International cruises are far too easily associated with a range of spas, pools, casinos, dining and evening shows. These days, however, clichés such as this can be dismissed in an instant – with so many cruise lines offering bizarre activities and entertainment, cruise ships have become a place for action and fun-packed surprises.

To give you an idea of how far the cruise industry is going in terms of providing travellers with the most inspirational and thrilling activities, we have come up with our very own top 5 activities you would never expect to find on a cruise liner.


Perhaps you never thought you’d experience glassblowing in your whole life, let alone on a cruise ship. With Celebrity Cruises, however, glassblowing gets real. In collaboration with New York’s Corning Museum of Glass, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Eclipse now all offer the Hot Glass Show, during which you’ll be assisting stunning demonstrations of this art from some of the finest professionals in this sector.

Screaming from the top of a zip line

Glassblowing aside, you might still be thinking that not all activities can be replicated on a cruise deck. But Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is there to prove you wrong: this action-packed ship even boasts its very own zip line…surely the ocean looks a bit different from up there!

Breathtaking water slides

Another adrenaline rush can be experienced on Oasis of the Seas and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic in the form of water slides. When you need to cool off, simply ride the slides to whirl around corners and make a splash at the other side.


By now you might be thinking that anything to do with water can somehow be expected on a cruise ship, but what about the other natural feature that never leaves you while at sea? The way the sky looks from the middle of the ocean is surely something that can’t be matched on the mainland, and Cunard’s unique planetarium puts you in the perfect place to enjoy it at its finest.

Becoming a film critic

Watching TV alone in the cabin while everyone is out having fun on the deck doesn’t strike you as the most sociable approach to a cruise holiday? However, surely watching the same film under a starry sky together with your friends and family will give your experience a totally different twist. Try out Princess Cruises’ silver screens, now installed aboard seven of their ships, to capture the magic yourself.

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