Taking a cruise on the high seas is an adventure unto itself and with guest satisfaction a priority, a significant part of the cruising experience focuses on activities to keep guests entertained around the clock.
The daytime hours offer an on-going menu of entertainment such as planned group activities, interactive games, dance classes, shopping, movies, rock climbing and bowling. This is just a taste of what’s available on a cruise ship’s itinerary.
When the sun goes down, the atmosphere changes and the night takes on a life of its own.
Here are 7 tips to enjoy the nightlife on a cruise:
Dining and Dancing
You’ll never be disappointed with a sumptuous dinner and specialty cocktails when cruising the open waters. After indulging in a gourmet meal, dance till dawn in multi-level discos where the beat goes on while DJs pump out the latest tunes. Show off your smooth dance moves while the stars twinkle and the sun rises over the ocean as the night ends and a new day of cruising begins.
Cruise lines stay on the cutting edge when it comes to providing traditional as well as up-to-the minute entertainment options for adults. The choices are a visual smorgasbord of talent including headliner performances, comedy acts, acrobatic and aerial shows, elegant figure skating routines, Broadway musicals, dinner shows, and much more.
Bars and Lounges
Onboard ship, themed bars, clubs, and chic lounges feature an array of libations and entertainment to suit every taste. Unwind with cocktails and conversation, watch shows on big screen TVs, sip your favorite beverage from an ice glass while sitting at the carved ice bar, listen to live music or sit back and watch performers kick up their heels at a burlesque show. Whichever venue you choose, the nighttime is the right time for having fun.
Featured on many ships, a giant screen is set up on the deck featuring movies while sitting under the stars. The pool area is a favorite source of nightlife activity with featured water and light shows, or dance parties where you can “shake a leg.” If you’ve always yearned to be the next pop, rock, or country singer, don’t be shy. Tune up your voice and take the stage for a chance to croon and swoon the audience at a karaoke contest.
Gambling on the high seas adds a little spice to the cruising experience. More and more, cruise ships are catering to gambling enthusiasts providing Vegas style gambling such as poker, cards, table games, slots and blackjack. Whether you’re a light roller or a high roller, choose to play casino favorites into the wee hours of the morning.
On Land Nightlife Activities
While there is an abundance of nightlife venues onboard ship, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a city up-close and personal. When the opportunity to leave the ship for the evening is an option, plan to experience the vibe of the cities nightlife. Dine on local cuisine, dance at discos and nightclubs, or enjoy a performance at the theater while soaking up local culture.
If gambling is more to your liking, when the ship has a layover in a city with a casino such as Buenos Aires, bring your lucky dice and head out to experience the action. Make a night of it at the casino with dining, complementary cocktails, and a variety of gambling choices including roulette, blackjack, slots and table games.
On Land Scheduled Activities
Take advantage of ports of call to experience scheduled activities. When the ship docks for an overnight stay, debark and join in the fun of annual entertainment such as food and wine fests, headliner concerts, sports tournaments, film festivals, art exhibitions, dance competitions, nighttime tours and seasonal celebrations.
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