Modern cruise ships come equipped with a variety of ways to entertain their passengers. Not every ship has everything, but each ship does have quite a lot of choices. Looking at what different ships have to offer provides even more options for things to do during a cruise.
People expect to find things like pools and even waterslides. Norwegian Pearl has something completely different to do- go bowling! The Pearl was the first cruise ship ever to include a bowling alley at sea. Now some other Norwegian ships have them as well, including the Epic – a ship of…well… epic proportions.
On the Pearl, the bowling alley is located in the Bliss Ultra Lounge and Nightclub. This lounge has just about everything. In addition to the bowling alley it has a bar and dance floor, random beds which for unknown reasons the Pearl has scattered about the ship, and a couple areas that for lack of anything better to call them, we referred to as pimp rooms.
The Bliss Ultra Lounge has four bowling lanes, two on each side of the lounge. The nominal fee for bowling includes rental of a pair of bowling shoes. Each bowling lane is completely automated. A television-like screen displays whose turn it is to bowl and keeps score. If anyone bowls a strike or spare a cartoon on the screen celebrates their success.
Each set of lanes has a variety of bowling balls to choose from in an array of different sizes and colors. Passengers of all ages can enjoy a trip to the bowling alley. Younger kids may use the optional rails that prevent the ball from rolling into the gutter.
We gave the bowling alley a try on our recent cruise on the Pearl. We’re not expert bowlers, but had a great time anyway. The fact that the people in the adjacent lane did not bowl any better than we did saved us (mainly me) from embarrassment. John did suggest putting up the kiddie rails, but I did manage to keep some balls out of the gutter and even knock down a few pins.
Bowling on a ship can be more interesting than bowling on land. A little movement of the ship this way or that could just send your ball right toward the middle of the lane….or into the gutter. Yeah that’s it, motion of the ship. That’s why most of my balls went into the gutter. At least it makes a good excuse!