There’s probably no harder time to keep to your New Year’s resolutions than when on holiday. It’s so easy to put your goals aside and let your hair down but sometimes that can mean breaking newly formed habits and failing to pick them up again. Whilst on a cruise, there’s no need to worry about falling off the wagon - you can easily keep the carefree attitude and easily stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Here are four popular resolutions you can keep to on your cruise:
If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit then a cruise is a great option. On board most cruise ships, you’ll find a state of the art gym as well as wellbeing facilities, running tracks, swimming pools and much more. Alongside exploring port towns and cities on foot or by bike, you can spend mornings, evenings and sea days embracing the on board fitness facilities in order to reach your goals. Who said a cruise had to be all about indulgence?
“It used to take quite a bit of your own initiative to make sure you kept up with a fitness regimen,” explained John from In The Loop Travel. “It was not too long ago that ships offered just the most basic fitness programs and equipment. Now, health and wellness have become more of a focus, especially on the big ships that feature large gyms and modern equipment. Many river cruise lines (like Emerald Cruises, for example) also offer wellness programmes and fitness classes.
“I work out regularly, so I aim to stay on track while I cruise too, mainly so I can enjoy all the great food on offer. A cruise can also be a good opportunity to learn a new routine and try something that you normally don’t get to do at home. I’ve enjoyed yoga, Pilates and water aerobics classes while on cruises.”
“A cruise offers lots of great ways to keep your New Year’s fitness resolution going or even start a new one,” Margaret from Mouse Fan Margaret told us. “Today’s cruise ships feature state of the art fitness facilities that include the latest in cardio and strength training machines. Additionally, those fitness areas are usually staffed by trained, certified fitness professionals that are there to help you reach your fitness goals during your cruise.
“On most cruises, these trainers offer both group and individual training sessions and classes. You’ll find everything from cycling and yoga to hardcore fitness boot camps on many ships (doesn’t early morning yoga out on the deck during sunrise sound amazing!?)
“Of course, don’t forget about the most popular form of fitness - good old walking. Most ships will have a deck where you can walk (or run) in a complete circuit. Look for posted signs or ask a crew member how many laps make up a mile and get those steps in.”
Margaret also recommends taking part in active shore excursions, “Most ports of call will offer excursions that include walking, hiking or biking. Last autumn, we did an excursion in the Virgin Islands that included a hike through the jungle up to the highest point on the island and back down again. After the hike, we went to a beach to relax for a couple of hours. Not only did we get a great workout but it was an amazing way to experience the island.”
On holiday, it’s only natural to want to overindulge, especially on a cruise where plenty of your meals are prepaid, limitless and irresistibly good. However, if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, there are plenty of options available to you on a cruise ship. With lots of dining options and venues, there are plenty of healthy dishes to choose from to keep your taste buds happy.
Staff on board are well trained in being able to adjust meals to your dietary preferences, so if you are trying to cut out a particular ingredient or food type, they will be more than happy to accommodate. Alternatively, if there is nothing on the menu that takes your fancy, you can always ask if they can make something especially for you.
“Keeping New Year’s resolutions, like eating healthily, might seem difficult when cruising,” said Ilana from Life Well Cruised. “However, with the variety of great food options on today’s cruise ships, and ample opportunities to exercise, cruising in a healthy way is possible.
“Whether in the Main Dining Room or in the buffet, you’ll be able to find delicious food options that are healthy. From fresh fruits available for breakfast and throughout the day, to lower calorie options for desserts or snacks, cruise lines are offering up more nutritious choices. To make it less likely to overeat, I try not to eat the bread before the meal and may ask for extra vegetables as a side dish, instead of pasta or rice. We all have our preferences, so make the choices that feel best for you.”
Spending more time with family
What better way to spend more time with family than on a family holiday? With our range of family cruises, there’s plenty to entertain everyone, old or young. On board, you can take classes together, go off on adventures and dine as a family. Cruise ships are now laden with some amazing new facilities, with some of the newest cruise ships offering mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, waterparks, laser tag and so much more. All great opportunities for families to get a little competitive and spend some quality time together.
Onshore, you can explore brand new places together. Whether you opt for a shore excursion or you choose to explore on your own, there’s plenty to be gained from travelling together. Not only can you teach your younger children about the world but you can also let older children plan the days. Before you leave for your cruise, give them one port where they can decide the itinerary. Get them to look up activities on Google and then wait and see what the day has in store for you.
And, if you do ever feel like some quiet time, there are many kids clubs on offer that your little ones can go and make new memories that they can tell you about over dinner that night.
Jetting off can add up. Booking flights, adding luggage, organising airport transfers, booking hotel rooms, paying for food, drinks, activities and more. Cruising takes all of those extra costs away and for one set price, you can put your credit card away and enjoy the full holiday. Of course, if you want to pay for a few extras like shore excursions or fine dining, you can.
We chatted to Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, she told us: “There are definitely ways to go on a cruise vacation for cheap. Some ways may include choosing a cruise that departs from a location near you meaning you won’t have to pay for airfare and you may just be able to drive to the cruise terminal.
“Another way is to find cruise deals. Quite often, you’ll be able to book a more affordable cruise by being more flexible. If you are able to wait to book a cruise, you may be able to save more money as cruises tend to lower their prices at the last minute. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to make it even cheaper - if you eat all of your meals aboard, then you probably won’t pay much for food as this is usually included in your cruise package.”