World Health Day is a global observance which came about thanks to the United Nations. Back in 1945 when the UN was formed, a number of organisations were created, including the World Health Organisation. As well as engaging tirelessly in worldwide health campaigns itself since its formation, the World Health Organisation also encourages everyone to get involved in their own way by observing World Health Day.
Of course, it’s not just about being healthy for one day, rather, it’d a day which encourages us to think long-term about our health and home our lifestyle impacts on it. Thinking long-term about health is something which luxury cruise lines take seriously too, so here’s a look at what some of the world’s top luxury lines offer to help passengers stay fit and healthy.
Azamara Club Cruises
On an Azamara cruise, the healthy experience is all about the body and mind combined, and the line ensures that it employs world-class therapists and aestheticians in its spa, who deliver a host of treatments from body sculpting to acupuncture. There’s a wellness consultant on-board if you’re really serious about keeping fit and sunset yoga classes, too. Each of the line’s ships also offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre so you can keep right on top of your existing regime.
There’s plenty of capacity for keeping fit on both of ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises’ vessels, too. The well-equipped and ultra-modern fitness centre is home to the latest equipment which allows you a staggering choice of more than 250 different exercises. Private sessions with a personal trainer are also available, there are indoor cycling, Yoga and Pilates on offer, too. A variety of low-carb and low-calorie meals are available throughout the ship too, made using the healthiest and freshest ingredients. Clearly aware of the importance of food for thought, Crystal Cruises also offer on-board seminars on such subjects as slimming, nutrition and detoxing.
The award-winning Canyon Ranch Spa Club is one of the healthiest places you can find yourself in while at sea and the premium line offers guests to experience it for themselves, whichever of its five vessels they choose to cruise on. As well as a huge choice of well-being treatments, the line offers a host of assessments from fitness professionals, where everything from your basic fitness and body composition to the performance of your feet and current exercise regime can be assessed. Specialised services are also available, including fitness classes and workshops. The ethos of the Canyon Ranch Spa is also extended into the ships’ dining experience, with health-conscious meals available in the main dining room.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
There’s also a Canyon Ranch Spa Club to be found on every Regent Seven Seas vessel. As well as a comprehensive choice of well-being treatments, each Spa Club offers a menu which is described as “health-conscious gourmet” and put together with much thought when it comes to both being delicious and wary of too many fats, proteins and carbs.
Silversea’s commitment to well-being is evidenced through its Wellness Program. The idea is that fitness and health are addressed together under the programme, with passengers able to choose from a range of fitness activities and lectures to compliment one of the most comprehensive healthy eating menus available at sea. The light menu offers a choice of lean meats, fish, fruit and vegetables and a choice of sugar-free desserts, while the low-carb menu concentrates on protein-rich dishes such as salmon. For vegetarians and vegans, there’s a gourmet menu which offers a number of vegetable and tofu-based dishes. Breakfasts on-board your Silversea vessel can also be healthy, thanks to range of low-calorie smoothie options.
Seabourn is clearly a line with a commitment to keeping fit. Each of the line’s vessels offers a fitness centre which boasts cutting-edge Technogym equipment geared towards both cardio and strength training. There are a number of completely complimentary classes available on-board, including Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. If you’re seriously committed to using your cruise to kick-start your fitness programme, personal trainers are on-hand and can help you to draw up the perfect nutrition and exercise plans.
SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDream is one line which has introduced a healthy living first to the ocean waves in the form of its exclusive raw food menu, which is made using uncooked vegan ingredients. The thinking behind this is that, by not cooking these ingredients their vitamins and nutrients are preserved and such dishes as raw cashew curry salad and vegan lasagne are leading the way when it comes to healthy eating. Of course, the line offers numerous, traditionally-cooked meals which are health-conscious, such as a number of grilled fish dishes.