This roundup offers a glimpse of the most popular Wellness & Fitness theme cruises. The sailings are only a few of the many options available to fitness enthusiasts; they are not intended to serve as a comprehensive schedule. Be sure to check each theme cruise's website for updates, and bear in mind some sell out fast.
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Updated June 5, 2019
Weight Watchers Cruise
Grab your sneakers and swimsuits. Weight Watchers is gearing up for its next official cruise, which will take place in the Mediterranean this summer. For seven nights onboard MSC Cruises' newest ship, MSC Seaview, passengers can enjoy a series of lectures, classes, cooking demonstrations and social events led by Weight Watchers experts as well as meals with SmartPoints values noted. Don't worry; there will be plenty of opportunities to soak up the culture and sunshine in port as the ship makes its way through Spain, Italy and France. Fares start at $1,495 per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
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Dates: July 20 - 27, 2019
Ecoventure Yoga Cruise
Choose between two departures for a luxury yoga cruise led by master instructor Carolina Larrea, an expert in mindfulness meditation, pranayama breathing and Vinyasa Yoga. Both cruises, held onboard Ecoventure's 20-passenger Origin yacht -- a member of the Relais & Chateaux collection -- will explore the Galapagos Islands in November 2019.
Passengers onboard will be able to enjoy a variety of themed activities, morning and evening yoga sessions and healthy dining experiences including vegan and vegetarian options incorporating locally-sourced, plant-based ingredients. Fares start at $7,850 per person, and a five percent discount is available for cruisers who go on both back-to-back itineraries.
Dates: November 3-10 and 10-17, 2019
No Body Shame at Sea
Join reality TV star Whitney Way Thore from TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" series aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas for the fourth annual body positivity cruise with activities for people of all sizes and mobility levels.
Planned onboard sessions empower guests dealing with PCOS and recovering from addiction, while special classes also will be offered for those with mobility issues. Castmembers from Thore's show will attend and participate in panels and activities as the ship visits St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, on the seven-night journey.
Fares start at $1,436 per person. An optional pre-cruise hotel stay at the Hilton Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale also is available; rooms have been blocked for passengers starting on November 6.
Dates: November 10-17, 2019
Holistic Holiday at Sea
Experts in holistic living and natural health join together for the 17th annual Holistic Holiday at Sea. Among the guest presenters onboard will be holistic and alternative health experts Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, an award-winning physician, author, former Army surgeon and Olympic rowing champion who has been featured on CNN; Brenda Davis, RD, a registered dietitian, author and Vegetarian Hall of Famer; and Michael Greger, M.D., a physician, New York Times bestselling author and founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
For seven nights roundtrip from Miami, the ship -- MSC Divina -- will set the stage for a variety of lectures, cooking classes and vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic cuisine. The itinerary includes two days in San Juan, as well as stops in St. Maarten and St. John's. Fares start at $1,399 per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
Dates: February 21 - 28, 2020
Trade in the treadmill for natural running tracks in Alaska or the Caribbean.
The Great Alaskan Running Cruise, as featured in Runner's World Magazine, will take runners (and walkers) next summer on the trails of Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan as well as a Scavenger Hunt Amazing Race in Skagway. Standout routes include along the Gastineau Channel near Mendenhall Glacier and through the Tongass National Forest. Runners also can relax and rejuvenate while the ship sails through scenic Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point. The cruise will take place on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. Fares start at $2,168 per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
For those who prefer running in warmer climates, fitness tour operator Marathon Expeditions is hosting the Caribbean Running Cruise in the winter. Highlights of this option include a 5K or 10K run/walk in St. Maarten and St. Thomas, exclusive beach parties and an early morning workout on the top deck of the ship, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. Fares start at $1,857 per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
Dates: February 16 - 23, 2020 (Caribbean Running Cruise) and July 16 - 24, 2020 (The Great Alaskan Running Cruise)