What is there to do on a cruise? Will I get bored when we are not at a port? If you have specific questions, ask and I will try to cover them in the comments.
There are a multitude of activities that are available on a Royal Caribbean cruise. RCCL is known for keeping its passengers entertained.
RCCL puts our a document called the “Cruise Compass”. You will find it on your bed each night when you retire and it will tell you the time and place for all activities the next day. It will be in the language your specified when you registered.
If it is a port day, it will identify the port and the time you may leave the ship and the time you must be back on-board. The second time is EXTREMELY important. This was the first cruise I remember going on that someone didn’t return soon enough and the ship left without them. Flying to the next stop to rejoin the cruise is not a trivial thing.
If you want to stay on the ship and not exit at a port, that is not a problem. There is still plenty to do. Some people just like to take it easy and read a book and enjoy the peace and quiet.
A ship, like the Grandeur of the Seas, is like a floating 5 star hotel. It has restaurants, casino, bars with entertainment, coffee and ice-cream shops, duty free shops, movies, evening shows, gymnasium, spa, and much more. Something is going on all the time.
I know many from Boquete spent a fair amount of their time in a bridge class. Lilliam took a water color class and jewelry crafts class. There were games of trivia, games in the swimming pool, ping-pong tournaments, dance classes, rock wall climbing, Feng Shui class and even activities for the very young. Some had a personal goal to see just how much weight they could gain per day. (Guilty as charged!)
There was a bulletin board so you could make contact with people of similar interests or friend you heard were on the cruise.
Here is an interesting story. One day it was extremely nice on deck and Lilliam and I were getting our exercise. Lilliam wanted out photo taken, so I ask a couple that was reading on deck if they would mind taking the photo.
When I was thanking them for taking the photo, I asked where they were from and they said England. Another couple were close and listening and I asked if they were from England too. They said they were. I ask haw they were enjoying the cruise and what they had been doing. One couple replied that they were having a great time and had been searching for another couple with the same last name that they thought were distant relatives and they hadn’t been able to find them.
Guess who the other couple sitting near them were? Yep. The ones they had been searching for. If I hadn’t asked where they were from, they might not have found each other because this was a day or so before the end of the trip. Talk about being so close to the forest you can’t see the trees.
Another interesting story was the 98 year old lady that was on her 99th cruise. I always intended to get her photo, but never did. I hope she gets her 100th cruise and have no doubt that she will.
I always enjoyed the evenings. There was always a good show with professional entertainers. Often they would choose someone from the audience to assist them. Chris McCall was chosen twice. I didn’t have my camera the second night, but I did the night he assisted the juggler.
There was a show that was made up of shipboard talent and some from Boquete were in it also. I did catch this photo of one of the performers.
The Centrum always had a small band in the evening and the audience filled the dance floor. One of the people you would always find there was Sol. In the following video she is the lady in the red dress. She was a wonderful lady from Venecia Spain. When you would see her you just feel she was always having fun and was definitely the life of the party. When I got to talk to her I learned that the was sad on the inside and happy on the outside. Her life had not been easy, but she said she was not going to let the little things in life get her down. I think she was the most known person on the ship. I bet there was no-one she didn’t meet. She wanted everyone to have fun.
I always enjoy dancing. From behind a camera at least. Here was another video of some Latin dancing.
Another special night they had the Grandeur of the Seas version of the Village People and some Saturday Night Live music.. This night was fun music.
So much to do. So little time. I am already researching our next cruise.
The next post in this series will be on the topic of ports for this cruise. Now. What are you doing reading this stuff. Go outside and smell the roses. I am getting ready to.