How to Stay Fit When Cruising

Fun, easy ways to eat healthy and be active at sea.
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FlowRider surf simulator lets you catch some waves while at sea.

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Royal Caribbean has got your back when it comes to your health, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts to self-care at the spa. Today’s cruise ships boast state-of-the-art fitness facilities with tons of classes, including yoga, Pilates and spinning, as well as tasty, healthy dining options around every corner. Whether keeping up a rigorous routine or sticking to that New Year’s resolution, there are endless ways to feel the burn, relax and live your best life on our ships.

Here are simple tips to stay fit while on a cruise.

The Sports Court takes you to new heights with activities, including basketball and rock climbing.

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1. Shift Your Mindset

Think of your next cruise as a floating gym and wellness spa. On board each Royal Caribbean ship, you won’t even miss your workout routines while enjoying your vacation, and what’s more, you’ll have chefs preparing healthy and delicious meals. Plan for not only fully equipped fitness centers, but also a lineup of outdoor activities such as a jogging track, basketball, surfing (on the FlowRider surf simulator), rock climbing and even a virtual reality trampoline experience, Sky Pad, aboard some ships!

Royal Caribbean offers a variety of vegan options, including a vegan carbonara with chickpeas and eggplant bacon.

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2. Eat Smart (Most Of The Time)

One of the best things about cruising is getting to try the wide range of cuisines on our ships prepared by our international crew. With countless options, you won’t miss out on your favorite foods and guilty pleasures: from green juices and smoothies, to hearty soups and fresh salads made to order, to handmade pasta prepared daily. There are even vegan menus available by request.

Of course, being at sea and having fresh fish (perhaps at Hooked Seafood or Izumi sushi) go so well together—and it’s a healthy choice to make! All the healthy options will keep your taste buds happy, but it also doesn’t hurt to indulge in a little decadence—you are on vacation after all!

3. Watch The Liquid Calories

It’s hard to resist a delicious tropical drink, like our spin on a tiki classic, the Royal Zombie, when you’re on vacation, but too many drinks with plenty of sugar (like piña coladas) can add up. Instead, consider beverages with fewer ingredients, such as a gin and tonic with a few limes, or a glass of wine or light beer. Drinking smart applies to non-alcoholic drinks, too—take it easy with soda and fancy coffee drinks, opting instead for water and unsweetened iced tea (both of which are complimentary on board).


4. Hit The Fitness Center

With expert instructors, and the chance to lift or spin to your favorite tunes, the gym has never been more inviting. Consider trying something new and take a fitness class like yoga, boot camp, Pilates or boxing. You never know, you might pick up a new favorite! Other active options include ice skating, rock climbing, roller skating and even trapeze school. Afterwards, hit the spa for a post-workout recovery session or a much-deserved massage.

5. Get Active Off The Ship

Put your on-land time to good use and take advantage of shore excursions where you can hike, bike, kayak, snorkel, zip line, raft, or just hit the pavement and immerse yourself in the destination (and a different one almost every day). The best kind of workout is one that’s so much fun it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

With all of these options at your fingertips, you’ll return from your Royal Caribbean cruise vacation recharged and with a refreshed perspective.

Start planning where you’ll go now.