Cruise Week 2020 Activity Sidekick

We have curated some fun additions for your Cruise Week!

Welcome Aboard!

This week we will embark on a cruise vacation unlike any other.  Join your “virtual” cruise director to nowhere!  From the comfort of your own chair, take a break and enjoy our extra activities, interactive games, and random bits of entertainment!

Activities that need nothing else!

  • Have a Hawaiian Shirt contest! Residents can model their craziest shirt and you can judge by applause.
  • Take our Cruise Trivia Quiz, and make a hallway or socially distanced version of it for prizes! Make sure to discard these pages in the booklet if you do this activity instead!
  • Have a wine tasting in robes, play ocean music and sit in lounge chairs.
  • Have a Sing-Along! Use the lyrics we provide in the activity booklets – links are provided in the Activity Director version!

Cruisin’ Snack Ideas

Let residents decorate their own flip flop cookies with royal icing, and sprinkles

Make “Shark Bait” –

How about some blue jello topped with whipped cream and an easy toothpick flag craft?

And of course, we need healthy snacks too!

Cut peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into starfish, and decorate with honey!

Image of starfish sandwiches from

Make banana dolphins in blueberry and yogurt cups. Use a marker for eyes, and then cut the end to insert one goldfish cracker to make it even more realistic!

Conversation Starters for your 1-on-1s

These are great for conversations, or writing prompts! (You can even send written answers into the Resident Tales and have your residents see their writing in print!)

  • Have you ever been on a cruise? What was your most memorable experience?
  • If you could plan an excursion on shore, what would it include?
  • Make up a story about a lost object found on a cruise and who it belongs to.

Cruise Movies & TV Shows to Watch

  • Gilligan’s Island (1964-67)
  • The Love Boat (from 1977 to 1987; in addition, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Overboard (1987)
  • Captain Ron (1992)
  • Monkey Business (1931)
  • Shall We Dance? (1937)
  • Romance on the High Seas (1948)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • An Affair to Remember (1957)
  • Bon Voyage! (1962)
  • Ship of Fools (1965)
  • Table for Five (1983)
  • Out to Sea (1997)

Cruise Songs for Your Playlist

  1. Toes – Zac Brown Band
  2. La Isla Bonita– Madonna
  3. One Particular Harbor – Jimmy Buffett
  4. Red, Red Wine – UB40
  5. Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
  6. Guitars and Tiki Bars – Kenny Chesney
  7. Sailing – Rod Stewart
  8. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  9. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  10. Kokomo – Beach Boys
  11. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
  12. Sailing – Christopher Cross
  13. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  14. Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
  15. Cruisin’ – Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow
  16. Almost Jamaica – Bellamy Brothers
  17. Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
  18. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
  19. Where the Boat Leaves From – Zac Brown Band
  20. Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford