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Old February 24th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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Do the shipboard activities matter much to you? Do you participate in things like trivia, sports deck games, passenger talent contests, etc.? Or do you just prefer to lay back while onboard and chill?

Does your preference change cruise by cruise, based on the itinerary?

Just curious how others spend their time on those long days at sea.

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WE just lay back and chill! Couldn't care less about the activities.
We've been to the ports in the Caribbean so many times, that we just stay on board and relax by the aft pool.
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We also just lay back. Sometimes we get involved but it just depends on how "spunky" we feel.
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We enjoy the team trivia and other games (when we can work them in.) They're fun, and we meet more nice people that way.
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I love participating in the dance classes, and hanging out by the pool listening to the band play while enjoying some type of dessert.
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Depends on the day actually. I usually try to fit in the trivia and some of the talks. I even play bingo now and then but I am perfectly content to sit and read or people watch. I do get off the ship in most ports but then again I am content to to sit and watch the shore/dock from the balcony or one of the decks. It's all good and that's what is great about cruising.
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Does the length of the cruise tend to dictate how active you will be around the ship, or doesn't it really matter?

For what it's worth, I find that I tend to want to get involved in shipboard life more when I am on a longer cruise ... such as my 30-day Hawaii/South Pacific one. But on the shorter ones, I just like to vegetate.

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For us, the activities are very important; this holds true for DH more than me. We do the movies (he does) trivia daily, some demos, lectures if they are available, I spend time in the casino, plus we normally, at least part of the time, go to the nightly shows, love a good piano bar for a drink or two and like the TV game shows. About the only thing we don't do or could care less about: music by the pool and bingo. NMNita
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We sleep late, walk, walk, walk, and enjoy each others company!
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We provide our own entertainment on cruises and almost never go to the shows anymore, no trivia games, no Name That Tune in Piano Bar, Definitely no Pool Games .........

We do our own thing and look for few (if any) organized activities.
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One of the reasons we love to cruise so much is that we can both enjoy widely different activities. I don't miss a trivia game when on board, I join in the passenger shows, and everything else except bingo. Hate it. I take the culinary classes and go to the cocktail parties.

DH on the other hand, attempts ( and usually suceeds) in finding every available place to take a nap. He finds the hidden nooks and crannys on the ships.

We also love to sit in a deck chair and read or just watch the ocean go by. Crusing definitly has something for everyone.
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We always try to book one or two excursions with a little bit of adventure,and for the rest we walk around in ports and on board we like to read a good book and look around to all the things that are happening .There is nothing as nice as looking at people,especially when there are lots of different nationality's.
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Ever since my DW tore her gastrocnemius (calf) muscle while participating in a beer can relay on the pool deck, missing the rest of the cruise and 8 weeks of work, we have become sedintary cruisers who prefer to find a nice spot on the pool deck, or on our verandah and just relax while sipping on a cocktail. We now pretty much totally ignore all the activities, which is what I have always done. Now, its easy to convince my DW to do the same.

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I do everything on a cruise ship that I would not do at home (try new foods, go to the casino, go to the spa). I also look at the daily cruise bulletin and if there is an activity that I have never done on a previous cruise I go do it. If I've done them before I skip doing them again except for the trivia contest (I am addicted to them)

Alot also has to do if we have a balcony or not. If we do, we spend alot of time in our room and on our balcony (I figured I've paid more so I should spend more time there)..If we have an inside cabin, we spend alot of time on deck
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... while participating in a beer can relay on the pool deck ...
Fortunately, I've never seen or heard of those on a Holland America ship.
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... while participating in a beer can relay on the pool deck ...
Fortunately, I've never seen or heard of those on a Holland America ship.
Well, it was on Zuiderdam, so I guess you've not seen or heard it all.

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Ever since my DW tore her gastrocnemius (calf) muscle while participating in a beer can relay on the pool deck, missing the rest of the cruise and 8 weeks of work, we have become sedintary cruisers
Ouch! That really stinks.

I guess I should probably watch what I do on some cruises, cause I'm probably an accident waiting to happen. But my problem is not so much on the ship, but in port. I tend to do "customized" shore excursions sometimes ... like tandem skydiving in Oahu.

Wonder if travel insurance would cover an accident while participating in a high risk shore activity? Hopefully it covered your wife's injuries?

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We don't get involved in the trivia, pool games, etc. aboard. We pretty much do our own thing. We aren't anti-social but after many, many years of working with and dealing with the public, we like to relax and stay away from the crowds, hub-bub, etc. We like shore tours , usually a ships tour but sometimes on our own, according to which port it is.
Sitting in a nice lounger with my wife beside me, my binoculars on the other side, half dozing and half awake, watching the flying fish, passing islands and ships, listening to the swish of the ship as it cuts through the water-- that's cruising to me.
I can cruise just fine without a program telling me all that's going on and
can do without a cruise director. Give me someone to operate the ship, cook the food and I'm ok.
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