Cruises can be an ideal escape for the whole family. The perfect cruise vacation with the family usually offers parents a chance to relax without making them plan everything beforehand.

Plus, there are generally also countless clubs, activities, entertainment and babysitting services for the kids.

So, if you're ready to get away and looking for fun things to do on a cruise, here's a quick rundown of the cruise activities you can't miss.

Kids Club

Cruise lines can be clever. They have a range of activities to keep kids safe and entertained so parents can have an enjoyable family holiday and some alone time all at once.

There are usually clubs and activities lined up for kids aged 5 to 17 on most cruise ships.

The younger kids can enjoy everything from story time to scavenger hunts, while the older kids can learn circus tricks and take DJ lessons. Plus, they've always got the beloved cruise ship pool deck and hot tub to hang out at if all else fails.

Each cruise line might offer different activities, but most are usually experienced enough to offer a range of options for kids of all ages and interests.

Onboard Activities

Cruise sea days can be full of rest and relaxation. But if you're looking for more entertainment than just the lounge chair at the pool deck or board games in your cabin then you won't be disappointed.

Most modern cruise ships, including Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean ships, can be decked out with fun activities.

Different cruise ships might offer different activities, so it's important to see the range before deciding on the right cruise line for you and your family.

For instance, Norwegian Cruise Lines offer a go-kart track on board, while a Celebrity Cruise ship has complimentary pickleball courts.

On a major cruise ship, you might find anything from a rock-climbing wall and ice-skating to water slides on the pool deck. You could even do a quick workout at the onboard fitness centres or around the jogging track, relax in the steam rooms or try your luck at the cruise ship casino.

On most cruise lines, you can find peace and quiet at the art gallery or by heading on a galley tour. For the foodies, enjoy a drink at the martini bar or a delicious meal and wine tasting in the main dining room.

Put your dancing shoes on and head to dance parties and themed parties that give guests an excuse to dress up and let their hair down.

And if all the extravagant cruise ship activities don't tickle your fancy, you can always rely on ordering room service or people-watching on the sun deck to pass the time.

Shopping in International Waters

Among the many fun things to do on a cruise ship, shopping is one of the most popular. Alongside the standard gift shop items, including t-shirts, water bottles and stubby coolers, duty-free goodies could also be up for grabs. 

If your cruise ship strays into international waters, local taxes no longer apply, so you might be able to get your hands on some duty-free deals. This includes clothing and jewellery boutiques and in some cases perfume, chocolate and alcohol.

Meanwhile, outside the cruise ship's shopping centre, some cruise lines might host an art auction or even have games for passengers to win prizes.

New Hobbies

While the kids are having fun in their classes and activities, nothing should stop you from doing the same.

Many cruises offer a range of classes for you to try. These include cooking classes, dance lessons, ropes courses, art classes, wine tasting and foreign language classes.

The Final Destination

While the onboard options can keep you busy during a cruise sea day, there's plenty to consider when you get some fresh air off the ship as well. 

Before you book your trip, it's worth researching the locations and attractions you and your family have in mind and using that to choose the best cruise ship experience to suit.

Most shore excursions can be booked online before you leave for your holiday to secure your spot and get ahead with your planning. But if you run out of time, it's likely your cruise ship will have a shore excursions desk onboard where you can book tours when you arrive on the ship.

From private trips to larger groups, the excursions can be a great way to explore the ports without wasting precious time.

Excursions might include cultural experiences, scenic views, active adventures, beach trips and culinary tastings.

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