BUSY LIFE ABOARD SHIP

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 now has behind-the-scene tours for onboard guests.
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 now has behind-the-scene tours.

First-time cruisers often worry that boredom will set in during days at sea. Should they pack a library of books, or even learn to knit before the sailing?

The advice of australiancruisingnews.com is to leave all those at home. The main problem will be finding time to chill out with so many organised activities on board.

The cruise ship’s daily newsletter, delivered to cabins each night, is a great guide to planning the day ahead, and  a necessary read before bed as some activities start early.

Even breakfast needs to be built into a busy morning’s schedule as yoga and stretch classes are usually off the blocks as dawn breaks.

Film-making, cooking, art appreciation, and dance classes are also on daily schedules as are trivia and bingo sessions, and many activities that take the breath away.

Cunard has behind-the-scenes tours on its flagship Queen Mary 2, and on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. On the bridge the captain reveals how radar and navigational charts help guide his Queen from port to port. The tour (there is a cost) also shows how the ship’s chefs produce such great meals 24/7.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises offer similar tours.

As if these activities are not enough, passengers also need to set aside time for informative lectures on ports of call. These include a history of the destination,  not-to-be missed sights, and what organised land tours are available.

www.cunard.com

www.ncl.com

www.princess.com

Cruise news: Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 made her 200th Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton at the weekend. To mark this historic voyage, the liner performed a sail-by New York’s just reopened Statue of Liberty.

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