Staying healthy while on a cruise was really important to me! I knew it was going to be a challenge with all of the food and alcohol available on the ship, but I made it my priority. Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas has both a spa and a fitness center on board, which really helped me to focus on fitness.
The gym itself was quite large. Located on the 12th floor at the front of the ship, the gym had a 300 degree view of the sea.
The front of the gym was lined with treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and rowing machines.
The far wall was lined with elliptical machines and weight machines.
The fitness center offered a variety of fitness and wellness classes each day, which were posted both in the gym and in our Cruise Compass daily planner.
Because of our early morning excursions, I was only able to take one of the fitness classes while on board. The spin class was fantastic and just what I needed on our last day. All other days were spent on the elliptical, running on the outdoor track, and using the stationary bike.
The Jewel of the Seas also had a large spa located on deck 11.
We did not book a treatment ahead of time, which was great because the spa offers daily specials which are much cheaper than the listed rates. Neal and I both got a massage and a facial on day 4, both of which were really refreshing.
Staying healthy on a cruise is possible! The key is working out every day and making wise choices when eating on the ship. I did a great job of working out every day, but eating on the ship was really difficult. The food was AMAZING and moderation was really difficult when eating at the Windjammer Cafe (buffet).
After spending a week on the Jewel of the Seas, here are my tips for staying healthy while on a cruise…
1. Drink a lot of water
2. Always take the stairs
3. Limit eating at the buffets
4. When you do eat at the buffets, only get one plate
5. Try out the fitness classes at the gym
6. Be active every day
7. Try to limit alcohol intake
8. Get good sleep