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How To Turn Any Cruise Into A Wellness Retreat

A Carnival cruise vacation offers an ideal way to embrace mindful travel, all while having the time of your life! Today, we’re diving into a few ways you can turn any voyage into a wellness cruise. That means reasons why cruising is good for health and wellness, plus an inside look at how Carnival helps you hit those health and fitness goals with special onboard amenities. Let’s get started!

Vacations can present the perfect opportunity to pick up healthy and invigorating habits. With the freedom and time that comes with vacationing, you have the perfect chance to figure out what works for you. Here are a few reasons why cruising is good for health and wellness:

Fitness at Your Fingertips

When you’re on a cruise, there are countless ways to stay active in between poolside lounge sessions and mid-day siestas in your stateroom. Fancy a run? Try the ship’s outdoor padded jogging track that offers fresh air and incredible sea views. For even more fresh air fitness, head up to the outdoor fitness center on top of the ship. Not the exercise vibe you’re looking for? Explore your ship’s indoor fitness center and choose your favorite way to stay active. With a variety of machines, fitness classes like yoga and pilates, and more, you can find the perfect workout for you.

5 Tips for How to Stay Fit and Healthy on a Cruise

Wondering how to stay fit and healthy during your cruise? Check out these 5 easy tips for feeling fit and fab during your travels:

  1. Sign up for onboard fitness classes and activities
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  3. Book more active shore excursions
  4. Check out spa treatments that promote a healthy body and mind
  5. Wear an activity tracker/watch to make sure you’re hitting your fitness goals

Healthy Dining Ahoy!

Carnival cruise vacations are known for serving up delicious onboard dining options, and there are plenty of ways to satisfy your taste buds while fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. From light breakfast fare like avocado toast and yogurt parfait at the Dining Room breakfast, creating your own salad at the Lido Marketplace, to protein-rich sashimi and crab rolls at Bonsai Sushi, a Carnival vacation is the perfect way to hit your macros in style. Click here to read more about How to Eat Healthy on a Cruise.

5 Tips for How to Eat Healthy on a Cruise

If you need some extra tips on eating healthy during your cruise, we’ve got you covered:

  1. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
  2. Opt for healthy snacks in-between meals
  3. Eat a protein-rich breakfast that will fuel your body for the day
  4. Choose meals with fruits and vegetables
  5. Remember you’re on vacation— it’s okay to treat yourself, while also practicing moderation

Seaside Stress Relief 

Believe it or not, stress isn’t the healthiest thing for your body! Too much hustle and bustle can lead to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues and more. All that to say, it’s more important than ever to slow down and give yourself a break from everyday life. Not only does a cruise let you experience some of the most stunning destinations in the world, but it also takes the hassle out of planning a vacation! 

While on a Carnival cruise vacation, your only worry should be choosing which stress relief option is your favorite. Whether it’s enjoying a heavenly massage treatment, kicking back poolside with a tasty drink or getting your blood pumping with onboard activities like a game of pickleball, a trip through the ropes course, or a ride on BOLT, the only roller coaster at sea. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to soothe stress onboard:


Trust us when we say that every Carnival ship comes fully equipped to handle all of your stress relief needs. Head over to Cloud 9 Spa for a menu of massages, facials and body wraps that will have your anxiety melting away in no time. On some ships, Cloud 9 Spa even has Thermal Suites— carefully crafted climate zones that let guests relax in their chosen environment— and a Hydrotherapy Pool that invites spa-goers to bask in rejuvenating and vitamin-rich salt water.

The Serenity Adult-Only Retreat is another must-visit onboard getaway for melting away your stress. This is the place for finding a moment to yourself— no kids, quiet vibes and, of course, a nearby bar. Lay out by the deck, finish the last few pages of your book and soak up some truly priceless moments of serenity.

If your idea of stress relief is a little more lively, we’ve got that too! With endless onboard entertainment options ranging from hilarious shows over at The Punchliner Comedy Club to incredible musicals put on by Playlist Productions, Carnival always offers more than a few fun-filled activities guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.

There you have it— easy ways to turn any Carnival cruise vacation into a total wellness cruise! We hope you’re already mentally planning all of the ways you’re going to crush your health and fitness goals during your trip.

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