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Royal Caribbean ships also keep their helipads open for all passengers, as long as it's not too windy. Princess Cruises takes its own approach, with stargazing.


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As part of researching your ship and cruise line, you may have come across the dress code for your trip. Do read it carefully to ensure you pack the right mix of.


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Leading the pack is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., whose mega-ships Caribbean's guests are largely family travelersβ€”and those who do are.


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Royal Caribbean ships also keep their helipads open for all passengers, as long as it's not too windy. Princess Cruises takes its own approach, with stargazing.


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What's the quintessential activity onboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean? Many Royal Caribbean ships sport surf pools, interactive water parks for.


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Then there is the Caribbean's geographical make up – seemingly tailor-made for cruising, with the islands spaced to allow passengers to arrive.


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Work Out. Facebook Pinterest Twitter. Several lines offer computer and digital photography classes, so you can come home with the most sophisticated vacation photo presentations ever. Move over, chair hogs. Royal Caribbean tops the leaderboard on this one with matinees of its ice skating and AquaTheater shows, as well as midday showings of its Broadway shows, like "Hairspray. Napkin folding? No thanks. Want to start prepping for your sea day fun in advance? Search Deals. It's OK to show off your rusty dance moves or cheer loudly for your favorite -- you will likely never see any of your shipmates again. Email me when prices drop. If you're a kid, that is. MSC Cruises' Seaside and Seaview have some of the best onboard gyms with rowers, a heavy bag and gymnastics rings, plus lots of Technogym equipment. Carnival and Norwegian also compete on the water slide front, while Celebrity's Solstice-class ships go a more zen route with beautiful adults-only solariums that offer lap pools and retractable roofs. Eat, Drink and Be Merry. On the other hand, maybe you planned to indulge in a little pampering during your time off. Seek Out Thrills. Unfortunately, your 3,plus shipmates might have other ideas, making a ruckus on the lido deck while poolside movie screens blare rock concerts. Seabourn's Odyssey-class ships have Kinesis walls to improve flexibility and muscle tone. Steiner Leisure operates the majority of cruise line spas, so the offerings are the same across the board, though Canyon Ranch SpaClub has now partnered with several cruise lines, as well. Get Inspired. Are there chances for thrill seeking off ship on your next cruise? Perhaps you're fond of the smorgasbord approach, picking this and that from the Mongolian Wok, Bonsai Sushi, Guy Fieri's burger and barbecue joints, New York-style deli or the pizza, pasta and burrito bars on Carnival. It's perfectly acceptable to drop your workweek formality and get a little silly on a cruise. Take our survey.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Royal Caribbean is known for impromptu dance parties on the Royal Promenade, while Disney enlists its famous characters to round everyone up for fun. Learn Something. Disney's pool decks -- with special pools for adults and little kids -- are encircled by water coaster rides or peppered with water slides. Beyond the massages, facials and mani-pedis, passengers can book Botox injections and teeth whitening treatments, fancy shaves for men, special teen treatments, couple's mud baths and a variety of gooey wraps that claim to do wonders for your skin, circulation and general well-being. Hang Out By the Pools. Sunbathing, of course! Sea day-dreading travelers, take heart. Some of the best spas go beyond the treatment rooms. What's the quintessential activity onboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean? Or join in the life-size renditions of popular board games during its Hasbro, The Game Show. And don't forget the afternoon version of the pub crawl or restaurant dine around. While most onboard fitness centers are located top-of-ship with sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows, Carnival takes workouts alfresco in its SportSquare on select ships. If nothing else, look for adults-only sun decks to avoid the little splashers who often take over the main pools. A new breed of cruiser has abandoned poolside vegging for high-octane pursuits onboard. Knowing that the under set doesn't want to play bingo with mom and dad all day, cruise lines have built elaborate kids' recreation areas that will have adults wishing they could turn back time and join in the fun. Oceania, Carnival, Costa and Cunard offer thalassotherapy pools for therapeutic dips. Sign up for the latest from Cruise Critic. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}When it comes to sea days, you either love 'em or hate 'em. Learn to cook in the show kitchens of Holland America and Oceania, make scrapbooks on Celebrity or learn to find constellations at a Stargazing with Discovery at Sea event on Princess. Some might even say that you're missing out on the true cruise experience if you don't get off your high horse and get into the onboard fun and games. Here are our picks for the top 10 things to do on sea days. Think mocktail bars for sodas and smoothies, internet and video game consoles, piles of board games and toys and some hands-on crafts projects -- plus shipwide scavenger hunts, pizza parties and karaoke contests. They're dangling from great heights on Norwegian's and Carnival's ropes courses. Many Royal Caribbean ships sport surf pools, interactive water parks for kids and zero-entry pools for wading. Trained counselors wrangle the little tykes and keep an eye on teens, so kids and adults can pursue their favorite activities in peace. Stay Informed. Be Entertained. Many, like the spas on Norwegian and Celebrity ships, have thermal suites with saunas, steam rooms and heated relaxation chairs. While mainstream ships always have some sort of evening performance scheduled, some entertainment-focused lines keep their theaters full on sea day afternoons. Matinee performance, anyone? Beanbag toss? Share Your Interests. Get Silly. Get the lowdown in fun cruise ship games and contests that bring out your inner kid. What other fun will you find onboard? Departure Month. Brittany Chrusciel. Princess pioneered the concept with its adults-only Sanctuary sun decks, where you can buy a day pass to plush lounge chairs, alfresco massages, Evian misters and the attentive services of Serenity Stewards. Disney leads the pack with playrooms straight out of its hit movies, like "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc. Find a Cruise. We're not just talking about the fierce team trivia competitions for bragging rights to a logo cap or bag. The luxury lines often offer lecture programs with famous guests or subject matter experts entertaining and educating passengers on sea days. Retreat from the World. Popular on Cruise Critic. Planning to spend your day on the sun deck? Line dancing? How to Find the Best Cruise Bargains in Want to cruise smarter? Please select your areas of interest:. Go to Camp. Toss the trashy novel, and make your brain do a bit of work on your cruise. Now help us get to know you better to enhance your experience. You're on vacation, and a little peace and quiet would be nice. Eating and drinking make up a large fraction of time spent onboard. They're skydiving on Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships and ziplining several decks above sea level on its Oasis Class. When the closest you come to getting exercise during the workweek is speed walking from your desk to the printer or running for the bus, working out in a state-of-the-art gym can be one of the many perks of a cruise vacation. Want to burn calories onboard? In addition to hooting at the hairy chest contest, you can also master digital photography, splash down a water slide, practice your best pretzel in a yoga class or dangle from ropes many, many decks above the waves. While some might wax poetic about languid afternoons in the spa or by the pool, others are constantly flipping through the daily schedule, desperate for something -- anything -- to do until reaching the next port. Bliss Out at the Spa. While every major cruise ship has the requisite pool, hot tub and rows of lounge chairs, some take pool time to new heights. Those predisposed to a liquid diet can kick back with buckets of beer and fruity cocktails from poolside bars, glasses of wine with lunch or even milkshakes on Oceania and fruit smoothies on lines like Princess and Royal Caribbean. Lines from Holland America and Seabourn to Celebrity and Norwegian rent out private cabanas, where you can draw the curtains on the world as you savor fruit skewers and chilled towels. Or maybe you like a leisurely sea day lunch at upscale Holland America's Pinnacle Grill or a Champagne brunch at Disney's adults-only Palo.