The Best Ways To Spend Your Days At Sea

Make the most of your downtime on vacation.
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“Days at sea.” It has a certain romantic ring to it—yet some travelers aren’t sure what to do during those unscripted times when their cruise ship is on the way to its next destination. Without the go-go-go mentality of days spent in port, when you go on unique, guided shore excursions or explore on your own, many vacationers wonder what to do with their free time when sailing between one destination and the next.

When the weather is good, a popular pastime of choice is sunbathing on one of the ship’s expansive decks or by a pool. But on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation there’s a bevvy of other experiences and incredible dining options at your fingertips, designed to cater to everyone on board. You can check out world-class shows, themed dance parties, fun games, classes and movies galore, plus much more. And don’t forget to take advantage of the rejuvenating spa, or go rock climbing, ice- or roller-skating, or surfing.

Here are some quick tips for how to spend your days at sea.

Relax And Recharge

You’re on vacation—own it. If you want to really kick back, head to the Solarium, whirlpool, or the many other swimming pools and decks, and get ready to lounge and soak up the sun. Want to go deeper? Head to the Vitality Spa, where the offerings go way above your average hair, skin and nail treatments. Boost your complexion with a guest-favorite: a 24-karat gold facial, opt for an Elemis Spa detoxifying wrap, or de-stress with acupuncture or a massage, and don’t miss the unique Rasul, an Arabian cleansing ritual that uses chakra muds and aromatherapy. You can enjoy your extra time by taking advantage of the medi-spa services available, too, including teeth whitening, Botox and more.

Push Your Limits

You can easily keep up your fitness routine, satisfy your need for adventure or push yourself with new experiences on board. The Vitality Fitness Center has you covered with advanced weight and cardio equipment, and a competitive set of group classes that includes pilates, yoga and spinning.

If you like to take it outdoors, you can try things like hitting the links at the mini-golf courses, running on the top deck jogging tracks, or joining a game of basketball or volleyball. And what really makes the activities on board so special are the rock-climbing walls, zip lines, slides, surf simulators, and ice-skating rinks. Whether you’re a newbie or experienced in any of the above, you won’t want to miss enjoying them when you’re at sea.

Play Hard

The largest indoor active space can be found at the Seaplex, a sprawling entertainment center for all ages that features bumper cars, roller skating and even a trapeze school. Vegas-style games more your style? Casino Royale is the place to be, with slot machines, poker, roulette, craps, blackjack, you name it—and player tracking technology that counts the points you earn and gives you the chance to redeem them for prizes.

If you’re ready to take a seat and watch theater come to life, you’ve got the chance to catch dazzling, full-scale productions of everything from your favorite Broadway musicals, like Grease and Mamma Mia!, to ice-skating and diving shows complete with a live orchestra and award-winning talent from across the globe.

You’ll easily fill your day at sea with the combination of the variety of experiences that is perfect for you, and don’t forget your dining options and in-stateroom amenities either. Now that you know what’s waiting for you on board, find the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that’s right for you here.