How Many Calories Can You Burn on a Cruise?

Way more than you think. Royal Caribbean’s fleet offers endless activities onboard and ashore.
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Is burning more calories one of your 2015 resolutions? How about “traveling more” – is that on the list? Well, you can combine these two goals into one with a cruise.

A day aboard any of Royal Caribbean’s ships serves up plenty of opportunities to stay active. Take, for instance, the distance from bow to stern on the brand new Quantum of the Seas: It’s an impressive 1,141 feet — the same length as roughly 3.5 soccer fields. So an easy stroll from the FlowRider surf simulator to a treatment room at the Vitality at Sea Spa burns 94 calories. A friendly match of table tennis nets you 100 more. And don’t forget to save some energy for snorkeling and kayaking on shore excursions, too!

Calorie Burning Cheat Sheet

Here are a few ideas for burning calories on and off the ship:

  • Take four flights of stairs instead of the elevator: 34 calories burned
  • Hit the FlowRider surf simulator, and hang tight for 15 minutes: 56 calories burned
  • Splash around the pool (or the ocean, during a shore excursion) for 30 minutes: 226 calories burned
  • Or step it up a notch with one hour of Zumba: 663 calories burned
  • Take in some fresh air while strolling around Oasis of the Seas’ .43 mile jogging and walking path: Two laps at a leisurely pace will burn about 100 calories
  • Try your hand at the rock-climbing wall for 30 minutes: 414 calories burned
  • Perfect your assist during a one-hour basketball game: 602 calories burned
  • Snorkel in a coral reef for one hour: 376 calories burned


Happy cruising in 2015!


(Calories are calculated based on a 166-pound woman, the average in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

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