7 Tips for Losing Weight on a Cruise

It’s standard cruise-director shtick to joke with passengers on the first day about how much weight they’ll gain on the cruise. But for cruisers who face tempting buffets and endless desserts 24-hours a day, what’s a body to do?

Here are some weight loss tips that will keep you looking fit-and-trim. Follow them and you might even lose weight on your next cruise!

Eat breakfast.
Your day will be full of activity, and that activity requires fuel. Skipping breakfast is bad news–not only will you struggle to make it through your daily activities, you’ll also increase your chances of overeating as the day progresses.

Bring your sneakers.
Don’t be afraid of using the stairs. The stairs will often be faster and more convenient than waiting for an elevator. Another great way to burn calories, aside from walking the ship and taking the stairs, is to use the onboard gym (but you already know that!) But, you could participate in classes offered by personal trainers or try some other workout classes such as aerobics or yoga.

Keep busy.
If you’re taking part in a contest or seeing a show, chances are you’re not eating. Dancing on the deck is a great way to burn calories, so take advantage of the dance lessons and dance parties. If you are in port, then select at least one active excursion with mild to heavy activity. Instead of plopping down at the beach for the day, try bike riding or kayaking.

Helpful tips for lunch and dinner.
Read the dinner menu before deciding on lunch. Begin with a salad and water before hitting the buffet. Melons and cucumbers are excellent for release of excess fluids. Avoid salty foods. If you must drink soda, drink diet soda, or better yet stick with iced tea or water. To add a little pizzazz to these drinks add a few squirts of lemonade or fruit punch to the tea or water.

Be strong!
The buffet is out there, lurking, and it can get you if you’re not careful. Make healthy meal choices. Cruise lines tend to serve up dishes with heavy sauces. However, you can request that they leave off the sauce or decide on a healthier option, like a grilled chicken breast. Remember to treat yourself to desserts in moderation.

Steer clear of the bar.
Drink cautiously, or not at all. Alcohol has tons of calories–about 100 in a light beer, up to 160 in a glass of wine, and up to 200 for a single shot of certain liquors. Mixing those liquors with sugary sodas or juices makes the calories add up even faster. Limit alcohol consumption to avoid drinking several hundred calories each day.

Get some rest.
An active day in the sunshine can sap you of your energy. Go to bed as soon as you start feeling tired, and don’t oversleep. Eight hours of sleep should do the trick.

Gaining weight on a cruise is not inevitable: Myth busted and Bon Voyage!


Top 10 Stateroom Technology Tools

Today’s cruise ships offer some of the best entertainment in the world, their on board facilities and spaces get more advanced with every ship yet sometimes what your cabin offers can come in last.

Although your cruise is not your cabin it’s nice to know what’s hot and well, what’s not!

1: FLATSCREEN TV. The perfect space saver and with interactive functions you have your every need at your fingertips.

2: DVD PLAYER built into the TV, or video-on-demand systems.

3: COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, a feature accessible via the TV, which provides a wide range of services including constantly-updated cruise daily schedules, advertising all of the shipboard events and shore excursion opportunities, premium dining reservations, shore excursion reservations, room service orders, access to your cabin bill (which can greatly speed up disembarkation and prevent a nasty surprise at the end of your voyage), delivery of messages, radio and alarm.

4: INTERNET. In-cabin and ship-wide wireless Internet access to stay in touch with family.

5: WIRELESS capability for mobile phones. This will ultimately provide experience-enhancing services. Eventually your mobile phone will soon be able to: open your cabin door, charge your wine with dinner, summon drinks to your abode poolside.

6: CONNECTIVITY CENTER. Ranging from a simple power strip (electrical outlets are notoriously scarce in most cabins), to a sophisticated charging station with integrated voltage regulator (110/240v), multi-format plug adaptors, and iPod/MP3 connectors.

7: DESK TELEPHONE. These are often viewed as a necessary evil. In the past, they were used mostly for intra-ship calls, because ship-to-shore communication was very limited. Even now, with satellites providing almost ubiquitous coverage, most guests are savvy enough to use Internet phone services such as Skype to avoid the huge fees for international calls.

8: BIOMETRICS. There is a lot of research going on in the area of Biometrics, with the emphasis on Security. Knowing that only authorized guests and crew are on board, monitoring on board movements of guests is critically important to the cruise line. Facial recognition, and touch less palm scanning are the leading contenders, because they cause less interruption to the flow of guests, and do not require physical contact with potentially norovirus-carrying surfaces.

9: RFID. Another alternative to biometric and mobile phone technologies, an RFID wristband or ankle band has the advantage of you not having to remember to carry it with you and it can accompany the guest while swimming. Plus, with this technology, in-cabin sensors could detect whether guests are present, alerting cabin stewards to postpone cleaning the cabin.

10: IN-CABIN SAFE. This will use the same technology as the door locks – whether key card, biometric, mobile phone or RFID eliminating the need to remember yet another PIN code.

With the cruise market booming, guest experience is top priority, wherever technology can eliminate delays and keep guests happy and informed will have a great effect on increased revenue.