Top 3 Cruise Ships for Fun-Filled Sea Days

Whilst the positives for cruise holidays are almost never-ending, there are a couple of downsides – one of which is the dreaded day at sea. If you’re happy to relax on a sun lounger with a good book and a cocktail, you might not worry about days at sea. On the other hand, if you’re the type of person who needs to be kept busy at all times, a day at sea without anything to do could easily drive you up the walls.

Top 3 Cruise Ships for Fun: Surfing on Allure of the Seas
Surfing on Allure of the Seas via Flickr Rune CC 2.0

Top 3 Cruise Ships for Fun

These top 3 cruise ships have so much to see and do onboard that you might have a better time your days at sea than you do at your ports of call! If you want to guarantee fun-filled days throughout your entire cruise holiday, consider booking your next trip on one of these top 3 cruise ships.

Carnival Breeze

Owned by Carnival Cruises, Carnival Breeze offers all-day dining at Pizza Pirate, so whatever time the hunger cravings strike, you’ll never have to go without. Other onsite dining options include a Mongolian wok, Italian restaurant with all-you-can-eat pasta bar, a poolside burger joint, Mexican-style cantina and Indian curry house.

After you’ve filled up, you can work off the excess calories by hitting the SportSquare on the upper deck, where you’ll find a running track, basketball courts, cardio stations and even the SkyCourse where you can strap yourself into a hardness and swing through the eight sections of a rope course.

On this ship children will have the time of their lives with the outdoor two-level minigolf course, table-top football, pool table and WaterWorks water park, whilst adults can enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation at the Cloud 9 Spa.

Top 3 Cruise Ships for fun: Pool deck on the Carnival Breeze
Pool deck on the Carnival Breeze via Flickr VGB.Studios CC 2.0

Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is the largest passenger cruise ship in the world, so it goes without saying that it loaded with things to do. Open-air attractions are water-themed and include three swimming pools, kids’ pool, kids’ water park, family-friendly hot tubs, FlowRider surf pools, Aquatheatre pool for scuba diving and even a covered thalassotherapy pool. If you’re not big on water, there is also a zip line, basketball court, ping-pong, minigolf course and two rock-climbing walls.

And as if that wasn’t enough, things get even better when you explore the inside of the ship. Here you’ll find an onboard Central Park covered in 12,000 plants and 60 trees, as well as the Boardwalk which features a handful of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, fortune teller and handmade carousel. After you’ve spent a few minutes here, you’ll completely forget you’re on a cruise ship.

Top 3 Cruise Ships for fun: Central Park on Allure of the Seas
Central Park on Allure of the Seas via Flickr Scott Oakley CC 2.0

Queen Mary 2

If you thought Allure of the Seas couldn’t possibly be beaten, just wait until you hear about Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Since this liner spends a lot of time at sea covering transatlantic itineraries, the QM2 offers a wealth of attractions suitable for the whole family to enjoy, whatever the weather. When the weather’s fine, you can soak up the sun whilst keeping cool in the numerous swimming pools. Or if things get a bit cloudy, pop under the on-deck retractable dome for a game of basketball, paddle, tennis, ping-pong, shuffleboard or quoits.

For more cultural and intellectual experiences, the QM2 hosts talks from academics, explorers, musicians, former politicians, filmmakers and historians, in addition to acting workshops, wine-tasting sessions, ballroom dance classes,  computer programming lessons and ship-wide book clubs.

Top 3 Cruise Ships for fun: Theatre on the Queen Mary 2
Theatre on the Queen Mary 2 via Flickr Rob Goldsmith CC 2.0

Do you have anything to add to our list of top 3 cruise ships for fun ? Let us know in the comments below.

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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