How to Have a Healthy and Active Carnival Cruise

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Remember the epic Carnival cruise that Mal and I went on during his spring break a couple of years ago? If not, here are some posts about our experience. It was awesome.

carnival glory day at sea

Well, I recently had the opportunity to work with Carnival on a special post for Carrots ”˜N’ Cake. When we started talking about what “angle” I would like to take for my post, I immediately remembered how much fun Mal and I had eating (obviously) and staying active while abroad Carnival Glory. (Remember all of those travel WODs?!) That said, here are four ways to stay active on a Carnival cruise!


Book an excursion

A great way to stay active and have a whole lot of fun is by booking an excursion at one (or all) or the destinations you visit on your cruise. Mal and I spent a day exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Cozumel, Mexico and then zip-lining and tubing through crystal caves in Belize. Both were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that we will never, ever forget. Oh yea, and, of course, we managed to fit some CrossFit into our trip when we visited the Cayman Islands!



crossfit 7 mile

Participate in onboard activities

Let’s just say Mal and I were never board bored on board Carnival! There were so many fun things to do! During our time at sea, we had a waterslide contest with friends to see who could speed down the fastest. We also played an intense round of mini golf (it was a friendly competition, of course) and we hit up the outdoor track multiple times for CrossFit-inspired workouts and leisurely jogs. It was easy to stay active on board while having a great time too!

carnival cruise M & T


carnival track

Take a class

In addition to a variety of on board activities, Carnival offers a bunch of exercise classes””from yoga and spinning to sunrise stretches on the main deck””there’s something for everyone. Carnival also offers a number of health-inspired seminars, such as “Detoxing for Health and Wellness,” which will inspire and motivate you to make positive changes in your life. Who knew a vacation could do that?

Eat fresh food

There were so many healthy options on board Carnival. Surprised? I was too! For example, every morning, there was a huge spread of fresh and nutritious breakfast options: made-to-order omelets, whole grain cereals, low-fat yogurt, oatmeal, hardboiled eggs, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. Mal and I were both pleasantly surprised with the selection and quality of foods, and we were happy to be able to keep up with our healthy eating habits on board.


Additionally, the “formal nights” on Carnival really wowed us. Everything served was high-quality in both ingredients and presentation. Plus, there was such an interesting and gourmet selection of meal options. Veal, alligator, and frog legs? We were always in for something special at dinnertime!

formal night carnival glory


Question of the Day

Have you ever gone on a cruise? If so, how was it? Where’d you go? Were you healthy on it or not so much?

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