Cruise vacations are completely different from flights or road trips. Some people love being out in the middle of the ocean for days or even weeks at a time. If your ship isn’t scheduled to pull into port any time soon, you need a game plan.

Here are some ways you can make the best use of your time on board a cruise ship.

Hop On Some Rides

Cruises constantly push the envelope of what’s possible. Mardi Gras, part of the Carnival line, launched the first sea coaster. In a similar vein, some cruises offer bumper cars, go-karts, and watersides. Take advantage of the access while you have it.

Set Aside Down Time For Yourself

Even the highly active can benefit from relaxation while on a cruise. That might entail staying in your cabin, going for a walk on deck, or booking a spa treatment. Treat yourself to some retail therapy, or find a quiet corner of the ship to meditate or read.

Exercise Early In The Morning

There’s nothing like a good sweat when the sun rises. If other passengers were turning up the night before, they probably wouldn’t be getting up early. This is a perfect time for an early walk or jog on a quiet deck. You can also roll out a yoga mat while taking in the ocean views.

Mingle With Other Passengers

If you’re going to be on a vessel with a few thousand people, consider making new friends. Passengers bond over karaoke, at the casino, or playing arcade games. Some cruise ships even host events that encourage interaction like scavenger hunts, sports competitions, and poolside contests.