Family and friends have accused me of simply wallowing in the luxury onboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam. But they are missing the point.
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.
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