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What to Expect in a Cruise Ship

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Authored by Thea Tan in Cruise
Published on 01-12-2009

What can you find in a cruise ship? This is a question that you might want answered if you are planning a cruise ship vacation. Cruise ship amenities are most important to consider, especially if it is your first time. There may be things that are entirely different from what you are expecting to see or experience.

A thing to remember is that cruise ships differ from one other in terms of amenities. There are cruise ships that target different interests. Some are for families. Others are for couples. Some are for ordinary vacationers. You should expect that each cruise ship has something unique to offer. Their amenities are based on the activities that their target guests want.

That having been said, there are still facilities common among these cruise ships. You will usually find restaurants and cafeterias on cruise ships. Eating places in cruise ships can be very elegant and thus, expensive too. This should not come as a surprise. Food is one of our basic needs and we must admit that we really love to eat, to the point that we do not mind spending our money for it. After all, we cannot do leisure activities or think of having fun if our stomachs are empty.

Bars and dance halls are also common in cruise ships but there might be age restrictions; if you are with your children, you have no choice but to leave them with cruise employees.

The good thing is that there are centers especially made for children; in these areas, they are allowed to play and do fun activities while their parents or adult companions are busy with their own activities. You do not have to worry because they are closely monitored by the crew. The crew members are also highly educated and properly trained for the job. For teenagers, cruise ships have swimming pools, arcade games, and theaters. There are also adult supervisors available for teenagers.

Aside from bars and dance halls, other common facilities include gaming halls. The most popular of the gaming halls are casinos. Casinos in cruise ships also apply the same rules as casinos on land—they have age restrictions. For adults, gambling activities in cruise ship casinos include but are not limited to slot machines, blackjack, poker, and many others. Most cruise ship casinos operate 24 hours a day since gambling is a popular form of entertainment among guests.

In addition, there’s good news for those who are gym addicts or who cannot get away with their fitness routine. Cruise ships have fitness centers and fully equipped gyms that you can always rely on. It might also interest you that most of the cruise ship gyms and fitness centers are better and more sophisticated than those on land. Moreover, there are also jogging tracks in cruise ships that are pretty nice. Imagine jogging on a ship in the middle of the sea. Who wouldn’t want to stay fit with a breathtaking view?

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