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Growth of Plant Cuisine aboard Ocean Cruises

As part of the overarching ‘wellness’ theme for the month, CLIA, the cruise industry association, is focusing on healthy dining options available on a cruise holiday.

Cruise guests are becoming increasingly interested in plant-based cuisine, whether it’s because they choose to be vegan, vegetarian, or they simply seek a healthier diet. As such, cruise lines are recognising this dietary diversity and offering guests a range of gastronomic choices.

See below for recent news from CLIA cruise lines regarding new plant-based menu offerings.


Azamara recently launched its first-ever vegan menu, with wholesome, healthy options  such as the “Big Bean Burger with Garlic and Chipotle Aioli and the “Cauliflower and Quinoa Rissoles with Harissa Jus”. All carefully crafted and prepared by the esteemed Azamara culinary team, who are committed to bringing the same high-calibre menu to the ship’s vegan and vegetarian community.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises unveiled its most extensive and creative plant-based menus at sea with more than 200 new healthy dishes available fleet wide. These healthy menu selections are served in The Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café at breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to its expansive gourmet offerings. There are also plant-based options available upon request during dinner service in the specialty restaurants.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent will debut more than 200 inspiring plant-based dishes fleetwide from 1 October, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner for travellers who follow vegan or vegetarian lifestyles or enjoy more plant-based fare. The plant-based selections will be fully integrated into the daily menus on Regent ships and were developed by Regent’s culinary leadership team under the direction of Bernhard Klotz, Regent’s VP of F&B, in concert with world-renowned chef, culinary instructor, and author Christophe Berg.

Royal Caribbean International 

Royal Caribbean International recently rolled out new plant-based menus across its fleet. While vegan options have always been available onboard Royal Caribbean ships, the new menus have been added to the Main Dining Room, enhancing the dining choices for every guest.  The three-course menus will be available on request and include edamame-stuffed Portobello mushrooms, vegan spaghetti “bolognaise” and orzo pasta stew with green vegetables, as well as desserts such as a toffee “cheesecake” with dark chocolate and a peanut butter crust.

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Wellness Cruising on offer

CLIA, the cruising industry association is focusing on Wellness this September.  And to make cruisers feel better, there are offers to encourage you onboard!


Amadeus River Cruises has announced that it will offer complimentary shore excursions for all 2020 sailings booked during this year’s CLIA ‘Cruise Month’.

Guests booking any 2020 itinerary, including the popular Classical Danube, Treasures of Burgundy and Provence and Tulip Serenade, as well as themed Golf, Winter and Classical Music cruises will benefit from the inclusion of Amadeus’ excursion package – worth up to £328 per person.

The ‘Cruise Month’ free excursions offer is valid until 30thSeptember 2019 and is also combinable with Amadeus River Cruises’ early booking discount, valid until end of November 2019.

For more information call 0800 035 6411 or visit https://www.amadeus-rivercruises.co.uk/


Celebrity Cruises is providing guests with even greater flexibility with a new ‘Book with Confidence’ commitment this year. Under the promise, guests making a new booking between 29 August to 18 November 2019 will be entitled to change or amend their booking free of charge before the end of the year. With offers across more sailings and flights than ever before, the ‘Book with Confidence’ commitment adds to an array of savings, flexibility and added value across the incredible itineraries on sale for the 2020/21 season.

For more information please visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk


Celestyal Cruisesis celebrating CLIA’s 2019 Cruise Month by offering up to €150 per stateroom onboard credit on selected cruises booked before 15thOctober 2019. The onboard credit is available on the following sailings:

  • Selected three- and four-night cruises in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – €50 per stateroom
  • Selected seven-night cruise in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – €100 per stateroom
  • Selected 14-night cruise in 2020 and 2021 – €150 per stateroom

For more information please visit:  www.celestyalcruises.uk


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering 50% off the 2ndperson in a double occupancy cabin and removing single cabin surcharge for single travellers on the 18-day South America cruise. Sailing from Buenos Aires to Belem, guests will explore the heritage of the conquistadors in the journey of discovery between the Atlantic rainforest and Brazil’s colonial coast. Prices start from £8,870pp.

For more information visit www.hl-cruises.com


Marella Cruises is offering aseven nightTreasures of the Mediterranean cruise on Marella Dream from £998per person when booked online. Thecruise departs from Palma, Majorca and visits Trapani, Sicily; Sorrento, Italy; Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica and Palamos, Spain.

Price is based on two adults sharing a deck 5 or 6 outside plus cabinon an all-inclusive basis. Flights for this cruise depart on 24thSeptember 2019fromBournemouthairport.Price includes transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges.

For more information go to https://www.tui.co.uk/cruise/or call 0871 230 2800.


Princess Cruises is offering holidaymakers free stateroom upgrades on nearly 1250 voyages setting sail in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The offer runs from September 4 – October 31, 2019.

Guests booking an ocean view stateroom can take advantage of a free upgrade to a balcony, whilst those sailing on Princess’ five newest ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess – will receive an upgrade from a balcony to a mini-suite.

Additionally, on select British Isles cruises departing in 2020 on Regal Princess, guests will benefit from an upgrade to a balcony from an inside stateroom.

For more information visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.


Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours is offering guests the chance to start their sailings in VIP luxury with free door-to-door chauffeur transfers, plus a range of savings and upgrade options on selected 2020 itineraries.

The upgraded offer is available on a range of popular 2020 European river cruises when booked in CLIA Cruise Month (before 30 September 2019). Early-booking guests can take advantage of a complimentary private car to their chosen departure airport and price reductions of up to 15% for key sailings. Guests booking a Rhine or Danube cruise of any duration will also enjoy a complimentary balcony suite upgrade.

For more information call 0808 301 8277 or visit www.scenic.co.uk.

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation


AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.



APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.


Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.



Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.



Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.


A Wellness Community on Water

Luxury Wellness Onboard

The wellness real estate sector has been valued as a $134 billion global industry in 2017 by the Global Wellness Institute, with a projected growth to $198 billion by 2022.  Blue World Voyages, the world’s first cruise concept dedicated to active healthy lifestyles, is a player in this sizeable industry and has announced 40 Owners Residences onboard their first vessel, which launches in 2021.

Wellness lifestyle real estate is defined as a home which has been proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of its residents. Blue World Voyages’ Owners Residences will now offer this. The team have crafted a vessel and itinerary which is centred around wellness in all its forms, from the physical and social aspects to the emotional and intellectual dimensions. Owners can benefit from being part of this wellness community on water.

Those purchasing a Residence will have access to the ship’s two floors. which are solely focused around sports and wellness. They will offer a variety of state-of-the-art facilities which are unapparelled at sea. These range from a functional training & strength conditioning centre, golf & football stimulators, various fitness studios for classes such as yoga and spinning, and a sea-water lap pool which enables guests to do their laps in the ocean. Owners will also be able to take part in a range of active programming both onboard and ashore.  Land excursions will offer everything from cycling in Castellon (Spain) and surfing in Lisbon (Portugal), to horse riding in Cherbourg (France) and learning Tai Chi in Amsterdam (Netherlands). There will also be a dedicated team of experts and specialists onboard to offer tailored advice and personal programming as well as hosting talks on their fields of interest.

The ship’s interiors, from public spaces and guest suites, to the Owners Residences, have been designed and styled by top marine design architects, Tomas Tillberg International and acclaimed interior design firm Juan Poggi Designs. Owners are free to use their property as frequently as they wish, enabling them to travel the world and live in one of the healthiest environments possible. The vessel will be home to 40 one and two bedroom Residences, priced at £1,790,000 and £2,557,000 respectively.

Our surroundings and communities directly affect our daily lifestyles and have an impact on our health. Blue World Voyages believe that our homes, our most important personal investment, should also be a positive investment in our health and wellbeing.

Contact the editor@thehealthcareholiday.comif you have an interest in the sale of these luxury floating Residences.

For more information on Blue World Voyages, read here

A new wave of active lifestyle cruising on the horizon


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Blue World Voyages is carving a new niche within the global cruise industry to promote “Active Lifestyle Cruising”. Scheduled for a summer 2019 launch in the Mediterranean, the inaugural ship will break from conventional cruising, with one entire deck designated to sports, exercise and wellness, and a second dedicated to spa and rejuvenation. With locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine, active shore excursions, partnerships with experts and leading brands, this is planned as a dedicated cruise experience for wellness-minded adults.

The bow to stern Sports Deck is outfitted with golf and football simulators; batting cages; a functional training centre; yoga, spinning and TRX studios. There are three pools, including a sea water “lap pool” for open water swim training. On the Spa deck, guests can enjoy a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium.

For a virtual tour of the ship, click here:  http://www.blueworldvoyages.com/tour

Three 350-passenger, 5-Star ‘casual’ ships are planned for the Blue World Voyage fleet. They will roam the world, with ports of call selected, based on the availability of activities such as cycling, hiking, golf and watersports; access to areas conducive to yoga and meditation, and opportunities for cultural and learning experiences. “People want to take ownership of their health, even when on holiday,” said CEO Gene Meehan.

Blue World Voyages is also set to become the first cruise line to invite passengers to become business partners, participating in the formation of the company through its Owners Club and Founders Club. For the Owners Club, Blue World is introducing a unique ship configuration for a new cruise line, with 26 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences.  These units will be sold under the direction of co-founder, Fredy Dellis, former President/CEO of the World at ResidenSea. The Founders Club is open to the first 500 individuals investing in the company’s crowdfunding campaign via a UK platform soon to be announced.

The revolutionary new cruise meets the growing demand from travellers who are keen to stay healthy and active whilst on holiday. This trend reflects the annual growth of 6.5% in wellness tourism, more than double the growth rate for overall tourism overall.


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Virgin Voyages Prescribes ‘Vitamin Sea’ Experiences

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Virgin Voyages has revealed plans of its new ship’s transformational and rejuvenating well-being experiences for its sailors on board The Scarlet Lady.

Its ‘Vitamin Sea’ ideology has been inspired by the oceans and their importance in the health and well-being for our planet and our daily lives. The approach also places healthy travel at the forefront of the delivery of its ‘Adult by Design’ experience for the 18+ sailor.

The ship has been designed with ample outdoor and outward-looking spaces to include The Crow’s Nest sundeck for sunrise and sunset yoga, a Virgin signature running track and an Athletic Club complete with a boxing ring, gymnastics equipment. There are cabanas for relaxation, a well-being pool and Gym and Tonic bar. The B-Complex features the ultimate well-being and fitness experience with strength, spin, yoga and cardio in its Build, Burn, Bike and Balance rooms, all with dramatic ocean views.

Inspired by an underwater cave, Redemption, the well-being Spa, will serve as a mermaid and merman hideaway complete with hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds, and rejuvenating spa treatments.

‘Vitamin Sea’ is intertwined throughout the ship with a wide variety of planned complimentary group fitness classes on board. The concept is also about being pampered and well-groomed. The Scarlet Lady will offer a menu of personal treatments in different spaces across the ship, from a standalone blow dry bar called the Dry Dock salon, the Stubble & Groom barbershop with a male pedicure spa overlooking a porthole ocean view and a mani- pedi spa.

More details on the new travel brand’s onboard features and experiences will be revealed throughout the year, with its first voyages expected to go on sale by the end of 2018.

Keep up to date with developments at www.virginvoyages.com

Vinotherapy – tipsy treatments now onboard with MSC Cruises

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Mediterranean-based MSC Cruises has partnered with Bocelli Wines to launch Vinotherapy, a signature collection of spa treatments offering the rich benefits of Italian grapes. Created with the LAJATICA vinotherapy products, these will be available throughout its fleet-wide.

Known as “nature’s antioxidants,” grapes contain powerful compounds called polyphenols which fight free radicals and stimulate the renewal of cells and collagen. Polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. Grapes also contain a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K; in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

Eight different luxury, wine-based treatments have been developed exclusively for MSC Cruises using the LAJATICA beauty products and are designed for both men and women.

Reflecting the cruise line’s Mediterranean heritage and family spirit, Bocelli Wines, like MSC Cruises, is a family-owned business sharing the same values of tradition, excellence and passion.  The Bocelli family has been producing small-yield wine with a handmade artesian style for aound 180 years. The vineyard is currently run by Alberto Bocelli, whose brother, the world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, has held a relationship with MSC Cruises since he performed at the christening of MSC Poesia in 2008.



Cruising for wellness

Seabourn ENCORE_medium resWellness is making waves. Forget the confines of the traditional massage table, wooden sauna and crowded steam room, facilities are now drifting out to sea.

Many cruise-lines are embracing the wellness concept with a more holistic lifestyle attitude with integrated treatments and therapies forming themed programmes. From ship to shore, wellness flows from Zen-inspired health and fitness programmes onboard to inspiring shore experiences to achieve that mind and body balance.

MSC is attracting the “weight watchers” by offering a themed cruise which includes consultations with Weight Watcher staff, seminars, cookery demonstrations with approved calorie monitored meals to enjoy while cruising without the weight and guilt. Sailing from the Caribbean, this cruise is aboard the MSC Divina. A Balinese-themed Aurea Spa, complete with a salt relaxation room and ice waterfall within its thermal suite complements the facilities aboard the MSC Meraviglia, while “Wellness Experience by Technogym” is planned to be available throughout the MSC fleet for health conscious passengers.

Mindful living is the concept behind Seabourn Cruises’ wellness programme designed in partnership with integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil and onboard Spa by Steiner. A “mindful living coach” leads classes such as yoga and meditation as well as inspiring talks and seminars from Weil’s books. For those lucky enough, Dr Weil himself with host lectures during his annual Seabourn voyage.

Shoring up with 10 Mediterranean ports, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched its exclusive “Seven Seas Wellness Tours”. From Tai Chi in the Imperial Gardens of Marseille to a hydrothermal pool visit in Sorrento, guests are able to combine their onboard health activities with a choice of unique wellness experiences in the destinations they visit. On a similar wave, Oceania Cruises has rolled out a range of Wellness Tours to include a laughter workshop in a Spanish farmhouse.

Aromatherapy and holistic therapies are the key ingredients to the new sensory-styled concept of the Italian-inspired Zàgara Beauty Spa on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse. This adds to its “Wellness Expedition” voyages on Silver Discoverer where Pilates, water aerobics, nutritional counselling and yoga feature as components of their health programmes.

Sleepless nights? Celebrity Cruises together with onboard spa provider, Canyon Ranch, will be offering a “Mindful Dreams” wellness programme which include spa treatments and lectures to help with sleep patterns onboard and at home.

The wellness concept has changed the reputation of cruising. Today, think Zen, mindfulness and even Weight Watchers! Cruising has become good for your health.

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils its top five spa facilities from the on-board Mandara Spa®

Norwegian Cruise Line has selected its top five spa facilities on board Norwegian’s young fleet.

As part of the Thermal Suite, the Salt Room is designed to mimic the naturally occurring salt mines and caves of Europe, used for centuries by monks for their healing properties. The room uses salt aerosol machines to fill the air with tiny breathable salt particles, that when inhaled can help alleviate breathing problems and coughs.

Available on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape.

Maintained at -6 – 0°c, the Snow Room allows passengers to cool off in sub-zero temperatures. This facility is associated with multiple health benefits, including increased blood circulation and alleviating sore muscles. Uniquely, the room features real snow falling from the ceiling.

Available on board Norwegian Escape.

The Sea View Sauna enables passengers to relax and unwind in the dry heat whilst enjoying spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Available on a number of ships across the Norwegian Fleet

A number of rooms are available for treatments ranging from an Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, combining the power of the ocean with the healing effects of aromatherapy, to an Elemis Aroma-Star Ocean Wrap to detox and cleanse the system.

Norwegian and Mandara Spa®

 The Thalasso Therapy Pool offers mineral rich salt water pool while hydrotherapy jets soothe aching muscles.

Available as part of the Thermal Suite across the Norwegian fleet*,