Cruising and the Olympics may seem as far removed from each other as any two things could possibly be, but a laid-back and relaxing cruise holiday doesn't have to mean complete inactivity. You can channel your inner Olympian while cruising in 2016, and you won't even have to be in Rio to do it.
We took a look at some of the fun and active things you could do onboard one of the many cruises from Australia this year. You might be surprised!
P&O Cruises - Life on the edge
Did you know that there are adventure parks on every ship in the current P&O Cruises fleet? The P&O Edge began on the Pacific Jewel and has spread fleetwide. It offers passengers a chance to get moving and test their balance, strength, coordination and head for heights! All in perfect safety of course, and with great ocean views.
Activities will vary depending on which ship you're cruising on, but could include some of the following:
- Rock climbing to some of the highest points on the ship
- Slack lining, the new tightrope craze!
- A "Titanic moment" experience whereby you can lean over the bow of the ship like Jack and Rose - strapped in of course
- Segway adventures around the decks
- Laser Tag
- A flying fox
- Twin cargo nets for racing
- Ship apex climb
- High Line challenge - and low ropes too
- A bungy tramp to soar high above the decks
Carnival Cruises: Faster, steeper
You could cast your mind forward to the next winter olympics and get in a bit of bobsled practice on a Carnival cruise! Both the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, sailing from Australia, are fitted with the impressive Green Thunder waterslide, which holds the title of steepest waterslide at sea.
It's said that the slide - or rather, the rider - reaches speeds of 65 kilometres an hour, and it's not really a surprise when you consider the freefall beginning! To begin the slide, you enter a capsule and wait for a few nerve-wracking seconds until the floor drops out and sends you plummeting. From there, it's a quick ride to the splashdown in a long pool on the deck.
The adrenaline rush you'll get from Green Thunder might not quite equal those experienced by Olympians, but the idea's there. Do it a few times and you'll even get a workout climbing the stairs! Both ships also have waterparks for younger Olympic hopefuls.
Royal Caribbean: Action and adventure
The ships of this fun American fleet are known for being packed with activities - while some are on the lazier end of the scale, there are plenty of options for those who like to move around too - and for those who like a bit of healthy competition.
Aboard Royal Caribbean's Australia-based ships, you might find:
- Climbing walls
- Mini golf courses
- Basketball and other sports courts
- Jogging tracks
- Pools and water parks
The Voyager of the Seas also boasts a FlowRider Surf Simulator and an ice skating rink! It's no problem to stay moving with so many different things to do at sea.
Intrepid cruises: Small ships, big adventures
On the smaller luxury lines, there are many adventurous itineraries available which will offer all kinds of onshore activity and exploration. Expedition-style cruises like this are the perfect balance: channel your inner Olympian during the day with hiking, boating, diving, watersports and more, and then relax in complete comfort in the evenings aboard a gorgeous boutique cruise ship.
Good options for intrepid cruisers include Australia's own North Star Cruises, Celebrity Xpedition which cruises in the Galapagos Islands, and the more adventurous Azamara, Seabourn and Silversea itineraries. We recommend a journey to New Zealand, which is known for its great outdoors, or an unforgettable trip to Antarctica - the cold southern continent is offered as a destination by a few of those lines.
However you choose to cruise this Olympic year, Cruise Sale Finder can help you to find a cruise that suits. Take home a little extra gold with great deals on cruises from Australia!