This roundup offers a glimpse of the most popular wellness and 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 that some sell out quickly.
Updated February 6, 2020
Holistic Holiday at Sea
Experts in holistic living and natural health come 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 the Gastineau Channel near Mendenhall Glacier and 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)
WOD on the Waves
The ultimate fitness cruise returns for a second year, transforming Celebrity Infinity into a floating gym.
WOD on the Waves, an unofficial CrossFit cruise, brings all kinds of group workout sessions and educational seminars on training, nutrition and rehab to exercise fanatics on a vacation that fits with their lifestyle. Plus, kick back with theme parties and fun in homeport Miami and two ports of call in the Bahamas. The celebrity lineup includes CrossFit Games athletes and champions, such as Rich Froning, Patrick Vellner, Margaux Alvarez and Chyna Cho, among others. Fares start at $899 per person for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
(See photos from the first WOD on the Waves.)
Dates: April 16 - 20, 2020