Fight Your Way to Fit? Next NCL Cruise Ship to Feature Boxing, 'Rockettes' Fitness Class

September 26, 2012

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(4:25 p.m. EDT) -- When the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway debuts in April, passengers will be able to punch, kick and smash their way to healthy bodies.

The ship's gym, which NCL likened in a statement to an "urban New York City playground," will feature cruising's first Nexersys interactive fight training modules, multipronged units that give passengers the opportunity to engage an avatar -- e.g. smash a series of pads with their fists and feet. A related option, the "Freestyle Fight Klub," combines Nexersys training, a cardio boxing class and the fitness center's 12 heavy bags.

For passengers who prefer to stick with their legs, the Rockettes, the NYC institution charged with Breakaway's godmothering duties, are developing a fitness class for the ship. NCL spokeswoman Marissa Scime said details of the class will be revealed later.

Pricing for the Nexersys and Rockettes classes haven't been announced.

Other features of Breakaway's spa and fitness area, which spans two decks and 23,000 square feet, include:

Breakaway will introduce what Norwegian calls "the first-ever salt room at sea." The space, part of a thermal suite featuring a sauna, steam room, vitality pool and room with heated loungers, allows passengers to enjoy the alleged health benefits of breathing in salty air.

Scime says thermal suite spa passes will be available, but Norwegian hasn't determined pricing. The line also has yet to reveal what spa access or treatments will be part of the fare for passengers staying in one of Breakaway's spa cabins or suites.

Twenty-two treatment rooms will feature more than 50 spa services from facials to massages. Acupuncture, tooth whitening and Botox, which NCL introduced to cruising in 2008, will also be on the spa menu.

Breakway's salon will offer hair, nail, waxing and kid-friendly services. A men's-only barber shop will offer treatments including haircuts and traditional warm shaves.

The gym will feature Technogym cardio equipment and weights. According to the line, all cardio equipment can be synched to iPod music devices and features high-def screens on which guests can watch television, follow set training programs or navigate playlists on their iPods.

Another new-to-cruise class, "Black Light Spinning," will put pedaling passengers in a room lit only by black lights and neon graffiti art. Up-tempo music will provide the backdrop.

The fitness center will also offer a series of low-impact classes, including "Spirals," which the line describes as a Pilates-inspired class utilizing weighted balls for added resistance; and "Chi Balls," a group class combining elements of yoga, tai chi and meditation. Additional fitness offerings include TRX (suspension training), kettle bell training, yoga, Pilates, reformers and body sculpting boot camp-style classes. Prices have not been announced.

Norwegian has been revealing a steady stream of information on Breakaway, including its solo cabin-and-lounge complex, Haven suite complex, kids' activities, restaurants and more. Follow along on our Project Breakaway page.

--by Dan Askin, Senior Editor
--Top photo appears courtesy of Nexersys.