Cruise ships not only take you to explore new countries, but also keep guests entertained
Cruising is big business, with almost two million Britons setting sail on a cruise in 2017.
But, when cruise goers are enjoying some down time between exploring new destinations, they like to be kept entertained with onboard activities.
In fact, entertainment is such an important part of cruise ship life that 58 per cent said they value on-board entertainment options when going on a cruise, according to the Association of British Travel Agents.
Some ships offer everything from spa packages to West-End quality evening shows.
Express.co.uk has spoken to one cruise expert, Ashley Kosciolek, an Editor from Cruise Critic on how to make the most out of the big cruise liners’ entertainment offerings.
Kosciolek commented: “Cruise ship life can feel a little mysterious if it’s new to you. Here are a few secrets that will ultimately enable you to make the most of all the entertainment onboard.”
Getting the Internet at sea can be a bit of a hassle, as you might be paying through the nose for a limited WiFi packages.
Firstly, Kosciolek advised: “Sign up for an Internet package on your first day of the cruise, as many lines will offer you significant free minutes.”
ake a spa treatment on a port day. Because most of your fellow passengers are ashore, treatment prices are generally reduced.
Spas are also big business on cruise ships – with cruise liners now offering an array of exotic treatments in order to ease ailments or simply pamper you.
Kosciolek continued: “Take a spa treatment on a port day. Because most of your fellow passengers are ashore, treatment prices are generally reduced.
“If availability is more of a problem than prices, book a treatment during well-attended port talks.”
Now a number of cruise ships are introducing live shows to their all-singing, all-dancing entertainment offerings.
Save money on spa treatments by heading there when the ship is in port
Royal Caribbean offers everything from Broadway-style shows to ballroom fever dance performances and even Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.
Lastly, Kosciolek advised: “If you want to see one of the big-name shows on Royal Caribbean or Norwegian but tickets are sold out, don’t fret.
“Many people reserve the free tickets, but don’t show up, so if you get in line prior to show time, cruise ship staff will let you in if seats are available.”
According to this year’s UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is the best in the large ship category for entertainment, boasting two climbing walls, a carousel, FlowRider surf simulator, basketball court, mini-golf course, ping pong area and short zip line.
“It’s not surprising that Royal Caribbean consistency scores highly with Brits, when the line puts so much effort into excellent entertainment throughout,” Kosciolek commented.
Its newly introduced Symphony of the Seas is also a hit with cruise goers – the largest cruise ship in the world offers an array of activities including zip wires, water parks, ice skating, mini-golf, climbing walls, surf simulators – and even skydiving.
Fred. Olsen Cruises also sealed its position as top for entertainment in the mid-size and small-ship categories at the UK Cruiser’s Choice Awards, winning for its ships Balmoral and Boudicca.
Kosciolek commented: “Cruise ships are certainly coming up with increasingly innovative ways to make sure their passengers are kept happily entertained throughout the day”, and well into the evening.
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