What to Expect in Dhow Cruise

From wellness to amusement park - these activities await you on board!

Do you think a cruise is boring, stuffy and only suitable for the elderly? Perhaps you've just booked your first cruise and are now wondering how to kill the time on the ship? Then you are exactly right here. We'll show you how diverse your options are on board.

Diverse attractions - depending on the ship

As varied as the various shipping companies and ships are, the activities on board are just as varied. While expedition ships rely on quieter, selected offers with a focus on the route, the action-packed all-round carefree package awaits you on a "fun ship". As a rule, the following ambience is standard on the ships: (whirlpool) pool, bar, fitness area and sauna or an extended SPA area. It is best to let our team of experts advise you on the offers you can expect on the selected ship before booking. Here we have put together for you, depending on the type of travel, the attractions that you can expect on board:

Attractions on expedition & river cruises

Ships for expedition and river cruises tend to have onelow equipment. They meander along small rivers and between islands, making them one of the smaller ships and - similar to luxury cruise ships - only accommodate a few guests.

On river cruise ships you will often find a sun deck with a pool and sun protection. Community games such as deck chess or shuffleboard are also offered here. In the case of expedition ships, a great deal of importance is attached to large outside decks and panoramic salons so that you have an optimal view of the many natural wonders that you will experience on your trip. You don't have to do without a SPA area with soothing whirlpools on these trips either. Relax in your free time in the sauna or steam bath or retreat to the Library, which is equipped with extensive specialist literature on expedition ships. Preparatory readings and knowledge-imparting lectures are also part of the standard program on expedition ships. Sports fanatics will find a fitness room with a panoramic view where they can really work off. Examples are e.g. the shipping companies A-ROSA, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises or Silversea.

Attractions on a classic cruise

Classic cruises are characterized by their elegant, upscale style out. On board you can feast with relish in the small cafes and restaurants, relax in the bars and lounges with a cocktail in hand or use the mostly versatile SPA area. Sports fans can attend various sports courses such as aerobics or gymnastics in the fitness area or take a lap on the jogging course. Waiting on many ships classical dance and creative courses as well as different Music and show programs to broaden your horizons. A cinema is also not uncommon, bookworms can alternatively look forward to an on-board library. Perhaps you would also like a round of mini golf, interesting lectures or would you prefer a language course? On some ships, too Late night comedy shows or Live concerts offered in case you are a night owl. If nothing has been found for you yet, you will definitely get your money's worth in the duty-free shops. Examples include the shipping companies Phoenix Reisen, Cunard Line and Princess Cruises.

Attractions on classic cruises - sample photos
(Princess Cruises, bottom right
M / S Germany from Phoenix Reisen)

Attractions on luxury cruises

Cruises from the luxury segment score with smaller onesn shipsand spacious outdoor suites. The focus is on recovery at the highest level. Grandiose gourmet restaurants and contemplative hours in the SPA area are just two aspects that round off your holiday perfectly. A panoramic lounge with sea views or a bar with live music invites you to one cozy get-togethers with new acquaintances a. In the theater you can admire acrobats, singers, dancers and entertainers. Otherwise you can indulge in the (community) games in the card room or casino. Would you prefer to spend a quiet evening? Then retire to a whirlpool, where you can escape the stressful everyday life of home in no time with a view of the wide sea. Free drinks of all kinds will be by your side. Examples are the shipping companies Silversea and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Attractions on Luxury Cruises - Sample Photos (Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea)

Attractions on German ships

In contrast to the cruises mentioned above, the German cruise ships from AIDA Cruises or Mein Schiff / TUI Cruises are well equipped with Fun factors. In addition to the usual pool, an extensive SPA area, several restaurants, bars & lounges, the ships also offer many entertaining activities for younger passengers. This is how children enjoy rapid slides and the gigantic high ropes course on the deck of the ships. The versatile sports field and the jogging course are also very popular with sporty guests.

If you want to spend a leisurely day, let your children play in the kids club and go to one of the jacuzzis - relaxation inevitable. Some shipping companies also offer workshops on the subjects of cooking, cocktails or photos - nothing stands in the way of new experiments. Pool parties and Crime dinner are another way to spend child-free evenings. Alternatively, you can also log into the theatre be entertained by artists, singers, dancers, actors and comedians or you can enjoy one of the popular ones Musicals on board With. Of course, they can too Library not missing. There are countless ways to make your time on board interesting. Find the perfect solution for you. The shipping companies AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises, for example, offer attractive offers.

Attractions on US "fun ships"

Would you like to guess whose needs these ships are designed for? Exactly - families with children who extensive action expect. Therefore, these ships are literally like an amusement park at sea. They are pure paradise for children, as there are plenty of adventurous attractions, but there are also many options for adults to spend the day in a varied way. How about, for example, a round Mini golf? Or play Laser tagto get your adrenaline pumping. Climb with your children in the High ropes course or go for a lap bicycle and enjoy the view of the vast ocean. Alternatively, you can also bring your children to theWater Park where they can race on the slides. In the meantime you can, for example, take a round on the Harmony of the Seas walk in “Central Park” go or your Surf knowledge in the surf simulator test out.

Sports fans can look forward to the various Sports fields work out completely. Culture lovers can watch various shows in the theater or browse through good books in the library with a delicious coffee. Some shipping companies even offer Starbucks Coffee on their ships - and win many coffee hearts with it.

Examples are the shipping companies Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Attractions on " Fun ships "-Sample photos (Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International)


Those who go on an expedition cruise or classic cruise will find fewer fun attractions on the ship than families who go on vacation on a TUI or AIDA ship. The best thing is to let us advise you over the phone or to find out more about the respective ship and the activities on board directly on our website.

Which cruise do you like the most and which one does not suit your needs? We are happy to help you at any time!