Crystal Cruises Helps Passengers Battle the Bulge at Sea

One of the main activities on any cruise is fork lifting aka dining, eating, stuffing oneself at the buffet, ordering pizza or snacks from room service, stopping at the ice cream  or yogurt bar for a mid-afternoon treat (or two)–not to mention drinking. 

So alas many passengers waddle down the gangplank at the end of a cruise, squeezed into jeans, pants, skirts or dresses now a size too small. But not everyone.  Savvy seafarers who take advantage of the fitness centers, use the stairs, jogging track or walk  alot, can escape the cruise ship avoirdupois, and so can passengers on Crystal Cruises since the company introduced free reformer Pilates, yoga and assorted other complimentary bulge battlers on the ships:

 In an industry first, Crystal Cruises announces complimentary Pilates group reformer classes.   New men’s-only yoga and couples/partner yoga also join the roster of complimentary wellness programming for the ultra-luxury line’s 2011 World Cruise beginning January 17.  On each individual World Cruise segment, a full-time Pilates instructor will lead group sessions on the brand new Reformer machines.  More than 25 different Pilates reformer and mat classes will include Pilates for golf, tennis and ballroom dance.

Complimentary yoga classes will be taught by veteran yoga instructors, Joe and Maria Kita, and include traditional practices, plus:

Partner Yoga – Designed to strengthen both the body and students’ relationships, highlights poses that are best practiced in tandem.

Men’s-Only Yoga – Straightforward instruction focused on traditionally challenging areas for men, such as hip and hamstring mobility.

“Travel expands and enriches the mind and spirit, and a Crystal World Cruise is the ideal opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in fulfilling activities and new experiences,” says Chris Corrigall, manager, entertainment.  “The comprehensive wellness programming set for the 2011 voyage will suit guests seeking a physical challenge, as well as those who want to explore the restorative aspects of these disciplines.”

Private instruction with guest teachers and Crystal’s personal trainers is also available for a fee.

Suited for both experienced practitioners and new students, classes will be available on days at sea, in along with various others with Crystal’s fitness directors.  Ashore, guests can explore the spiritual roots of wellness at Sri Lanka’s Kelaniya Temple, Myanmar’s Chanmyay Yeiktha Monastery, famous for its study of Buddhist meditation, and the Shri Mahasala Hindu temple in Marmagao.

Crystal has long been a trendsetter in sophisticated wellness programming.  Healthy offerings include a 360-degree promenade, ideal for jogging or the line’s exclusive Walk on Water® program utilizing weighted Walkvests, plus indoor cycling classes and state-of-the-art Kinesis strength training equipment. 

On seven segments aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, the “Grand Exotic Expedition” explores the South Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and East and West Africa. 

Also new in 2011 is Perfect Choice Dining with flexible Open Dining by Reservation, plus two classic seating options.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit .


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