Cruise Week 2021 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” – https://afewshortcuts.com/shark-bait-snack-mix/
  • 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!
  • 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.

Cruisin’ for Creating Ideas


YouTube Links


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)
  • Mighty Cruise Ships (2014, 2017, 2019) N/A | Documentary – Available on: Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Smithsonian Channel
  • The Voyager with Josh Garcia – TV Series (2016-19) PG| 3h 13min 
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) PG-13 | 2h 1min 
  • Like Father (2018) TV-MA | 1h 38min 
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) G | 1h 27min |
  • Out to Sea (1997) PG-13 | 1h 46min 
  • The Love Boat: Next Wave – TV Series (1988) N/A | Available on: YouTube, MeTV
  • Monkey Business (1952) Approved | 1h 37min 
  • Shall We Dance? (1937) Approved | 1h 49min
  • Romance on the High Seas (1948) Approved | 1h 39min 
  • Royal Wedding (1951) Approved | 1h 33min 
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Approved | 1h 31min
  • An Affair to Remember (1957) Not Rated | 1h 55min
  • Bon Voyage! (1962) Not Rated | 2h 10min 
  • Ship of Fools (1965) Approved | 2h 29min
  • Assault on a Queen (1966) Not Rated | 1h 46min 
  • Table for Five (1983) PG| 2h 2min 
  • The Parent Trap (1998) PG | 2h 8min 
  • Legend of 1900 (1998) R | 2h 49min 
  • Titanic (1997) PG-13 | 3h 14min 

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