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30 things you didn't know you could do on a cruise ship

The Active Times Logo By Dan Myers of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 31: If you’ve spent any time on a cruise ship within the past decade or so, then you probably know that times have changed. It wasn’t so long ago when the only dining options on board were the buffet and the dining room, and amenities were largely limited to the pool, the gym, the theater and the shops. But nowadays cruise ships are destinations unto themselves, going above and beyond in what they can offer to their customers, and as you’ll see, they’ve really outdone themselves.The competition is fierce among cruise lines, and as they pursue building larger and larger ships; buying up private islands and turning them into all-inclusive paradises; and standardizing once-premium perks like Wi-Fi, balcony rooms and beverage packages, they’ve also been thinking outside the box in terms of the amenities that they can offer on board.From supersized water slides to Scandinavian snow grottoes, from submarine rides to Michelin-level meals, you’ll be blown away by the opportunities for fun, luxury, exhilaration and relaxation provided aboard new, top-of-the-line cruise ships. And if you still think that cruising isn’t for you, learning about these outrageous amenities might just make you change your mind.

If you’ve spent any time on a cruise ship within the past decade or so, then you probably know that times have changed. It wasn’t so long ago when the only dining options on board were the buffet and the dining room, and amenities were largely limited to the pool, the gym, the theater and the shops. But nowadays cruise ships are destinations unto themselves, going above and beyond in what they can offer to their customers, and as you’ll see, they’ve really outdone themselves.

The competition is fierce among cruise lines, and as they pursue building larger and larger ships; buying up private islands and turning them into all-inclusive paradises; and standardizing once-premium perks like Wi-Fi, balcony rooms and beverage packages, they’ve also been thinking outside the box in terms of the amenities that they can offer on board.

From supersized water slides to Scandinavian snow grottoes, from submarine rides to Michelin-level meals, you’ll be blown away by the opportunities for fun, luxury, exhilaration and relaxation provided aboard new, top-of-the-line cruise ships. And if you still think that cruising isn’t for you, learning about these outrageous amenities might just make you change your mind.

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