Back to main site

How to have a happy and healthy holiday


Think it’ll be hard to stay on the wellness wagon while on holiday? Think again. Read on for a guide on how to stay healthy and active – mind, body and soul – while you’re away, and come home with a well-earned post-holiday glow.

Guests laughing on board

Enjoy your holiday whilst staying healthy and active

Holidays are a chance to escape and indulge; to switch up your everyday routine and see and do (and eat and drink) new things. While a change in routine is a key element of any vacation, it can all too often lead to a lapse in the healthy habits you maintain at home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep fit and healthy during your holiday.


Eat well

With a ton of tasty treats around, it can be tempting to overindulge while on holiday. Fortunately, it’s just as easy to eat well on board – and your body will thank you for it. ‘Many guests are making a conscious decision to eat less sugar and fat in their daily lives,’ says Haydn Davis, Carnival UK’s senior manager of culinary development. ‘We want to ensure we give them the opportunity to eat lighter meals, particularly throughout the daytime – it’s especially helpful if you want to leave space for that indulgent evening treat!’


We’ve recently launched a lighter and more informal lunchtime menu in the main dining rooms across the fleet. Rather than sitting down to a full three-course meal, you can choose individual lighter dishes – think Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish Pâté with Wholemeal Toasts, or a Roasted Beetroot and Orange Salad with Feta Cheese and Mixed Leaves.


‘A lot of the dishes by default are generally much lighter and feature an array of tasty superfood ingredients to choose from,’ says Haydn. ‘All our menus now offer dietary advice on low-sugar, gluten-free and vegetarian options – plus, we also have specially trained diet chefs on board each ship.’


Herbivores will be happy to hear we’ve launched dedicated vegetarian lunch and dinner menus in the main restaurants across the fleet – a first in the cruise industry. These menus offer the same level of choice as our regular menus, and feature such delicious dishes as Falafel Pitta and Mushroom and Tarragon Strudel.


For a healthy and delicious snack on the go, Love Smoothies (launching across the fleet on 14 June) tick all the right boxes. The yummy smoothies contain nothing but fruit and vegetables, with recipes that have been refined by a Michelin-starred chef. They come in a wide range of flavours, including Pash n Shoot (passion fruit, mango and pineapple) and Detox-Zing (blueberry, carrot, ginger, banana and courgette).

A woman enjoying a massage

Relax and unwind in the spa

Get moving

There’s no need to let your regular exercise routine slide while you’re on holiday. Our on-board gyms boast state-of-the-art kit with a wide range of equipment – plus floor-to-ceiling windows in many of them. ‘Staying fit on board is easy,’ says Laura Steventon, Carnival UK’s on-board spa revenue manager. ‘The majority of our gyms offer unspoilt views, so it's easy to let your mind go and allow your body to move freely.’


For one-on-one training, all our ships have fully qualified personal trainers who can design a tailored exercise plan. For a more social experience, try a group fitness class such as yoga or pilates. This summer we’ll be introducing FitSteps, an upbeat dance class created by Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite of Strictly Come Dancing. The workout mixes the graceful steps of ballroom with the high tempo of latin dance for fun-filled classes that take the ‘work’ out of your workout.


Our ships are full of fun ways to keep fit. It’s easy to make little changes that help keep you moving – try taking the stairs instead of the lift, or enjoy a long stroll or jog around the prom deck. Swimming is a refreshing, low-impact way to keep active, and all our ships boast pools to stretch out in. Sporting types can indulge in some friendly competition on board with our courts and facilities, which offer everything from table tennis and deck quoits to football, basketball, tennis, cricket and golf.


On shore, why not get your blood pumping while you see the sights? One of the best ways to explore a destination is on foot. On the Hidden Venice Walking Tour, you’ll venture into Venice’s intricate maze of hidden passageways, clusters of tightly packed buildings, narrow canals and ornate bridges. The Nordic Walking Tour in Stavanger lets you get up close to Norwegian nature during a guided Nordic walk, a ‘total body’ version of walking. To step things up a notch, try a hike: In Grenada, the Hike to Seven Sisters tour wends through Caribbean rainforest to the stunning Seven Sisters Waterfall. In Gibraltar, the A Trek up the Rock tour brings you up to the 426m summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, from which you’ll be rewarded with superb views. If two wheels is more your speed, the Hvar by Bike tour will provide you with breathtaking views of the Stari Grad area, while the Naples By Bike excursion immerses you in the daily buzz of Italian life while you explore the sights and scenery.


Relax and unwind

Nothing provides your mind and body with a dose of luxurious TLC quite like time spent in the spa. But spa treatments can be about so much more than relaxation – just ask Laura Steventon. ‘A trip to the spa will help to melt away any stresses or strains, clear your mind, strengthen your body and immune system, and bring you back into your body through touch and helping you breathe more effectively,’ she says.


In addition to being relaxing, a massage offers a host of health benefits. ‘Massage improves circulation, helps with lymphatic drainage and to remove toxins from the body faster; it helps to improve aching muscles and any lactic acid build and works to strengthen the immune system. Massage also provides the power of touch, which could help to counter some of the effects of loneliness.’


To take your spa time to the next level, visit the Hydropool on board Arcadia and Britannia. High-powered jets invigorate your circulatory system and help relieve stiffness and soreness, from your shoulders to the soles of your feet. On Arcadia, Azura, Britannia and Ventura, experience the therapeutic powers of the thermal suite aromatic sauna and steam rooms, which gently cleanse and purify the body, while refreshing tropical showers and heated ceramic loungers aid rejuvenation and relaxation.


These therapies have proven health benefits, too. ‘Thermal treatments have been used throughout the ages to maintain and strengthen health,’ says Laura. ‘Alternating between hot and cold water helps to constrict and dilate blood vessels, helping to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage. The improvement in circulation helps the blood flow to the muscles more effectively and works to promote relaxation. Using thermal treatments promotes better sleep and a calmer autonomic nervous system.’

Find out more about daytime activities on board >

This website uses cookies to give you the very best user experience. By using our website, you agree that we can place cookies on your device. For more information see the About Cookies link at the bottom of this page.