Hi my lovely readers!
As you may know by now, I love all things cruising. You can do so much on cruise ships nowadays as they keep on adding more and more entertainment options and activities, one bigger and better than the last one!
You will not run out of things to do when you are enjoying sea days or if you simply want to stay on board instead of exploring the ports.
Here are a few things you can do on a cruise ship:
- Mini Golf
- Rock Climbing
- Ice Skating
- Playing games in the Arcades
- Beanbag Tossing
- Table Tennis
- And many more!
All these things are awesome, but for me the coolest thing I have done onboard a cruise ship was surfing on a Flowrider.
During my Royal Caribbean cruise a few years ago, I had the chance to try out their Flowrider, which is basically a surf simulator. I never tried surfing before, but was always keen to give it a go. I mean, it looks fun, right?
Before you get on the surf simulator, you need to sign a waiver though. You basically need to declare that if anything happens to you and I mean anything including lasting injuries and even death, Royal Caribbean is not liable.
This is a bit dodgy if you ask me as they are basically not taking any responsibility. You need to decide for yourself if you want to go on the Flowrider and sign the waiver or not.
I signed the waiver reluctantly and had a go. And I must tell you it was sooo much fun! One of the most entertaining and definitely coolest things I have done on a cruise ship!
You sign that waiver and get going. You queue up and wait for your turn. If it is your first time on a Flowrider or in general trying to surf, like it was for me, the staff are happy to help and give you a small crash course.
You grab the hands of the person that is overlooking everything and get on the small surfboard. The staff will tell you how to stand on the board and balance yourself and while you get used to standing on the board and the movement of the water, you still hold on to the person’s hand.
Once you feel comfortable, you are being let go, you get pushed gently into the middle of the Flowrider and hopefully start to surf.
Once you get the hang of it, it is so much fun. You even start to move around a little back and forth and twist and turn. By the way for all the ladies out there, I recommend wearing a swimsuit.
But when you are falling off the surfboard and into the water, I must tell you it can hurt. The fall itself is fine, but the waves are really powerful and they are pushing you back quiet hard and fast against the wall. I guess this is the reason for you having to sign the waiver.
I took a cruise around Japan and the weather was not particularly hot. Hence, the Flowrider was not too busy and I did not have to wait in the queue long at all. That was great as I had a go a few times and got better and better. However, I can imagine the Flowrider being very popular and busy during warm water cruises.
What is the coolest thing you have done during your cruise?