What is a sea day on a cruise ship?

A sea day is a day spent in transit on your cruise while the ship is sailing to its next destination. 

Activities and entertainment tend to ramp up on days at sea because everyone is onboard the ship. You might notice more trivia contests, tournaments in the casino, afternoon shows in the theater, musical entertainment, poolside activities and even special classes not offered on other days of your cruise. The cruise director and activity coordinators work hard to make sure no one is bored, even in the middle of the ocean.

Watch your daily cruise planner closely for special sea day brunches, afternoon teas, pool party-style dinners and even menu items that are available only on sea days.

A full day onboard your cruise ship gives you time to explore everything on offer. If you spent the previous day rushing around in port, a sea day allows you to sit back and soak in ship life, whether it’s a leisurely brunch, a full spa day or napping in the sun by the pool. In addition, you get the full experience of sailing at sea — watching the waves or the shoreside scenery, looking for marine life and feeling the gentle rocking of the ship.

When it comes to sea days, you either love ’em or hate ’em. While some might wax poetic about languid afternoons in the spa or by the pool, others are constantly flipping through the daily schedule, desperate for something — anything — to do until reaching the next port. Napkin folding? Beanbag toss? Line dancing? Want to start prepping for your sea day fun in advance? Here is a short list of things to keep you busy.

  • Hang Out By the Pools
  • Work Out
  • Bliss Out at the Spa
  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry
  • Learn Something
  • Get Silly
  • Be Entertained
  • Behind the Scenes ship tours
  • Seek Out Thrills
  • Retreat from the World

So, what are your favorite things to do on a sea day? Leave a comment below letting us know! AND if you want to get notices of when the next chapter is posted then fill-in the subscribe area above.

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  1. Janis Augustine November 23, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    Watching the waves and behind the scenes tours.

    • inletbill November 23, 2020 at 8:54 am #

      Behind the scenes tours are especially fun. I also like looking over the side watching for flying fish.