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.

Norwegian Escape Rope Course

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.

Here are 12 fun way your attendees can stay fit during a cruise event

1. Crystal’s New 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. Outdoor Fitness Garden on Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony now has a multi-level, outdoor “garden” of fitness, using more than a dozen glass-blasted, stainless steel pieces of equipment from Norwell Outdoor Fitness. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level exercisers can work at their own pace with the high-tech amenities, including a 25-minute, self-guided “Movement Journey” – a curated circuit training regimen, complete with warm-up and cool-down phases.

3. New Bike Tours on EUROPA 2

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has created new shore experiences during voyages on the “World’s Best” cruise ship, EUROPA 2: mountain bike excursions with a dedicated bike guide. Cyclists can explore select ports in the company of a guide while using the ship’s own new mountain bikes. Beginners can enjoy the scenery and take in points of interest during a leisurely ride on a flat route, while experienced cyclists can take part in challenging rides over uneven terrain that frequently includes hills and inclines.

4. Taking fitness to new heights 

While many contemporary ships offer sports decks, Norwegian Escape will feature 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. Norwegian Escape’s Aqua Park will also be the largest at sea. For a fun, adrenaline-charged team building event, challenge your attendees to conquer over some of the 99 rope course elements.

5. Soaring Zip line on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

Here’s a thrill you won’t find on any other cruise line: a spine-tingling rush as you race 82 feet across the Oasis class’ Boardwalk, suspended nine decks in the air.

6. SeaPlex on Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

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!

7. Ice skating on Royal Caribbean ships

When the professionals aren’t practicing or putting on one of their remarkable shows in Royal Caribbean’s Studio B, the ice skating rink is open to onboard guests. There’s no charge to use the rink, and all levels of skating are welcome – Royal Caribbean even provides the skates! You’ll find Studio B on Freedom-class, Voyager-class, Oasis-class and new Quantum-class ships.

8. Zumba!  

Any Zumba fans in your group? The 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.

9. Canyon Ranch at Sea

Choose from endless possibilities for relaxation and healthy living with Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises. Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers a haven of wellness and rejuvenation with massage, body and skin care treatment rooms, weight-training and cardio center, and thermal environments. The wellness lifestyle experts at Canyon Ranch have developed healthy menus and unique treatments gleaned from ports around the world.  SpaClub also offers fitness assessments, specialized fitness services and personal training.

10. Water Sports Marinas

Smaller cruise lines like Windstar 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 including kayaks, small sailboats, windsurfers and snorkel gear are available for guest use.

11.  Active Port Adventures

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:

  • Alaska: Experience the pristine beauty of North Douglas Island and views of the Mendenhall Glacier during a glacier view kayaking adventure.
  • Cozumel: A unique, 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.
  • Mediterranean: Explore the scenic countryside, coastal beauty and charming village life in Greece during a mountain bike expedition through Corfu.

12.  The Spinning Studio

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas features a studio for FlyWheel, the part-spinning, part-weight training sensation that has swept into fitness centers across the United States. While your cyclists spin to compete against one another, a giant TV screen at the front of the studio displays the in-class leaderboard.

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 new website