Cruise in Control

Do you guys remember two years ago when I went on a cruise for Spring Break?  If you forgot, check out this post and then come back…

Go ahead…I will Wait…

I was out-of-control on the entire cruise.  I made bad choices and ate too much but I did have fun!  So, I asked myself, “Is it possible to stay in control while cruising?”  I think without a doubt the answer is, “Yes!”

Who better to answer that question than someone who knows cruises better than most – a cruise specialist.  When Caroline asked me if she could give some tips on how to stay on plan during a cruise, I thought you guys would love that…especially with Spring Break upon us!  Many of us have cruise vacations coming up in the next few weeks/months.

Without further ado, tips for cruising in control!

Even though you’ve worked hard all year to look awesome in your bathing suit while on your cruise, it’s important to maintain those healthy habits while on board. The good news is there are loads of ways to do it on your next Caribbean vacation or a Hawaii cruise.

When you board the ship and start exploring everything it has to offer, be sure to make the gym one of the first places you visit. Pick up a workout schedule and pre-plan the classes you want to take and the machines that you want to use. The gyms onboard include free weights, weight machines, treadmills and other cardio equipment.

Cruise Fitness Center

While in the gym, it’s always a good idea to take a tour and get a feel for the machines, deciding which ones you’d like to use.

There are so many different classes offered on cruise ships, that there’s sure to be one that you will enjoy. Cruise lines are doing a great job keeping up-to-date on the latest work out trends. Almost all cruise ships offer state-of- the-art indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, boot camp, and muscle pump classes. This is also a great time to try a new class and see if it’s a good fit for you. Here are some examples of what you’ll find at sea:
- Zumba Classes: Many cruise lines offer this popular dancing workout where you can learn some new moves.
- Personal Training: Almost all cruise lines have personal trainers on hand to help you take your work out to the next level.
-TRX Training: While not offered on all cruise lines, there are some that offer this full body suspension workout.
-Kickboxing: Some cruise lines allow you to feel the burn in the boxing ring.

Of course you can mix up your work out by hitting some of the onboard sporting areas. You can reach new heights as you race to the top of the rock climbing wall, or test your speed on the onboard ice skating rinks. Test your balance and hang ten on Royal Caribbean International’s FlowRider®, a surf simulator.

Royal Caribbean Internationals FlowRider

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Norwegian Breakaway offers the largest ropes course at sea, nothing like practicing for a Tough Mudder race without getting muddy! Some cruise ships have basketball courts for you to get your dunk on. For a more relaxing workout, you can challenge your friends to a game of mini-golf. Cruise ships are huge and just walking around can give you a work out, so don’t be lazy, take the stairs whenever possible!

Don’t be shy on the dance floor, dancing burns tons of calories!! Dance your night away and you will be happy the next day when your legs are sore.

Cruises are known for abundance of delicious dinning choices. With some self-control and making healthy choices it is possible to not gain weight and, even lose weight. All cruise lines have multiple dining options which include healthy and fresh food options. Sure the late night ice cream bar may sound delicious, but will you regret it the next day? There are endless amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from, so make yourself a nice fruit salad and, trust me you won’t regret that later!

Fruit Bar

If you don’t see something that you would like to eat or drink, just ask a staff member onboard and I am sure they will do their best to help you!

Just like anything else in life, a cruise vacation does not have to ruin your diet and workout. We all understand that it is hard to pull yourself away from the casino, pool, shows or bar to squeeze in a workout. And sure we all understand how delish a hot gooey piece of chocolate tastes, but remember there are healthy options out there. Plus, don’t forget you’ve worked hard to get that bathing suit body ready for your vacation, so don’t stress if you do eat that chocolate cake or you don’t get a workout in everyday; you are on vacation after all, and you deserve it!


Caroline Thomas works at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation! Follow the company for great deals and the latest cruise news on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Sarah Babb

    I had lost 20lbs last year. I got off track on vacation, and never really got back on. I gained all 20 back, and a couple more to go with it. I have started a new weight loss journey and have actually started blogging about it. Thank you so much for the vacation tips! They are very helpful!

  • Erika

    I agree that it may seem as a challenge
    or struggle to stay “healthy” or “fit” on vacation, especially on a cruise.
    There are the options of unlimited food, a wide variety of food, and the fact
    that everyone is most likely relaxed and stress-free. It seems like the whole
    purpose of a vacation is to be able to let loose and do everything you want,
    including eating. Yet when you are on a cruise ship and the unlimited food
    appears before your eyes there are still ways to be a mindful eater and obtain
    self-control. I completely agree that it is possible to be a competent eater
    while on vacation so that the fear or act of gaining 20 pounds on the cruise
    ship does not happen. If you worked so hard to get that summer body I think its
    worthwhile to learn tips and tricks to be a mindful eater regardless of where
    you are to maintain weight control. One of the biggest tips to become a
    competent eater is to start by recognizing whether you’re hungry before
    you begin eating. If you aren’t hungry, you won’t
    be as interested so it will be harder to stay focused. Besides, if a craving
    doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it (May). Most people eat
    because of boredom or the freedom to eat whatever is there. Yet when one is
    conscious and listens to his/her physiological response rather than their minds
    telling them it becomes easier and allows one to gain a sense of self-control.
    Another tip that is important for people is to Choose foods that will satisfy both your body and your mind. Our society is so obsessed with eating
    right that we sometimes eat things we don’t even like. However, satisfaction
    comes not just from fullness but from enjoying the taste of your food–without
    guilt. Feeling guilty about eating certain foods actually causes more
    overeating, not less (May). Sometimes when there are so many options of food to
    choose from people automatically assume they should eat or try all of the
    foods. Especially on a cruise when the foods are prepaid and unlimited it is
    highly important to be mindful when it comes to eating. That does not at all
    mean restrict yourself from all the foods and diet, it simply means to listen
    to your body, eat when your hungry, it is not necessary to indulge, and plan
    your meals accordingly. Choosing to eat “mindfully,” in other words, giving
    food and eating your full attention, will allow you to have optimal
    satisfaction and enjoyment without eating to excess (May). I find that these
    tips are excellent and highly beneficial. They remind us all that mindful
    eating and exercising even while on vacation is possible and doable for any
    person with just a little consciousness and effort.

    May, Michelle, and M.D..
    “Mindful Eating Strategies.” Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Weight
    Management by Michelle May MD. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2013.

  • Marie Smith

    Vacations are so hard to stick with diets on. I struggle with the OMG I’m on vacation, I can eat whatever I want!!! I’ve just recently started blogging about my weight loss journey as well. Thanks for the tips!

  • samir sadoq

    thanks for the information