Lose while you cruise? Princess Cruises is out to prove it's possible: The line has announced that its 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess will appear in an upcoming episode of NBC's "The Biggest Loser."
With this partnership, Princess taps into two trends -- promoting healthier lifestyles onboard and casting cruise ships on television shows. It's no secret that over the past few years, lighter fare and forward-thinking fitness options have become standard on most mainstream ships. Celebrity, for example, boasts a Spa Cafe, and cruisers can break a sweat with Royal Caribbean in Freedom of the Seas' onboard boxing ring.
But cameos by cruise ships have only recently taken over the small screen -- at least since the days of "The Love Boat" (which, ironically, starred Princess vessels!). In the past two years, "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "Good Morning America" filmed onboard NCL's Pride of America and Norwegian Jewel respectively, and Norwegian Dawn appeared in an episode of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."
In a nutshell, "The Biggest Loser" is a primetime reality series in which teams of contestants compete over seven months for the title of "biggest loser" via exercise and healthy eating. The episode filmed aboard Sapphire Princess is focused around teaching contestants how to maintain their diet and workout programs in the face of buffets, lounge chairs and other vacation temptations. Expect to see folks utilizing the Lotus Spa gym, pools and running track, and honing in on the healthiest options available at various restaurants.
We want to know: Will they brave the oft-indulgent multi-course meal at Sabatini's? Set your TiVo or tune in on October 4 at 9 p.m. EST to find out. (Note: The footage was filmed during a Pacific coastal cruise this past spring.)
--by Melissa Baldwin, Associate Editor
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