Posted July 17th, 2017
10 Sporting Activities You Can Enjoy At Sea
If you want to stay in shape during your cruise, the most obvious place to visit is the gym. However, there are so many other ways to get active too. Sports and leisure activities are a great way to keep your mind and body entertained, as well as giving you an excuse to indulge at the breakfast buffet or choose that towering dessert you’ve had your eye on.
Cruise lines are always trying to push the boundaries when it comes to what can and can’t be done at sea, and this includes sports facilities too. Here are ten leisure activities you might have access to on your cruise.
Mini-golf is a favourite on many different cruise ships, offering something that the whole family can enjoy together. Usually situated on the top deck, you can make the most of fantastic sea views as you navigate the various obstacles. Royal Caribbean are known for their colourful courses, as are Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line. Ships such as Queen Mary 2 and P&O Cruises’ Aurora also have golf simulators, so you can practise your approach to the green as well as your putting on it.
These two are grouped together because they are usually available in the same space. Almost all cruise ships will have a sports court of some sort and this typically means basketball hoops and five-a-side football goals. Sometimes games and competitions are organised by the ship’s staff, but otherwise you are free to grab some friends and get competitive. P&O’s Britannia has a large sports court with a sports bar attached, whilst Harmony of the Seas even has the chance to play in-pool basketball.
You may think that trying to play snooker on a cruise ship is futile. The balls will never stay still whilst the whole room is moving up and down with the motion of the ocean, right? Wrong. Thanks to incredibly clever gyroscopic tables, pool and snooker are both more than possible during your cruise. Tables on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class vessels have tables like this that are self-levelling to keep the balls in place.
Carnival cruise ships have been offering laser tag to guests since a successful trial in 2009. The blow-up arena is temporarily installed in the show lounge so passengers can attempt to blast each other out of the seven seas. A recent announcement has also revealed that laser tag will be added to Independence of the Seas when she ventures into dry dock in 2018. There is currently a small charge for this activity on board the Carnival ships, but there’s been no word yet as to whether this will be the case with Independence.
This first at sea was introduced when Norwegian Joy made her debut earlier in 2017. Sponsored by Ferrari, the two-level track is situated on the top deck and features electric go karts. Although the ship was built specifically for the Chinese market, it is hoped that this activity will also find its way onto future NCL ships.
This is perhaps one of the most iconic sporting activities on Royal Caribbean’s ships. The FlowRider surf simulators have been extremely popular ever since they debuted on the line’s Freedom Class vessels and now they can be found across the fleet. The larger, newer ships even have two simulators to try and deal with demand. Royal Caribbean have also started offering surfing lessons on the FlowRider for $69 per person.
Bowling alleys have been found at sea since NCL put one of Norwegian Pearl in 2006. Since then, the cruise line has also added lanes to Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Epic. A session costs $5 per person and includes shoe hire. Another company to offer ten pin bowling is MSC Cruises, who have installed alleys on Splendida, Magnifica, Seaside, Preziosa and the brand new Meraviglia. Unlike NCL’s, though, these lanes are only half-size. They are located in the ship’s sports bar and you don’t need to hire shoes to play.
Rock climbing is another activity that has become synonymous with Royal Caribbean and walls can be found on nearly all of their ships. They are usually located on the top deck and give guests a chance to enjoy fantastic views whilst making their way to the top. Rock climbing is also available on a number of Norwegian Cruise Line ships - including Pearl, Gem, Sky and Jewel.
One of Celebrity Cruises’ famous lawns is the perfect setting for a typically English game of croquet. The Lawn Club features real grass and, on ships such as Equinox and Silhouette, guests have the chance to try a sport that used to be reserved for the elite. Oceania Cruises’ Riviera also has an artificial croquet surface at the back of the Pool and Sports deck.
Royal Caribbean first brought the zip line experience to the seas when it started putting them on its Oasis Class ships. This is definitely a thrilling experience for anyone on a cruise holiday, taking guests across the vast open space of the Boardwalk. However, these zip lines are about to be dwarfed by those found on MSC Seaside. Launching in December, this new cruise vessel will host the longest zip line at sea, measuring a mighty 394 feet.
As you can see, there are so many sports and leisure activities to keep you occupied on a cruise holiday that it’s almost impossible to get bored. And, with new ideas being dreamt up all the time, we can’t wait to see what’s next. If you would like to book an exciting cruise with us, we have itineraries available from the cruise lines mentioned above and many more besides. Call us on 0808 274 6913 for more information.