For me, the best time aboard any ship is at night – not because the entertainment kicks off, or the drinks begin to flow, but because I’ve always found something deeply mysterious and wonderful about being aboard a ship at night, sailing gracefully along the water.

Carnival Ecstasy illuminated at night in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Carnival Ecstasy illuminated at night in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

But more than that, the public rooms of a ship tend to take on a different air at night. The bright, almost harsh light of day is replaced with artificial accent lighting designed to showcase colours, features and artwork that remains largely hidden during the daytime.

In that spirit, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorite public rooms – at night – from aboard ships located around the world!

The Crow's Nest, Deck 10 forward. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Crow’s Nest, Deck 10 forward, aboard Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Chart Room, Deck 3. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Chart Room, Deck 3, aboard Cunard Line’s massive (and inviting!) Queen Mary 2. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The cool and funky Bliss Ultra Lounge hosts numerous events throughout the day, and even has bowling lanes! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The cool and funky Bliss Ultra Lounge aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic hosts numerous events throughout the day, and even has bowling lanes! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

As the sun sets aboard the Silver Spirit on a warm April evening, there were still more relaxing days at sea to look forward to. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

As the sun sets aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit on a warm April evening, there were still more relaxing days at sea to look forward to. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Schooner Bar has been a popular hangout on Royal Caribbean ships for years. Photo © Aaron Saunders

The Schooner Bar aboard Mariner of the Seas has been a popular hangout on Royal Caribbean ships for years. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Another shot of the Swiss Jewel's gorgeous entry lobby, which hosts the Cruise Director's desk, Reception, and the small but well-stocked boutique. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The entrance lobby aboard Tauck’s Swiss Jewel river cruise ship. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

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