Cruises that won't pile on the kilos

Healthy on-board dining options and an amazing range of activities which can see you returning to shore in fantastic shape.

Cruising has never been more popular and it’s an amazingly laidback way to travel.

But the range of mouthwatering food and relaxed atmosphere on board can easily lead to an unpleasant surprise on the scales when you get home.

However, if you choose the right cruise, make healthy food choices and stay active, you can return from your holiday looking as fabulous as ever. 

Wellness cruises

If you don’t have enough willpower to keep yourself on the straight and narrow, add a little professional guidance by signing up for a dedicated wellness cruise. 

Silversea is offering six wellness expedition voyages in 2016 that include yoga, stretching and Pilates classes both on-board and ashore, aqua-gym classes in the ship’s swimming pool, healthy menus, cooking demonstrations and spa treatments. 

The itineraries, ranging from 11 to 17 days, include Japan, Palau to Cairns, Phuket to the Maldives and the Maldives to Tanzania. 

Find a new (active) hobby

Always wanted to try an adrenalin-pumping activity such as surfing or body-boarding? 

Give them both a go aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas or her sister ship Explorer of the Seas. 

Each ship features a FlowRider surf simulator as well as a 12-metre-high rock-climbing wall.  You can also hit the ships’ top-deck jogging tracks for an early morning heart-starter.  This morning run, shuffle or walk will come with stunning views if the ship is arriving into a new port.  
lady doing rock climbing

Ditch the buffet

Most cruise ships offer a la carte dining options, which help limit the urge to over-indulge.  

P&O’s Waterfront restaurant offers breakfast and dinner daily, and lunch most days. Opt for low-kilojoule choices such as tuna, chickpea and cherry tomato salad or the steamed ocean trout.  Add extra sides of green vegetables or go straight to the dessert menu, which includes fresh fruit. 

On Celebrity Cruises ships such as Celebrity Solstice, the main dining room menu uses a heart icon to indicate heart-healthy options with no added fat or salt. A diamond symbol indicates desserts with no added sugar. 

Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess and Sun Princess both feature specialty Japanese restaurant Kai Sushi (with nominal a la carte pricing). Sit at the counter and watch chefs dice and slice fresh sashimi, and roll and fold the best sushi you can eat at sea – knowing these low-kilojoule dishes are good for your waistline. 

Dance up a storm 

Limber up for a dedicated Zumba cruise (the dance fitness program is performed to Latin American music). On January 25, 2016, Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas will head out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Zumba’s creator, Colombian Beto Perez, and 130 top instructors on board for a five-day dance fest. Between classes, the ship visits the Caribbean island of Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti for Zumba’s ‘private island experience’.
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