birds eye view of cruise ship deck

The Perfect Day at Sea For Adults

10 February 2017

Cruising evokes thoughts of far flung, exotic destinations, of luxury and service, of fun in the sun. It’s a holiday of ease, of unpacking once, then exploring destination after destination. It’s not all about the destinations, however. Cruising is a destination in itself, and long days at sea are anything but mundane. The perfect day at sea involves a little activity, a dose of relaxation, good food, a spot of retail therapy, perhaps art, and an hour or two of interesting conversation and learning new skills. Couples cruising on a romantic getaway or adults on an escape from reality, there’s plenty onboard RCI to fill the perfect day at sea.

man on rock climbing wall above ship in ocean Start the day high above it all on the rock climbing wall! (Image: Simon Brooke-Webb for RCI)

9:00am

Why not start the day with a dose of adrenaline and a lot of fun? After breakfast, spend your morning engrossed with the myriad activities available on board. Feel the wind in your hair and the wow of flying on the Ripcord by iFLY. Feed your inner kid with fun and games at SeaPlex, on the Zipline, Rock climbing, ice skating and catching waves on the FlowRider. Or why no up skill before you arrive at your next destination with scuba training in the onboard pool.

kate spade store interior Shopaholics can get their fix on board at boutiques like Kate Spade. (Image: Simon Brooke-Webb for RCI)

11:00am

If you can pull yourself away from the wave pool, head inside for a spot of retail therapy. Browse the onboard boutiques, including luxury leather brand Coach, fashion brand Guess, the Focus Camera store, and the Duty Free store. Or why not head to the onboard gallery and bid on a new piece of art at the art auction. Those less inclined to hit the shops can kick back with a cuppa at Cafe Latte-tudes for a spot of people watching before lunch.

izumi japanese restaurant interior Izumi Japanese cuisine is just one of many specialised restaurants on board. (Image: Royal Caribbean International)

12:00pm

Indulge yourself at lunch dining at one of RCI’s specialty restaurants on board. Choose from classics like Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub or the Chops Grille steakhouse, or perhaps a signature experience like the six course setting at 150 Central Park and traditional Japanese dining at Izumi. Whatever flavour your crave, there’s an authentic dining experience to suit.

riding waves in wave pool ontop of cruise ship deck Maybe don't try this straight after lunch - learning to surf on board! (Image: Royal Caribbean International)

1:00pm

While your lunch is still digesting, settle in for some brain stimulation. Prepare for your next port of call by learning the basics of the local language in a small seminar, learn the art of jewellery making, folding artistry or listen to an interesting guest lecture to get you thinking.            

3:00pm

Go for an afternoon pick me up with a view at the Vitality Fitness Centre. Use the state of the art gym facilities or join a fitness class, let of some steam in the boxing ring, or start a game of basketball on the sports court. If you just need a moment to yourself, hit the pavement for a jog on the ships very own running track.

solarium on board ship Kick back in the solarium for a little down time before dinner. (Image: Royal Caribbean International)

4:00pm

There is no better way to finish the day by kicking back and relaxing. Jump into a whirlpool, recline in the adult-only solarium or book in for a treatment at Vitality Spa. The spa offers a whole suite of treatments from manicures and pedicures to facials, body wraps and scrubs, massages, acupuncture and beauty treatments. Why not spoil yourself with a new look before dinner? Book in for an appointment at the hair salon or get your makeup done before heading off to yet another of the specialty restaurants on board.


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Vicki Fletcher

An Australian writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.