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Choose a cruise to fully unwind and relax at sea

Choose a cruise to fully unwind and relax at sea

There are times when you want a packed schedule chock-full of activities, and there are times when you just want to sit back, relax and unwind. If you’re looking for the latter, a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. Envelop yourself in the beautiful blues of the ocean and sky, and literally sail away from it all. Since fully switching off is easier said than done, we’ve put together a list of the top ways to chill out and recharge on a cruise ship.   

Open-deck swimming pool

Chill out on the deck

Lie back on a lounger with the blue sky above, caressed by the sea breeze as you sip a cocktail and enjoy every minute of your well-earned holiday. These are the kinds of days where your most strenuous activity is moving from the deck lounger to the pool lounger. Bring along that book your friend loaned you ages ago to really get lost in a good story, or pop in your ear buds to enjoy your favourite tunes and podcasts. Bookworms might want to opt for an e-reader to really maximise the number of literary worlds they can escape to — bliss.  

Take a dip

When it’s time to cool off, ease yourself gently into one of the many pools and take in the unique perspective of being in a pool, on a ship, surrounded by the ocean. Whether you feel like doing a few laps, venturing down a gentle slide, enjoying the view from the infinity pool or simply making your way to the swim-up bar, there’s a pool to suit every mood. And if the weather turns, there’s even a pool within a glass atrium for uninterrupted relaxation. Some cruise ships also offer an adults-only solarium where you can enjoy quiet moments swimming or relaxing in the whirlpool. 

Fitness centre

Work out that stress

If your idea of de-stressing is to pound it out on the treadmill, clear your mind on the jogging trail, hammer that punching bag or find your balance with a yoga class, you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of the ship’s facilities. No more squeezing in only half of your planned run before that early meeting. Forget stressing about being late to another yoga class and having future booking privileges revoked. Take a breath, relax and do it all in your own time with the 24-hour fitness centre and a full schedule of fitness and wellness classes. 

Edutainment workshops

Edutainment workshops

Recharge the mind as well as the body by learning something new during your holiday. Or, if you’re more of a foodie, get hands-on in cooking classes like sushi making and, to really impress at your next dinner party, learn the art of napkin folding. Those who prefer to impress with graceful moves on the dance floor can take advantage of different dance classes, while creatives can enjoy the therapeutic aspects of hands-on jewellery making. Don’t forget to check the schedule on your cruise for guest lectures by celebrity speakers.

World-class performances

World-class performances

Having already lost yourself in a written story on your lounger, it’s now time to sit back, relax and enjoy a huge variety of shows all in one place. Top-notch performers from around the world come aboard to bring you a maritime entertainment experience with a difference. Everything from stage shows to magic shows offer ample opportunity to fill your time in different ways every day, whilst also broadening your exposure to different styles and genres that you might not otherwise set out to experience. You’re sure to find yourself feeling both highly entertained and little more cultured. 

Spa

Unwind at the spa

There’s no room for stress on this holiday. Indulge in a variety of spa treatments, each tailored to target specific needs and preferences. Choose an aromatherapy massage to really relax and rebalance your spirit or, if you’re a gym junkie, opt for a deeper massage to restore your tired muscles. And let’s not forget those hands and feet! In additional to creating fabulous hair styles, the on-board salon can provide the perfect mani-pedi for both men and women. With a full menu of treatments available, you’ll find plenty of options to help you achieve blissful revitalisation. 

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Extend the relaxation time and explore Hong Kong

Now that you’ve relaxed by the pool, learned something new and de-stressed in the spa, it’s the perfect time to extend your holiday and experience the unique charm of Hong Kong. Travel back in time by taking a stroll through Old Town Central, making sure to stop and savour some local flavours along the way. Like feeling cultured? Continue your exploration of different arts and performances by taking in one of these top arts events or sitting down to enjoy a Cantonese Opera.

Escape to nature

If you still crave that natural calm the ocean provided, you’re in the right place. Hong Kong might be known for its cityscapes, but actually has more parks and natural landscapes than urban areas. For a natural retreat within the city, check out our city parks, or venture further afield to one of the many natural parks. Or to really find your zen, spend some time in the area around The Big Buddha , meander your way through the city’s best temples or visit the traffic-free Lamma Island.

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