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The best health and wellness cruises for 2024 and 2025

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As Mahatma Gandhi said, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver". These are the best health and wellness cruises for 2024 and 2025.

NHS guidelines recommend that people over the age of 65, provided they are generally fit and mobile, should engage in similar levels of exercise as those aged under 65 (and indeed, why not?). This focus is extremely well-served by the cruise industry, and as firm believers in a relaxed and self-indulgent approach to rejuvenation so we thought we would take a look at the various options and highlight six of our favourite health and wellness cruises for 2024 and 2025.

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Best for food: Windstar Cruises

Food is of course key to health and wellness, and we are fascinated by the addition of an extensive plant-based menu on board Windstar Cruises, offered alongside the usual varied and appealing food options including the alternative restaurants, Grill and James Beard Foundation dishes. Windstar Cruises has partnered with the National Health Association (NHA) to create a new vegan menu on board, not only plant-based but also prepared without added salt, oil, and sugar, and of course gluten-free. Vegetarian options, as well as the line's existing omnivore menu items, will continue to be served as usual.

Windstar's watersports are also an excellent draw; not only are their ships able to anchor in secluded bays with crystal clear water, but the watersports platform off the ship's stern means you are able to enjoy swimming, kayaking, sail-boarding and even waterskiing, all free of charge.

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Best for walking: Hebridean Island Cruises

The lovely little Hebridean Princess is the perfect choice for the Scottish islands, whether you are a keen walker or prefer to stand and stare at the scenery.

Walking in these remote locations with the security of an expert guide gives you the best of both worlds, and you will enjoy both the stunning scenery and the pleasure of walking in congenial company when you select a Hebridean Footloose cruise, on which walks are scheduled in addition to other attractions in nearly every port of call.

Hebridean Princess shore excursion

Best for spa relaxation: Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys have put wellness at the centre of their Ocean State of Mind philosophy, embracing the power of the sea to invigorate your senses and lift your spirits.

The expansive 7,500 sq. ft spa boasts a large hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms including two private spa suites with outdoor relaxation areas, steam room, Finnish sauna, salt cave, ice wall and plenty of indoor relaxation space. Itineraries are designed to offer time at sea to indulge without the guilt of missing a port of call and a multitude of fitness spaces and facilities, including an open-air fitness deck, allow you to burn off the sins from the fine dining.

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Best wellness excursions: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas have also given over significant space to their spa and wellness concept, especially on their newer vessels, and the wellness offering isn't limited to the onboard experience with a handful of wellness tours included as part of their free unlimited shore excursion programme.

These include sunset yoga by the sea from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, yoga and meditation at a serene country estate in the heart of Corfu followed by a chefprepared vegetarian lunch for you using fresh, organic ingredients, and a trip to the ancient city of Viterbo from Rome, where thermal springs have been celebrated for their healing properties since the time of the Etruscans and Romans.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Yoga on deck

Best for cycling: AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways was the first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board, and this is a great way to explore in Europe, cycling on riverside pathways and in city centres.

They offer a choice of guided bike tours, or the option to set forth on your own, at your own pace. Active tour options are included in your cruise fare so you have plenty of choices.

AmaWaterways bicycle excursion

Best onboard wellness programme: Seabourn

Seabourn's Spa & Wellness with Dr Andrew Weil is an interesting programme based on Dr Weil's focus on combining physical, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing.

Each ship has a Mindful Living Coach, a certified yoga and meditation practitioner who conducts orientations, seminars and classes during the voyage, aiming for a holistic mind and body perspective.


Best for daily workouts: Crystal Cruises

If you like to keep fit and active during the day, choose a ship which will enable you to do just that - and Crystal is a great choice for the active traveller.

From the great fitness centre and outdoor fitness garden, to numerous classes including spin and Pilates, the promenade deck, and the wonderful paddle tennis courts, Crystal's refurbished ships are perfect for whiling away a happy afternoon at sea.

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Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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