In 1994 (or thereabouts) my husband and I went on the Norwegian Wind (before it was stretched) and almost every night they had some kind of activity on the pool deck outside - music, dancing, etc. It was so much fun and a real highlight of our cruise. Can anyone tell me if they still do that? We are going on the Dawn in October. Thanks for your help!
It seems so many of the things we used to look forward to in cruising have changed. We haven't been on any ship, any line in ages that offered much in the way of outside activities whether day or night. This holds true with the discontinuation of horse racing as well. All these things used to keep us busy. I think since so many lines have gone to more port intensive itineraries, activities are down. For DH, ports are the reason for cruising, for me, the on board activities are as important.
Seems now there are more things like martini clinics, more time spent in the casinos while at sea, lots of trivia, art auctions, liquor tasting, etc. all these things are fun, but I wish they would bring back for of the old. Oh well, life does change and I guess we need to adjust. NMnita
I think there still is a market for retro fun like horse races.
Oh I do too: I wonder what we can do to get them to bring it back in some form or another. At first it simply was a few horses, sometimes by the pool and sometimes inside; you had jockeys from the passengers and bet on the horses. Then they got more created, and you could buy a horse, decorate it and then passenges bet on each one. Either way it was really fun. NMNita
I remember our early cruises on the Enchanted Isle when the "owners" of the horse drug it around everywhere on the ship. It would even become the centerpiece of tables at dinner! The names were witty and the decorations outrageous - it was great. I seem to have read that some ships have re-introduced it.
Same goes for movies in the theatre. Old ships had real honest to goodness movie theatres, usually in the "nose" of the ship with a full size screen. True, some lines still do movies in the main theatre but others simply force you to watch them in your cabin. Not the same.
I remember our first cruise out of San Juan on the Monarch of the Seas. We boarded early and after eating the thing to do seemed to be to head to the theatre. The movie (believe it or not) The Perfect Storm. Wouldn't have been so funny except we had only a few months prior escaped Hurricane Mitch's wrath in HOnduras and we didn't make but one scheduled port of call on that cruise as we dodged two hurricanes in the Carib!
I had forgotten about skeet shooting. As for the horses, our first experience was on Commodore, Caribe: they just had 4 or 5 horses and someone player jockey. We bet on our horse, the CD had a dice machine and a horse would move x number of spaces depending on the dice. We would have about 4 o5 races each morning. Then they came out with the selling of the horses at auction. That was years later. Like Magnolia Blossom mentioned the horses would be put up for action early in the cruise. Bidders would bid on them and they would sell for quite a bit sometimes. Throughout the week the owner would parade the horse, all decorated, around the ship. On the last day at sea we would bet on our favorite horse. Again, there would be a race. It had to be a money maker for the ships as it cost them nothing and what fun we had. NMNita
I'd forgotten about the kite flying, Fern. I only saw it once, again on Commodore. We live on the Red River and from time to time one of the river cruise paddlewheelers passes the house. Can't remember which ship it was last time but 7 or 8 people were flying kites off the back of the boat. Of course we had to toast them from the dock and wave. They seemed to be a happy bunch of cruisers!