5 of the Best Healthy Cruises

Re-think an excursion out at sea by trying a health-focused trip.

The pool deck on the Seabourn Odyssey Cruise.

The pool deck on the Seabourn Odyssey cruise ship.

Cruises have a long held reputation of being an exceptionally indulgent vacation that leaves you with more than just a tan post-trip thanks to the endless buffet tables and gourmet cuisine available at every turn. The good news is more and more cruises are catering to a health-conscious customer. Here are 5 healthy cruises you’ll want to check out.

1. Seabourn
The experience: On board this luxurious, yet intimate ship, you’ll find tons of activities to stay in shape, including a well-equipped fitness centre, complimentary yoga and Pilates classes, not to mention Marina Day where you can participate in watersports right off the back of the ship. Top it off with a trip to the spa!

2. Holistic Holiday at Sea
The experience: Perfect for those who want to completely immerse themselves in healthy living, you’ll be served non-dairy, vegan cuisine, including sugar and dairy-free desserts. You’ll be able to replicate the meals at home thanks to the wide range of cooking classes available daily. After a dip in the pool or yoga class, be sure to schedule in some pampering at their 18,000 square-foot spa.

The Crystal Symphony ship.

The Crystal Symphony ship.

3. Crystal Cruises
The experience: Luxurious accommodations are just the start. Healthy dining options are at every turn, with low-carb menu items and trans-fat free dishes. Burning off last night’s dessert isn’t a problem either. You’ll find a spacious state-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga, spinning classes and an exclusive Walk-on-Water program where you can enjoy the scenery while staying in shape.

4. Oceania Cruises
The experience: Described as “country-club casual,” the passenger count maxes out at 687, allowing for a less frantic atmosphere. Despite the size the ship comes with daily entertainment, guest lecturers and the highlight — the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub where you can indulge in body and spa treatments, fitness classes and healthy cuisine, also found on the ship’s regular menu.

Nutritious food options aboard Celebrity Cruise ships.

Nutritious food options aboard Celebrity Cruise ships.

5. Celebrity Cruises
The experience: You’ll never be bored sailing on a Celebrity Cruise. There are tons of healthy activities to participate in, including Zumba and yoga classes, bootcamp and spin. Rejuvenate post-workout at the spa, where you’ll find signature treatments like massage and facials, as well as body therapies and acupuncture. When it comes to meal time, Celebrity has expanded their range of healthy options, so you can be sure to find nutritious meals at every restaurant.