For long cruises (defined by me as over 15 days) it usually means lots of sea days. I'm interested to hear what you have done to enjoy the many sea days. This doesn't necessarily mean joining in a ship activity (e.g., trivia, craft) or lying by the pool. I'm interested to know how you have spent your time. Thank you!
Long cruises w/ lots of sea days - - - what do you do?
We play cards and scrabble a lot. I'm considering taking along one of my adult coloring books with intricate pictures. . . but that also means taking colored pens/pencils and a sharpener. Of course, there is always the nap time benefit. Some days, we are so relaxed that we just spontaneously fall asleep... nothing wrong with that.
We will find those quite nooks and read. Will sit on deck and watch the ocean go by. I will get my journal caught up. A nap is always good
We use our sea days to read, talk and walk. When we cruise we always try to schedule Spa visits with sea days, also when we can we use the golf simulator and other venues to build up a bit of an appetite for leisurely dinners. There is always something to do on board, including plans for our excursions. To each his own.
When I'm home I'm it seams i never sit down with a book to read. On cruises with sea days I take my tablet and sit down in the serenity deck and read a good book. I sleep in, have a nice slow breakfast (may splurge and have fruit juice and coffee, may even have a danish) I walk laps of the ship to get a few miles in and hang out with friends or family that I may be traveling with. We will also do some of the ship activities like Trivia, watch the glass blowing show, attend some of the lectures (Celebrity had a great lecture series on the rise and fall of German U boats during WWII), wine tasting seminars and enjoy some of the live music.
Sea days are some of my favorite times on a ship to just relax. On my transatlantic cruise from Rome to Florida I did get up at 5 am and watched as we cruised through the Straights of Gibraltar.
I pick cruise lines differently for short cruises and for long ones. I like Carnival for a 4 night party cruise but for a 2 week or longer I love Celebrity for the lectures, wine tastings and more relaxed high end experience.
I haven't been on a cruise with a lot of sea days yet. We're doing 15 days Hawaii in November, so I'll find out then. On cruises with one or two sea days, I usually chilled out on the balcony or roamed around the ship. I didn't participate in many activities.
I actually look forward to sea days. I get to sleep a little later, of course. I go through my photos, read my free Kindle books on my iPad, take walks around the ship and do any ship activities that interest me such as lectures, galley tours, ice carving demonstrations or port talks, etc... I also write out post cards, read magazines or just sit and make conversation with other passengers. If the weather is not good for pool dips, I visit the ship's shops. On longer trips, I do a load of laundry if self service machines are available. I am never bored and I relish sea days especially after a few consecutive days at port. I must admit that the ports of call are the main reason that I book a cruise.
We are planning a cruise in January with 5 "at sea" days- and I'm kind of looking forward to it. I'll get my spa visit in ( maybe 2) and still have plenty of time to explore a new ship! I'll get to sleep late, lay by the pool more and actually read the book I always pick out but never get to.
Thanks to everyone for contributing.
I think the relaxation factor is going to require copious naps followed by long periods of staring across the ocean's expanse in utter amazement and appreciation.
For staring across the ocean, I recommend a nice quiet place with a good bottle of wine. I remember that from my cruise on the Radiance of the sea, sitting in the big over stuffed chairs in the Champagne bar with a good bottle of wine and watching the ocean go by. Because we were buying wine by the bottle they brought us a tray of chocolate covered strawberry's (for free) to go with the wine.