Although some people prefer to spend their cruise vacation kicking back and relaxing for a few days, others like to learn a little something on their travels. Many cruise liners offer interesting enrichment programs on their ships, so that you can learn new skills and experience new things while enjoying your vacation. These are some of the best programs currently available on the high seas.
Celebrity Cruises’ CelebrityLife Program
Despite it’s silly sounding name, the CelebrityLife program is designed to educate and enrich. Travelers can take sit and listen to fascinating talks by archeologists, anthropologists, biologists and historians about the region they’re cruising through, or take part in fun dance and art classes. You can also develop your tastebuds through the “Taste” programs, which offer classes on cooking and wine-pairing, as well as molecular mixology. You do have to pay an extra fee to join the CelebrityLife program, but fees vary depending on which classes you want to take part in and don’t tend to be too pricy. They’re certainly worth it for those who want to learn something while they travel.
Princess Cruises’ Scholarship@Sea Program
Scholarship may sound a little intimidating, but the classes on offer on the Princess Cruises line are all about having fun. Create your own pottery creations, learn about digital photography, develop your scrapbooking skills or learn some new dance movies- all of these classes and more are available onboard. The liner also features several interesting talks from guest lecturers that will be specific to your voyage, as well as a book club where passengers can borrow a bestseller from the library and then discuss their reading together. You may even leave your vacation with a brand new hobby.
Crystal Cruises’ Creative Learning Institute
Crystal Cruises has joined up with big names like Yamaha, Berlitz and the Society of Wine Educators to bring you the ultimate onboard enrichment program at sea. This program aims to teach its passengers a vast range of skills, from IT to theatre and film. The onboard Technology Concierges will bring you up to date on the latest tech trends, while guest lecturers teach you all about their areas of expertise. The workshops are completely free to attend and cover such a wide variety of topics that you’re sure to leave the ship a few IQ points higher than when you first arrived. You can even join special themed cruises to learn about a specific area, such as photography or music.
Cunard Line’s Cunard Insights
If you’re traveling on the world famous Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, you can take part in a fascinating series of lectures, receive world class acting training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, experience the world of stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society and enjoy some top quality jazz with the Juilliard Jazz series. No other ship has such an impressive lineup of erudite entertainment, and the guest lecturers come from the elite of their professions. Cunard Line is famous for its impressive speaker lineup so you’ll certainly never be bored while you travel across the Atlantic, although you may see repeat lectures if you’ve travelled with the cruise line before.
Oceania’s Bon Appetit Culinary Center
Oceania’s enrichment program is all about the culinary arts, so it’s an ideal choice of vacation for those that want to improve their cooking skills and learn some new recipes. The classes range from the most basic skills up to specialised courses on cooking particular foods and pairing with wines. Oceania also runs foodie tours that set out from various ports, where travelers can receive demonstrations, lectures and meals from specialist chefs in the region.