Staying Healthy & Fit At Sea

We’ve all heard the usual anti-cruise rhetoric claiming you will gain hundreds of pounds while on a cruise. Well, nowadays, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. In today’s world, where soy products and supplements have become all the rage, cruise lines have taken significant steps to ensure healthy dining choices and fitness centers are readily available for the health conscious guest.

Healthy Eats

Many cruise lines throughout the industry have taken notice of the evolving dining styles of their markets. While fast food still dominates our culture on land, many healthy alternative dining options have begun to grow in popularity. To accommodate these changes in taste and mind, many cruise lines have updated their dining menus to include tasty, yet healthy dining choices. These healthier dining options allow guests to dine on low fat, all natural, no sugar added, or organic entrees, appetizers, and desserts.

In addition to adding healthier courses to the dining room menus, many cruise lines have launched their own health conscious alternative restaurants. These new alternative restaurants cater to those with health in mind and offer an interesting array of healthier, alternative dining options. One of the most notable health restaurants is Celebrity’s Blu, which can be found on all of the Solstice Class ships. Blu offers guests staying in AquaSpa staterooms healthier, lighter, spa inspired dining options. Similarly, Costa’s Ristorante Samsara ensures guests have plenty of healthy, yet tasty, dining options.

As newer ships launch in the coming years, healthy dining options will continue to spread throughout the cruise industry.

Hit The Gym

Across the sea, it is hard to find a cruise ship without a proper fitness center. Working out on the Lido deck or sunrise yoga on the bow has always been a foremost image of cruising and continues to be today. As ships become larger, onboard fitness centers become more advanced and in some cases, larger. Featuring the usual treadmills, stair steppers, and free weights, these fitness centers also offer a variety of alternative work out equipment and classes. Many ships today offer Zumba classes, yoga, cardio training, and a variety of other specialized fitness classes. Once you’ve discovered the fitness center, it won’t take very long for you to discover the right training or class to help keep you in shape while at sea.

Yes, The Ship Does Have Stairs

While we all try to relax and take it easy at sea, taking a few extra steps will ensure you don’t remain too relaxed while at sea. One of the easiest ways to remain active while cruising is to simply skip the elevator and take the stairs. This low effort action can help you keep off some of the pounds during your time at sea. You might be surprised how much climbing five decks will do to help you work off that ice cream cone from the Lido deck.

Staying healthy and fit at sea isn’t as hard as many claim it to be. With a large array of options for healthy dining and fitness training, you no longer have to worry about returning home one size larger than when you left.

While we all struggle with exercise and eating habits from time to time, creating a fitness and diet plan for your cruise may help you stay the course while at sea.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.