Healthy attendees are happy attendees
The connection between good health and increased employee productivity is undisputed, so incorporating wellness options in your next meeting or corporate event is smart planning. Recent studies show that business travelers who work out while on the road can improve their reaction and alertness up to 61%. A little heart-pumping exercise – especially in the fresh air – greatly reduces stress and ensures a great night’s sleep.
Now you might think you don’t have the time or budget to add the fitness factor to your next meeting, incentive, or group event – but think again. Cruise lines are adding new sports facilities, healthier menu options, and innovative ways to keep your group healthy and fit during your event at sea.
No matter what their interest, age or fitness level, cruise ships offer onboard activities to keep everyone in your group healthy and happy. Imagine early morning Tai Chi classes on deck; fitness classes like kickboxing, spinning, Pilates and yoga; state-of-the-art gyms with the latest weight and cardio equipment; wrap-around jogging tracks; challenging rock-climbing and rappelling walls with inspiring ocean views; and ropes courses soaring above the sea. You’ll find all this and more on today’s health-conscious ships. While a few specialty fitness classes have a nominal charge, gyms, sports decks, and most of these activities are complimentary.
12 awesome ways to stay fit during your cruise event:
1. Norwegian “Freestyle Fight Klub”
Available on Norwegian Cruise Line‘s newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, Fight Klub combines Nexersys training with a cardio boxing class. These high-intensity boxing classes draw from traditional boxing training, and pack a serious punch! Master any skill from jabbing, punching, ducking and diving. Classes are delivered by experienced coaches in a dynamic group fitness setting.
2. Black Light Spinning
Also on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway: the first-ever “Black Light Spinning” class at sea. Guests will jump on their spinning bike and pedal away to the hottest music in a room lit entirely by black lights and neon graffiti art – giving them a heart-pumping adrenaline rush.
3. Taking Fitness to New Heights
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway boast a three-story outdoor sports complex with mini golf, rock climbing, basketball, bungee trampoline, and the largest ropes course at sea. For a fun, adrenaline-charged team building event, challenge your attendees to conquer a few of the 40 rope course elements.
Carnival Cruise Lines‘ outdoor SportSquare (available on new ships) includes a ropes course, basketball court (which can also be used for soccer and volleyball), and a mini-golf course. With pool, foosball and ping-pong tables, exercise bikes, elliptical machines, weight lifting equipment and punching bags, and this space is an action lover’s dream come true.
4. Zip Line in the Middle of the Ocean
Here’s a thrill you will only find on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, as well as new Quantum-class ships: A zip line in the middle of the ocean! Your attendees will experience a spine-tingling rush as they race 82 feet across the Boardwalk, suspended nine decks in the air.
5. FlowRider Surfing – Miles from Land
Royal Caribbean also gives you the chance to catch a wave right onboard. Participants can grab a board and hang ten on a 40-foot-long surf simulator, or cheer on their friends and colleagues from stadium seating with prime wipeout views. For a nominal fee, private lessons can be arranged for groups.
6. SeaPlex -Bumper Cars, Circus School and more
The largest indoor active space at sea will soon debut on Royal Caribbean’s groundbeaking 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 if 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 Royal Caribbean Freedom-class, Voyager-class, Oasis-class and new Quantum-class ships.
Any Zumba fans in your group? Celebrity Cruises recently partnered with Zumba Fitness, so, along with having access to regular Zumba classes, guests can now take advantage of specialty ones, like AquaZumba, Zumbatomic and Zumba Gold. A licensed Zumba instructor leads the classes.
9. Canyon Ranch SpaClub 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. In addition to spa and fitness classes, 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. Golf at Sea
Golfers on board? On any Crystal Cruises voyage anywhere in the world, golf enthusiasts may wish to take advantage of the golf driving ranges and putting greens found aboard each ship. Featuring TaylorMade – the best performance golf equipment in the world. Crystal’s comprehensive golf program features right and left handed clubs available for both men and women, as well as golf clinics, instruction by PGA golf pros, a putting green, practice cage, and golf driving ranges aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
12. 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:
In Alaska: Experience the pristine beauty of North Douglas Island and views of the Mendenhall Glacier during a glacier view kayaking adventure.
In Cozumel: Jungle ATV Adventure – 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.
In Grand Cayman: Snorkel and wade among friendly stingrays in the pristine waters of this Western Caribbean island.
Mediterranean: Explore the scenic countryside, coastal beauty and charming village life in Greece during a mountain bike expedition through Corfu.
Your Bonus Benefit of a Meeting at Sea
So now you know…If you want to keep your attendees healthy, alert and happy, book a cruise for your next meeting or event. Oh, here’s an extra bonus: built-in fitness options will simply your planning time and save you money!