Royal Caribbean

Being healthy during a cruise vacation is typically a foregone conclusion. Cruise lines make food almost constantly available to their guests, making it as easy as pie to lay on a few extra pounds between the gourmet meals, overflowing buffets, and tasty midnight snacks. And guests certainly take advantage, considering the treats are mostly already covered in their cruise fare.

But for a growing number of cruisers, staying fit has become a significant part of their vacation plans. The good news is that in recent years, cruise lines have created innovative ways to help their passengers both have their midnight feasts and keep their waistlines, too.

For starters, virtually every cruise ship at sea has a fitness center with treadmills and weight machines, at minimum. But some are stepping up the game when it comes to gyms. Luxury line Crystal Cruises, for example, is taking its commitment to fitness to a whole new level by installing equipment from Technogym — the official equipment provider of the Olympic Games and World Cup events – on the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony in early September. And that’s just one part of its new “fully immersive” indoor fitness experience. Cruisers seeking a workout will also have access to a 25-minute, self-guided circuit training regimen via a tablet-like Unity system, which also can connect to music, play TV shows, track your workout, and more.

By Donna Tunney – Full Story at Shermans Travel

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