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ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT





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What is there to do?

With so many activities on board, it's hard to imagine anyone complaining about not having anything to do. Activities are optional, so you may choose to do as little or as much as you wish. Each evening your cabin steward will deliver the ship's newsletter, which details the next day's activities. The newsletter also tells you the dress code for the evening, outlines details about the ship and crew, gives port information, offers shopping bargains, announces birthdays and anniversaries, and indicates that personal messages await particular passengers.

Activities vary from ship to ship, but they usually include aerobics classes, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, deck tennis, and Ping-Pong. The cruise director and staff will host events from napkin folding to trivia contests, wine-tasting to beauty pageants. On warm-weather cruises, many of these activities take place by the pool. Most ships have small libraries and an activities desk where you can find partners for bridge or chess. Many ships also have movie theaters that run current films. Lounging in a deck chair is always a popular activity if you just want to relax.

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Where can I exercise?

From jogging to aerobics classes to modern well equipped gymnasiums, today's ships are definitely fitted for the fit. Health spas offer beauty treatments, massages, saunas, whirlpools, and fitness equipment. The use of the gymnasium is free, but spa amenities may cost extra.

Some passenger cabins are located directly underneath the promenade deck, the best place to jog. To avoid disturbing nearby passengers, some ships may limit the hours that jogging on deck is allowed or prohibit jogging altogether. Check with the travel agent or cruise line about restrictions.

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What type of gambling is offered?

Many cruise ships have casinos. Games vary with the line and the size of the vessel. Most offer slot machines and blackjack. Other table games may include Caribbean stud poker, roulette, and craps. Table minimums are established by the cruise line. Casinos are closed while the ship is in port. Other types of gambling include snowball bingo, "horse" racing, and mileage pools. In the casinos, cash or casino coins are used for gambling, and cash advances may be charged to your shipboard account.

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Will my cruise offer shows?

Entertainment varies among cruise lines and should be a factor you consider when booking your trip. Most lines offer singing and dancing á la Las Vegas or Broadway. Ventriloquists, comedians, and magicians are common entertainers on ships. Some cruises have themes with special entertainment such as jazz, country, or western. At one point during the trip, the crew may put on their own show.

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What should I do at night?

Try dancing to a variety of music in the lounges, from lively top 40 to big band tunes, or tempt Lady Luck in the casino. Karaoke, masquerade balls, talent contests, piano bars, bingo, and movies are also offered. Then there are quiet strolls around the deck under the stars. Frequently, a ship may be in port in the evenings, and you can take advantage of shore attractions.

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Where can I smoke?

On the majority of ships, the dining room is separated into smoking and nonsmoking sections. Show rooms are normally divided into smoking and nonsmoking sections as well. Cigars and pipes are not allowed in the dining room, although some ships have separate smoking lounges for cigar and pipe smokers. Some lines are now offering nonsmoking cabins.

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Can we celebrate a special occasion?

Tell the maître d' about your request, and he or she will try to accommodate you. Expect cakes for birthdays, a special bottle of champagne delivered to your cabin, or even a small cocktail party. Cakes are provided without charge. If you request a cocktail party, the cruise line will charge for liquor and, on some ships, hors d'oeuvres prepared for your group. Inform your travel agent of any special arrangements you want.

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|| CHOOSING A CRUISE ||
|| FOOD ||
|| PAYING FOR THINGS ||
|| ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT ||
|| CHILDREN ||
|| PORTS OF CALL ||
|| SECURITY AND MEDICAL ||
|| TIPPING ||
|| CRUISE BOOK RESOURCES ||
|| INTRODUCTION ||



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