10 Awesome Things You Can Learn to Do at Sea

by John Roberts

10 Awesome Things You Can Learn to Do at Sea

by John Roberts

Sure, a cruise is a wonderful and relaxing vacation, but many cruise ships also provide opportunities for you to dabble in a new hobby — or possibly a new vocation. With the wide array of onboard activities and classes, you have a chance to add another skill to your repertoire. Have you ever wanted to dance the tango? Or wish you had the time to learn how to make pottery? A cruise is the perfect place to try. Here are some of the awesome things you can learn to do while at sea.

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Photography lesson in Mexico / Lindblad Expeditions / Ralph Lee Hopkins
Celebrity Silhouette's Art Studio Class
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1. Find your inner artist.

Celebrity Cruises features The Art Studio at the Lawn Club on Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette. Two master artists from the ArtCenter/South Florida are on hand to lead painting and sketching classes, as well as teach jewelry making and beading.

Celebrity Cruises features The Art Studio at the Lawn Club on Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette. Two master artists from the ArtCenter/South Florida are on hand to lead painting and sketching classes, as well as teach jewelry making and beading.

Celebrity Silhouette's dance class
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2. Get on your feet.

Learn hip-hop, Latin, and ballroom dancing (among other styles) on ships from lines like Cunard and Carnival, which host complimentary lessons. In Celebrity Cruises’ Let’s Dance series (one of many CelebrityLife activities) instructors will teach you how to salsa, jive, and foxtrot.

Learn hip-hop, Latin, and ballroom dancing (among other styles) on ships from lines like Cunard and Carnival, which host complimentary lessons. In Celebrity Cruises’ Let’s Dance series (one of many CelebrityLife activities) instructors will teach you how to salsa, jive, and foxtrot.

Amalfi Coast
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3. Speak the local language.

On world voyages, Crystal Cruises offers complimentary Berlitz Language lessons specific to the ports you are visiting. Brush up on Italian before touring the Amalfi Coast, or spruce up your French before visiting the Riviera.

On world voyages, Crystal Cruises offers complimentary Berlitz Language lessons specific to the ports you are visiting. Brush up on Italian before touring the Amalfi Coast, or spruce up your French before visiting the Riviera.

Oceania Marina's Culinary Center
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4. Become a top chef (or just act like one).

Immerse yourself in the world of gourmet cuisine with cooking classes on Oceania CruisesMarina and Riviera. Specially designed Culinary Centers have full teaching kitchens equipped with individual induction cooktops and workstations, where you can learn how to make regional dishes from destinations around the world.

Immerse yourself in the world of gourmet cuisine with cooking classes on Oceania CruisesMarina and Riviera. Specially designed Culinary Centers have full teaching kitchens equipped with individual induction cooktops and workstations, where you can learn how to make regional dishes from destinations around the world.

Eurodam's Digital Workshop
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5. Master technology.

Several cruise lines include computer classes in their offerings. Holland America’s complimentary Digital Workshops are led by "techsperts" who teach photo uploading, sharing, and editing; online scrapbooking; and basic messaging and security. Crystal Cruises’ Computer University@Sea provides lessons for both Mac and Windows users on 25 state-of-the-art workstations.

Several cruise lines include computer classes in their offerings. Holland America’s complimentary Digital Workshops are led by "techsperts" who teach photo uploading, sharing, and editing; online scrapbooking; and basic messaging and security. Crystal Cruises’ Computer University@Sea provides lessons for both Mac and Windows users on 25 state-of-the-art workstations.

National Geographic photography lesson
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6. Take better photos.

With these classes, you can expand your photography skills and learn some new tricks. Several lines, including Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises, offer basic classes, while expedition lines like Lindblad Expeditions and Un-Cruise Adventures offer photography-themed trips with professional photographers who help you capture the best images both on board and on land.

With these classes, you can expand your photography skills and learn some new tricks. Several lines, including Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises, offer basic classes, while expedition lines like Lindblad Expeditions and Un-Cruise Adventures offer photography-themed trips with professional photographers who help you capture the best images both on board and on land.

Pottery class
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7. Throw a pot.

On Princess Cruises' Island Princess and Coral Princess, the wet clay pottery program allows you to work the wheel and “throw” your own pot, vase, or bowl. With the line's Ceramics@Sea program, you'll glaze and paint a ready-made ceramic piece, then fire up the kilns to let it cure. 

On Princess Cruises' Island Princess and Coral Princess, the wet clay pottery program allows you to work the wheel and “throw” your own pot, vase, or bowl. With the line's Ceramics@Sea program, you'll glaze and paint a ready-made ceramic piece, then fire up the kilns to let it cure. 

Noordam's Culinary Arts Center
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8. Perfect your pastries.

Holland America’s Culinary Arts Center brings pastry chefs and chocolatiers like Jacques Torres on board to teach in a world-class demonstration kitchen. You can also take a class in cake decorating, and show off your new skills at celebrations back home.  

Holland America’s Culinary Arts Center brings pastry chefs and chocolatiers like Jacques Torres on board to teach in a world-class demonstration kitchen. You can also take a class in cake decorating, and show off your new skills at celebrations back home.  

Crystal Serenity's iPad iMovie class
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9. Make your own movie.

Wouldn’t you love to give your friends, family, and social network a peak into your amazing cruise adventure? Crystal Cruises offers a five-class program in digital video editing. You'll learn to shoot video on an iPad and edit it using iMovie — and be able to premiere your movie by the end of the course.

Wouldn’t you love to give your friends, family, and social network a peak into your amazing cruise adventure? Crystal Cruises offers a five-class program in digital video editing. You'll learn to shoot video on an iPad and edit it using iMovie — and be able to premiere your movie by the end of the course.

Playing traditional music on Paul Gauguin
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10. Create a cultural connection.

Making cultural connections is an important part of travel. Classes on Paul Gauguin Cruises teach you the traditions of French Polynesia with introductions to the Tahitian language and dances, and how to tie a “pareo,” the colorful, flower-patterned wraparound garment worn by most men and women. On Avalon Waterways' Irrawaddy River cruise in Myanmar, you will visit a local school and temple and take a class in how to wear the “longyi,” the national costume.

Making cultural connections is an important part of travel. Classes on Paul Gauguin Cruises teach you the traditions of French Polynesia with introductions to the Tahitian language and dances, and how to tie a “pareo,” the colorful, flower-patterned wraparound garment worn by most men and women. On Avalon Waterways' Irrawaddy River cruise in Myanmar, you will visit a local school and temple and take a class in how to wear the “longyi,” the national costume.

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