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Featured, Travel, Wellness

Find Your Sea Legs on a Fitness Cruise

There’s a cruise for everyone, it seems. Love the ‘80s icon Rick Springfield? Check. Into gourmet food ala James Beard? Gotcha. There’s even a zombie cruise for Walking Dead fans. How about fitness? Yes.

Seabourn has global destinations throughout the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Asia. Wellness guru Dr. Andrew Weil has designed a holistic wellness, mindfulness and exercise curriculum “integrating physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being.” Guests can enjoy yoga, Pilates and tai chi; the ships Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest also offer the Kinesis System in which a personal trainer guides you through exercises using a tri-dimensional pulley that’s said to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

Take a running cruise with Marathon Expeditions. In Alaska, you’ll run (or walk) glacier-side along the Gasineau Channel, participate in an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt in Skagway and tread through the Tongass National Forest. In Hawaii, you can do a half marathon on Maui and Kona, and jog along Kauai’s lush trails. There’s also a Caribbean option, which takes you on trails in Honduras, Cozumel and the Bahamas. Aboard the ship, sit in on sessions to learn more about training and overall health. Marathon partners with various cruise lines such as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.

Ultra-luxe, boutique Silversea ships travel to every continent. Gyms are outfitted with updated Technogym fitness equipment, as well as personal trainers. You can take stretch, yoga and Pilates classes held on board and on shore, and attend healthy eating lectures and cooking demonstrations.

The weeklong Fitness Cruise sails through the Eastern Caribbean on the Norwegian Getaway around Halloween. Hosted by stars from NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you’ll be able to participate in dance fitness and parties, yoga and group workouts. There’s also a discussion series focusing on wellness and health. All levels—from “can’t get off the couch” to triathlete—are welcome.

Avalon Waterways Active Discovery cruises integrate culture, adventure and exercise, along the grand rivers of Europe. You can kayak through Holland’s canals and bike along the Rhine, ride around the Hungarian countryside or rail-bike on the shores of the Rhône (after some chocolate tasting, bien sur).

Even if you book a regular cruise, replete with largesse in the food and drink department (think unlimited buffets and frosty beverages served poolside), you can still keep your fitness goals in reach. Take the stairs instead of the elevator; reach for fresh fruit and vegetables; walk the decks; use the gym; go out on active shore excursions such as hiking, biking, zip lining and whatever else gets your body moving; swim in the pool and dance the night away.

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