The 9 Best Gyms at Sea

by John Roberts

The 9 Best Gyms at Sea

by John Roberts

Even if you aren’t a fitness fanatic, you can still squeeze in a workout on a cruise … especially when you have all those leisurely sea days (and you're helping yourself to the cruise ship's buffet). These 10 gyms at sea will help you keep your exercise regimen on track. Don't forget your workout gear. 

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Gym on Europa / Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Spin studio on Anthem of the Seas
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Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas

The wraparound views are the highlight of these Royal Caribbean International ships' fitness facilities, which house tons of Technogym-branded cardio and resistance equipment, plus an open sunken exercise class area and a dedicated studio for spin classes. A similar space will also be found on Ovation of the Seas, debuting April 2016.

The wraparound views are the highlight of these Royal Caribbean International ships' fitness facilities, which house tons of Technogym-branded cardio and resistance equipment, plus an open sunken exercise class area and a dedicated studio for spin classes. A similar space will also be found on Ovation of the Seas, debuting April 2016.

Gym on the Norwegian Escape
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Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship has a gym that’s larger and more open than those of its sisters Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, with separate areas for free weights and cardio machines. Its DIY training equipment is supplemented by both low- (Pilates, yoga) and high-intensity (Flywheel, Zumba, Norwegian Fight Klub) classes.

Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship has a gym that’s larger and more open than those of its sisters Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, with separate areas for free weights and cardio machines. Its DIY training equipment is supplemented by both low- (Pilates, yoga) and high-intensity (Flywheel, Zumba, Norwegian Fight Klub) classes.

TRX training on the Carnival Breeze
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Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic

Aside from a well-equipped indoor gym flooded with natural light, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic have an alfresco exercise zone called the SportSquare Sky Fitness Center, complete with cardio machines, punching bags, and a court for volleyball, soccer, or basketball.

Aside from a well-equipped indoor gym flooded with natural light, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic have an alfresco exercise zone called the SportSquare Sky Fitness Center, complete with cardio machines, punching bags, and a court for volleyball, soccer, or basketball.

Fitness center on MSC Divina
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MSC Cruises

Found on MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, and MSC Preziosa, these glass-walled gyms have a wide-open floor plan that's inviting and clean, with slick Technogym equipment lined up side by side to face the views. 

Found on MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, and MSC Preziosa, these glass-walled gyms have a wide-open floor plan that's inviting and clean, with slick Technogym equipment lined up side by side to face the views. 

Zumba
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Regal Princess and Royal Princess

Regal Princess and Royal Princess's gyms are neatly organized, with a full complement of free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment with flat-screen TVs; there's also a sectioned-off space for fun exercise classes such as ChiBall yoga. The best part: Zumba classes are included in the cruise fare.

Regal Princess and Royal Princess's gyms are neatly organized, with a full complement of free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment with flat-screen TVs; there's also a sectioned-off space for fun exercise classes such as ChiBall yoga. The best part: Zumba classes are included in the cruise fare.

Fitness class on Europa 2
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Europa 2

The luxury ship from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has extensive fitness offerings that range from a pool-facing cardio room to a high-tech training center for golfers. Unique classes include aqua fitness and “bum and tum” toning sessions.

The luxury ship from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has extensive fitness offerings that range from a pool-facing cardio room to a high-tech training center for golfers. Unique classes include aqua fitness and “bum and tum” toning sessions.

Fitness center on Freedom of the Seas
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Freedom of the Seas

As part of a 2015 refurbishment of Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean upgraded the equipment in this already spacious fitness center. New additions also include a dance studio where yoga and tai chi classes take place. Also to debut on Liberty of the Seas in February 2016; a similar space exists on Independence of the Seas.

As part of a 2015 refurbishment of Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean upgraded the equipment in this already spacious fitness center. New additions also include a dance studio where yoga and tai chi classes take place. Also to debut on Liberty of the Seas in February 2016; a similar space exists on Independence of the Seas.

Fitness center on Allure of the Seas
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Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

This pair of vessels (which still share the title of world's largest cruise ship) each has a fitness center that matches their size, with more than a hundred cardio machines like treadmills and elliptical machines — and just about everything else you’ll need for your workout. Bonus: There are expansive ocean views from giant portholes.

This pair of vessels (which still share the title of world's largest cruise ship) each has a fitness center that matches their size, with more than a hundred cardio machines like treadmills and elliptical machines — and just about everything else you’ll need for your workout. Bonus: There are expansive ocean views from giant portholes.

Gym on Celebrity Reflection
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Celebrity Reflection

The elegant spaces in Celebrity Reflection's gym are smartly segmented, with separate studios for spin and exercise classes — including TRX training — as well as a private room for personal training. It's also the most stunning fitness center of the Solstice-class ships.

The elegant spaces in Celebrity Reflection's gym are smartly segmented, with separate studios for spin and exercise classes — including TRX training — as well as a private room for personal training. It's also the most stunning fitness center of the Solstice-class ships.

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