Sunday, November 14, 2010

Days at Sea

I find I’m in the minority of cruisers who actually enjoy the days at sea. I’d venture to guess most people prefer the ports. But after having been on 8 cruises, I’ve come to find sea days to be my favorite. I think it’s partially because I’ve been to most of the Caribbean ports at this point, but mostly laziness.

So while we will hopefully have lots of fun Backstreet events going on, I wanted to share how I spend my days at sea. I think the greatest thing about that time is that you can do as little or as much as you want. For me, I don’t feel obligated to get up and rush ashore to sight see or shop, so I tend to sleep in a little longer. I also have a nice leisurely breakfast overlooking the ocean, making sure to grab all the food I don’t normally enjoy at home.

After breakfast, anything is fair game. You can either relax at the pool all day, or take part in any of the various activities taking place all around the ship. If you go the pool, I’ve found the pools in the back tend to be quieter and have fewer children. So depending if I’m in the mood for a belly flop contest or just some R&R, I’ll switch up my location. I also spend a good deal of time at my favorite part of the ship. No, it’s not the bar, but actually the promenade deck. I find it so peaceful to just sit looking out at the ocean. It’s nice and quiet as not too many people hang out there, with the exception of the occasional runner.

If I’m not poolside, I also enjoy taking part in the activities put on by the entertainment staff. Again, I’m slightly biased here, but I still like playing the games and trying to win some prizes. My goal is to win a ship on a stick! One other thing that I would do on a sea day that I might not do on a port day is catch a movie. Plus it’s a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to pay $11 to go see one.

Last thing I’d recommend for a sea day is to take advantage of the casino. While I personally am not a big gambler, it’s definitely a good time to hit the tables or slots because they’re only open when we’re at sea.

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