Cruises can be wonderfully relaxing and oh so indulgent, but there are also some fantastic and amazingly easy things you can do if you want to keep fit at sea. Cruise ships boast a number of different ways for holidaymakers to keep active whilst on holiday – here are 10 of the best:
Found on-board 10 of Celebrity’s state-of-the-art luxury liners, taking advantage of the Summit Canyon Ranch Fitness Centre is the perfect way to ensure you look gorgeous in your poolside getup from the moment you board to the day you disembark.
Serving up a mouth-watering selection of ‘spa’ inspired cuisine, Quantum’s Solarium Bistro is a health lover’s paradise. Resident The Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander lends her expertise to menu options which offer diners full on flavour with a slashed calorie count. Healthy wraps, garden fresh salads, scrumptious steaks and even diet friendly chocolate chip pancakes are just some of the delicious dishes available.
Found on the top decks of Carnival Breeze, Magic and Sunshine, the SportSquare offers passengers the ultimate workout hub. With an outdoor ropes course, weightlifting area, exercise machines and jogging track, you can burn calories while soaking up the breath-taking view of the open ocean.
It may seem a little anti-productive being told to eat your heart out at breakfast but according to experts, a hearty brekkie is the key to keeping your appetite under wraps for the rest of the day. On-board the Norwegian Epic, Getaway and Breakaway, you’ll find lavish buffet spreads complemented by action stations where you can have your favourite dishes whipped up by on-site chefs.
If you’re all about getting fit and having fun at the same time, you’ll love the huge range of exciting activities on-board RCI’s Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class vessels. Kitted out with world first features such as rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, surf simulator, boxing rings and in-line skating tracks, you can get the blood pumping while having a ball!
As the first cruise line to offer Zumba at sea, Princess leads the way in fitness innovation. Passengers enjoy access to several classes a day which makes it amazingly easy to stay trim. If you prefer to mix it up, the line also offers TRX Suspension training courses, Tour de France themed spin classes as well as a two lane jogging track if you travel on-board the all new Royal Princess.
Home to four different pool venues, including the spectacular AquaTheatre, Oasis of the Seas offers a fantastic variety of water related fitness options. The specially dedicated Sports Pool is dedicated exclusively to laps in the morning while the afternoon sees it full of passengers playing water badminton and polo. At a depth of almost 18 feet, the kidney shaped AquaTheatre is the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea, making it perfect for getting off those pool loungers and stretching you limbs!
If you love your court sports, Norwegian is the line for you. With full sized basketball courts on board the Epic, you can spend your days getting fit while practising your shooting skills. If you’re looking for something a little less intense, the ship also offers regular yoga, Pilates and spin classes at its state-of-the-art Sports complex.
As well as keeping up your fitness regime on-board, staying active when you disembark ship is just as important! Most lines offer a fantastic range of shore excursions however if you’re really looking for a good land based workout, Holland America’s shore excursion itinerary is packed full of fitness friendly options. From hiking trails and riding horses to kayaking through nature reserves and snorkelling with stingrays, there is something to suite every fitness enthusiast.
Thomson may be a small UK based line but it blows its competitors out the water when it comes to cycling facilities. With an on-board stock of mountain and touring bikes, passengers are offered guided bicycle tours in a range of unique destinations.
With fantastic options such as these on offer, there’s no reason why you should pile on the pounds on your next cruise holiday. If you like the sound of any of these incredible fitness facilities, get in touch with the cruising experts a Cruise 1st to chat about budget friendly package deals on 0808 274 6777.