13 Fittest Cruise Ships
13 Fittest Cruise Ships
The newest ship in MSC’s fleet, the Preziosa makes toasting vacation calories easy with a fitness center where, among the latest and greatest equipment, you can find yoga and toning classes, aerobics and stretching. Or hit the great outdoors on the jogging track and tennis and volleyball courts. Other sports venues include bowling, golf simulator, table tennis and shuffleboard.
Best For: Traditionalists
From $219; msccruiseusa.com
Engage that competitive side with the Fascinosa’s numerous sport options, including volleyball and basketball matches, even soccer games in what they call “full Italian style.” Or should you prefer to sweat without the pressure, you can meet for a morning walk or sign up for a variety of fitness classes, including step, Muscular Wake-up, aquagym, aerobics and stretching.
Best For: Team Players
From $392; costacruise.com
Always been a fan of Canyon Ranch, the legendary destination health spa? Even if not, you will be after cruising on the Voyager where you’ll find a spa, fitness and wellness facility operated by Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Canyon Ranch’s fitness experts lead exercise classes like Pilates, yoga and aerobics and offer personal training sessions. And when you need to fuel up, hit the Compass Rose, which serves uber-healthy Canyon Ranch SpaClub cuisine during lunch and dinner.
Best For: Wellness-Minded
From $5,299; rssc.com
It doesn’t get much better than Cunard, especially when you consider their fitness offerings. On the Queen Victoria, the fitness center offers branded fitness programs like the Pilates Institute at Sea, Gravity (an instructor-led program using a glide board and body weight), Yo’Fit, Multitrax Indoor Cycling, Push and Lift (for resistance training) and Zumba. You can also find more traditional classes, all free, like aerobics, step and conditioning workouts. To enhance your wellbeing, check out the spa’s guided meditation program.
Best For: Well-Rounded Exercisers
From $549; cunard.com
The fitness amenities onboard the Princess are indeed royal (and it has nothing to do with the fact that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is its godmother). For starters, the standard jogging track has gotten an upgrade with outdoor exercise stations, letting you build strength al fresco. There’s also a top-notch fitness center that goes one step further with the addition of a private aerobics studio, featuring innovative classes like TRX, MyRide (indoor cycling workouts that put you in scenic landscapes around the world), Body Sculpt Boot Camp and Chi Ball Yoga where you use an aromatherapy-scented ball. Or head to Princess Sports Central where you can play basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, even spend time in the batting cage or on the driving range. In the mood for bocce, croquet, lawn bowling, Ping Pong or virtual gaming with Kinect? It’s all there, too.
Best For: Fitness Buffs/Trend Setters
From $549; princess.com
Disney’s not just for kids—it’s also for fitness buffs. Walking/jogging track aside, you’ll love Goofy’s Sports Deck where you can find a full-court basketball, which can be transformed into a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court. If you can’t find teammates, Goofy’s got you covered with two digital sports simulators that let you compete in hockey, soccer, basketball, rugby, baseball and football. Or head into the fitness center where you’ll find all the standards, plus free yoga, Pilates, aerobics, stretching and spinning classes. The bonus? During the port call at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, you can do sunrise yoga and a morning 5K run around the island.
Best For: Sports Nuts
From $1,225; disneycruise.disney.go.com
How does a morning stretch, abs class or tai chi sound? Enjoy those for no charge, or for a slight fee, sign up for yoga, Pilates, body sculpt boot camp or a personal training session. You can also get educated about health by attending free seminars that might reveal secrets to a flatter stomach, how to increase your metabolism, or detoxing for health and weight loss.
Best For: Health Seekers
From $499; hollandamerica.com
Crystal Serenity takes its fitness seriously with two full-sized paddle tennis courts, extra wide 360-degree promenade decks for walkers and joggers (you can even use the ship’s Nordic walking poles and Walk-on-Water weighted vests), and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Complimentary Tour de Cycle spinning, Pilates Reformer and dance classes round out the offerings.
Best For: Casual Exercisers
From $1,950; crystalcruises.com
Go big to sweat big, right? That’s apparently the motto behind this 5,400-guest monster where you can sweat off those calories just walking what was once the biggest ship on the sea (until its sister ship, the Allure of the Seas, usurped it). You won’t want to miss the Pool and Sports Zone where you’ll find a sports court for volleyball and basketball, miniature golf, zipline and two FlowRider surfing simulators. Best part, besides the supersized fitness center with its Omega Kinesis wall and fitness classes like kickboxing, spinning, Pilates and yoga? The unbelievably long jogging track (for a cruise ship, that is) where one lap equals almost half a mile.
Best For: Outdoor Adventurers
From $349; royalcaribbean.com
Carnival’s newest fun ship features the SportSquare, an outdoor rec center with suspended ropes course; jogging track; and Ping-Pong, pool and football tables. A fitness center also offers a plethora of cardio equipment and weights; floor-to-ceiling windows let you get lost in the views as you sweat.
Best For: Diehard Gym Rats
From $324; carnival.com
Zumba fans, take note: Celebrity recently partnered with Zumba Fitness, so, along with having access to regular Zumba classes, you can now take advantage of specialty ones, like AquaZumba, Zumbatomic and Zumba Gold. A licensed Zumba instructor leads the classes. Love cycling? Then hop into a Flywheel class. Or if you prefer the more traditional route, head into the extensive fitness center or book a personal training session.
Best For: Fitness Class Groupies
From $699; celebritycruises.com
It’s all about balance when you board the Sojourn, which features the Motion Studio and its double set of Kinesis Wall units. (Not familiar with Kinesis? It’s a system of cables and pulleys that give you uniform, balanced resistance, boosting the efficiency and efficacy of your workouts.) Of course, you can also find a full-service fitness center, but standouts here include free yoga, Pilates and Ki-Bo classes.
Best For: Holistic at Heart
From $2,499; seabourn.com
This ship literally takes fitness to new heights. The top deck boasts the first Aqua Park at sea (with five full-sized water slides, no less) and a three-story sports complex where you can go rock climbing or bungee trampolining, play basketball or try the largest ropes course at sea with more than 40 different elements to test your fitness. For the icing on the cake, a nationally branded indoor cycling class Flywheel is opening a high-tech cycling studio on board.
Best For: Thrill-Seekers
From $749; breakaway.ncl.com