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Entertainment & Activities - What to Do Onboard

Cruise ships offer plenty of daily onboard activities and evening entertainment options, and most are complimentary. Whether they are Baby Boomers or Gen-Y’s, there’s plenty for your group to do whatever their energy level or idea of fun. 

Something for Everyone: Unlike a hotel or resort, ships offer complimentary activities, classes, sports and fitness options throughout the day. This means less expense and planning for spouse programs or for when attendees are not in meetings. Even kids, toddlers and teens have their own areas of the ship and age-appropriate daily activities, making a cruise the idea choice for family programs.

So Much to Do: Wondering how to keep your group happy when they’re not in meetings? Here is just a sampling of things they might choose to do: Go rock-climbing, ice skating or bowling; work out in the 24-hour fitness center; take a yoga, spinning or Pilates class; get a hot stone massage; go for a swim or relax in the Jacuzzi; play mini-golf, basketball or volleyball; indulge in duty-free shopping; take a dance class; watch a cooking demonstration; check out an art auction; read, listen or music or check emails in the internet café or library; take an early morning jog around the teak deck; attend a wine tasting or enrichment class; join a ship-wide scavenger hunt; enjoy live entertainment on the pool deck. On selected ships and sailings, enjoy swimming and complimentary use of water toys from a private marina. 

Evening Entertainment Choices: Ships come alive at night! Whether your attendees enjoy the high-energy excitement of casino gaming and Las Vegas-style production shows or prefer an intimate jazz club and movies under the stars – the choice is theirs, and of course, there is never a cover charge or minimum.

On smaller ships, expect to find a trio or pianist performing during pre-dinner cocktail hour, local entertainment or a cabaret act after dinner, and perhaps a quartet or DJ providing dance music later in the evening. On larger, resort-style ships, entertainment options abound. A typical evening might include: Las Vegas or Broadway style production shows; talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts; late night disco; casino gaming; a movie or concert playing on the giant poolside movie screen; choice of champagne, cigar and martini bars; karaoke and sing-along piano bars, deck party and “dancing under the stars”.

Planning Made Easy: Each evening, a copy of the ship’s daily newsletter will be delivered to your guests’ staterooms. Here they will find information on the next day’s port of call along with an agenda of upcoming activities, entertainment and dining times as well as suggested evening attire. For ship charters and large groups, the daily newsletter can often be customized to include your group’s meeting schedule and exclusive events.

Better Budgeting: No need to budget for evening venues, entertainment, décor, musicians, production costs, or transfers to pricey restaurants – it’s all included on your ship. Deluxe cruise lines include open bar or wine with dinner on all voyages, while all-inclusive beverage packages averaging $45 per person per day can be purchased on premium ships (please see individual cruise line sections for specific details and prices).