A January rolls on the majority of Brits are endeavouring to keep New Year’s resolutions. Yet unfortunately many are easier said than done. In fact according to Mental Health UK 80% of Brits fail to achieve their goals, with many giving up entirely by the end of January. Holidaying is one of the major scenarios where people fall short, seduced by endless eating, drinking and lapses in fitness regimes. It doesn’t have to be this way! In 2015 we want to help cruisers keep stick to their New Year’s resolutions and heading off on a cruise holiday makes it easier than ever. Here’s how!
Despite common misconceptions staying fit while on a cruise holiday is incredibly easy. Today’s vessels boast state-of-the-art fitness facilities offering passengers access to top equipment and daily group lessons in everything from yoga, Pilates, boxing and boot camps to Kinesis Walls, TRX Suspension Training and Tour de Spin classes. Those determined to shed the pounds can even enlist the help of a personal trainer or health consultant who will help design a bespoke health fitness programme tailored to individual body type. For passengers who prefer an exercise regime that’s a little more exciting today’s modern vessels offer surf machines, rock climbing walls, basketball courts and pool volleyball sessions.
Today’s lines shine the spotlight on healthy eating and offer passengers a huge selection of wholesome options that nourish and sustain. Celebrity’s poolside cafes serve up deliciously healthy smoothies, salads and low-fat desserts while the exclusive Blu restaurant focusses on clean eating, natural ingredients and low calorie fare. Costa is another health oriented line, with its Samsara Restaurant offering passengers daily wellness menus fashioned by Michelin starred chef, Ettore Bocchia.
New Year, new look
Want to make 2015 the year that you give your image an up-to-the-minute makeover? A cruise holiday will have you looking and feeling incredible in a matter of days. Almost every cruise ship features a hair and beauty salon offering everything from manicures and pedicures to waxing and hair treatments. At on-board boutiques you’ll also be able to pick up a huge selection of high end beauty products sans tax!
Learn something new
Learning new things tops the list of popular New Year’s resolutions year after year. Instead of signing up for a course in your local area why not expand your personal knowledge while embarking on the holiday of a lifetime? Holland America Line’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cruises offer passengers the chance to perfect their toe tapping skills, Cunard’s Enrichment Program explore contemporary and historic issues, Carnival vessels feature libraries stocked with a wide range of books while Silversea guests can sign up for cooking lessons at the L’École des Chefs school. Other enriching activities include piano lessons, singing training, language tutorials and more!
For those with resolutions to relax, unwind and manage stress in 2015 a cruise ship is just the ticket, with most ships featuring bliss inducing spa and wellness centres. Selected Celebrity, Oceania and Cunard vessels offer Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea facilities, Costa’s Samsara Spa pioneered all-inclusive health programmes while Royal Caribbean’s Vitality at Sea centre offers passengers access to a huge range of Steiner treatments, reflexology, facials, body wraps, acupuncture and more. Those wanting long term solutions can sign up for Carnival’s Stress Management sessions held at the Spa At Sea or Celebrity’s enlightening wellness seminars.
Be more eco-friendly
If you want to cruise with an eco-friendly conscience Norwegian is the line to choose. The company upholds a steadfast Environmental Commitment which encompasses recycling, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Thanks to a partnership with NextEra Energy Resources passengers also enjoy the chance to help build new renewable energy projects and develop personal strategies designed to offset their carbon footprint.
Many Brits entered 2015 with a resolve to save cash and cut down on spending. Thanks to incredible offers from Cruise 1st people can still keep their money saving resolutions without compromising on a luxury holiday. The company offers passengers an enormous selection of itineraries from all the leading lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, P&O, Cunard, Princess and more!
Images sourced via Norwegian Cruise Line, Cunard Cruise Line and Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Horrace, Gerard Van der Leun