Hitting the high seas or the local lake can be fun and adventurous, but sometimes spending time on a ship or other large boat can be boring and monotonous over long periods of time. You can break up the boredom by participating in fun activities on a cruise ship or on a small, personal ship.
Method 1 of 3:Participating in Activities and Events
1Inspect a map of the ship and get your bearings. This will be particularly helpful when you first get on the ship, regardless of its size, and it'll help at least a bit of time go by. Smaller ships should have a map with locations of life vests, fire extinguishers, and other safety protocol available.
Most cruise lines have a large map including a wide variety of restaurants, activities, and events. Take time to look look at the map provided and learn where everything is in relation to your room. This will help you decide what to do first!
There might also be a schedule of events for you to read for the cruise. Pick a few events or shows that seem interesting to you and try to attend them!
2Participate in and enjoy the entertainment. For smaller ships, you might have to make your own entertainment, but on cruise lines there will likely be a lot provided for you! In addition to shows and concerts, there are plenty of options for entertainment that you can take part in, including karaoke, auctions, carnival games, gambling (if you're of age), and other competitive events.
A lot of entertainment events will have awesome prizes. You never know what you might win!
3Socialize with other people aboard the ship. On a smaller ship, this is easy as you will likely know many of your shipmates. However, on a cruise there may be formal dinners or designated times for mingling with other passengers. Take the time to get to know them and make new friends.
On a cruise ship, there are plenty of places to meet people, including the bar, nightclubs, the pool, live shows, and planned activities.
Don't be afraid to reach out and talk to someone new!
4Visit bars and the nightclubs available on a cruise. If you're of legal age on a cruise, a visit to the bars and nightclubs might be a fun activity for your group of friends. Dancing, singing, and getting silly will really help you let loose and relax on your cruise!
Always make sure you are being safe and are aware of your surroundings.
Use the buddy system by assigning partners to watch out for each other throughout the night.
5Eat and drink to your heart's content. On a cruise, participating in activities all day can really make you work up an appetite. Check out the different dining options on the ship. From buffets to fine dining, take the time to try something new that you can't get anywhere else.
Aboard a smaller ship, you can take advantage of local restaurants at a port, or you can practice cooking for yourself and your shipmates.
6Sightsee at each port of call. Take the opportunity to visit a new place and have an adventure. Many cruise lines will offer on-land excursions for people on the cruise, so check out their packages and select an activity that interests you. If you're on a smaller ship and have plans to dock at a port, choose a local restaurant or event to attend.
Method 2 of 3:Relaxing
1Relax by the pool if you're on a cruise. Most cruise ships have a large pool area (or a few) with chairs, tables, and bars. This is especially fun for groups with kids, but there are also some cruise lines with adult-only pools. Grab a towel and catch some rays or go for a swim!
Many large ships also have a hot tub, which is excellent for some relaxation time in the sun.
Don't forget to wear sunscreen and re-apply regularly!
2Visit the salon or spa if you're on a cruise. Vacations are for pampering yourself, so take advantage of the onboard salon and spa to get a massage, a new haircut, or a simple manicure or pedicure for a formal night out. You'll leave feeling refreshed!
3Observe nature and sea life. An activity as simple as watching the sunrise or sunset from the water can be extremely relaxing. Bring along some binoculars and try to catch a glimpse of some dolphins, whales, or other aquatic animals that you can't see in their natural habitat elsewhere.
4Read a book. Many people use vacation as a time to catch up on their reading. Pack a book from your favorite author and find a comfortable place to read a few chapters. This is a great way to relax while refreshing your mind!
If you're on a cruise, some ships even have libraries where you can borrow books!
Reading aboard a ship may not be a good idea if you are prone to motion sickness. If you begin to feel sick while reading, put your book down immediately.
Method 3 of 3:Keeping Yourself Entertained
1Play a board or card game. Packing a few of your favorite board games or card games for long stretches on the water can keep your mind occupied. It's especially fun when you can play with a large group of friends!
2Cook or bake your favorite dish. If you prepare for your trip by grocery shopping and have access to a kitchen, you can bake or cook to pass the time aboard the ship. Make sure you follow the proper safety precautions for your ship, such as making sure you do not use too much gas when cooking.
You can also cook food inspired by the area where you are sailing, or using food you have gathered from your travels.
If you're on a cruise, some cruise lines will offer cooking classes. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from a professional chef!
3Watch a movie. Many cruise ships have movie theaters, but if you're on a smaller ship that has a power outlet source, you can set up a projector and a large white sheet to make a mini movie theater. Pick your favorite movie and grab some popcorn! It's the perfect relaxation activity after a long day on the water.
On a cruise, be sure to check the schedule of events to see which films they are showing.
4Go fishing if you're on a personal ship. Since there's water all around, take advantage of the resource and do some fishing. Although it requires patience, it can be really rewarding to catch a fish and see the marine life up close!
Make sure you know the rules about fishing in the area where you are sailing. If in doubt, release the fish back into the water once you snap a picture.
5Practice your photography. Even if you don't have a fancy camera, you can take pictures of the beautiful scenery and wildlife using a phone or disposable camera. You can document your trip and enjoy the memories for years after.
Be careful while taking pictures near the water, and hold on tight to your phone or camera!