There’s an undisputed connection between good health and increased employee productivity, so incorporating wellness in your meeting agenda is smart planning. If you think you don’t have the time or budget to add the fitness factor to your next corporate meeting, incentive travel program, or group event – think again.
Cruise lines are adding new sports facilities, healthier menu options, and fun ways to keep your group healthy and fit during your event at sea – and many of them are free!
Imagine early morning Tai Chi on deck; fitness classes like kickboxing, spinning, Pilates and Zumba; state-of-the-art gyms with the latest weight and cardio equipment (plus inspiring ocean views); a wrap-around jogging track 10 decks high; challenging rock-climbing walls and ropes courses soaring above the sea.
You’ll find all this and more on today’s fitness-conscious ships.
10 easy ways to add fitness & fun to your meetings at sea
1. Best Way to See Europe: Crystal’s Running Excursions
Crystal Cruises added new Site Running Adventure Excursions in Europe. An industry first, these new escorted experiences offer Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity guests invigorating, scenic 5-10k runs through cities like Dubrovnik, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Cork, and Monte Carlo. The running excursions include instructor-led warm ups, guide-narrated sightseeing stops, safety gear, bottled water, juice and power snacks.
2. Laughing is Good for You! Oceania & Regent Wellness Tours
Upscale cruise lines Oceania and Regent Seven Seas now offers healthy-living excursions on Mediterranean voyages. The wellness tours, inspired by Canyon Ranch, include activities such as: a restorative soak at the Thermal Baths of Popes (out of Civitavecchia, Italy); private vinyasa yoga class at a resort in Monte Carlo; and a laughter session, emphasizing the health benefits of laughter, at a farmhouse-hotel in Palamos, Spain
3. Bike or Hike Along the Danube: Uniworld’s “Go Active” Options
Uniworld River Cruises has a fleet of free bicycles for self-guided or escorted group excursions. The line has partnered with upscale tour operator Butterfield & Robinson, whose guides and support crew lead the way. The river cruise biking option is offered on sailings from May to September on both the Danube and Rhone rivers.
4. Zumba at Sea! Ultimate Fun & Fitness Workouts
This wildly popular dance workout is the perfect combo of upbeat fun and fitness, and it’s now available at sea. Celebrity, Norwegian, and Princess Cruises offer high-energy Zumba classes on deck and in the fitness center, and Aqua Zumba is the ultimate pool party workout. Celebrity Cruises even includes a Zumba theme fitness party at least once on every sailing.
5. Holistic Fitness: Canyon Ranch at Sea
Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises. Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers a haven of wellness and rejuvenation with unique treatments gleaned from ports around the world, weight-training and cardio center, and thermal environments. SpaClub also offers fitness assessments, specialized fitness services and personal training.
6. Make a Splash! Water Sports Marinas on Yachts & Sailing Ships
Smaller, premium and luxury cruise lines like Windstar, Seabourn, Crystal Yachts, and SeaDream Yacht Club feature sailing and power yachts with their own retractable water sports marinas. These small platforms unfold from the back of the ship while anchored at sea. Complimentary water toys include kayaks, small sailboats, windsurfers and snorkel gear.
7. Glaciers & Jungles: Active Port Adventures on Regent Ships
Along with built-in fun and fitness onboard their ships, cruise lines also offer optional shore excursions for active and adventure-packed activities while in port. Regent Seven Seas is the only cruise line that includes complimentary excursions in every port of call, in all destinations. For example:
- Experience Alaska’s pristine beauty and views of the Mendenhall Glacier during a glacier view kayaking adventure.
- A high-adrenaline ATV adventure takes you on a trek through the Cozumel jungle to the ancient holy grounds where local Mayan Indians dwelled over a thousand years ago.
- Explore the scenic countryside, coastal beauty and charming village life in Greece during a mountain bike expedition through Corfu.
8. Ride a Bike Over the Ocean: SkyRide on New Carnival Ships
SkyRide is a bit like riding a bike – but also completely unlike riding a bike, because when was the last time you biked around a ship, high above the deck and even higher above the ocean? Zip safely around a two-lane suspended course 150 feet above sea level in a pedal-powered fitness machine (pictured on top of this post) for the ultimate adrenaline rush – and the greatest view.
9. Take Team-Building to New Heights: Norwegian Ropes Course at Sea
Norwegian Escape features the largest ropes course at sea, a three-story multiplex of heart-pounding challenges complete with two planks and five Sky Rails, zip tracks that allow guests to soar through the air. Challenge your attendees to conquer some of the 99 rope course elements.
10. Join the Circus: SeaPlex on Royal Caribbean Quantum Class Ships
The largest indoor active space at sea debuted on Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Quantum of the Seas. Roller skating, basketball, bumper cars, a circus school – it’s the first time you’ll ever play like this on a cruise!
The easiest way to add fun and fitness to your next corporate event
Meet on a cruise ship for built-in fitness and fun – on land and at sea! Give us a call at 305-661-1880 or request a group or charter quote. Wondering what it would be like to sail with your group on a “ship of your own”? Be sure to check out Landry & Kling’s dedicated charter website shipcharters.com.