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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Do on a Cruise

Aside from gambling at the casino.


 

(SPOT.ph) We might all have our preconceived notions of what we can do on a cruise thanks to Jack and Rose. But going on a cruise now isn’t what it was like on the Titanic. You can do more than just have a fancy five-course dinner, dance around a ballroom, and spend a few bucks at the casino. While aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas, we tried out 10 things we never knew we could do while sailing in the middle of the ocean.

 


 


 

Go rock climbing.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time trying out rock climbing or if you’ve already done it before, because this activity always gives an exhilarating feeling—especially if you can see the deep blue sea in your periphery. No need to worry about the descent because the harness will have you safe on the ground, so there won't be any unexpected dives into the water.

 


 


 

Watch a movie in a theater.

There are 1,362 seats in The Savoy Theater of the Mariner of the Seas. (That’s more than the seating capacity of the Meralco Theater!) Aside from movies in 3D, you can also catch live performances here at night.  

 


 


 

Go rollerblading.

It’s easy to spend your afternoon lounging around on the deck with a book in hand and a drink in the other. But what’s the challenge in that? You can relive your childhood memories while skating around the padded tracks. If you've never mastered it, then this is your chance.

 


 

Shop luxury brands.

There’s no need to go to the airport for some shopping. Their retail stores include makeup, skincare, and perfume brands for all your beauty needs. You can also take your pick from watches from IWC, bags from Michael Kors and Coach, jewelry from Swarovski, and much more.

 


 


 

Watch an ice skating show and go ice skating.

The international cast puts on a graceful and exciting circus show—on ice! When you’re not sitting at the edge of your seat because of their gutsy moves, you’re laughing out loud because of their crazy antics. On the days when there aren’t any shows, you can learn how to ice skate, too. Who knows, you might just give Elsa a run (or skate?) for her money.

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Check out (and buy) artwork.

The landing of each staircase on the ship features different works of art that vary from a small bust or sculpture to colorful mosaics. But what’s impressive is how paintings from artists are actually on display in a separate gallery. You’re free to check them out or you can place your bid during auctions in the afternoons.

 


 


 

Play mini-golf.

Who says you need to be on solid ground to putt putt? It might not be as vast as an actual golf course, but the nine-hole miniature golf course is more than enough to have you shouting, “Fore!”

 


 

Watch a movie outdoors.

You could easily just bring out your laptop, tablet, or your phone and watch a movie on a small screen. Or you can find an empty lounge chair by the pool and enjoy the film on a huge outdoor movie screen. You can catch Pirates of the Caribbean while getting a tan or Beauty and the Beast under the night sky.

 


 


 

Play basketball on a court.

Yes, working on your fitness even while on a cruise is possible—despite the unlimited soft-serve that’s available just a few steps away. The basketball court also doubles as a futsal court, so if football is more your speed, they’ve got you covered.

 


 


 

Go to the arcade.

This is perfect for the kids-at-heart. They’ve got everything you’ll find in your favorite childhood haunt—from the claw machines and skeeball to racing games and old-school video games.

 

Rates start at P11,500++. For more information, visit Royal Caribbean International's website.

 

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