Every savvy seafarer knows the importance of exercise during a cruise to keep the pounds from piling up from all those extra indulgences too tempting to skip. And those of us who are familiar with Crystal Cruises know how true this rings with all the fabulous food the chefs provide in the dining rooms and alternative restaurants as well as room service and on the deck at the yogurt bar and more. Even the most diligent of dieters and weight-watchers find the food on Crystal ships had to resist.
Well now the Los Angeles-based cruise line is helping passengers keep up their fitness routines in a big way by adding (much needed if I may give an opinion) upgraded equipment from Technogym—official supplier of Olympic Games and World Cup events. The new workout machines will debut on the Symphony in September along with a new outdoor fitness garden and redesigned indoor fitness center that are part of a 19-day, $20 million-plus dry dock of the ship.
Indoor Fitness Upgrades – Technogym will provide its premier cardio line – ARTIS, in addition, to expanding Crystal’s strength training equipment (previous industry-first) line of Technogym’s Kinesis™ equipment. The new workout experience will be fully immersive and the most technologically-advanced available, with an intuitive, tablet-like Unity™ interface programming system enabling guests to connect to music, data, workout-tracking, or TV-watching.
The Outdoor Fitness Garden -- decks 7, 8, and 12 aft will be redesigned into a multi-level, outdoor “garden” of fitness, using more than a dozen glass-blasted, stainless steel pieces of equipment from Danish innovator, Norwell Outdoor Fitness. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level exercisers can familiarize themselves with the high-tech amenities via an efficient 25-minute, self-guided “Movement Journey” – a curated circuit training regimen featured only on Crystal, complete with warm-up and cool-down phases. The ship’s 360-degree Promenade Deck on deck 7 will continue to offer several open-air fitness options, including exclusive Walk on Water® and Nordic Walking programs.
“A Crystal vacation is about choices, and we continue to offer our guests more choices that cater to active travelers’ lifestyles,” says Crystal President Edie Rodriguez. “Many travelers are committed to a fitness routine and do not want to forgo their healthy lifestyle while on vacation, while others may be eager to start a wellness regime for the first time. The options aboard Crystal ships suit those seeking an outdoor workout with grand ocean views, or a hi-tech experience for intense training.”
Both the Symphony and Serenity sport well-equipped fitness centers where you can take a variety of specialty classes such as ‘Tour de Cycle’ spin, yoga and Pilates Reformer® sessions (select cruises). During cruises there are also presentations on nutrition and healthy dining options. Earlier this year, the line debuted site-running excursions for running enthusiasts and increased bicycle tour options worldwide, along with dozens of hiking, kayaking, rock-climbing and other athletic pursuits.
Other redesigns set for Crystal Symphony’s makeover include a more open layout for the Crystal Plaza and Cove Bar on deck 5 and newly refreshed décor in the Crystal Spa & Salon and Bistro Café.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.