Four Fun Things You Never Knew You Could do on a Cruise

Long gone are the days when the most exciting thing you could do on a cruise ship was try the new cocktail of the day or attend the captain’s ball. Today, cruise companies are well aware that travelers want enough adventure, thrills and fun to keep them entertained for every minute of every day, which is why today’s cruise ships go all out when it comes to facilities, entertainment and attractions. Whether the idea of adrenaline-pumping sports get your heart racing or you prefer to be taken on a far-off journey from the comfort of a reclining lounger, these four fun things to do on a cruise ship cater for every whim and guarantee you’ll never get bored on your next cruise.

Allure of the Seas Aquatheather with Climbing Wall
Allure of the Seas Aquatheather with Climbing Wall: Photo on Flickr by Wilson Hui / CC BY 2.0

4 Fun Things to Do on a Cruise

Go surfing on the deck

Book a cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum, Oasis, Freedom class ships or the Voyager, Explorer or Navigator of the Seas and you’ll be able to ride the waves without even stepping off the ship. All these gargantuan liners boast a FlowRider: a wave simulator which generates 60,000 gallons of gushing water every minute. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro surfer or boogie boarder. Having a go on FlowRider is more about having fun and trying out the sport in a safe environment. If you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it!) your performance will be broadcast live on the flat screen TVs in the adjacent Wipe Out! bar for other guests’ entertainment.

4 Fun Things to Do on a Cruise: Surfing on the FlowRider wave simulator
Surfing on the FlowRider wave simulator: Photo Jaycousa / CC BY 2.0


Royal Caribbean doesn’t stop at surfing and boogie boarding. Royal Caribbean also boast state-of-the-art skydiving simulators so you can experience the thrill of freefalling without having to be brave enough to throw yourself out of a plane. The Ripcord by iFly simulators are available on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas ships and provide you with a perfectly safe environment for skydiving with the added bonus of gorgeous sea views which stretch on for nautical miles.

Ripcord by iFly skydiving setup. Image via Flickr, David Fiske CC 2.0
Ripcord by iFly skydiving setup: Photo David Fiske / CC BY-ND 2.0

Sip on a cocktail at an ice bar

Most cruise liners offer a dizzying selection of world-class bars, but none are quite as outstanding as the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ice bars. The SVEDKA and Inniskillin Ice Bars on the Norwegian Epic, Breakaway and Getaway ships are the only ice bars at sea where the temperature is kept at a cool arctic -8°C. Everything, from the walls and the bar itself to the tables and chairs, are made from solid ice. But thankfully big hooded jackets with fluffy insides are handed out to all guests, so you can sip on your super cool vodka-based cocktails without feeling the chill.

Keeping warm at the SVEDKA Ice Bar. Image via Flickr, Gary Bembridge CC 2.0
Keeping warm at the SVEDKA Ice Bar: Photo Gary Bembridge / CC BY 2.0

Travel the universe

“Travel the universe” might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not far from the truth. Cunard Cruise Line’s Queen Mary 2 is home to the one and only planetarium at sea, complete with plush reclining chairs which provide you with the perfect view of the 360° screens on the domed ceiling display. Fascinating planetarium films are shown here, as well as lectures given by world-famous speakers and family-friendly movies. Seats are limited and places fill up fast, so get there early!

Queen Mary 2's impressive planetarium. Image via Flickr, Tom Mascardo CC 2.0
Queen Mary 2’s impressive planetarium: Photo Tom Mascardo / CC BY-ND 2.0

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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