Fun for the family

what type of fun family activates are there to do on cruises that don't have to do with the pool? 

I have been trying to find out information but can't seem to find much, i have heard that cruises have awesome Broadway like shows and that i should book it but i don't see what shows are on my cruise and any where to book any type of activates other then excursions. 

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well, generally, it might be a good idea to check the website for whatever cruise line you're on...most of them will explain in glorious detail the onboard activities, restaurants, and can create an account and make reservations there, if necessary....if you want some further direction in here, it might be a good idea to state what cruise line and what ship you're some folks in here have sailed on it....

I will be on Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the sea, I have looked on line and there is no where to book anything more then packages and excursions.

Did a little googling for me curious too. the ship you're on is a "RADIANCE" class ship...too small for show reservations...first come first served (or seated actually) need an OASIS CLASS or bigger to need my advice is get a show schedule first thing onboard, and schedule dining to accommodate it. walking from whatever dining room you happen to be in to the show takes longer than you might think, and if dinner is a bit slow...well....

Also, some shows may not be available to book until a specific date for your cruise e.g. 120 days out,, depending on ship and cruiseline.

"depending on ship and cruiseline." yep, good advice..research research research....

Thanks for the info!! I have early dinner res so once I go to the ship I will see where the theater is and take it from there, I am 65 days from my trip so I am guessing it is first come first seated.. thanks again for the info

Most ships have a number of activities. Many have mini golf or putt putt as some call it and most have some sort of basketball or other sports court. Most will also have shuffleboard and a library and or games room on it. Check on the cruise lines web site and go through the deck plans. They can be quite informative.

I find the live shows always entertaining and I've seen many families attend every night.

Some cruise lines, such as Carnival, have two different types of comedy shows with the same comedian. The early shows will be more family-friendly, while the later shows will be more adult. That may be another option.

If you have a few brave souls with you, Karaoke is also fun!

Some of the kids programs also offer family activities.

If the kids are old enough, you could always book ship tours.

Most of the lines have kid's programs too which have their own daily schedules they send out to the families. Those, like the adult dailies, will state all the activities the kid's programs offer during the day and night. They're also geared towards specific age groups, and depending on how old your kids are, you will get the appropriate daily for them.

I started cruising when I was 5 years old, so I basically grew up on those programs!

gotta ask...just a tad OT...whats your earliest remembrance of a cruise????

I remember more bits and pieces from my early cruises, but my later cruises, I can remember entire stories. My earliest memory is my first cruise taking a look at the ship and just thinking about how big it was. I was five at the time and hadn't been on anything that big in my life!

Another early remembrance was when I was about 8 years old. We took my grandmother on a cruise, and she had Alzheimer's Disease, meaning her memory was fading and becoming warped. I remember dropping a stuffed animal in the cabin and she thought it was real! We had a cabin with an obstructed view, so whenever she would look out the window, she would see the lifeboats and ask us to move those trucks! We laugh about it now, but that the time it was really scary, knowing how much she was hallucinating. On the way home, we flew from NY and she knew where we were going, but she thought we were all on a train!

In my later cruises, as I said, I remember stories. One of my favorites that we still laugh about to this day is when my family and I went to Santorini. I was 13 years old at the time. My sister is afraid of heights, and there were three ways you could get to the town at the top of the volcano crater: donkey, taking 6K steps up the side of the crater, and taking a gondola. It's too shallow for the ships to dock in the harbor, so you get tendered in and then you choose which way you want to get to town.

My parents and I chose to take the gondola up (no way was I riding a donkey or climbing that many steps!). My sister, on the other hand, decided to take the donkey up. Now the donkeys know where they're going, so they just help you mount them and they just go up. They tell you not to yell at the donkey, something that my sister apparently forgot! As the donkey was climbing up the side of the crater, all she could see when she turned corners was ocean, so she started yelling at the donkey to slow down. This only made him go faster! The guy behind my sister was also afraid of heights and was yelling at his donkey to slow down as well. Lo and behold, this is only making the donkey go faster. So my sister starts yelling at the guy to stop yelling at his donkey, which is only making her donkey go faster! Pretty soon the donkeys are racing each other up the side of the crater! Needless to say, she took the gondola back down! Happy


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