Relaxing Activities to Enjoy On Your Next Cruise
Relaxation comes easy aboard a cruise ship. With row after row of towel topped sun loungers, secluded balconies and spas kitted out with everything the body needs to rest and unwind; ultimate tranquility is just a gentle swim, deep massage or long afternoon of sunbathing away.
With this in mind, if you value relaxation and place it at the top of your holiday wish list, a cruise could be the ultimate escape you’ve been waiting for. To prove it, here are just a few of the relaxing activities you can look forward to on your next cruise atop the high seas.
Pay a Visit to the Spa
Whichever cruise line you sail with, be it P&O, Carnival, Seabourn or Celebrity, you’ll have access to a range of blissful spa facilities. For many cruise-goers, a trip to the spa for a massage or body treatment is the ultimate indulgence, and cruise lineshave responded to this by making their spa facilities bigger, better and, most importantly, more relaxing than ever.
If a daily sojourn to the spa sounds like your idea of the perfect holiday, we’d recommend sailing with Seabourn, whose aptly named, The Spa at Seabourn, features a hydrotherapy pool, kinesis wall and Finnish sauna.
Enjoy a Soothing Dip
Swimming is an age-old pastime that’s equal parts vigorous and relaxing, making it without question one of the most popular activities to enjoy on holiday. If you’re an avid swimming fan who’s keen to take the plunge, you’re in luck; contemporary cruise ships house an array of amazing swimming pools, some of which cater specifically to adult bathers — meaning you can enjoy a relaxing dip away from boisterous youngsters.
For the very best swimming experience at sea, Celebrity Cruises adults-only Solarium offers the perfect opportunity to hone your swimming strokes amid elegant, peaceful surroundings.
Hit the Gym
Relaxing doesn’t always come from lounging around and doing very little; for many people, exercise is a great way to let go of stress and tension, and start the day anew. Recognising that many passengers like to stay active during their holidays, cruise lines go to great lengths to ensure their gym facilities are up to scratch — stocking them with the latest fitness equipment to ensure guests can workout in comfort and safety.
Leading the way in at-sea fitness; Royal Caribbean have invested heavily in their on- board facilities, and have created a designated programme called FitSpa to help cruise passengers get more from their daily workout regime.
Relax in Your Cabin
Carefully developed to offer guests the ultimate home-from-home at sea, cruise ship cabins differ greatly from hotels and holiday apartments in that they offer the best of both worlds; combining the comfort of a luxury hotel with the space and convenience of an apartment. Cabins and staterooms are designed to be lived in and enjoyed during your time at sea, and sure make a great place to relax after a late night in the cocktail lounge or a tiring on-shore excursion.
Cruise experts Cruise1st Australia recommend staying in a balcony stateroom for the ultimate in relaxing accommodation. They said: “Book a balcony stateroom on your next cruise break, and not only will you enjoy the best of interior space and comfort, you’ll also benefit from your own private balcony, complete with seating area and sun loungers, where you can relax and watch the world drift by during your time aboard. What better way to relax and unwind?”