50 Things to do on a sea day with Princess Cruises

Sea days are great opportunities to relax and take advantage of the ship’s amenities. If you’re new to cruising, you may be feeling apprehensive about spending a whole day ‘stuck’ onboard.  I am here to assure you that you won’t get cabin fever or get bored simply because there is always so many options to choose from when looking for things to do on a cruise ship. When not inport with Princess Cruises, you’ll be pleased to know that there is tons to do whilst travelling to your next port of call.

I love sea days and have been on cruises with many sea days (five days straight to Hawaii) and others with only a few (Caribbean/ Mediterranean) so I’ve compiled a list of 50 things to do on a sea day with Princess Cruises.  Here goes:

1. Grab an early morning coffee at the International Cafe

2. Morning Zumba class

3. Enjoy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary
4. Visit the art gallery

5. Relax into the bubbles in one of the jacuzzis on the lido deck

6. Catch a day time Movie Under the Stars whilst sun bathing

7. Attend an enrichment lecture, these could be about upcoming ports of call or the ship

8. Line dancing – if that’s your thing

9. Eat breakfast in the Horizon Court Buffet or Main Dining Room

10. Enjoy a soft served ice cream on the lido deck

11. Browse the onboard shops for souvenirs and gifts for friends and family

12. Take part in an art auction (or simply watch)

13. Take in the wake view – aaahhh

14. Find a good book in the ship’s library and curl up in a quiet lounge

15. Learn some fancy footwork in one of the onboard dance classes

16. Win big on the bingo

17. Walk the promenade or walking track

18. Escape to tranquillity in The Sanctuary

19. Take a behind the scenes ship tour

20. Put it all on red (or black) in the Casino

21. Put your creative skills to the test at one of the daily craft sessions

21. Watch, or if you’re feeling brave enter, one of the lido deck competitions – sexy legs contest anyone?

22. Join your friends for a game of trivia

23. Grab some bargains by attending a shopping event

24. Retire to your cabin for a snooze and watch the daily Wake Show on your TV

25. Unwind and let yourself be pampered in the Lotus Spa (typically busier on sea days so best to book in advance)

26. Sip a Bellini whilst looking sophisticated at the Belinnis Bar

27. Hit the gym to work off those extra desserts
28. Browse the photo gallery to find your photos

29. Stop by the Future Cruise sales office to put your deposit down for your next cruise – eek!

30. Do some laps in one of the pools

31. Treat yourself the Afternoon Tea

32. Relax with a cocktail or two

33. Play table tennis, basketball or golf on the Sporks Deck

34. Make a booking at one of the specialty dining venues

35. Grab lunch in the buffet or enjoy a slice pizza, hotdog or burger at the Trident Grill

36. Attend a health and fitness seminar – 15 minute facial anyone?

37. Take advantage of Happy Hour 3pm – 4pm – woohoo!

38. Browse the onboard outlet sale for a bargain

39. Watch a culinary demonstration from the talented cruise chefs

40. Pick up some tips in the Casino with a free demonstration by staff

41. Get dressed up for formal night (formal nights are generally on sea days)

42. Capture your special evening by posing for formal photographs

43. Head to the Piazza on the first formal night to gaze in awe at the champagne waterfall and pick up a complimentary drink

44. Dine in style in one of the ship’s main dining rooms

45. Be entertained in the Princess Theatre by one of the stage shows or comedians

46. Grab the mic and sing your favourite karaoke song

47. Dance the night away in the Piazza

48. Keep the party going in the nightclub

49. Enjoy listening to the singer whilst sipping your favourite drink at Crooners Bar

50. Take a stroll out on deck to gaze at the stars

What do you like to do on a sea day? The beauty of a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you like. I’d love to hear what you get up to in the comments below.

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Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
Last port visited: Bridgetown, Barbados
Next port of call: unknown, but she can’t wait for cruising to resume safely!

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  1. September 24, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Taking my first princess cruise next April! I’m super excited.

    Great post 🙂

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:53 am

      Thanks Emma, hope you enjoy Princess, there is certainly plenty to do on the ships. I am also sailing with Princess next April!

  2. josypheen
    July 29, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    Woah, it sounds like there is sooooo much to do! It must be pretty amazing to be able to look out at the stars from the middle of the ocean. Once you are away from cities I imagine the stars must look fantastic!

    • cruiselifestyle
      July 29, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      Yes the sky is so pretty away from the light pollution!

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