Cruise holidays usually have connotations of overindulgence, decadence and luxury and all this just applies to the food onboard. It can be tricky to eat healthily while taking a cruise, thanks to the fantastic restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets. Usually, cruisers also purchase a food and drink package, meaning they can eat and drink as much as they’d like during their cruise. This leads to the mentality that you need to get your money’s worth, by overeating and indulging your sweet tooth a few too many times.

It’s a well known fact that cruisers will usually put on one to two pounds during their holiday, even though there are plenty of onboard activities to keep them fit, as well as gyms and high-energy port excursions. But there are ways to make sure that this statistic does not become your reality. So if you’re keen to be apart of the healthy travel trend, here are our top tips for staying fit while travelling the seas.

Choose your dining venue

Nowadays, so many cruisers want to stay healthy while on holiday and the cruise ships have taken that onboard in their main dining area. Now, the main dining rooms on larger ships include vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, gluten-free and sugar-free options. On luxury liners, like the Seabourn and Silversea, you can also order your meals well in advance, to make sure your healthy option is available. Cruise ship dining doesn’t have to be fattening or unhealthy now.

Ask for half-portions

If you really want to stick to a healthy eating routine then feel free to order a half-portion of a meal. Many people rave that on a cruise ship you can order two desserts, or two starters, but you can also cut back and ask for a half-portion. This is especially good if you have a big sweet tooth but don’t want to eat a whole slice of cheese cake. Having a half portion means you can have your cake and eat it too, without waistband concerns.

Bypass the snacks

One of the easiest ways to pile on the pounds, while on a cruise, is to indulge a little too often in the constant snacks and desserts onboard. Skip the mid-morning pastries and afternoon ice cream and instead, save yourself for that gourmet dessert during your evening meal. Filling up on snacks during the day just means you won’t be able to truly appreciate your dinner options and means your clothes will be a little bit tighter, once you arrive home.

Eat off the spa menu

Spa menus are all the rage now and on Celebrity Cruises®, you dine just outside the pampering facilities on their Solstice-class ships. There are several health and wellness cruise ships out there that offer these sorts of spa restaurants, serving up healthy breakfast and lunch options including yoghurt sundaes and a muesli cart. Bypass the all you can eat menus and visit the spa cafés and bars for a lighter alternative.

Check out the juice bars

You don’t need to deprive yourself to stay healthy while on a cruise. Many cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, are opening up juice bars on some of the their ships. These bars serve a variety of green and citrus drinks, as well as some that come with a little splash of alcohol. After all, you are on holiday!

Skip late night dining

24-hour room service can seem tempting, but it can also reek havoc with your healthy eating resolutions. Make a rule that dinner is your final meal of the day and your waistline will thank you. Don’t worry, breakfast will come around before you know it and you can be sipping coffee and eating a croissant as the sun rises over the ship.

If you’re planning a cruise these healthy travel tips are sure to help you stay on track with your overall fitness.

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