If you’re the kind of person who wants to relax on a holiday without letting your carefully-sculpted body be spoiled in any way, there are plenty of healthy cruises available. From high quality fresh foods including specialist low-calorie menus, to state-of-the-art gyms, there’s no hiding from your waistline if you’re a conscious fitness fanatic.
To that end, here are 10 sports that you can enjoy if you’re interested in healthy cruises, rather than those where you hit the buffets and snack bars at every opportunity:
A number of ships have some facilities for golf enthusiasts, whether it’s the serious golf nets and simulators enjoyed by proper golfers or the more family-oriented mini golf courses that include fun holes ideal for being competitive.
Full-size sports courts are becoming quite popular on a number of larger cruise ships, and basketball remains one of the best sports to play. It’s a great way of meeting others and getting a good run-around, and if you miss a few shots you can blame the movement of the ship.
#3 Table tennis
Table tennis is the perfect holiday sport. It’s the kind of thing you wouldn’t normally play much at home, but when you’re on a ship it’s the most fun you could have, and if you start getting half-decent you’ll soon work up a sweat.
As part of the larger sports courts, some ships have tennis courts on the deck. They aren’t full-size, because there simply isn’t the space, but you still get a fun experience and a real workout.
#5 Ice skating
The Oasis-, Voyager- and Freedom-Class ships for Royal Caribbean all have ice-skating rinks, where you can strap on a pair of blades and give it a go, whether you’re screaming around for a few laps or edging along a wall like yours truly.
Jogging is simple and easy, but jogging at sea just feels a bit more fun. I don’t mean jumping on a treadmill inside the fitness centre, even though the views are great, but choosing a ship with a jogging track (there are many) and filling your lungs with that sea air is wonderful.
This one is straight-forward enough, as almost every single cruise ship has a swimming pool. Jump in, swim, jump out, sunbathe. Healthy cruises – done.
#8 Rock climbing
Opt for a cruise on any of the Royal Caribbean ships and you’ll be able to scale a climbing wall, which is a fun way to keep your shape intact. If you’ve never tried a rock-climbing wall, they make for a thrilling part of your healthy cruises.
Sticking with Royal Caribbean’s ships, the Oasis- and Freedom-Class ships have the famed FlowRider surf simulator on deck, where you can try standard surfing or body boarding. Just be careful you don’t wipeout.
#10 Water sports
Some of the smaller luxury ships, with cruise lines such as Paul Gauguin and Seabourn, have their own marina, so when the water is suitable the ship will anchor and allow guests to try windsurfing and jet-skiing.
There are some sports that didn’t make this list, including boxing rings, in-line skating and pool (not that this gives many benefits, if you’re looking for healthy cruises). Give our team a call if you want to know more about the various facilities on each cruise ship we offer.