13 Ways to Have Fun During a Cruise Day at Sea

After two active, balmy days in Nassau and Freeport, we had an entire day to spend at sea, exploring the Carnival Sensation‘s many offerings. I thought this would be the day to sit by the pool and read a book, but as usual, there was just too much to do and see to sit still. For the quick rundown of my FUN day at sea, watch the video here, otherwise, read on for 13 Ways to Spend a FUN Day at Sea!

All aboard!

All aboard!

1. Check the Fun Times.
The Fun Times arrives in your cabin each night before bed, so you have a chance to peruse & plan for all the onboard activities the next day. I tend to want to be everywhere at once, and on a cruise, my FOMO gets the best of me more often than not. Grab a pen and circle what you want to do in advance to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Check the Fun Times!

Check the Fun Times!

2. Grab a chair on the Lido Deck.
The most desirable deck chairs fill up quickly, so if you want to have a good selection, head to the pool early to stake your claim. Now, don’t be one of those jerks who drops towels on the chairs and then leaves for the day – that’s not good cruise etiquette. If you plan to partake in Lido Deck activities during the Day at Sea, grabbing a quality chair early is a great way to start the day. It’s also a great place for an open air breakfast.

Reserve a seat before the towel animals beat you to it!

Reserve a seat before the towel animals beat you to it!

3. Take a towel animal class.
Cute, clever towel critters greet you in your stateroom each night courtesy of your cabin steward, so by the end of the cruise, you’ll be wishing you could take a monkey or an elephant home with you. Luckily, you can! Just show up for the free lesson and you can be a cabin steward in your own home upon return.

Learn to make towel creatures at home!

Learn to make towel creatures at home!

4. Line dancing on the Lido Deck.
I sure hope you like line dancing, because there’s a whole lot of it going on during Sea Day! The Cupid Shuffle, the Wobble, the Cha-Cha Slide, Gangnam Style and the unforgettable Electric Slide will rouse you from your deck chair multiple times while cruising between islands. Your best bet? Grab a drink and cha-cha real smooth.

Dance!

Dance!

Dancing juice.

Dancing juice.

5. Get your adrenaline pumping at Carnival Waterworks.
The Carnival Sensation underwent a refresh in 2009, and one of its main additions was the 300-ft. corkscrew water slide on top. Kids and adults are welcome to splash around, and it makes a great alternative to the Lido pool when it’s jam-packed at midday.

Water slides!

Water slides!

Option B: Jacuzzi!

Option B: Jacuzzi!

6. Participate (or just watch) the Hairy Chest Contest.
This might seem like a weird addition to the list, but I laughed so hard and got such a kick out of this group of middle aged men coming out of their shells in front of the entire Lido crowd — I wouldn’t want you to miss it! Not for the faint of heart though… some of these guys must’ve been (hairy) strippers in a former life.

The winner of the hairy chest contest... may I point out that he wasn't the hairiest. It came down to dance moves, y'all.

The winner of the hairy chest contest… may I point out that he wasn’t the hairiest. It came down to dance moves, y’all.

7. Watch an ice carving demonstration.
Here’s an activity I thought would be so-so, and I was wrong. It was truly unbelievable to watch the onboard ice carver work his magic. In 10 minutes, he turned a solid block of ice into a Native American chief head. It was something to see!

Welcome to the Lido Deck!

Welcome to the Lido Deck!

8. More dancing!
Seriously, the group dancing never ends. I never get tired of hearing Gangnam Style, but if you get to the point where you’ve had enough, head to the Serenity Deck. It’s for adults only and there’s absolutely no group dancing.

More dancing juice.

More dancing juice.

9. Dinner in the Fantasy Dining Room.
A highlight for me every single night was dinner in the Fantasy Dining Room. We were always greeted by name by the charming staff, welcomed and shown quickly to our table. Even with just 4 nights onboard, it’s amazing how quickly you grow to enjoy the company of your waitstaff. They are so attentive, no matter who you are, you feel quite special.

You'll grow to love your waitstaff!

You’ll grow to love your waitstaff!

10. EAT!
You hear stories about people gaining weight on cruises, and I’m here to tell you, that’s no myth! Smash and I had this brilliant plan that we were going to work out every day and eat really well, but in the face of delicious food and lots of it, we failed. Next time, we’ll try for a healthy cruise… but this time, it was eat, eat, eat, eat and eat some more.

2 people. 3 desserts. Something is wrong with this math.

2 people. 3 desserts. Something is wrong with this math.

Take the stairs! With so much food on offer, you'll be grateful to burn the extra calories.

Take the stairs! With so much food on offer, you’ll be grateful to burn the extra calories.

11. Sing & dance.
I love cruising for so many reasons – delicious food, new friends, only having to unpack once, a casino that goes with you from port to port, endless Gangnam Style line dancing. But the real reason I love cruising — nightly karaoke! The Carnival Sensation had a cute little karaoke setup that was just the right size, and folks of all ages participated. For those not singing, there was a dance floor. It was really heartwarming to see parents dancing with their kiddos and making memories, and to watch as the whole room cheered for kids who were brave enough to get up and sing in front of a room full of people.

More dancing!

More dancing!

12. Get lucky in the casino.
Smash & I discovered that we REALLY like roulette. Like… a little too much. Some nights we did well, other nights not so much. Either way, we made lots of friends every time we went to the casino, so it’s a great place for socializing.

Some days are luckier than others

Some days are luckier than others

Nothing like a little roulette at sea to make you feel like James Bond.

Nothing like a little roulette at sea to make you feel like James Bond.

13. SLEEP.
Go on. After a day like this, you’ve earned it.

Zzzzzzzzzzz

Zzzzzzzzzzz

Thanks to Carnival for hosting me on the Sensation. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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  • January 30, 2015

    I’m not a major fan of cruises but I guess it’s because I’ve been on 1 cruise ship and it did not have as many activities as the Sensation. I went on regular Caribbean (not even Royal Caribbean) years ago, and it was very simple – no ice carvings or Lido dancing! The more there is to do, the more I’d be willing to try cruising again.

  • February 07, 2015

    I don’t know, I think your math is just right.

  • May 03, 2017

    I’ve always heard amazing things about cruises but have never been on one. Seems like a great way to travel and have an adventure on a budget.

  • August 08, 2017

    I am an avid reader of your blog, and I really need to comment on this one!! I always wanted a cruise ship tour, Just make me realize how much fun it is

  • September 05, 2017
    Kim H.

    I love sea days!!

  • February 05, 2018
    Scorpio

    Such a nice article, exactly what I’ve been looking for!Great tips/

  • April 16, 2018

    Great post. Just discovered cruising. Thanks for the guidance and tips.

    Nice pics.

    Cheers Sharon…

  • June 23, 2018

    I have never been on a cruise and most likely never will go on one. I am not a water lover and with my luck the ship would sink when I was on it. My brother in law and his wife are going on their 5th cruise soon but its just not for me.

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