8 Things You Can Only Do on a Cruise Ship

Cruises are a one-of-a-kind experience. While at sea, you can get away with doing things that you most likely won't be able to do in other places. And if you're looking for a way to play out your wildest vacation impulses, doing so on a ship might just be your ticket to making those dreams a reality.

Here are 8 things you can only do while on a cruise ship.

Drink all the wine you desire without worrying about driving home.

You're only a quick walk away from the best post-wine sleep of your life—especially if you're on a ship who knows their vino. MSC Cruises, for instance, boasts an impressive collection of over 100 wines, served by one of their 200 certified Sommeliers on board.

Tip: Want to cruise to some of the world's most decadent wine havens? Consider a wine country river cruise.

Wine country river cruise


Watch a Broadway level show without having to travel to New York.

If you think you have to fly all the way to the Big Apple to catch a Broadway production, think again.

Broadway has been making waves (no pun intended) in the cruise world over the last few years. You can now watch shows like "Rock of Ages" (on Norwegian Breakaway) and "Million Dollar Quartet" (on Norwegian Getaway) while still enjoying a sea vacation.

Rock of Ages Broadway show on board Norwegian Cruise Line

Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Drink a delicious vacation cocktail made by a robot bartender.

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas was the first cruise ship to welcome robotic bartenders to the high seas. These techy drink makers can be found at Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr, where you can watch them whip up 2 cocktails per minute with immaculate precision. Watch them in action below:




Watch a poolside movie under the stars.

Sure, you can always go camping and get a similar effect; but have you ever watched your favorite movie on a giant poolside screen while being lulled by the waves of the ocean? Regal Princess, for instance, offers Movies Under the Stars: a movie experience located on the ship's Lido deck where guests can lounge on plush chairs and watch a blockbuster film poolside (beautiful starry backdrop included).

Movies Under the Stars is offered on board Princess Cruises ships.

Credit: Princess Cruises

Wake up to find a glacier less than 200 feet away from your cabin balcony.

A cruise to Alaska exposes you to some of nature's most wondrous elements—and glacier watching is one of the most popular ways to soak in the Alaskan spirit. If your Alaska cruise stops at Glacier Bay National Park, you're in for a real treat: Glacier Bay was named one of the Cruise Wonders of the World by Conde Nast Traveler.

A view of Glacier Bay while cruising with Carnival Cruise Line

Credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Fly over the ocean without actually being on a plane.

Cruise ships may seem like giant vessels of relaxation, but you can actually find some pretty adrenaline-pumping activities at sea—one of them being skydiving. RipCord by iFly on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas lets you soar inside a 23 ft. glass chamber with killer ocean views. Not only does it provide the sensation of gliding hundreds of feet over land and sea, but it's also done in a safe and controlled environment (for those who've always wanted to skydive but haven't quite built up the courage to jump off a moving plane).

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas features the iFly Rip Cord, which simulates the feeling of sky diving.


Make new, real friends on vacation.

Yes, you can make connections with people virtually anywhere you visit. But there's something about cruising that harbors lifelong friendships that are harder to find in other places. Think about it: you're on a ship with complete strangers for days—weeks, even—at a time. Often times, you're sharing meals with these people. And you may be on a giant floating vessel, but you're bound to run into them at the elevators or in the buffet line at least once. Strike up a conversation! You never know the bond that may come of it.

Eat 15 meals in one day without paying a dime.

Because food (unless it's a specialty or a la carte restaurant options) is included in your cruise fare. You pay for nothing. It doesn't get any sweeter than that, folks (unless you're also indulging in unlimited ice cream—which is also complimentary).

Pacific Princess buffet area

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