If you’ve cruised, you know, and if you haven’t cruised yet, you’ve heard: the food on a cruise is delicious, plentiful, and available 24 hours a day. It’s hard to resist, but why should you? All of your cruise ship dining, with the exception of some specialty restaurants, is included in your fare.
And, don’t let the fear of coming home with some extra pounds keep you from cruising. The vast majority of ships are equipped with excellent fitness facilities: some are as cutting edge as any you can find on land.
On Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, the fitness center is all about location: it’s top-deck forward, which provides fantastic views. Three spacious tiers of activity include free weights and weight machines; stationary bikes, treadmills and ellipticals; and a variety of fitness classes, including TRX suspension training. Oasis Class ships also have Gravity machines, which condition the body through Pilates and resistance training, and Kinesis walls, which use a pulley system. For a really fun workout, visit the ship’s climbing wall, ice skating rink, surf simulator or roller rink (on Quantum Class ships).
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Class ships offer 45-minute indoor cycling classes from Flywheel Sports to get your heart pumping. These bikes provide an upper-body workout, too, through the weighted bars attached to each bike. Norwegian also offers classes in the stretching and strengthening techniques used by the Rockettes, godmothers of the Norwegian Breakaway; high-intensity boxing classes; and an extensive Zumba dance fitness program. If you’d rather be outside, visit the top deck and try to master the more than 40 obstacles on the ropes course.
Windstar’s luxury yachts and small ships offer a different kind of fitness experience through their incredible water sports platforms. When open, these mini-marinas provide you with direct access to the sea. You can use a variety of floating mats, windsurfing boards, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and skiffs. The ship’s crew will even take you water skiing. While in port, you can also borrow one of the ship’s bikes to get some exercise while exploring on shore.
Check with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert to select a ship that has the kind of fitness facilities and classes you want, then sail away to an active vacation (along with a trip to the midnight buffet!).