Find out what cruise holidays are all about with our quick-read A to Z guide below…
From libraries, cinemas and casinos to mini golf, rock climbing walls and surf simulators; there’s a whole host of activities to keep you occupied whilst you cruise.
Treat yourself to a colourful cocktail… or two! Or for wine lovers, it’s hard not to be impressed with the wine tower on Celebrity Cruises which holds as many as 500 different labels!
From stacked burgers loaded with onion rings, bacon and cheese to refined five course taster menus; cruise ships have a variety of dining venues onboard to cater to your every craving. Plus with an array of collaborations between cruise lines and celebrity chefs including Marco Pierre White, Eric Lanlard and Curtis Stone; there’s a wealth of fresh and delicious cuisine to enjoy onboard.
D: Dive in Movies
Cruise Lines like Princess, Carnival, Cunard and Royal Caribbean have giant screens where you can watch an amazing selection of movies whilst chilling in the pool or relaxing in a lounger with freshly popped popcorn and cosy blankets.
From snorkelling in the Caribbean to whale watching in Alaska; cruise holidays open the door to a world of new experiences and memories.
Keep up your daily exercise regime using onboard gyms, sports courts and fitness and dance classes too!
Let’s face it, there may be a rainy day whilst you’re at sea, and nobody wants to be outside for that! So instead why not escape to another world in the Video Arcade or Gaming Stations?
H: Hip Hangouts
No matter what age you are there’s somewhere special onboard that’s been designed just for you!
I: Ice Bar
Nope, we’re not kidding – Norwegian Epic has its very own Ice Bar onboard! Perfect for cooling off after a day in the sun!
Cruise ships feature several jacuzzi’s across the lido deck which means you can enjoy amazing sea views all around whilst you let the bubbles ease away your tensions!
There’s something for all ages onboard! Whether it’s the Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on Carnival cruise line or the Lego experience on MSC, your little ones will love life at sea!
L: Live Entertainment
Be wowed by concerts under the stars, Ibiza-inspired beach parties, magical magicians and rib-tickling comedy shows.
If you love all-singing and all-dancing shows then you’re going to be in your element on a cruise ship! With shows like Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Norwegian Cruise Line and Mamma Mia on Royal Caribbean, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Cruise lines spend millions of dollars every year to ensure their ships are kept updated. From the cabins and public lounges to the dining experiences, entertainment programmes and even new ports of call in their itineraries.
O: Outdoor Fun
Each and every ship is different but you can expect to find fun-filled activities like mini golf, high ropes courses, sports courts, rock climbing, giant chess, croquet and shuffleboard.
It doesn’t feel quite like a holiday without access to a pool does it? Which is why cruise lines create incredible water parks that could more than rival any land-based resort!
Q: Queen’s Room
Onboard Cunard’s fleet, the Queen’s room is where they’ve been serving the most incredible Afternoon Tea at sea for over 175 years! Come evening it’s transformed into an elegant ball room.
With most ships featuring a spa onboard, you can be feeling relaxed and revived in no time!
S: Sunrise and Sunset
We don’t know what it is but for some reason watching the sun rise and set whilst at sea makes it seem that much more spectacular.
With collaborations like Cirque Du Soleil with MSC cruise line and the award-winning composer of ‘Wicked’, Stephen Schwartz, with Princess cruise line, theatre options at sea can be better than Broadway!
U: Unique Perspective
Cruise ships give you a unique vantage point for admiring your destination. Whether it’s peering up at the awe-inspiring mountains alongside the Norwegian Fjords or spotting the white sand beaches and palm trees of the Caribbean in the distance, your holiday will be filled with sights to remember!
Wake up to a new view every day!
From dolphins and penguins to komodo dragons and blue-footed boobys; cruising give you the chance to spot some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet.
The Xpedition cruise from Celebrity Cruises is designed for exploration. It’s one of the few ships granted access to cruise the enchanting and precious Galapagos Islands. In fact it even has a Galapagos National Park-certified naturalist onboard to give guests insight about the wildlife on the islands.
Y: Yacht Club
Live the life of luxury when you choose the MSC Yacht Club experience. You’ll get to enjoy private lounges, premium suites and exclusive dining and beverage perks!
Z: Zip Lines
That’s right! Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas feature a zip line which allows you to soar 9 decks above ground over ‘Central Park’.