We all know that fantastic food can be the difference between a good holiday and a great one. With so many delicious culinary offerings available on board cruises today, it’s little wonder that recent surveys suggest the average passenger gains almost a stone in weight over the course of a 14 day cruise.
Many of us spend months before our holiday ‘being good’ so that we can look our best on board, before blowing the diet out of the water once we are introduced to the delectable dishes on offer all day, every day.
We believe that holidays are made for indulgence and enjoyment, so instead of worrying about those extra calories, take a look at our top picks for staying in shape at sea without so much as looking at a gym.
Rock Climbing & Rappelling
Rock climbing and rappelling (or abseiling) both offer a great cardio workout and all over toning without you even realising you’re exercising. Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line both incorporated a rock climbing wall into the design of their most recent ships, with the latter also including an industry first rappelling wall on board the Norwegian Epic.
Scaling a rock face against an ocean backdrop is an experience in itself and 30 minutes of rock climbing can burn up to 300 calories depending on your size.
Seabourn Cruises signature Marina Day sees the aft of the ship transformed into your own exclusive marina complete with water sports, snorkelling, sailing and swimming; all in the clear blue waters of the ocean. Kayaking is great for working arm muscles and can burn up to 200 calories depending on your size. Pedal boating is a great leg work out, while swimming is fantastic for all over toning.
Other activities on offer include adrenaline-fuelled water skiing and banana boat rides. With water sports this fun, all from the comfort of your ship, it’s easy to make up for yesterday’s indulgences.
Continuing the water sports theme, it is impossible not to mention the awesome FlowRider surf simulator on board Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom Class and Quantum Class ships. Ride or boogie board the waves as 60,000 gallons of water gush towards you every minute. Go it alone if you’re feeling brave, or enlist the help of a surf specialist and enrol for surfing lessons. One last thing; make sure you smile as you fall off your board – flat screen TV’s in the Wipe Out! Bar display all the FlowRider action as it happens.
Hit the Deck
There are few opportunities to stroll beneath sun-kissed skies, gazing across vast ocean without a care in the world. A walk on the promenade deck is one of the most relaxing ways to while away the hours, but add a little extra speed or resistance and you’ll soon be burning through some serious calories. The Walk-On-Water® (WOW) fitness program was designed exclusively for Crystal Cruises by fitness expert Debbie Rocker and takes full advantage of the 360° teak decks found on board each of Crystal Cruise’s ships.
The program utilities Debbie Rocker’s innovative WALKVEST® Training System; a lightweight cotton vest with weight pockets strategically located around the mid-section so that added weight is evenly distributed for safety and comfort while walking. Motivational music-driven audiotapes and a day-by-day program keep you well on the track to staying in shape and the views are so good you’ll forget you’re even exercising.