Skeet Shooting on Carnival Cruise Lines

Much like smoking in public places, skeet shooting lost its appeal and legal standing many, many years ago. Skeet shooting on Carnival Cruise Lines and other cruise lines was, however, a common occurrence back in the 1980s and 1990s — and possibly earlier. Many cruise lines proudly posted this onboard activity on their list of things to do for fun back then. The following is a sampling of how this “sport” has been promoted.

For the sports enthusiast and health-conscious, the seagoing spa is increasingly available, with health menus and personal exercise programs for an extra cost. There is a range of choices from gyms, saunas, fitness centers, swimming pools, whirlpools, aerobics classes, diving lessons, jogging tracks, skeet shooting, shuffleboard, tennis, golf practice areas and a popular new development, the Golf-Simulator, which by means of electronics allows passengers to “play” famous courses.

While skeet shooting was popular way before the new millennium, not everyone thought it was a good idea to engage in this activity on cruise ships. This ultimately led to the removal of this sport from ships activity menus. According to a Carnival Cruise Lines representative, “We discontinued skeet shooting many years ago for a variety of reasons, including environmental, safety, and the noise impact on the guest cruise experience.”

Some cruise line officials also point to liability issues as the reason why skeet shooting is no longer an option on cruise ships. Even hitting golf balls off the back deck is unacceptable these days. Today, instead of skeet shooting and hitting balls off the back deck, ships offer golf simulators or golf nets for passengers interested in hitting a few balls while cruising.

Carnival Cruise Lines also has a number of activities that have replaced many of the outdated forms of recreation on cruise ships such as skeet shooting. Carnival Cruise Lines current onboard activities and attractions include: art gallery tours, casinos, Spa Carnival, Internet Cafe, a jogging track, Seaside Theater, swimming pools, waterslides, mini-golf, and live outdoor entertainment.

Some cruise lines do still offer skeet shooting as a part of certain shore excursions, but these cruises are typically overseas and the areas where skeet shooting takes place are often remote. Instead of skeet shooting on Carnival Cruise Lines’ excursions, guests can swim with the dolphins, go kayaking or canoeing, take an ATV ride, explore caverns, or take a submarine ride, as well as bike tours, glacier tours, snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, and more.

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  1. As captain of a mega-yacht, I can assure you that we shoot skeet weekly while cruising and is one of the most popular onboard sports we have. Going me for a Bahamas cruise and we’ll “smoke” some clays. We shot Browning and Kreighoff. http://www.yachtaide.com

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