Luxury cruises are known for offering endless opportunities for entertainment and fun in the sun, but health-conscious travelers looking to embrace their wellness while on board are far from being left out in the cold. From exercising to eating and some well-deserved ways to unwind in between, here’s how you can boost your well-being after you set sail.
Eat Healthy on the High Seas
Sometimes it seems like cruises have become almost synonymous with all-you-can-eat style buffet dining, but the best cruise lines now recognize that their passengers value quality over quality. In addition to rich and hearty fare such as butter-poached lobster, succulent grilled steaks, and mouthwatering desserts, you can enjoy vitamin-infused juices or fresh fruit smoothies that boost your energy levels while satisfying your hunger.
Take advantage of meals specially created to accommodate vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, indulge in delectable dishes that are low fat or low carb, or give your hospitality staff a heads up on personal requests and they’ll do their very best to ensure your dietary dreams come true.
Nourish Your Mind and Body
Having a top-of-the-line chef catering to your culinary needs is great while you’re on your cruise, but if you’d like to acquire some kitchen skills that will last you long past your last port of call you may want to consider taking a nutrition or cooking class.
Depending on your cruise’s specific offerings, you maybe be able to learn new cooking techniques, brush up on your nutrition knowledge, or both!
Have a Detox Day
Whether you want to start out your cruise with a reset that clears away the “real world” worries or just need some time to sweat out the old and soak in the new, on-board steam rooms and saunas are there to help.
Though each type of therapy operates slightly differently – the high, dry heat of a sauna versus the hot and humid atmosphere of a steam room – both work to soothe sore muscles, clear congestion, and promote a calm, carefree state of mind. Some people believe that saunas and steam rooms also work to rid the body of toxins, which might be good news for passengers looking to cleanse as they cruise.
Exercise Your Right to Try Something New
In addition to state-of-the-art gyms stocked with everything from circuit weights to elliptical trainers, many luxury cruise ships have a full schedule of classes that allow you to continue your normal work out routines or try something new.
Try yoga to help you settle your mind and achieve balance – in more ways than one – or elongate your muscles and tone up with a Pilates class or two. On some ships you may have the option of purchasing a session with a professional fitness trainer who can guide you through a workout, personalize a routine for you that will keep your current routine on track or create a new regimen that fits both your personality and your lifestyle.Put Yourself in Good Hands
Your time spent cruising is also your time to treat yourself to the attention and care you deserve, and one of the best ways to do that is to book a massage. Or six. Massage therapists are trained to manipulate, stretch, and soothe the body’s soft tissues in order to treat a variety of different wellness issues.
A great massage can relieve stress, reduce pain, fight headaches or migraines, ease anxiety or stress, and ease insomnia. Depending on your cruise line and ship, you may have access to add-ons and extras like aromatherapy, hot stone massages, lymphatic massages, or couples sessions that allow you and your loved one to relax and luxuriate side by side.
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