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101 Things Us Girls Can Do On A Cruise

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101 Things Us Girls Can Do On A Cruise

Well, here they are. Our list of things you can do on a cruise.. and then some.

Leisurely Pursuits

1. Relax in an comfortable lounge and enjoy the angelic melodies of a guitarist.

2. Take a watercolor class and paint your own impressions of your favorite artist.

3. Play cards  by the pool while spotting the dolphins dancing alongside the bow.

4. Be forward looking. From the Sports Deck, head to the observation platform with endless views off the bow.

5. Log on to the Internet. Stay in touch with the outside world using your cell phone. Or maybe not if you really want to get away from it all!

6. Take a “Finding Your Voice” or “Filling the Space” acting course.

7. Invite your girl friends over for a cocktail party with canapés in your stateroom.

8. Learn how to cook "gourmet"  from Certified Master Chefs.

9. Spend a lazy afternoon with a recently released film in the theatre or on the big screen out by the pool.

10. Hit or stand your hand at the Blackjack Tournament in the Casino.

Cultural Affairs

11. Capture memories of your romantic anniversary cruise or girlfriends getaway on your digital camera and have them printed in the onboard photo lab.

12. Renew your wedding vows and enjoy a ceremony conducted by the Captain.

13. Brush up on your skills at a computer learning class.

14. Sit in on a reading by a mystery author followed by a book signing.

15. Have a body composition analysis with experts in the Fitness Centre.  

16. Be inspired to start your own epic tome at a workshop with a published novelist.

17. Strap yourself into your seat and enjoy a virtual ride through space in Illuminations — the only planetarium at sea! ( found on the Queen Mary 2 )

18.  Begin a history lesson with the Maritime Quest Exhibit. The 10 historical “pathways” located throughout the ship include A Great History, On the Bridge, Stars Aboard and more.

19. Attend a lecture about Beethoven’s Fidelio and find out why it was his only opera.

20. Enjoy the classic works of great 20th century masters such as Dali, Chagall, Erte and Picasso in the Art Gallery.

21. Learn to perform a Shakespeare monologue or poem — and get a special certificate of completion.

22. Listen to a dramatic reading of The Old Man and the Sea.

23. Shiver me timbers! Sit in on a lecture about piracy with an English diplomacy expert.

24. Brush up on your French, Russian, Spanish, or even Mandarin. Parlez vous chinois?

25. Don’t miss Afternoon Tea , complete with scones, fresh cream, strawberry jam and white gloved servers.

26. Toast your good fortune to be here over a pint or two at the English Pub.

27. Get a billiards lesson from that nice couple you met at breakfast. ( Brilliance of the Seas, gyro-controlled pool table at sea )

28. Savor fork-tender roast beef and other specialties!

29. Watch actors from perform scenes from your favorite Broadway plays.

30. Play a round of golf on the golf simulator.

31. What does it feel like to be royalty? Dress to the nines for the sophisticated Formal Night and experience it for yourself  

Fine Dining & Divine Wining

Note: Every ship has its own distinct dining options. The list below is from Cunard Lines' Queen Mary 2.   As you read on, you'll get the idea that just about the same can be experienced on just about any cruise ship.

32. Welcome the morning with a cappuccino and pastry at Sir Samuel’s.

33. Enjoy a jolly-good pub lunch — perhaps f ish & chips? — at the Golden Lion Pub. 34. Live la dolce vita with Spaghetti Puttanesca and other Italian specialities in La Piazza.

35. Sample the Pan Roasted Turbot Fillet at the trendy Todd English restaurant or try the extraordinary tapas.

36. Indulge in five courses including snow crab soup, duck spring rolls and more at Lotus.

37. Watch the bubbles rise in your Waterford flute at Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar.

38. Join the chief sommelier to sample sangiovese, dolcetto and other varietals as you taste your way across Northern Italy.

39. Hone your culinary skills at a cooking demo and feast in the Chef’s Galley.

40. Start the day in a sinfully decadent way with a baked waffle, maple syrup and whipped cream in Kings Court.

41. Counting calories? Try the Canyon Ranch Spa Club selections, available at every meal.

42. Burger lovers rejoice. Follow the crowd to the Boardwalk Café.

43. Mais oui! Celebrate with a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from the largest wine cellar at sea.

44. Is that the sound of a trolley? Why yes, it’s Afternoon Tea on the Promenade Deck!

45. Fall in love with the signature truff le Love Letters appetizer in Todd English.

46. Order in from room service — after all, it’s available 24 hours a day!

47. Choose from the cheese trolley and enjoy some vintage ruby port at Sir Samuel’s.  

Fitness Fare

48. Now that you’ve mastered St. Andrews, hit the links at Pebble Beach or any of the 51 courses available on the golf simulator.

49. Take some fitness classes like Yoga Lates and spinning. Follow up with a latté or spin through 24hour Bistro Cafe'.

50. A waken with a brisk walk or jog around the third-mile Promenade Deck.

51. Demonstrate your superior wrist/eye coordination at a Table Tennis Tournament.

52. Revitalise body and mind in an  Aqua Therapy pool, where the water jets massage your every muscle.

53. Feeling energetic? Test your strength at the Indoor Cycling Power Hour.

54. Sign up with a personal trainer in the Fitness Centre and work off the calories.

55. Prove to yourself that you can still make jump shots as good as the boys on the basketball court.

56. Show off your swing at the Longest Drive Competition.

57. Work up a sweat at the Gymnasium — one of the largest and best equipped sports facilities at sea.

58. Take a Pilates class and experience all of the benefits of this amazing workout.

59. Make up for that baked waffle: Swim a few laps in the Pool.

Cordially Yours

60. Enjoy one of 50 different martinis or sample great wines.

61. Meet your girl friends for drinks in the cozy bar. Or pop in alone and make some new ones.

62. Have a glass of fine wine while sampling aged cheeses at the Wine Tasting Expo.

63. Unwind with a soothing nightcap in a lounge before heading off to dreamland.

Show Stoppers

64. Dance, dine and enjoy music from classical to salsa at the Captain’s Black and White Ball.

65. Watch as many as 16 sensational dancers and singers  perform in the extravagant Broadway style shows.

66. Delight in our newest musical show, Crazy in Love — laced with satire and a sparkle of romance.

67. Take a salsa, cha cha or Latin dancing class, then try line dancing.

68. Delight to a performance of great improvisational comedy,

69. Join the pianist in the lounge for a chorus of “Ship of Fools.”

70. Enjoy live jazz in the upper deck lounge...

71. ...Or classical concerts in the ballroom.

72. Relive the Golden Age of travel, when Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller ruled, on Big Band Night.

73. Take a complimentary gaming lesson in the Casino. Then, see if what you learned pays off at the tables.

74. Let loose and boogie down in the stylish disco-nightclub.

75. Join your friends and view a a riveting film on cosmic phenomena.

76. Enjoy the serene sounds of a piano and violin trio in the Grand Lobby.

77. Experience Viva Italia! — the musical celebrating everything Italian. ( Every ship has its own themed, variety and Broadway style shows )

Life’s Simpler Pleasures

78. Drop in on the library at sea. Some ships have over 8,000 books, it’s sure to have at least one of those titles you’ve been meaning to read, and now have time to.

79. Send a postcard to you husband, boyfriend or significant other and let them know how much fun you are having ( without them!).

80. Embark on a literary journey at a meeting of the Book Club.

81. Find your favorite vintage cruise poster in the bookshop to take home.

82. Schedule a primping and manicure in the Spa Salon before the Captain’s Cocktail Party.

83. Attend a book signing with a special guest, perhaps a best-selling mystery author.  

84. Check out the gorgeous pavé earring set at the Shops.

85. Pick up a DVD and enjoy that heartbreaking soapy movie, your husband won't take you to see.

86. Learn critical survival skills like napkin folding or knitting with the Social Hostess.

87. Join a dart competition at the Pub.  Draw your favorite picture of you know who and fire away!

88. Buy an extra bag for all you’re bringing home.

89. Join musicians and fellow guests for an afternoon sing-along — lyrics included!

90. Admire the $18,000 “penrod" watch at the Shops. (You can always wish?)

91. Take a glass elevator ride to the observation deck for a sky-high ocean adventure.

92. Laugh ’til you cry at the famous comedian who’s appearing in the Theatre tonight.

93. Practice karaoke in the Lounge with all the girls.

94. Enjoy a nighttime turnaround on the Promenade Deck and stargaze.

95. Pamper yourself with a facial or pedicure at the Spa.

96. Attend a Champagne art auction and bring home a memory in oil or watercolor.

97. You’ve always wanted to learn shuffleboard, right? Here’s your chance!

98. Pick up some gifts in the Shops for those poor souls you left back home.

99. Relax like a celebrity, in true Golden Age style, on a  teak deck chair — and check this girls only cruise off your life list.

100. Let a soothing massage prepare you for your return to the real world. Plan Your Next Voyage

101. A weekend or week-long cruise is not nearly enough time — so give us a call to begin planning your next  voyage!  

Credits: Our thanks to Cunard Line for the facts and inspiration behind this list.


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