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#1
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Trying to plan our first cruise to the Caribbean this summer. When looking at itineraries, one of the differences is number of at-sea days. What do you do during this time? We are not big on sitting by the pool or gambling. Yes, we can relax, read, walk around the ship one day. But what if there are 2 or more days when the ship is just cruising?

Just to give you an idea, our family includes two 50 something parents & 18 & 22 yo "kids". Ships we are considering, based on itineraries, port of departure, dates etc are Serenade of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Emerald Princess.
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We do a big work-out to try to fight some of the calories! We also read a lot, enjoy the amenities of the ship (putt putt, basketball, ping-pong), have some "alone" time and generally relax. Our teens are busy off with their new friends but we spend some time with them playing games (we had huge scrabble tournaments on our last cruise!) or doing stuff. You really can be as busy as you want. Plus, our port days are usually pretty jam packed so we enjoy those down days.
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We read, sit on balcony, go to some of the guest lecturers, go to some port talks, play trivia, play bridge, go to a wine tasting, get together with freinds, attend a Cruise Critic Meet & Greet or luncheon, etc.
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First cruise, and you will be surprised at all the things to do. You wont get bored. Go with the Emerald!
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Ok--hubby HATES sea-days....he's not into sunning or reading or relaxing...he'll do the casino, but on the last 3 cruises, the ship's dealers NEVER lost....not much fun if you have no chance of even breaking even!

Find a cruise with fewer sea days.....unless you're into bingo or killing time, you'll be bored. I'm content with sitting by the pool, but many folks aren't into that....
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We actually enjoy the sea days. It gives us time to chat with new friends we've met. There are always lots of trivia games to play. On Royal Caribbean, there are lots of things like the flow rider and ice skating. You can go see extra shows. Take an afternoon nap.
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I normally don't like just sitting around a pool, and I'm not good at doing nothing. But somehow on a ship, I become an expert at lazy.

I can't tell you what I do on sea days, but they seem to go very quickly. Between exploring the ship, walking off meals, people watching, a quick swim, changing clothes, meals, an iced tea on deck, trivia (we didn't know it could be so much fun), maybe a lecture I don't know - the day just flies by.

And if your ship as a teen program your kids will be fine with it.

I thought I would hate sea days but I'm so looking forward to this coming cruise with 2 sea days.

But I can see how lazy can be a difficult skill to master (I'm not being sarcastic) so perhaps look for cruises with fewer sea days.
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#9
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Originally posted by woodside_boomer
Trying to plan our first cruise to the Caribbean this summer. When looking at itineraries, one of the differences is number of at-sea days. What do you do during this time? We are not big on sitting by the pool or gambling. Yes, we can relax, read, walk around the ship one day. But what if there are 2 or more days when the ship is just cruising?

Just to give you an idea, our family includes two 50 something parents & 18 & 22 yo "kids". Ships we are considering, based on itineraries, port of departure, dates etc are Serenade of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Emerald Princess.
You would be surprised all the things there are to do on a ship. Besides swimming and hot tubs, free gym, shuffleboard, putt putt golf, bingo (pay extra), karoake, music all day all over the ship, art shows (if you sign up for the free drawing, you can look and drink free champagne), las vegas type shows, comedians (early and late showings). Many people bring highlighters to mark off on the capers (ships newsletter) what they want to do for the day. Which ever one you choose, you will have a great time.
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Our kind of cruise! Too bad we can't afford it. Our longest to date wa 14 nights and it was great. Nothing like relaxing somewhere on sea days..Even the Balcony is great for great relaxation. Just staring into nothingless, reading and having a cocktail or coffee. Nothing beats it.

Glad you could enjoy and hope you continue to do so!

A Sea Day Lover :-)
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I love at sea days. My last cruise had 13 of them and only 7 port days.

So what do i do - unwind -chill out basically

Read the newspaper over coffee (never have time when I'm working), go to the gym, go to the spa for a treatment then chill out for a while in the thermal suite. Have long leasurely meals in the main dining room. Sometimes go to some of the cativities (quiz, talks 9especailly if they are on food or wine!), go to some of the classes. Also browse the shops, meet up with other passengers.

I've no idea where the day goes but it is never boring.
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Originally posted by AmoMondo
I love at sea days. My last cruise had 13 of them and only 7 port days.

So what do i do - unwind -chill out basically

Read the newspaper over coffee (never have time when I'm working), go to the gym, go to the spa for a treatment then chill out for a while in the thermal suite. Have long leasurely meals in the main dining room. Sometimes go to some of the cativities (quiz, talks 9especailly if they are on food or wine!), go to some of the classes. Also browse the shops, meet up with other passengers.

I've no idea where the day goes but it is never boring.
Where do you find a newspaper?
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Originally posted by paul929207
Where do you find a newspaper?
The cruiseline I use, has a whole catalogue of newspapers from around the World. ou place an order the day before and they print it off for you (via the internet) and someone delivers it to your cabin. On European cruises they charge 2 euros. Don't know if other cruiselines offer this service.
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I am not one to just sit around the pool and drink all day while we're at sea. But there really is always a ton to do. I usually wake up early, take a job on the track, have some coffee on the balcony, breakfast, listen to some music on the lido, hit the slide, watch the sea go by, lunch, explore the ship, putt putt, pizza, cocktail, dinner. And repeat.
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Originally posted by PattyG12
We actually enjoy the sea days. It gives us time to chat with new friends we've met. There are always lots of trivia games to play. On Royal Caribbean, there are lots of things like the flow rider and ice skating. You can go see extra shows. Take an afternoon nap.
I don't think the Enchantment and Serenade have the flow rider or ice skating. Ice Skating is on the Voyager class, Freedom class, and Oasis class. Flow rider is on the Freedom class and Oasis class. Both the Enchantment and Serenade have the rock climbing wall (free). I think only the Enchantment has a mini-golf course (free) -- but this can be really windy on sea days. There is usually a "card room" for board games -- I suggest you bring your own cards and games. I'm sure there will be video games (not free). My grandkids are never bored on sea days.

If you want the fewest sea days, you might look at the Southern Caribbean such as those out of Puerto Rico.
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Originally posted by woodside_boomer
Trying to plan our first cruise to the Caribbean this summer. When looking at itineraries, one of the differences is number of at-sea days. What do you do during this time? We are not big on sitting by the pool or gambling. Yes, we can relax, read, walk around the ship one day. But what if there are 2 or more days when the ship is just cruising?

Just to give you an idea, our family includes two 50 something parents & 18 & 22 yo "kids". Ships we are considering, based on itineraries, port of departure, dates etc are Serenade of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Emerald Princess.

Woodside_boomer,

You will find plenty to do on all these ships. Here is a link to the daily program from the Serenade of the Seas followed by a link to a program from Princess. You will find other daily programs for this ship and others by going to www.cruiseclues.com

http://users.elite.net/thehalls/compass.html

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#17
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Originally posted by ninayablok
I normally don't like just sitting around a pool, and I'm not good at doing nothing. But somehow on a ship, I become an expert at lazy.
I like the way you you put that. My plan is to become proficient in laziness. Ahhhh....!!!
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Originally posted by sealady1
I like the way you you put that. My plan is to become proficient in laziness. Ahhhh....!!!
I am way beyond proficient. I have perfected it.
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Originally posted by paul929207
I am way beyond proficient. I have perfected it.
me too - I have it down to a fine art!
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Ooooohhhh, really good ships! You are gonna have sooooo much fun. At sea days are never boring, the ship plans so much to do on those days especially for the "kids". I would like to just read and relax, but I always get dragged into trivia, classes, movies, etc. Have a super great trip!
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