There are some activities that used to be allowed on cruise ships that have little hope of returning. There are five cruise offerings that aren't likely to be resurrected.

Skeet shooting

Passengers used to be able to shoot clay birds off the back of their ships. ARTHIT PORNPIKANET/GETTY IMAGES

You read that right. Skeet was allowed on cruise lines until the 1990s. The crew would throw clay birds into the air in order to get the cruisers to shoot them.

Throwing foreign objects into the ocean is a practice that is not allowed today.

If you want to practice your shooting skills, check out the arcade on your ship, or sign up for a round of laser tag, which is available on several of Royal Caribbean's and Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessels.

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Topless sunbathing

Women used to sunbathe topless on the uppermost decks of ships in the early days of cruising. The practice of family cruises has been banned on vessels that cater to North Americans.

Some Europe-based ships allow passengers with breasts to avoid tan lines by sunbathing without tops. Even though the line has a mostly North American audience, it is still allowed on its ships.

You can either book a sailing with a line that allows topless tanning, or you can stick to a covered pool area, which most ships have.


Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on cruise ships. DEBASISH NANDY/INDIAPICTURES/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP/GETTY IMAGES

There's a caveat to this one. Smoking is still allowed in cigar lounges, a couple of open-deck areas and often casinos, despite the fact that smoking is no longer allowed in most public areas or on cabin balconies.

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Banning cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes on flights is more about safety than it is about comfort. Fire is the biggest threat to cruise ships, even though most people don't want a nose full of smoke.

The onboard cigar lounge is a great place to get pre- or post-dinner drinks. Determine where you can light up outdoors if you prefer cigarettes.

Cruises to nowhere

If you were short on time or money, you could just drive to your nearest home port and hop on a sailing without calling. It wasn't that long ago that cruises to nowhere were an excellent option for quick getaways.

The passenger vessel services act requires cruise ships to call on at least one foreign port before they return to the us.

If you're looking for a quick, back-and-forth, two-, three- or four-night voyage to the Bahamas, consider a Florida-based ship.

Netless golf-ball driving

Available on the top decks of many cruise ships, mini-golf is a fun way for passengers to pick up clubs without polluting the ocean. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

During cruises of yore, passengers were allowed to shag golf balls off the back of the ship and into the water. It was wasteful and meant putting a lot of trash into the sea.

Cruise lines are trying to be more eco-friendly by putting the kibosh on golf-ball driving.

Do you know if your ship has a driving net on its top deck? You can pick up a club on a miniature golf course if you don't have a putting green.

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