Do you think a cruise just isn't active enough for you?
This may be true statement on some cruise lines, but certainly not all. A number of small ships have, as part of their "personality", fun and exciting ways for you to maintain your active lifestyle - ways well beyond the workout room.
You can certainly go for the treadmill or elliptical machine, but check out these options. They may have you rethinking your cruise choices!
Sea Dream - it's yachting, not cruising! An award winning boutique cruise, a Sea Dream experience includes a wide variety of water toys, including wave runners, kayaks, personal sailboats, paddle boards and more that are accessed from the sports platform. When you have had enough of the water check out the mountain bikes or the on board golf simulator with a choice of 30 courses.
UnCruise is truly an "un" cruise - "un-ness that takes you far away from the masses - places where you have "I can't believe I just did that" moments. Kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling and skiff excursions - all on the agenda - in places like Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Galapagos and the Sea of Cortes . Oh, and include yoga in these places too.
Imagine playing in the glorious blue waters of the South Pacific! Paul Gauguin offers plenty of water sports that have you exploring the beauty on and under the water. Scuba excursions start from the water platform, and the fun doesn't stop there. Try out kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing too.
Swimming, sailing, paddle boarding - all available off the back of the ship on a Star Clipper sailing adventure. Star Clipper itineraries for the large part follow the trade winds (it is a sailing adventure after all), and often anchor in small ports and bays with exquisite turquoise waters, exceptional underwater worlds to explore and beautiful white sandy beaches. And if you want to stay dry, try a climb up to the Crow's Nest.
Windstar - swimming, kayaking, sail-boarding, even water skiing from the water sports platform - all complimentary (as they are on the other lines too). With cruises from Alaska to the Asia, the South Pacific and all throughout Europe, Windstar offers a great combination of play and culture.
River cruises have also gotten on board with active options. Bikes are common now on most lines. Avalon and AmaWaterways, though, have taken active to a new level. Avalon has it's Active Discovery cruises with options to hike, bike and canoe. AmaWaterways has Wellness Hosts on their ships and continue to focus on immersive wellness activities including fitness classes and yoga in addition to the fleet of bikes and other active excursions. Oh, and not to forget golf. YES! Even golf outings are available on select cruises.
Plenty of action (or downtime) awaits you on all of these cruises. And while the "play" options may be similar, each cruise line is unique in personality and places they explore - so definitely something for everyone AND that you won't find on a big ship cruise!
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder