What to do on a Sea Day?

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#21
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Originally posted by Jimnbigd
Note that it can be quite windy at putt-putt on the ship on sea days. You have at least a 20 MPH wind, probably more.
Not if the wind is blowing in the same direction as the ship is moving.
#22
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Originally posted by travelcat18
Originally posted by travelcat18
  • Breakfast
  • Walk around ship
  • Gym
  • Shower
  • Pool/Read/People watch/Games/Demos/Contests/Drinking/Nap/Lunch
  • Shower again for dinner
  • Dinner/shows
  • Piano bar or night club
  • Sleep

I look at the capers to determine what I *really* want to do/see and make plans to go to those things.



Not sure if my daily routine is much different, but I love getting up early and knocking about an hour or more walking or a light jog. It's cooler, less crowded and a blast people watching while you do it. A sunrise at sea as you burn a couple of calories!

Next, head for a tray of breakfast and find a place outdoors to watch those going to bed and those waking up. This is better than any show watching people in need of coffee as a cure for other indulgences.

Take the daily schedule to breakfast and highlight what you really don't want to miss. Most often you will find about a two hour window at least once in the day to get a real nap in. I've been treated for skin cancer twice due to surfing as a kid and wade fishing Galveston bay to stay out of the sun

Go to some of the daytime activities you might not attend. Cooking demonstrations, auctions, bingo, etc.

eReaders are so cheap that for about $80 bucks you can get a Kindle and download a book or two for around $10 each or get a few for free. Love the Kindles for cruising.

Take a netbook or laptop computer and edit your digital images from the cruise up to that point. This is a personal favorite, and we give the ones of the ship and ports to our table mates on CD the last night.

Trust me, you will find something to do. After nearly 20 cruises with my wife and about a dozen with family I have yet to spend a day sitting in a lounger sunning.


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#23
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Originally posted by Jimnbigd
Note that it can be quite windy at putt-putt on the ship on sea days. You have at least a 20 MPH wind, probably more.
Ahh! Nothing like a good challenge! Guess I'll leave my hat in our cabin that day.
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#24
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I love Sea Days. They are the most relaxing and enjoyable for me. Last time we went with a large group of people and had so much fun doing nothing. We have digital scavenger hunts, sit on balcony and watch the ocean or find things with the binoculars (unless neighbors are puffing on cancer sticks & keep us from being able to breathe), play ping pong, basketball, mini golf, learn to dance, do crafts, play cards, watch movies, read, nap, sleep in, just walk around the ship watching others, watching drunks have a good time or act stupid. I wouldn't want to go on a cruise without those Sea Days; they are awesome & the most relaxing of all.
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#25
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Well...truthfully my favorite thing to do is sit in the sun and read while sipping on a frozen something But, if I'm up and around I might get in the pool for a bit and/or try the slide(s), or play windy mini-golf. Inside, I might get a speciality coffee, listen to the loungy music and read some more or maybe play cards. Maybe check out the gym. I don't really go in for the organized activities, but I usually find plenty to do.
#26
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WE spend our lives doing so cruise to relax.
We love reading, quizzes, talks, a good film in the cinema (NOT under the stars) and other things we pick off the programme. Of course a leisurely lunch and afternoon tea are good relaxed social times.
It is difficult for us to relax on deck because most areas on the big modern ships are designed to catch the sun, and the shady places where we can avoid being sun-baked are mostly fully occupied all day. This includes the pools which are too noisy anyway. However, there is usually a quiet corner in a lounge to relax.
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I normally am at the pool for most of the day, but I will also attend an activity if there's one I like. I always look in the daily activity guide to see what's happening. There are plenty of activities to do on sea days. I will also try other amenities the ship has, such as mini golf, shuffleboard, etc.
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#28
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Originally posted by cb at sea
Well...Take this opportunity to eat lunch in the dining room....
We ate lunch in the MDR one day, and I really enjoyed it. We had been up early that day, had breakfast, and spent several hours up on deck, and I wound up just taking a quick shower again to wash off the sunscreen and changing quickly. It was a nice mid-day option.
#29
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Originally posted by Cuizer2
Not if the wind is blowing in the same direction as the ship is moving.
They closed the top deck on the Carnival Elation (where putt putt is) on the first sea day because it was so windy. There were quite a few restrictions our first sea day because of that, but it was the first day, so we still had lots to explore.

Checking out the "night spots" was something we enjoyed doing during the daytime. There's no one in there unless the youth groups are hanging out doing an activity, so it's super quiet.
#30
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There is so much to do or not to do
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Afternoon Tea is something different on a sea day.
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#32
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Being British it is tea and tiffin in the afternoon sun, or maybe not looking at the weather here at the moment lol

I always class the sea day as a lazy explore the ship day, no rush just soak up the atmosphere and work out what is where and plan for later

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#33
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Amazing suggestions, I can"t wait till we go on our first cruise in September.
I honestly thought you sat in a deck chair, read a book and played deck quoits
#34
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We love sea days for the relaxation they offer. Of course, you can spend the time being super busy if that is what you enjoy. We are taking our 2nd TA this fall because we had such a great time last fall on our first one. Also have another booked for 2013. There are so many interesting people on board and this is the best time to be able to get to talk to them. I bring along my Kobo and find a quiet place to read and gaze out at the sea rushing by. Don't forget the opportunity to take a nap and to enjoy afternoon tea.

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#35
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Originally posted by bozo1993
Amazing suggestions, I can"t wait till we go on our first cruise in September.
I honestly thought you sat in a deck chair, read a book and played deck quoits
Which ship are you on? You can still sit- not in a deck chair, but on a lounger, read a book and play deck quoits.....but there's so much else to do.
I think you've been watching old cruising films, where they serve the beef tea....
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#36
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Amazing suggestions, I can"t wait till we go on our first cruise in September.
I honestly thought you sat in a deck chair, read a book and played deck quoits
#37
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Originally posted by jocap
Which ship are you on? You can still sit- not in a deck chair, but on a lounger, read a book and play deck quoits.....but there's so much else to do.
I think you've been watching old cruising films, where they serve the beef tea....
Jo.
Which ship are you on? You can still sit- not in a deck chair, but on a lounger, read a book and play deck quoits.....but there's so much else to do.
I think you've been watching old cruising films, where they serve the beef tea....
Jo.

I think you are right and I have to wake up and smell the coffee AND program :-)
#38
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Originally posted by bozo1993
Which ship are you on? You can still sit- not in a deck chair, but on a lounger, read a book and play deck quoits.....but there's so much else to do.
I think you've been watching old cruising films, where they serve the beef tea....
Jo.

I think you are right and I have to wake up and smell the coffee AND program :-)
We are on the Thompson Celebration, Holly Land Tour, September 17th
#39
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Originally posted by bozo1993
We are on the Thompson Celebration, Holly Land Tour, September 17th
Then you won't have a minute to call your own! Celebration has the most amazing staff, especially the entertainment crew, who are around all day, mixing with the passengers, and playing games, holding classes, having Q&A sessions. They'll be in the Lido when you're having a cup of tea, as will the officers who also like to join with the passenger's chat.
I did drama classes, and OH had singing lessons; he was invited to go with the crew snorkelling one morning in Jordan....that's how friendly they are.
For all that we love the big ships, our cruise on Celebration ranks up there as something very special, with entertainment and activities better than most other lines- which is why people return so often. (and no tips, and pub price alcohol!) We'll be looking at Thomson again.
Have a brilliant time!
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#40
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We had nine sea days (10 if you count the last day in Ensenada -- most of the passengers were like us and stayed onboard) on our last cruise. We were never bored. We might start the day, after breakfast, with a walk around the ship (about three laps if possible) or a trip to the gym. After lunch, my hubby might bring his guitar to an area that he found near one lounge, and play for a few hours. I would bring a puzzle book or reading material...or take a hula or lei making class (the Hawaiian cruise on the Golden Princess). A mid-afternoon trip to the International Cafe for a treat to enjoy during afternoon trivia. After dinner, we'll look for some entertainment.
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