Holidays on board cruise ships are more popular than ever with over 22 million people taking to the seas in 2015. The industry is expanding its on-board activities to appeal to every type of passenger. Try these for size:
1. Scale a Rock Climbing Wall
Snoozing around the pool isn’t everyone’s idea of holiday fun. The cruise ship Oasis of the Sea from Royal Caribbean has two 9m rock climbing walls, two surf-simulator pools, a flying fox and an ice-skating rink.
2. Walk Above the Water
The Regal Princess, owned and operated by Princess Cruises, features a glass-bottomed walkway that sits 39m high and extends 18m out over the ocean, offering dramatic views.
3. Themed Cruises
It’s fair to say that Disney is fast rewriting the fantasy cruise experience for families. Not only does its Disney Dream cruise ship sport a 223m-long outdoor tube waterslide, but its Very Merrytime Cruises host a Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball complete with snow and special appearances from Frozen’s Anna and Elsa.
4. Around the World in 180 Days
For people who love life at sea, the Insignia, operated by Oceania Cruises, takes 180 days and nights to circumnavigate the globe, taking in 44 countries. The ship departs from the US, then travels to the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Asia.