, swimming pools, movie theaters, ice
skating rinks, and health and spa facilities, that will delight any age
group. Adding to the appeal is the safety a cruise vacation offers.
Couples or families can break off to do their own thing without a
worry. Crew members are always watching out for their guests' enjoyment
and safety. As you're enjoying all the ship has to offer, you're being
transported to your next destination and port of call.
The dining experience onboard a cruise ship is just that - an
experience. You can find anything from gourmet cuisine prepared
by world-renowned chefs, to a slice of pizza. There are many
dining options offered throughout the day. The main dining offers a
formal dining experience with beautiful table settings and impeccable
service. You will have the full dining experience with several
courses and options from which to select. A casual dining area is
offered for individuals who enjoy a more casual environment with
extended hours. Typical options include buffet-style meals with
sandwiches, soups, salad bar and hot meal options. And you can get your
fix of hamburgers and hot dogs with poolside casual dining.
Many cruise lines will offer a specialty dining experience at a nominal
fee. Reminiscent of ocean liners of the past, these distinctively
elegant restaurants offer a dining experience like no other at sea.
Savor the five-course menu creations prepared tableside with a medley
of aromatic ingredients. Relish the timeless ambiance of an intimate
dine-in wine cellar. Each restaurant is equally spectacular offering
its own taste of history and unparalleled service.
Room service is an option on some cruise lines, where you can select
casual dining options brought right to your room. In addition,
cruise lines offer late night snacks for those enjoying the evening's
entertainment at no extra costs.
Each cruise line has their own unique way to pamper you and indulge
your senses. There is always something to do onboard a cruise
ship. If you want to kick back and relax poolside with a book,
you are free to do so whenever you wish. But if you are looking for a
little more action and entertainment, the possibilities are
endless. In addition to the options featured below, many ships
also feature sports equipment and play areas, libraries, as well
as cruise line sponsored games and themed events and parties.
Lounges, Bars and Clubs
Each ship has several bars, lounges and clubs to choose from. You
can dance the night away at one of the night clubs or enjoy a martini
while enjoying some live entertainment. Elegant decor,
superior service, live music and exotic beverages create a wonderful
environment for making new friends or getting together with old ones.
Cruise line production teams work countless hours setting the stage for
some of the most exclusive entertainers to put on imaginative and
remarkable shows for their guests night after night. From singers
and dancers, to comedians and magicians. Whatever your interest,
there is a show for you!
Cruises aren't simply a way to relax and unwind. They also offer
opportunities to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.
Some examples of these activities are:
- Wine tastings
- Computer Classes
- Digital Photography Classes
- Drawing and Painting
- Cultural and Port Education
- Religious services offered in many denominations
If lady luck inspires you, cruise ships offer state-of-the-art gaming
systems and tables. You can give the roulette wheel a spin, enter
a poker tournament, or spin to win on the numerous slot machines.
Onboard casinos offer many of the games you will find at your favorite
Not all treasures are found buried at sea. Elegant shops and gallerias
hold the promise of discovery and delight. Marble walkways lead you
from sophisticated boutiques to fine jewelry stores that hold stylish
clothing, precious gems, cosmetics, fragrances and more. Window shop,
attend a fashion show or select gifts for friends and family. Then,
indulge yourself as you encounter the ideal memento of your truly
extraordinary cruise experience.
An appreciation for the finer things sets you apart. You'll be rewarded
with culturally enriching experiences at every turn. Throughout the
ships, you'll find museum-quality artwork on display by masters like
Picasso and contemporary painters like Peter Max. Onboard art auctions
allow you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these
amazing works of art and often the artist! Sip champagne as you
discover the next great surrealist or complete your already impressive
Youth programs are offered on many, but not all, cruise ships.
These programs are designed to keep children busy and happy during the
days that you are exploring the ship. They have specific hours
where you can drop off children of a certain age and they will be cared
for, at no extra cost. Youth programs are usually tiered by age
group, so that children will be interacting with other children their
own age. All programs are run by educated individuals who love
children. Cruise lines employees are thoroughly trained and
extensive background checks run. Emergency and safety procedures
are in place so that parents can feel secure leaving their precious
cargo. Some offer pagers for emergency communication between
staff and parents.
Tipping policies vary by cruise line, so it's best to know what to
expect before you depart. The following is an introduction to tipping
while on a cruise. Since cruising is international, from the staff to
the passengers, the practice of automatically charging your onboard
account a daily flat service charge is becoming increasingly popular
among cruise lines. This practice alleviates any potential angst for
people not accustomed to tipping and is a simple means for the crew
(who often heavily rely on tips) to receive a living wage for their
services. Charges range from $10 to $13 per day/passenger and in some
cases you can adjust the automatic service charge should the service
not meet your expectations.