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2019 Cruisers' Choice Awards

Get to know the best cruise ships in a variety of categories, based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Viking Orion

1 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Therapy pool and snow room were fun and unique experiences. Gym was clean, spacious and had plenty of equipment."

Member Review: Lovecriusing


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Viking Orion Cruise Reviews (146)

Zhao Shang Yi Dun (Viking Sun)

2 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Highly recommend the pool area in the fitness center to relax tired muscles after a good tour day, followed by a good book and 'refreshments' in the glass enclosed forward observation lounge."

Member Review: JFC0345

Viking Sea

3 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"I utilized the fitness facility almost daily and enjoyed the clean and functional equipment."

Member Review: reynoldk

Viking Star

4 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"My partner used the fitness center facilities daily, and I got out onto the promenade deck to engage in Nordic Walking almost daily, while being able to observe the waterfront environment from this sheltered vantage point."

Member Review: Henriette van Hees

Viking Sky

5 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The spa was great and enjoyed the sauna and ice room, and the fitness facility was very good. It was nice sitting around the pool and walking around the ship."

Member Review: jodan1213

Allure of the Seas

6 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Photo by Cruise Critic member skeeterpoo1

"Hit the steam room in the spa every day as well as an amazing massage and fitness consultation. There is plenty to do onboard as well as in port."

Member Review: Miriamd123

Harmony of the Seas

7 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"From the child size climbing wall and splash pad, to the Abyss dry slide and zipline, we kept our days full of excitement."

Member Review: lynchau1

Symphony of the Seas

8 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Very nice gym and outdoor track."

Member Review: cruisebrotha06

Celebrity Equinox

9 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"What's your favourite part about cruising? Ours are sea days! We love just waking up, going to the gym, getting room service on our balcony and watching the early morning waves."

Member Review: PTCruiser77

Seven Seas Explorer

10 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We enjoyed using the gym and infinity pool in Canyon Ranch."

Member Review: jkuester87

Liberty of the Seas

11 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Aside from the pools and 'fun' fitness activities, the fitness room was pretty well equipped."

Member Review: injenn00

Oasis of the Seas

12 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We really enjoyed the walking track - so much that we didn’t even use the fitness center."

Member Review: Homie1976

Celebrity Eclipse

13 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The fitness centre was as good as any I've seen at home. I highly recommend this ship and Celebrity."

Member Review: CalgaryJill

Crystal Symphony

14 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Kudos to the Fitness Instructors as these two on board were terrific. They both seemed very knowledgeable and had a great rapport with the guests. The Fitness Center is well maintained and makes good use of the space they have to work with."

Member Review: Keith1010

Freedom of the Seas

15 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Vladimir Lashmanov1

"The ship provided ample shopping, a casino, several jacuzzis, swimming pools, sports activities such as rock climbing, golfing, volleyball, and surfing…So if you are looking for an adventure that is memorable and enjoyable, I would highly recommend taking a Royal Caribbean Cruise!"

Member Review: melicast

Explorer of the Seas

16 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The gym was fantastic with a great view from the front of the ship and had one of the most amazing jacuzzis I've seen, and I really loved the sauna and steam room."

Member Review: Bloomin Onion

Wind Surf

17 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We utilized the well appointed gym most days."

Member Review: Ann513

Carnival Dream

18 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We loved the spa so much! It was truly relaxing, the Thalassotherpy pool especially."

Member Review: majimama811

Coral Princess

19 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Our favorite ship activities included Zumba, line dancing, deck parties (I won champagne), walking the true promenade deck and relaxing in hot tubs and pools."

Member Review: Cruz4Sun

Silver Galapagos

20 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"What else can I say? If I had know that there were two different itineraries, I would have booked for two cruises back to back (i.e., two weeks). It is that good of an experience."

Member Review: jlicharson

MSC Sinfonia

21 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"My husband enjoyed the fitness area and thermal spa every day."

Member Review: ADVentive

Paul Gauguin

22 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The Paul Gauguin is unique in the sense that it provides some services that are not available on most cruise ships. At the top of this list is the Marina. The Marina is an area at the stern of the ship which caters to water sports."

Member Review: dsafety1

Seabourn Encore

23 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The experience on board in the fullest sense of speaking was great."

Member Review: DyanaA

Azamara Quest

24 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We found the fitness center was one of the best maintained of any cruise ships we've sailed. The machines all worked, and they had enough treadmills, exercycles, etc. so you never had to wait."

Member Review: CruisinCadie

Azamara Journey

25 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The fitness room was of a high standard."

Member Review: JenHen

Riviera

26 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"In terms of wellness, we used the health and fitness center almost daily, it has excellent equipment, never overly crowded and very clean."

Member Review: Mike in AR

Wind Spirit

27 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The sport deck was a blast. We took kayaks out for a while then floated on the dock for a relaxing time."

Member Review: Slarrabee

Marella Explorer

28 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The ship is wonderful, she has a small running track, a small gym, a great spa..."

Member Review: Newby to cruising

Marella Discovery

29 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The ship had enough to do to keep us entertained when we were at sea, I especially liked the mini golf course… Gym was well equipped and it was great having a trainer on-hand who held regular classes."

Member Review: djs001

Le Lyrial (Ponant)

30 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The trip exceeded my expectations in more ways that I could ever have anticipated."

Member Review: Tasmanian

Grandeur of the Seas

31 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"We enjoy the sea days on the ship, working out in the fitness center in the morning, breakfast in the Windjammer, hanging out in the Solarium, dancing before dinner and more evening activities."

Member Review: brockman54

Marina

32 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"Fitness Center located close by, is ample with a lot of machines with great views through the surrounding floor to ceiling windows."

Member Review: Canadianvoyager

Oosterdam

33 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"The fitness center was fantastic - large with lots of machines and great views over the bow."

Member Review: ChillEDog

Zuiderdam

34 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

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"I enjoyed America's Test Kitchen and pickleball; my husband visited the fitness center on each sea day while I walked the deck."

Member Review: pateislofl

Norwegian Sun

35 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Photo by Cruise Critic member mandelwink

"I went to the ship's gym, which had an excellent selection of free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and strength machines. The NCL gym was the better of the gyms I visited on my three cruise experiences."

Member Review: ewmgrm1128


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