I'm invited on a group trip on a cruise ship. There is nothing about a cruise that attracts me but I have never been on one. Please, if you have cruise experience, help me understand how to survive this without going insane.
I have never been aboard a cruise ship. This cruise is during the winter in the North Atlantic so I'll be indoors all the time. I don't like crowds, I don't like lining up for activities. I love water but I prefer to be in a small sail boat, or waverunner, paddleboard, or actually in the water. I love forests and mountains and lakes. I don't like sun or beaches or being indoors with lots of people. I don't drink, I don't gamble. I do like fun and games but not if I have to fight crowds to do it. I'm not claustrophobic, it's not that I can't be in a crowd, it's just that I have no potential to enjoy something if I have to stand in line and fight crowds to do it.
Help! What should I know about cruise ships that will allow me to enjoy this or at least survive it? I can't upgrade to private VIP whatever because this is a gift, I have to be gracious about it. I can't stay home because it would ruin the trip for everyone in the group. I can stay in my cabin and play games on my phone ... up to a point, but not so much that it comes off as rude.