Being on vacation means having a good time. While you may be able to amuse yourself, your fellow cruise ship passengers might sometimes need a little nudge. The best activities get everyone involved in the fun and give them an opportunity to let loose a bit. Our favorites aren’t always the most sophisticated activities at sea, but they will make you smile.
Carnival Contests. As wacky to watch as they are to participate in, the knobby knees and hairy chest competitions are something of a throwback. However, you have to love the enthusiasm of the contestants who compete for a “solid gold” plastic ship-on-a-stick trophy.
Celebrity Solstice-class Ships Lawn Club. Hone your short game on the only real grass putting greens on the high seas. The half acre of turf above the water also provides a sea of green for genteel games of croquet, lawn games, picnics, and simple barefoot strolls.
The Costa Toga Party. Do as the Romans did—dress up in a toga (supplies and accessories are provided on board) and join in the Bacchanal. Peel a grape for your significant other as you await the arrival of Julius Caesar.
Disney “Pirates in the Caribbean” Deck Party. Even Captain Hook smiles on a Disney cruise, and nowhere is that more evident than at this fun deck party. Full of high energy and high spirits, we won’t spoil the surprise of how Mickey makes his exciting entrance, but the grand finale is the only fireworks show presented from on board a cruise ship while at sea.
Princess Cruises Champagne Waterfall. A highlight of every “Love Boat” cruise is the traditional champagne waterfall—the next best thing to New Year’s Eve. After the Maitre d’ supervises the setting up of hundreds of champagne glasses (pictured above), he deftly begins filling the “fountain” from the top. As champagne cascades into each layer below, all the ladies aboard are invited to assist. It’s a great photo op.