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Cruise Ships Now Offering Classes, New Experiences
By Natalie Wise
Cruise ships are known to be relaxing, potentially gluttonous, but thoroughly enjoyable, floating vacations. A dark exercise room with a few treadmills and an old television as an afterthought is a thing of the past. Cruise lines are upping the ante on exercise and creating unusual experiences for guests.
The new exercises, adventure activities and classes are stirring up relaxing time on board the ship. From zip lines to Boxercise, you'll be able to come home from your vacation a little bit more toned and with a great story of something new.
Royal Caribbean ships boast inline skating, a boxing ring, rock climbing and a variety of fitness classes. Some ships also offer a 40-foot surf simulator where you can catch a wave without even heading to the shore. If warm weather sports aren't your idea of a fun time, Royal Caribbean is the also only fleet of ships that offer ice skating on board.
Norwegian Cruise Lines boasts Flywheel Sports indoor cycling classes on board their Breakaway ship that leaves port its home port in New York City and boast itself as "NYC at Sea." The revolutionary cycles are arranged in stadium-style seating and the classes are "all the rage" in Chicago, Atlanta, New York City and all around the country. Breakaway also offers popular TRX suspension training.
Another unique feature offered by Royal Caribbean is an on-board zip line suspended nine decks in the air – an exhilarating adventure sport that's also fun for the whole family. The line's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, setting sail in 2014, features an on-board skydiving simulator.
A smaller, unique yacht-based cruise company called Un-Cruise offers 76-passenger adventure cruises that have you ocean kayaking and snorkeling, in addition to other water activities.
Several ships offer boxing rings to knock out your frustration while sailing the high seas, and some even offer specialized Boxercise classes, a popular cross-training activity, as well as pilates, spinning and yoga.
Whether you're lacing up skates or boxing gloves and tightening your harness for rock climbing or zip lining, cruise ships offer new adventures and exercise opportunities that make leaving your lounge chair worthwhile.