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How Your Next Vacation Can Enrich Your Life

A vacation does not mean that you have to take a break from your healthiest habits. There’s no reason to drop your favorite food or skip your yoga classes.

Whether you want to see the Pacific, visit a few South American port towns or check out Alaska for the first time, a cruise ship is the perfect way to do it. Cruise ship accommodations range in type and amenities, so you should have no problem finding one that fits your budget and style.
Gourmet Food
Going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to stop eating your favorite healthy and tasty foods. You’d be hard-pressed to find a passenger who doesn’t like the food on board a cruiser, and all cruise lines offer a range of fresh and healthy menu items on their ships. Celebrity Cruises, for example, has alternative options like Asian fusion, Italian steakhouses and vegan fare on some of their ships. For those who enjoy a twist on an old favorite, Qsine presents slightly revamped comfort food, according to

Embrace Learning

Learning new things is a wonderful way to nourish and renew your spirit, and it doesn’t have to stop once you board the ship. Cooking and drink-making classes are popular on board cruise ships these days. Guests can combine a cooking lesson with their dinner or attend a “Mixology 101” class to learn how to make a minty mojito and many other drinks. Those who prefer something more understated can join the ship’s cellar master for a wine appreciation course. There are even courses that cover the art of pairing food and wine.

Of course, not all of the learning that happens on a cruise needs to be centered on food or drink. Many offer a range of courses to suit every interest, including opportunities to learn a bit of the local language and salsa and ballroom dancing. Jewelry-making, sketching and painting can all be found on board many ships, too.
Cruise for Diabetes and Other Great Causes
On a specialty cruise like the 2nd Annual Cruise for Diabetes, which sails from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel on December 26-30, 2013, you can sail the Caribbean while benefiting an incredible charity. On this particular cruise, families with a diabetic member get to enjoy exclusive activities including behind-the-scenes tours of the ship and programs for children. For every cabin booked, $100 is donated to the American Diabetes Association.
Holistic Journeys
A vacation does not mean that you have to take a break from your healthiest habits. There’s no reason to drop your favorite macrobiotic fare or skip your yoga classes. Whether you are a long-time health nut or just foraying into the health arena for the first time, a holistic health cruise may be an option to explore. With offerings ranging from yoga and pilates to vegan cuisine, a health cruise is an ideal way to expand your knowledge base, protect your body and boost your longevity while seeing some new sites, reports


About the Author:
Jennifer Turner is a travel guide who arranges eco tours in South America.