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Top 9 things to do on a sea day

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The ultimate day of rest and relaxation, a day spent cruising at sea is the perfect antidote to the hectic, sometimes stressful schedules of normal life. Whilst some ships boast waterslides, rollercoasters, karting tracks and more, at Mundy Cruising we specialise in small luxury ships. You won't be short of things to do, though.

Here are our top 9 things to do on a sea day:

1. Learn to cook
Now more than ever the food served on cruises ships is being incorporated into the destination experience and learning how to create local dishes from the freshest of ingredients is a wonderful experience. Silversea's S.A.L.T. Lab on Silver Moon and Silver Dawn offers small group sessions where you'll not only learn how to cook the recipe but will also understand the food heritage of each ingredient. Regent and Oceania's newer vessels feature a culinary arts kitchen with individual workstations to refine your skills whilst preparing some regional fare

2. Enjoy afternoon tea

Indulge in the deliciousness of an afternoon tea, where white gloved service presents delectable sandwiches and cakes to accompany an expansive choice of teas. Joined by a classical string quartet or perhaps a softly playing pianist, this daily event is particularly popular during a day at sea

3. Hit the gym

If you want to burn off some of the calories consumed or continue your usual fitness regime, then you can use the down time to hit the gym. Newer luxury ships have large light filled workout spaces with modern high-tech gym equipment so you can work out with expansive sea views. There will also be the chance to join an instructor led class or even book a personal training session

4. Paint a masterpiece, or view one

Okay, so not everyone has a creative leaning, but for those who do the Artist Loft on board Oceania's larger ships, the 1238-guest Riviera and Marina, offers insightful workshops run by the Artists in Residence. Or, just savour some of the artworks on display which can include masters from Picasso to Damain Hurst

5. Relax by the pool

The joy of a luxury small ship is the amount of space on board, so you can take comfort in the knowledge that you won't have to fight for space by the pool. Wander to the sundeck after a late breakfast with a good book and relax in the sunshine whilst attentive staff ensure your comfort. For the ultimate indulgence, on Seabourn Encore and Ovation try the Retreat, a collection of private cabanas around a central whirlpool, each designed to be an openair living room with fridge stocked to your preference, TV and available for spa services

6. Be competitive

Whether it be volleyball, padel tennis or shuffleboard, bridge or a quiz, there'll be a host of games you can join which are an ideal way to meet some of your fellow travellers. We highly recommend the quiz and have been known to get a little competitive ourselves!

7. Visit the spa

If you're looking for a rejuvenating holiday then the spa is the place to visit. Booking early for sea days is a must. Steam rooms and saunas with sweeping sea views, infinity pools and snow grottos, all in additional to a plethora of treatments, will help you feel revitalised

8. Go Shopping

The duty-free shops on board, only open when sailing, so you can take a little more time than an evening browse allows, visit the luxury boutiques so you don't have to rush the decision on your particularly special holiday memento

9. Book your next cruise

Save money on your next cruise by visiting the onboard cruise consultant to book your next trip. Be reassured that the details will be sent back to us here at Mundy, so we can manage all the arrangements

Meet the author

Alex is Director of Sales & Marketing at Mundy Cruising, having worked with the company for 10 years and in travel for over 18 years. Most recently he's cruised on Regent Seven Seas and has also sailed with Seabourn, Crystal, SeaDream, Tauck and Ponant. His favourite destination is South America however he's also enjoyed cruises in the Western Mediterranean, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, India, Myanmar, South East Asia and Antarctica. When he’s not travelling he loves walking holidays; a favourite included a trek to Everest Base Camp.

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