(9:30 a.m. EST) — In a partnership with fitness manufacturer TechnoGym, MSC Cruises will offer a Wellness Experience aboard all ships in its fleet, beginning in 2017.
The experience, part of an inclusive offering that passengers choose while booking, begins pre-cruise with a questionnaire that’s used to determine each participant’s specific goals. It then targets all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, ranging from healthy eating and exercise to weight loss — all of which can be carried over after the cruise ends.
Additionally, the program offers a one-time consultation with a personal trainer (extra training sessions available for a fee); fitness classes like barre, hula hooping, yoga, Pilates and cycling that focus mainly on core and bodyweight movements; special shore excursions like jogging in Olympia and hiking in Bergen; healthy food options in onboard dining rooms and buffets, including a dedicated healthy menu; a workout mat and resistance bands for in-cabin use, as well as TechnoGym workout gear and included laundry for exercise clothing; a medical evaluation with the onboard doctor, who will test blood pressure and perform a lipid panel and EKG; and access to TechnoGym’s mywellnessapp, complete with related Internet access for the duration of the cruise.
The Wellness Experience is one of five inclusive packages from which passengers can choose while booking their sailings. Cruisers wishing to participate can do so from $929 per person for a seven-night sailing, including accommodations. Interested passengers can now sign up for the personalized program aboard the line’s newest ship, MSC Seaside, which debuts in November 2017. The program will be available on the rest of the ships in the fleet as their 2017 summer sailings are released for booking.
Ken Muskat, MSC’s executive vice president, tells Cruise Critic he believes the program will resonate with people who haven’t cruised before. “Many people who are wellness-minded think cruising isn’t good for them,” he says.
The program is the latest announcement from MSC regarding industry firsts. In addition to the wellness package, MSC Seaside will also debut with a five-slide water park, which will include slideboarding — a tube-style slide experience that combines video games, lights and music.