Whether you like to kick back on a beach or immerse yourself in another culture, travel is a time to step out of the everyday. But thanks to a new trend in tourism, that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your wellness routine entirely.
From a fully-dedicated, fit-focused fleet to a fresh focus on healthy amenities, cruise ships are taking note that a growing number of travelers are looking for ways to stay healthy and active while seeing the world.
Not your ordinary ship
A brand new cruise line is gearing up to set sail during the summer of 2019. It’s called Blue World Voyages, and it’s the world’s first cruise line that caters to those committed to a healthy, active lifestyle.
Their destinations are carefully curated, too. To qualify, the locale has to have opportunities for great hiking and cycling, water sports, and world-class golf, as well as unique cultural and educational opportunities. To maintain the experience, the voyages max out at 350 passengers. This means that Blue World ships can bypass the tourist traps and explore smaller ports. First up on the list of voyages? Cuba, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, and the Mediterranean.
Wondering what we mean by that? Well, the ship will be decked out (pun intended) with a world-class functional training and strength conditioning facility as well as a nationally-recognized sports medicine clinic. It’ll host a full line-up of classes for all levels and all interests. So whether you’re looking for sunrise yoga or intense cycling and TRX, they’ve got you covered. If classes aren’t quite your jam, you can zone out and sweat in the batting cages, the sea-water lap pool, or one of the hi-def sports simulators. And when it’s time to wind down, you can chill in the luxury spa, which happens to be the largest per passenger spa space of any cruise line.
As for food, the focus is on healthy, fresh, and locally-sourced meals. Because you don’t really want to fuel all that active adventure with all-you-can eat pizza, do you? And we know what you’re thinking, so don’t worry — your beverage choices aren’t confined to green juice and smoothies. This is vacation, after all. Blue World boasts an extensive food-pairing wine lounge, and plenty of healthy(ier) cocktails so you can toast your day in a better way.
Detox and retox
Even some mainstream lines are jumping on the wellness bandwagon and introducing amenities designed for their health-minded traveler. For example, Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages recently announced its on-board wellness initiative. The cleverly named Vitamin Sea features a series of active spaces, like the B Complex (we like your style, Virgin), which includes Burn, Build, Balance, and Bike rooms, so you can sweat however your heart desires. And their athletic club isn’t just any old gym — it features high-end equipment, boxing classes, a full basketball court, and, of course, a cold-pressed juice bar. When it comes time to cool down, travelers can check out the Redemption Spa or take a dip in the Well-Being Pool. It just so happens to be adjacent to the Gym & Tonic Bar. Because #balance.
Celebrity Cruises gets your game, too. Without sacrificing their big crowds and celebratory vibes, their Equinox line features amped-up fitness centers, legit classes, and Canyon Ranch spa services.
And if you’re looking to hone in on a specific fitness preference, keep an eye out for cruises catering to your type, like Mariner of the Seas’ WOD on the Waves, for example. This all-in CrossFit cruise sets sail in uncharted waters this January.
Healthy travel is trending up. And perhaps the best part of it all is that while you’re breaking out of your everyday to experience new people and places, you can also take advantage of the impressive opportunities on board to shake up your fitness routine. Because real adventure happens outside of your comfort zone, right?