Cruising with MJ – The Series

Cruising with MJ – Setting Sail on Your Own the MJ Way

Cruising with MJ – A Word on Picking the Right Cruise Line for You

Cruising with MJ – You’ve Booked Your Cruise So Now What?

Cruising with MJ – Let’s Get Packed

Cruising with MJ – It’s Almost Time to Cruise! What Do I Do Now?

Cruising with MJ – Three Days Until Sail Away

Cruising with MJ – Embarkation Day (It’s Time to Play)

Cruising with MJ – Sea Day

Cruising with MJ – Port Day (On shore excursions, and doing your own thing)

Cruising with MJ – Disembarkation :(

Sea day. That’s a day when you are on your cruise, and not in port. For some, the idea of sea day brings thoughts of entrapment on a ship. For others, sea day is the epitome of cruise vacations, and something to be looked forward to. You can put me in the latter category. I LOVE sea days, primarily for three reasons:

  1. No one forces me to break my no alarm clock rule on vacation
  2. No one schedules me to do anything I don’t absolutely want to do
  3. No one forces me to break my no alarm clock rule on vacation

Yes, I love sea days. I’ve often said that cruises represent the ultimate vacation. A rare opportunity to really get away…..and you can’t get further away from anything than the middle of the ocean. What do I do on a sea day? Absolutely nothing…and that’s the beauty of it. OK…OK. I don’t really do “nothing” but you can bet that the only appointment I will have might be the spa. 🙂 Seriously, I usually roll with a visit to the ship’s gym for a good workout on sea day. Not having a shore tour to take, there’s no excuse for not getting a little exercise. It’s good for you. After that, I hit the pool, read, do whatever the heck I want. That’s the beauty of a day at sea. No expectations, no schedules to keep or calls to make. R-E-L-A-X!

Cruise lines have all kinds of activities available for you all the time, especially on sea days. There’s the mundane – 80’s movie trivia challenge. The sometimes entertaining – belly flop competition (it’s funny the first 2 or 3 times you see it). The enriching – lectures on your next port of call. Depending on the ship, you will likely have more dining options available on a sea day. MrsMJ and I have even been spotted in the Schooner Bar with our travel Scrabble. 🙂

In addition to the typical buffet, often times the formal dining room will open for lunch. On some ships, the specialty restaurants may even open for lunch. Check your daily cruise newsletter and find things that appeal to you. If nothing attracts you that day, I’ve always found that I’m never disappointed with a pool chair and sunshine….something I rarely get to do. Sea days, like cruising in general, are all about you. How do you spend your sea days?