Things to Do on a Caribbean Cruise

Things to Do on a Caribbean Cruise
Caribbean-bound cruise lines offer resort-style entertainment, dining and activities for Caribbean cruisers of any age. Whether you're sliding down a four-deck-high water slide, enjoying 5-star cuisine, relaxing in a day spa or even tying the knot, Caribbean cruises offer hundreds of vacation experience options.

Slide Down a Water Slide

Carnival's Cruise Lines' Caribbean-bound Carnival Imagination offers WaterWorks, a set twisting water slides, a spray park, and a resort-style outdoor pool located on the cruises' Verandah Deck. Deck 12 of Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Dream provides unlimited fun on the water slide Aqua Duck, an amazing 756 foot-long water slide that takes its riders through four decks of the ship.

Shop Duty-Free

Throughout the Caribbean, duty-free shopping is a fun way to collect souvenirs or window shop. On Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Destiny, the Fun Shops of Carnival are located on the Promenade Deck and offer duty-free liquor, T-shirts, jewelry and souvenirs. The Galleria Shops on deck 7 of Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Dawn offer duty-free souvenir and high-end shopping for every member of the family. Holland America's ms Zuiderdam provides a shopping arcade of fine boutiques on the promenade deck.

Try Your Luck at the Tables

When sailing through the Caribbean, the Casino Royale on deck 7 of Royal Caribbeans' Grandeur of the Seas offers everything from roulette to poker to slot machines. The Jewel Club Casino on deck 6 of Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Jewel features a circus-themed casino with blackjack, craps and poker tables. Gatsby's Casino on the Fiesta Deck of Princess Cruiselines' the Crown Princess offers Las Vegas style table games and over 260 slot machines.

Play a Round of Golf

Deck 13 of Royal Caribbeans' Caribbean-bound Radiance of the Seas provides a world-class miniature golf course, while the City Sports Park on the Sun Deck of Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph offers nine holes of mini-golf, shuffleboard and ping-pong. For a real golf experience, try Norwegian Cruiselines' Norwegian Sun driving range on the sports deck, where drives can be practiced any time of day.

Check Out a Broadway Show

The Caribbean cruiser can enjoy a Broadway show at the Stardust Theater, located on Norwegian Cruiselines' Norwegian Pearl decks 5, 6 and 7. On decks 2, 3 and 4 of Royal Caribbeans' Liberty of the Seas, professional performers stage productions in the theater's five-story auditorium. The Celebrity Theater on Celebrity Cruise Lines' Celebrity Century includes state-of-the-art special effects and lighting for all its Broadway shows, located on the Entertainment and Promenade Decks. Comedy shows keep passengers in stitches at Barrel of Laughs on Deck 3 of Disney Wonder, a Disney Cruiselines' ship.

Try World Class Cuisine

Some of the best cuisine can be enjoyed while sailing the Caribbean. Five-star dishes from Master Chef Michel Roux are offered at the Normandie Restaurant on the Plaza Deck of Celebrity Cruiselines' Celebrity Summit. The reservations-only Pinnacle Grill on the Promenade Deck of Holland America's ms Ryndham offers aged wines and beef alongside fresh seafood, all served with Riede stemware and on Bvlgari china.

Go for a Run

Running laps or hitting the treadmill is a great way to burn off all those extra calories enjoyed on a Caribbean cruise. Deck 10 of Royal Caribbeans' Majesty of the Seas offers the ShipShape Fitness Center and Spa, which includes an outdoor track, aerobics classes and a gym. Aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Gem, the Body Waves Fitness Center on deck 12 is open 24 hours and has a full gym with treadmills and aerobics classes.

Dance the Night Away

On the Promenade Deck of Carnival Cruise Lines' Fascination, the Diamonds are Forever Dance Club offers a diamond-studded nightclub for late night dance parties. The Pavilion Night Club on Celebrity Cruise Lines' Celebrity Mercury' offers retro, stylish settings for after-drink parties and is located on the Entertainment Deck. Futuristic themes and high-tech light shows entertain on the Sky Deck of Princess Cruiselines' Ruby Princess.

Get a Massage

There is no better way to relax while sailing the Caribbean than by enjoying an onboard massage. Aqua Spa on the Resort Deck of Celebrity Cruise Lines' Celebrity Solstice offers private massage treatments, a solarium and lap pool. The Vista Spa on Deck 9 of Disney Cruiselines' Disney Magic offers body wraps, a sauna and private massages. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, located on the Lido Deck of Holland America's ms Noordam, offers massage, thermal suites and a hydrotherapy pool.

Catch up on Your Reading

The libraries on Caribbean-bound cruise lines are impressive and extensive, offering beautiful ocean backdrops for afternoon reads. Holland America's ms Statendam provides Explorations Cafe, which includes a library and Internet cafe on its upper promenade deck. Aboard the Sky and Panorama Decks of Celebrity Cruise Lines' Celebrity Millennium, the Words Library houses a two-story high collection of literature in various languages. Board games and books can be checked out from the Antiquarian Library on the Atlantic Deck of Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty.

Zip Line It

Royal Caribbeans' Oasis of the Seas is the first to offer this new feature. Located on deck 16, Caribbean cruisers glide down an 82 foot-long, 9 deck-high diagonally-suspended zip line, the first of its kind aboard a cruise liner.

Get Hitched

Getting married while sailing the Caribbean Seas is a fantastic way to bring family and friends together for the event. The Hearts and Minds Wedding Chapel, located on the Sun Deck of Princess Cruiselines' Emerald Princess, offers an intimate wedding or vow-renewal experience, complete with an Internet wedding cam for those who couldn't make the cruise. On Royal Caribbeans' Navigator of the seas, the Twilight Chapel on Deck 15 is perfect for small weddings and offers everything you need for a wedding at sea.

Article Written By Leah Waldron

Leah Waldron is the head writer and editor of GayNow.com, a global gay and lesbian news site. She writes for Curve Magazine, LOTL Magazine, WingerJock.com and other publications. As a travel, entertainment and home/garden writer, Waldron has written for the "Houston Chronicle" and the "Sun Sentinel." Waldron has a bachelor's and master's degree in creative writing from Florida State University.

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