Take a look at today’s cruise ships, and you’ll see that they offer a huge range of activities suitable for every cruiser- with a special effort to cater to men’s interests. Sports, adrenaline and adventure options abound, making a cruise vacation the perfect couples or family vacation option- and more and more groups of men are booking a cruise as a “guy’s trip”.
Here are the top things men love at sea:
1.) Fantastic Food “24/7” – Casual buffets and bistro-style cafes offer light menu items. There are coffee ships with pastries, and hamburger stands, too! On almost all ships, you can order pizza or room service 24 hours a day. Specialty restaurants offer the reservations-only dining experience, but most eateries are open dining, and casual attire is welcome.
2.) Sports, Sports, and More Sports – No need to interrupt your workout regime; today’s ships have running tracks and state-of-the-art gyms and equipment- or you can run a few laps around a track atop the ship’s upper deck, breathing in the fresh sea air.
Avid golfers can still enjoy the game at sea. In addition to remarkably real, on-board computerized golf simulators, many cruise lines have expanded their stops at some of the world’s most well-known and challenging golf courses.
Many of the ships also include innovations like bowling alleys, Flowrider surfing pools, winding water slides and challenging rock-climbing walls. Or “jump in” to RipCord® by iFLY®, a skydiving simulator available on Royal Caribbean.
3.) Beer, Wine, and Cigar Bars – For those over 21, international brewers showcase signature and specialty beers and sponsor special onboard beer-tasting parties. For the more sophisticated palate, the lines offer wine-tasting opportunities and cigar bars.
4.) Onboard Gaming – For the “gambling man”, virtually all ocean cruise ships feature floating casinos that operate when the ship is at sea, or when local laws allow gaming in port. Blackjack, roulette, poker, craps and slot machines are popular, and many itineraries feature ports that offer land-based casinos.
For a different type of “gamer”, rest assured there are options for you as well, with game convention cruises dedicated to console gaming, LAN, tabletop games, and cosplay.
5.) Adventure Island…and beyond – The cruise lines’ private islands include amenities such as beach and water sports, snorkeling, boat and kayak rentals, and hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
Additional shore excursions offer countless opportunities for men looking for adventure and a raise in adrenaline levels. Carnival Cruises take travelers to Belize on an unforgettable cave tubing and rain forest exploration tour, and Crystal Cruises puts travelers who enjoy speed behind the wheel of a Ferrari for an independent exploration of Monaco.
6.) Men’s Spa Services – Industry reports say nearly one-third of spa guests are men, and it’s not unusual to see them enjoying massages, facials and pedicures. Other popular services include aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy (seawater-based treatments).
7.) Entertainment Extravaganza – The cruise lines invest heavily in the entertainment programs, and the lines are producing multimillion-dollar, special effects- laden entertainment extravaganzas. See the best Broadway shows, award-winning magic acts, and top-headliner comedians.