25 Tips to Keep Fit, Relax, and Come Back New

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A Princess Cruises World Cruise offers a host of ways for you to keep fit, relax and help you to ‘Come Back New’.

At first I didn’t believe how many things there would be to do on Sea Princess, thinking my days at sea might be spent around the pool with a good book, but now, almost near the end of the 104 night cruise, I still haven’t tried all the activities or sat in all the places, or tried all the spa treatments!

25 Tips

Yet I do feel changed. I am going to go home different in many ways, I will Come Back New … but that’s for another post.

Until then, here are 25 tips that I think help you not only relax, but also keep in shape both physically and mentally while you’re cruising.

25 Tips to Come Back New

Join the Zumba class and work up a sweat while getting into a Latin based workout.

Line dancing is a popular keep fit option, and great for a laugh too.

If you can raise yourself out of bed early take yourself along to the long and lean stretch class or the Abs class in the fitness centre or go to the well equipped gym at any time of day.

When the pools are quiet (early morning and evening) swim a few lengths.


Watch a chef’s demonstration – below marzipan decoration. Or how about fruit carving – or ice carving?


Walk around the promenade deck (clockwise please) or go to the Tai Chi sessions or play table tennis or maybe sign up for a spinning class or yoga session.


If you are able to then don’t take the lifts (ever) walk up the stairs.

Eat smaller portions (always ask for the small plates rather than the large ones) and limit yourself to one pudding or one small cake a day.

Try to have some activity on shore – book excursions that involve walking or cycling.

Do go to the exclusive Sanctuary – a luxury, adults only enclave on top of the ship designed as a tranquil retreat to laze away a few hours on a sun bed, and be pampered with delicious nibbles and beverages – the smoothies are delish!


Find a quiet nook to read your magazine, or find a sun lounger on one of the many outside deck areas and read a book

Watch movies under the stars at night on the big screen (and enjoy a bag of complimenary popcorn too).



Go shopping! You might find a bargain or two at the boutique – I did!

Meet up with new friends for a game of Mahjong or bridge.

Relax and learn as you listen to an enrichment lecture in the Princess Theatre or Vista Lounge.

Dine out under the stars on the Riviera Deck.


Join the knitters, crafters or art enthusiasts for daily get togethers. I made beads one day … from this …


to this …


Visit the Spa and be pampered to your heart’s content.


Join the pop choir – lovely Jodie was our conductor.



Sit back, relax and enjoy the singers, trios, quartets, comedians and production shows – then go dancing yourself in the Wheelhouse Bar.



Sit on the pool deck with a cocktail as the sun goes down, and enjoy a music concert on the big screen.

If you have a balcony, make the most of it and catch the breeze as you watch the ocean fly by, or sit with a cup of tea in the morning and plan your day ahead as you sail into yet another exciting port.



Visit the library on board, or get into swapping books with other passengers.


Sit in the air conditioned cool of your stateroom and watch re-runs of some of the enrichment lectures and destinations lectures you might have missed in the ship’s theatres.

Relax with the lighthearted Wake Show each morning – Princess Cruises answer to breakfast TV.

Do nothing! This is your holiday! As a fellow passenger said to me, “Really cruising is a woman’s holiday. Unlike caravanning where you’re always busy – on a cruise we don’t have to do ANYTHING!”


I’m a guest of Princess Cruises but all opinions are my own.

Have you got any tips to add? Would love to hear about them in the comments section below 🙂

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  • Life Images by Jill

    My goodness – I had no idea there was so much that can be done on a cruise. You are looking fabulous Jo, so the cruise has obviously agreed with you. Can you believe you are nearly back home? Life I think might be a whole lot different when you arrive back on dry land. So enjoy it while you can. I like Kathy’s tip of being open to new people and experiences. You never know who you might meet or where you might end up.

    • Johanna

      Thanks Jill 🙂 I don’t know, it’s going to be weird being home again 😉 Yes, you have to be open to new opportunities and never say never!

  • Kathy Marris

    One of the tips I would have for cruising is to be open to new people and experiences. We ended up meeting people at the Trivia competition and then met up with them every night for a drink and Trivia. It was great making new friends.

    • Johanna

      I so agree Kathy – you never know who you’re going to meet or when. We made friends with our lovely stateroom neighbours – first chatting across the balconies, then going on tour together.

  • Seana Smith

    Gazing into the far horizon… that would be my tip. I’ve only ever done a three day cruise but that was one of my highlights… the vastness of the ocean, its strength and its tranquility too… wondering what lies beyond the horizon… all very meditative.

    • Johanna

      Hi Seanna – yes the vastness of the ocean is breathtaking. I try and walk along the promenade deck most days and the strength of the sea, especially gazing out and over the wake is quite humbling.

  • budget jan

    I want to dine under the stars on the Riviera Deck! I think you may need a holiday to recover from your cruise lol.

    • Johanna

      Dining under the stars on Riviera Deck is pretty special Jan!

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