What To Do On the Days at Sea on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

On a lot of people’s minds when booking a cruise is the days at sea. What can you do onboard?

I get asked these questions all the time ‘what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?’, ‘what do you do on the sea days?’, ‘how you fill your time on the days at sea?’

For a start, it is a cruise ship, not a container ship, so it is full to the brim with things to do. There are activities going on all day onboard and there is a daily ship newspaper that tells you what is going on from morning to night.

Activities range from painting, card games, ship games, cooking, ice carving and fruit carving demonstrations, movies, shows, seminars about ports, wildlife, how to use your camera, jewellery, gemstones, hair and beauty, fitness, weight loss, and more subjects. Then there is shopping, wine tasting, art auctions, trivia, Zumba classes, fitness classes, gambling and lots more.

A cruise ship has many lounges, bars, restaurants, shops, a spa, a casino, sun decks, pools, jacuzzis, gym, running track and decks to explore.

I keep myself quite busy and I’m on my own most of the day while my husband is working (he works onboard).

So, what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?

A typical day at sea for me for me is:

Morning at Sea

Tai Chi Class, Zumba Class, coffee, check emails, freshen up for lunch.

Afternoon at Sea

Lunch, reading or listening to a podcast, write blog articles and then get ready for the evening if going out.

Evening at Sea

Drinks at in the bar and then dinner and maybe a show.

This is just an example, days change all the time! If I am cruising in a hot climate I will sit in the adults only part of the sun deck, that way it is quiet. With no kids running around or splashing in the pool. I like to walk around the deck for an hour and listen to music or a podcast, I do this if it is hot or cold.

Days at Sea Ideas

If you are travelling as a couple or group, you do not need to do everything together. Decide what you would like to do and meet up later for coffee, lunch or dinner. As there are so many activities going on onboard throughout the day and evening.

The way to think about it is that you can do what you like as you are on vacation. If you would like to catch up on your sleep, sleep! Read those books you have meaning to, have that full body massage or your nails done. Lay by the pool all day, drink every cocktail on the menu or go to trivia and every activity available, you can it’s your cruise.

If you are travelling with your kids check them into the kids club if they are old enough and let them play while you play!

Days at sea do not need to be boring, enjoy your free time to relax. Cruise ships in this age are far from boring. They are only boring if you do not know how to use your time!

What will you be doing on the days at sea on your next cruise?

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Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA - Lucy Williams Global

 

Pearl Harbour is one of those places you must visit while on a Hawaiian cruise or vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).

I was on a cruise that went to Honolulu and I didn’t make it to Pearl Harbour when I had been there previously. This time I went and it was a great day. I went on a ship’s tour and Pearl Harbour is short coach ride from the cruise ship terminal.

Why Must You Visit Pearl Harbour?

On the 7th December 1941, Pearl Harbour was bombed by the Japanese and World War II hit the USA. Most of us know the history and have seen the film, but to go there is completely different.

Seeing the harbour with your own eyes and being able to pay your respects to the men and women that died there that fateful day. The US Military has made the visitors centre a fascinating place to visit and give lots of history in the museums.

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is a chilling insight that can still be seen today, of what happened in the historic harbour which is the sunken USS Arizona.

The ship was hit by surprise and ship overturned completely. 1102 crewmen were trapped inside the ship and lost their lives. To this day, this is the grave of these brave men that lost their lives during the Japanese attack.

On the tour of the memorial, they show a short film that takes you back to Honolulu in 1941. After the film, you board a boat that takes you to the memorial site.

The memorial is a viewing deck over the top of the USS Arizona and you can see the hull of the ship. Also, there is a lot of oil that they call the black tears of all the men that died there.

It is very sad and unbelievable what happened when you are viewing it for yourself. Inside the memorial is a wall with all the names of the men that died.

USS Missouri Memorial

The second part of our tour was to board the USS Missouri Memorial also called the ‘Mighty Mo’. This was the battleship that ended World War II. It was very interesting to visit this ship and see how the ship worked.

I like to see inside a ship and what it looks like and how the crew lived and worked onboard. I think that is because I have spent most of my life onboard cruise ships. From working onboard to now travelling alongside my husband.

It was interesting walking below deck in the crew mess and bars and then up to the officer mess and bars. Not much has changed in the way a cruise ship is below deck today. Apart from the cabins have improved a lot!

The ship is huge and walking around on deck the seeing the giant battery turrets and all the areas below deck were amazing to see.

You can walk around the ship on your own and follow the arrows or go on a guided tour for more information about the ship.

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What to See at Pearl Harbour

I just saw the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Memorial when I went to Pearl Harbour. If you have more time you can also visit the USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Aviation Museum. The visitor centre is open between 7.00am – 5.00pm.

Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA

 

Limited Items Can Only Be Brought into Pearl Harbour

The U.S. Navy rules that all bags, handbags, backpacks are prohibited from the area. Basically, you cannot have a bag that can conceal a weapon. There is a storage area before you enter to store your belongings for a small charge.

You can bring inside a bag the size of a hand-held radio, which is the size of a glasses case. Wallets, bottled water, cameras (no case), umbrellas and cell phones are allowed inside, but you must either must carry them or be able to put them in your pocket.

You can purchase something in the gift shop and you can carry that around the visitor’s centre though. Also, if you are taking a tour bus, nothing can be left on the bus as the military do not allow that either. So, travel light when going to visit Pearl Harbour.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 20*C – 28*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Top Tip: Bring an umbrella or lightweight waterproof coat/poncho, as when it rains it pours as I found out! Always check the weather before, I brought my little umbrella and I am so pleased I did. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking.

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Travel Update: California, Hawaii & French Polynesia - Lucy Williams Global

If you are following me on Instagram and Facebook, you will see that I’m not in the UK and back on my cruising adventures. So here is my travel update!

I flew over to California and hopped back on the ship and sailed over to Hawaii, America Samoa and French Polynesia.

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Travel Update: California

Normally I just fly to the embarkation port and join the ship the next day, but this time I spent a few days in Dana Point, California.

I had a fabulous time with my friends that live there. I visited Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Balboa Island and shopped till I dropped at the outlet malls. My California adventures will be on blog this week.

Laguna Beach - Lucy Williams Global

Travel Update: Hawaii

I got lucky with the cruise itinerary that my husband was working on, as the ship was sailing to Hawaii, American Samoa and French Polynesia from Los Angeles.

It took four days to sail to the Hawaiian Islands. We went to Hilo, Hawaii – Honolulu, Oahu – Lahaina, Maui and Nawiliwili, Kauai.

I was in Hawaii last year, so this time I went to see the things I didn’t visit last time and that was Pearl Harbour in Honolulu. You can read all about Peral Harbour this week on the blog.

Travel Update: American Samoa

After Hawaii we sailed down to Pago Pago in American Samoa. It took four days, but it was worth it.

I went on a tour to the west of the island; to see a Samoan Ava Ceremony and the Flower Pot Rock. It was a lovely day and you can read all about it next week on the blog.

Pago Pago - Lucy Williams Global

Travel Update: French Polynesia

It took two more days to sail down to French Polynesia and we went to the islands of Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea.

We had an amazing evening in Bora Bora, saw my lovely friend in Tahiti and went to a desert island in Moorea.

Bora Bora Evening - Lucy Williams Global

As I have bored you enough over the last year about French Polynesia I’m not going to write about it this time, but you can read about Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea from my previous blog posts.

After the French Polynesia ports it was time to sail back to Los Angeles and it took 8 long days!

What’s Next?

Next on the agenda is cruising to Alaska so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and Facebook to see where I am!

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Which Kind Of Cruise Is Right For You?

Regular readers of this blog will know all about just how amazing cruises can be as a way of getting around and seeing the world.

For anyone keen to visit many countries in a short period of time, while having an all-inclusive holiday packed into that, will find that cruises are among the best way to do so.

However, relatively few people know that there are actually a number of different kinds of cruises, and it is useful to know the differences between them if you want to make sure that your holiday is exactly right for you.

In this post, we are going to discuss some of the different kinds of cruises you can explore – which one is best for you?

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Adventure

If your goal is to have a crazy, no-holds-barred time of exploration, then you might well prefer to go on an adventure style cruise.

These are generally in exciting and out-there places and can either be on the ship the whole time, or on land partially, or mostly on land.

In any case, they are an exciting way to cruise around the world and not the kind of cruise that you will want to take your young children on.

So if you are taking your family, look elsewhere. For everyone else, however – adventure away!

 

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Party

Maybe you are going completely solo, and you want to just let loose and have a wild time. If that sounds like you, then you probably want to find a decent party cruise instead.

Fortunately, this is one of the most common cruise tips and boat party tickets are usually relatively cheap in comparison to other cruise and boat types.

However, you should be prepared to expect plenty of debaucheries if you are going on one of these boats, as you never know quite what can happen. Remember: what happens at sea stays at sea.

 

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Food & Wine

Are you a true foodaholic? If so, the classic food and wine tour cruise could just be your ideal next holiday. Generally, these sail around some of the best foodie locations in the world and more often than not they are complete with on-board cookery classes and tasting sessions.

Maybe you are a keen amateur chef willing to practice your knife skills or you just love good food and don’t mind a little wine either.

Either way, food and wine cruises can be a fantastic way to see the world – all while getting your belly full.

 

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Luxury

Of course, when most people think of cruise lines, they think of the luxury kind. If you can afford it and you are willing to splash out, then going luxury is of course often the better way to go.

This is especially good if you are keen to celebrate or commemorate some kind of event, such as an anniversary or similar.

A luxury cruise is bound to keep you satisfied in more ways than one, so this is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a cruise this year.

 

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Which Kind Of Cruise Is Right For You

 

What To See When Taking A Cruise Around Iceland in Summer - Lucy Williams Global

Thinking of going on a cruise to Iceland this summer? This is a great way to see Iceland and then return to your luxury cruise ship in the evening, without having to figure out your own accommodation and road trip.

Just book tour a shore excursion from the cruise ship or before you board online (you can book your own independent tour, just be back on time). Then just sit back and relax as the ship sails to each port.

All the logistics are sorted out on your behalf all you have to do is meet at the meeting point at the correct time and go and enjoy your tour.

There are different cruises that go to Iceland, some start in the UK and some on the east coast of the US. So you will see some more ports as well as the Icelandic ports.

The cruise we went on around Iceland was in August/September and it was fantastic as we had lovely weather.

The ports we went to were; Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Grundarfjordur and Reykjavik. We also went to Lerwick in the Shetlands Islands in Scotland, Thurso in Scotland and Bergin in Norway.

Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur is on the east of Iceland and is surrounded by fjords. It is a charming small Icelandic village with a church, a few small shops and cafe/bars.

The day I was there it was a beautiful sunny day, so you saw the reflection of the buildings and fjords in the water.

When we were there we just enjoyed a walk around and took it easy as we knew we were going to go on tours for the next few days.

Akureyri

Akureyri was the second Iceland port and is in central northern Iceland. When we were there we went to visit Godafoss Waterfall, Namaskard Pass, Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn.

My favourite part of the day was visiting Godafoss Waterfall and Namaskard Pass. Godafoss waterfall was amazing to see and means ‘Water to the Gods’.

It is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, that is rushing with glacial water of the Skjalfandafljot River.

Namaskard Pass is one of the most volcanic areas in Iceland and there are boiling hot mud pools with dense vapours of sulphur, after a while though the sulphur gets to you.

We also visited Dimmuborgir where lava formations were left and are in lots of different shapes and we saw Lake Myvatn where large craters are. We had a lovely traditional Icelandic lunch of cauliflower soup, followed by trout and veggies.

Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur was our next port that is on the north shore of Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland.

We visited the black pebble beach and saw the lifting stones that the local sailors tested their strength by lifting. These stones ranged from a 23 kg stone to a 154 kg stone.

To be eligible to become oarsman they had to be able to lift the 54 kg stone. After visiting, the beach we went for a walk around the peninsula that was a stunning rocky shoreline. For lunch, we ate fish soup, followed by cod and veggies.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is in the south-west of Iceland and is a large city by the sea. We had two days there so we got to see a lot.

On the first day, we went to Blue Lagoon which is a fabulous outdoor geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic rock.

 

Blue Lagoon Iceland - Lucy Williams Global

The water is full of minerals and you can put the white silica on your face as a face mask. There is a bar that is in the water so you can swim up and get a drink or two!

Also, there is a sauna and steam room. They offer massages on the water which is at an extra cost.

If you like to take selfies while in the Blue Lagoon these Watertight Sealed Underwater Dry Bag for iPhone and Other Smartphone pouches are great to put your phone in and not get it wet! They have a handy lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, so much easier than carrying!

That evening we went to my favourite lobster restaurant ‘Lobster & Stuff’. We had lobster soup, followed by a lobster roll, delicious!

Lobster and Stuff Iceland - Lucy Williams Global

On the second day, I went to visit the Golden Circle, which is Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur. Also on the tour, we saw a Geothermal Power Plant and The Pearl.

I was very excited to see Strokkur for the geyser, it had that smelly sulphur smell again like the boiling muds pits.

But seeing the geyser spurt with water was quite something and you never know in which direction the water will go! I was filming and the water came in our direction, that was funny watching it back!

Thingvellir National Park was very interesting as the rift valley shows the Reykjanes Ridge that divides the North American and Eurasian plates of the mid-Atlantic Ridge, quite something to see.

Gullfoss Waterfall was breath-taking and it was amazing how close you can get to it compared to visiting the Godafoss Waterfall in Akureyri.

I recommend visiting Iceland as it is a fascinating place, very different to the rest of Europe due to its climate and not having many trees.

The Vikings cut most of them down years ago to build boats and they never grew back. The Icelandic people are now replanting but it takes time.

You can visit Iceland all year round, but if you would like to see Iceland in daylight visit in the summer months, as in the winter months there are only 6 hours of light a day. Cruise ships only go in the summer months.

Essential Info

  • Weather in summer months: 4*C – 14*C.
  • Language: Icelandic, but most people also speak English.
  • Currency: Icelandic Krona.
  • It is cold even in summer so wear layers and bring a hat, scarf and gloves.
  • I recommend wearing trainers or hiking shoes to enjoy seeing the sights.
  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket as when it rains it pours!
  • Bring your camera or phone as the scenery is amazing.

I loved these for my Icelandic adventure:

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Love Lucy x

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