Arabella does not offer traditional entertainment onboard. The New England and Chesapeake itineraries are port-oriented, focusing on the history of places like Annapolis and Martha's Vineyard. Oftentimes, a local tourism representative will come aboard to give a short briefing about the community. The Caribbean itineraries are all about water sports: kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving and fishing. Arabella's amenities include snorkeling gear and six two-person kayaks.
When Arabella is sailing, passengers typically gather on the top deck to enjoy the sun and the wind. Sailing is often a peaceful and quiet endeavor, and it's not unusual for guests to enjoy the sail in silence. When Arabella is docked, the ship is pretty much deserted.
Arabella routinely offers complimentary walking tours in many (but not all) ports, but it doesn't feature traditional ship-sponsored shore excursions. In their absence, the crew does a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to making restaurant reservations, arranging transportation for guests and directing passengers to local landmarks. On our Chesapeake cruise, the crew arranged a complimentary walking tour of Annapolis with a local guide and, on Solomons Island, a visit to an outdoor sculpture garden.