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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Africa Will Steal Your Heart

 

Africa is not often on people’s hit list when thinking of a holiday, but there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be. The wonders that you would be able to explore are amazing.

You will have adventures you will never be able to have in other countries, and your time will be filled with experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Due to the vast landscape and beautiful wildlife, Africa truly is one of the best countries that you could visit. If you give it a go, we promise it will steal your heart, here’s why.

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Hidden Gems

Africa is full of hidden gems, let us tell you that for sure! One minute you could be walking down one of the main streets in Kenya, the next you could be immersed into a new terrain, bringing some of the most wonderful views of the planes of Africa.

Kenya is one of the best parts of the country to visit if you want to experience wildlife. It has plenty of nature reserves and national parks, with guided tours being held nearly every day.

There are also some truly stunning places to stop, such as the masai mara luxury accommodation. You’ll wake up to some of the most amazing views, and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, with only yourselves and nature to enjoy.

If you want a little hidden gem, one that’s a little bit different to the wildlife you’re going to see, take a trip to the Gedi ruins, you won’t be disappointed!

Experience The Wildlife

If you’re going to Africa, one of the main things you should be going for is the wildlife. It’s full of it, no matter what part you go to.

We’ve already said that Kenya has some good wildlife national parks, such as the Amboseli national park. But there are so many more dotted around Africa for you to have a look at.

The Serengeti national park has to be one of the most famous. The wildlife living here has ruled the planes for as long as they have lived, and the rangers here work day and night to make sure they’re all safe, especially from the likes of hunters.

Take one of the Safari tours, and experience what Africa is best known for. Never try and venture out alone, as good as Africa is, it’s a dangerous place for both violence, and the animals that you may come across.

 

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Experience The Culture

Africa is full of rich culture. The many tribes that still exist, and also rule their own villages are incredible. Besides the dangers that we have just mentioned, Africa is one of the friendliest nations if you go to the right location.

The tribes will welcome you, as you should welcome them with gifts. You’ll experience so amazing food, amazing dances and rituals, and see a culture that you will possibly never get to experience again.

So, do you feel as though Africa is going to steal your heart now? We believe it will so get booking whilst you still can!

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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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The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

It’s all too easy to surrender to the allure of the family package holiday. For one lump sum cost, you can secure your flights, transfers, accommodation, food, drink and excursions for every member of your travelling party.

There’s no need to worry about the planning and preparation of any holiday abroad, and you can relax knowing that somebody else is taking care of all the paperwork.

While the odd jaunt to a Balearic might be pleasant, and the volcanic vistas of the Canaries are lovely, sometimes you want to venture a little more off the beaten track and break from the norm.

If you want to provide your offspring with some more authentic, exciting and unique travel experiences, read on to discover the quirkiest destinations for family vacations.

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Iceland

When we talk about great trips abroad, we want an adventure that will tick something off our bucket list. Heading to Iceland in the winter does just that.

With kids in tow, you can marvel at the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Dancing streams of green and pink will create a laser show above your heads as night time falls; much better than another random evening spent in a Greek taverna.

During the day, you can head out on the open seas for a spot of whale watching, do a smidgen of glacier walking or take a tour of the geysers dotted around the island.

The people of Iceland are friendly, the food is plentiful, and the vibe is relaxed. For a unique family holiday, Iceland is hard to beat.

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Azores

If a sunnier climate is more your bag, but you don’t fancy the usual jaunt to a Costa, why not consider venturing a tad further afield.

The Portuguese Azores are a dramatic set of volcanic islands without the tourists of Spain or France.

If you are a family who loves getting your kicks by taking part in high octane outdoor pursuits, then the Azores should be on your list of potential destinations.

Activities in the Azores consist of kayaking on the crater lake of Sete Cidades, hiking up a dormant volcano and caving on the island of Sao Miguel.

For a more relaxed experience, you could also take a dip in one of the many natural hot springs adorning the beautiful landscape.

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Isle Of Skye

If you are less inclined to venture to distant shores and you’d like an experience a little closer to home, you should consider the stunning Scottish island of Skye.

The scenery is magnificent, the tourists are few and far between, and there is plenty to keep the kids busy.

Head to Portree, the island’s central hub and you’ll meet many Scottish fishermen willing to take you on a tour of the coastline.

Sea eagles are common, often diving down to catch a fish or two from the waves.

The iconic Old Man of Storr provides superb hiking opportunities as does the Trotternish peninsula high above sea level.

On those rainy days, the island’s museum is fun, interactive and a fun way to while away a few hours.

For an off the beaten track holiday, take a look at these three destinations when booking your next trip.

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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.

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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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