How to Relax on a Cruise Ship

Story by staff writer Ann McElfresh. Photos Copyright © Ann McElfresh.

I FEEL THAT in today’s crazy, hectic world there isn’t enough relaxation to go around. There are times that even travel-for-pleasure can be tiring.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation?” Truer words have never been said!

That’s why cruising is one of my favorite ways to travel. Once you are on board, everything is taken care of for you. You can do as much or as little as you want, but there’s no plane to catch, no train to take, no reservations to make. You just show up.

Your computer is at home, your phone doesn’t get reception unless you’re willing to pay out the nose and the internet is scarce and expensive . . . and they recommend you ignore it anyway!

Relaxing on a cruise

Barefoot is always the best way to relax!

View through a porthole

Tranquility through a porthole

To give you an idea how relaxing it is: when you board a ship, before your rooms are ready, they recommend you bring a bathing suit and a book. They’ll take care of the rest while you’re waiting!

Since I am a foodie, I also love that cruise ships will feed, feed, feed you! Some are better than others. I’ve had some truly world-class cuisine while cruising – and I’ve had a burger. Depending on my mood, I’ve loved them both.

This last cruise that Honey Bunny and I took we deliberately forced ourselves to relax even more. There were days that we didn’t participate in any of the activities, nights that we didn’t attend a show . . . we just sat, soaked up the sun, the sea air . . . and read books.


Tropical scene

One of the relaxing tropical scenes from our latest cruise adventure

Reading on a cruise

Honey Bunny relaxing with his book

The first meal we had onboard was also one of my favorites. We went to the Italian restaurant and had pasta! They had all the fixins’ for you to choose from and they made the pasta right in front of you.

Fixings for a yummy pasta dish

Fixins' for a yummy pasta dish

We chose pasta with sun dried tomatoes, broccoli, garlic and chicken, with Parmesan cheese. I remade the dish at home using fresh tomatoes. Now you can have a slice of paradise, too!

Ann is our resident foodie and she’s sharing her remake of that favorite cruise dish with us here:

See Ann’s recipe for Pasta with Garlic, Tomatoes and Broccoli

Pasta with Garlic, Tomatoes and Broccoli

Pasta with Garlic, Tomatoes and Broccoli


Ann McElfresh

Ann McElfresh has had the opportunity to travel and live overseas during the course of her husband’s career in the military and they didn’t stop after he retired! An enthusiastic home cook, she has an extensive “bucket list” of places to see, foods to eat and dishes to cook. A recent physical required that she focus her attention on cooking healthy foods and living a healthier lifestyle. At this time, she has lost 20 pounds and when asked how she lost the weight, she tells people, “By cooking like mad! Who knew losing weight could be so much fun?” Visit her healthy (and tasty) cooking blog at



  1. Thanks for having me, Milli! This was one of the most relaxing vacations EVER!

    • I love the picture of you in your bare feet!

      I agree that often vacations are harder work than they should be. Occasionally we need one that’s just about sheer relaxation. Thank you for bringing the essence of that to Milliver’s Travels. 🙂

  2. Hi Ann,
    I agree, cruising is one of the best vacations for relaxing. Your article is a twofer…. It was a pleasure to read and you also share a great recipe!

  3. Andy in PA says:

    I NEED to relax….where should I go??? LOL Great Article!

  4. cubskim says:

    Can’t wait to try some of this ‘relaxation’ you write of. Not sure I’ll know how to do that??? 😉

  5. What a great article on how to relax. I will have the opportunity coming up in June with absolutely no technology distractions at all. Can’t wait. Thank you for whetting my appetite for doing nothing more than reading — one of my most favorite activities!!

  6. I want a go! Looks like you had a lovely time Ann and thanks for the post.

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