Thomas, I think these are great (with the exception of #6, and maybe #7 as it would be impractical.) How about:
lectures on the history and culture of upcoming ports
hands-on cooking classes
presentation about the line's other cruise ships and itineraries
beer tastings (of exotic and microbrews)
costume contest (make your own out of fabric, paper, tape, glue, and accessories)
80s theme night in the disco
singles party featuring mardi gras beads
tug-o-war across the pool
I know some of these have been done (especially the classes, on some of the luxury lines) but I'd like to see them more widespread. Who else can think of some ideas?
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How about a port vs starboard snowball fight (snowballs made from shaved ice)..
If they can have a hairy chest contest why not a wet tee shirt contest? (with men competing of course).
If Nathan's can have a hot dog eating contest, why not do one on a cruise ship?
If they had a worst looking hat contest then Rick could enter and win , but it would still be lucky for him in the casino.
How about a worst looking hawaiin style shirt contest?
You know, even worse than the games that are played are the lame prises they give out.
How about some better prizes, like being able to name the drink of the day . (why can't a dry Rob Roy with a twist be the drink of the day). Or the right to be the one guy in the dining room wearing shorts and a tank top. Or breakfast in bed served by the captain.
I've been on several astronomy theme cruises where nighttime observing draws a lot of interest from the general public. BTW, the best place for stargazing is on the navigation deck below the bridge (where they have to keep lights out).
Hey, I'll go along with the beer tasting contest. Throw in a wine tasting and mixed drink tasting contest and even charge an entry fee and I'm in. How about an exotic dancing contest, a lingerie modeling contest or a reggae dancing contest. Sorry about that, but I lost control temporarily. Too much testosterone, I guess.
give me a good old fashioned game of water volleyball over any other "themed" games
Port talks that are more than just about shopping -would like culture & history
ice sculpting class, cooking class, beer & wine tasting, on board golf tournament.
island crafts class, bridge and galley tours(loved these) have they started them again since 9/11??
I vote for all of the ideas....ESPECIALLY port talks that are NOT about shopping! (Just came back from Alaska and was shocked to find the same Little Switzerland, Diamond International, etc., stores as in the Carribean. There is more to life, and cruises, than shopping!)
How about an early morning scavenger hunt? I can see the list now:
10 pool towels
4 paperback books
5 assorted pieces of footwear
6 magazines (puzzle books count double)
Hmmm, I wonder where you'd find those things?
First prize could be the winner's choice of any pool chaise on the ship!
Lots of great ideas from posters. I hope someone is listening. Also would like to see an ADULT GAME ROOM- it should have a couple of pool tables, foosh ball tables, Dart boards, checkers and chess tables, a bar for drinks and a big screen tv. And a couple of ladies in bikini tops walking around serving drinks. (That ones for you THOMAS)
Lot's of good ideas here. I REALLY like the one about port talks that aren't all about shopping (infomercials?) I'll go one further on this one. I like port talks that aren't about shopping AT ALL.! Rather, they are more correctly termed lectures, that cover possible activities and sites to see (not just the ones on the ship's excursions), along with a bit of information about history and culture. I've been on cruises with these. If you never have, you'd be suprised how much more enjoyable a port can be with this kind of information.
Hi again! What I really like is an objective talk about a port BEFORE I decide which excursion to take, as there are usually several opportunities. I agree that tour operators are generally quite informative. But some ports lend themselves more to land tours, while others lend themselves more to in water or on water activities. I'd like to have talks available on this before I decide on excursions. Tell you what I mean. On Martinique, we found the land tour great, as there were many things on land to see. But on St. Lucia where we took the land tour, I wish we had taken the "sail around the island tour", as we found the interior to be, well, depressing. This was on a cruise where port talks were more infomercial than anything else, so we didn't have the info to make our choice, IMO.
I agree with you. The "information" talks before getting to the ports is a sales pitch supporting the businesses which support the cruiseline. The first jewelry store we visited on one of our early cruises based upon the recommendation from the talk, did a bait and switch move on us. We didn't fall for it but it left a bad taste in our mouths.