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Cruise lines focus on fitness and health
When new Carnival Magic sets sail May 1st, outdoor fun and fitness will be promoted as never before. Several new features will take the spotlight. Combined with the line's ongoing Spa Carnival program, this new ship may very well set the bar for at-sea fitness options.
"Over the past few years, we've seen a significant increase in the number of guests who want to start or continue a fitness regimen or enjoy some personal pampering while at sea" said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
Called "SportSquare" the new area on 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic will feature SkyCourse, the first ropes course at sea and the first ever outdoor fitness are seen in the cruise industry.
On SkyCourse around 20 guests at a time can strap into a safety harness and choose from beginner or intermediate courses, traversing across rope bridges, swinging steps and beams suspended above the top deck, called the Spa and Sports deck. 20 different elements on the ropes course are each named after a notable bridge in the U.S.
"We're literally taking fun and fitness to a new level with SportSquare. Whether you're climbing our amazing new ropes course at sea, doing some fresh-air cardio or just taking it all in, there's something fun for everyone to enjoy, day or night," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO.
Combined with the line's ongoing Spa Carnival program that up to 50% of their guests take advantage of, SportSquare continues a focus on fitness . The ongoing effort weaves a focus on fitness and nutrition into everything from youth programs to dining options.
The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, sister ship to Carnival Dream, will debut in Europe with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises in May. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will sail seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas.
AOLTravel's Fran Golden reports "Carnival Cruise Lines is sweetening the pot on Europe cruises this summer with free upgrades and onboard credits of up to $300 per cabin, for reservations made by Jan. 30."