12th Sep 2011

The good habit holiday


Family and friends have accused me of simply wallowing in the luxury onboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam. But they are missing the point. Not only am I working from dawn to dusk, writing and taking images, but I am testing all the facilities the ship has to offer. And this includes a fitness boot camp with the ever-cheerful South African trainer, Kegan, as well as a deep-tissue massage in the spa, performed by a masseur from the Philippines named Queen. In fact, my cruise is rapidly turning into a good habit holiday! Both the fitness programs and extensive beauty and spa treatments are offered by the Elemis group. The boot camp is challenging, but fun and I would hate to think of the weight I would have put on had I not participated. The massage is brilliant, but perhaps I would have been smarter to have my muscles soothed after the 7.5 km paddle rather than before?

In all seriousness, the cruising holiday is often sold as a luxury getaway where one can simply veg out, relaxing by the pool, enjoying three full meals and a very decadent lifestyle. But that is a very narrow view of the onboard possibilities. For me it has been a chance to review my lifestyle choices – the food I eat, what I drink, and how I exercise, and to rethink my habits in an attempt to maintain a fitter, faster body for the future.


To make a comment, please register or login

Register now, it’s free to

  • Receive our enewsletter, read a recent issue
  • Enter competitions
  • Join our meeting place

you might also be interested in...

Beginner's guide to cruising

Want to dip your toe in the waters of cruising but not sure what to expect? We answer your cruising questions.

Travel Insurance 101

Why you need travel insurance, what to look for and how to find a policy to suit your needs.

$1 campervan hire

Want to hit the open road – well the $1 relocation deals for campervans mean it can be the most cost effective holiday you’ve had for a while.

How to find the cheapest flights

YOURLifeChoices has put together ten hot tips to ensure you get the best deal possible for your next flight of fancy.

Compare Travel Insurance

The Insurance Council of Australia has guidelines to steer you on the right path to making an informed choice when it comes to travel insurance.