Cruise Tips: Maintaining Health and Fitness Goals on Holland America Line is Easy

Cruise Tips: Maintaining Health and Fitness Goals on Holland America Line is Easy

For many, vacations are a time to unwind, relax and escape the daily routine. However, others may find themselves focused on maintaining certain routines — even while vacationing. Sustaining a health and fitness regimen at home can be a challenge on its own, but continuing it on your travels can present a new kind of challenge. Keeping guests’ needs in mind, Holland America Line provides a wide selection of activities and amenities that make it easy for guests to keep their healthy habits and stay active, all while enjoying their cruise. Read on to discover what they are!

Healthy Dining

Pinnacle's Halibut & Shrimp

The heart of every health regimen is food, and as a guest of Holland America Line you’ll find that our numerous dining options will allow you to choose what best suits your dietary needs. Meals offered in our Main Dining Room, Lido Market, Dive In and New York Pizza are all included in the cost of your cruise and feature deliciously healthy options!

Available for breakfast, lunch or an unforgettable five-course dinner, the Main Dining Rooms on our ships offer a range of selections from classic favorites and vegetarian options, to dishes inspired by the regions you’ll visit.

If you’re looking for a more casual setting for your health-fix, the Lido Market is another popular option. Also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this venue offers a fresh new approach to casual dining. The Lido Market includes various themed stations that provide curated selections of delicious options to grab on the go like delicious sushi or freshly prepared made-to-order salads.

Even when you’re out lounging by the pool, healthy options are still within reach. Out on the Lido Deck you’ll find guest-favorites — New York Pizza and Dive-In! While pizza and burgers may be the main attractions of these venues, both locations offer delicious options for the health-conscious traveler. At New York Pizza you’ll find crisp Italian salads, including Caprese and Kale Ceasar salads, or you can opt for a tasty Veggie pizza. If you’re craving something even heartier, Dive-In offers healthy options that are still guaranteed to make a splash with your taste buds! Delight in a chicken breast sandwich or indulge in a Freestyle burger — a vegetarian-friendly option comprised of a grilled Portobello mushroom topped with cheddar and Gouda cheese, chop-chop lettuce, avocado, and sliced tomato on a toasted whole wheat bun. And each is made fresh so you can tailor your toppings.

For a nominal fee, guests can dine at our specialty restaurants and enjoy even more healthy and delectable options. At Pinnacle Grill, guests will experience dishes inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, such as Alaskan king salmon and choice, responsibly raised beef from Washington State’s Double R Ranch. If you have a taste for Asian cuisine, delight in the exotic menu at Tamarind evoking the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Sel de Mer is an intimate seafood brasserie on select ships offering a contemporary twist on French seafood classics with à la carte dishes ranging from fresh oysters and broiled fish to a vegetarian option, Soufflé Au Fromage — a double-baked goat cheese soufflé served with salad greens.

For a truly unique experience, Koningsdam’s Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center is a must! This show kitchen becomes an immersive farm-to-table concept featuring viewing screens that allow you to watch as your meal is freshly prepared. Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center alternates between two menus where you can always choose from a meat, fish or vegetarian main course.

Guests with special dietary requests or restrictions can notify the shoreside team before departure to ensure all dietery needs are met onboard.

Onboard Fitness Options

Koningsdam's Fitness Center

Each of our ships features a fully equipped fitness center that makes it easy for guests to maintain their goals and keep fit as they cruise. From treadmills and stationary bikes to rowing machines and weights, our fitness centers offer something for everyone, at every level. You can also take part in a selection of group classes including yoga, Pilates, aerobics and spinning. Koningsdam even features special TRX and spinning classrooms, so challenging workouts await!.

Onboard, outdoor activities allow you to get your workout in as you soak up some vitamin D and take in the refreshing ocean breeze. Go for a leisurely walk, jog around our generously proportioned teak decks, or get a group together for a game of basketball, volleyball, tennis or ping pong.

Exercise Through EXC

Half Moon Cay's Eco-Bike & Kayak Adventure

Our EXC Tours are an incredible way to explore ports of call and can range from whale watching in Alaska to a relaxing horse and carriage ride through Cartegena’s beautiful Old Town.

However, if you’re looking to get active while you’re ashore, these tours can offer the perfect combination of exercise and sightseeing depending on the tour you select. A popular active option among guests is the Eco-Bike & Kayak Adventure at our award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay. You’ll set out on a bike ride that will take you to various spots throughout the island, followed by a kayaking adventure in the island’s saltwater lagoon. Not only does this tour allow you to explore this gorgeous island, but you’re also guaranteed to get a great workout!

If a challenge is what you’re after, a tour like the Cabo Zip-Lining Adventure in Mexico fits the bill! Combining zip-lines, rock climbing, crazy ladders, suspension bridges, a nature walk and some exciting rappelling, this can easily be considered one of Holland America Line’s most active tours.

Rest, Recharge, Repeat!

Koningsdam's Hydrotherapy Pool

What better way to reward your hard work and dedication than with a visit to our spa? Indulge in a deep-tissue massage, or relax your tired muscles with a dip in our soothing hydrotherapy pools. Containing trace elements and vitamins to help remineralize your body, the warm therapeutic sea-water will soothe your tired muscles in a tranquil and comforting environment that allows you to fully recharge.

Getting away doesn’t have to mean getting away from it all. If you’re looking to maintain your healthy lifestyle on your vacation, Holland America Line is equipped with everything you need to keep you on track … all while having the time of your life!


Join the Discussion


  1. James A Umpherson February 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I will be a guest on the MS Volendam for the April 17th sailing of the Panama Canal Cruise. In preparation for my packing, I want to know if the “spin class bicycles” have clips for petals. In other words, I want to know if I need to bring my cycling shoes. Please advice.


  2. sharon May 12, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I’m considering a cruise on an Ms Amsterdam ship, can you tell me what kind of recumbent bike you have on that ship, what brand is the recumbent bike? thank you

  3. Raj Box January 28, 2020 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I am going on a cruise in August (1st), on Eurodam. Is there a location for me to find out about exercise activities offered on Eurodam, such as:

    * Pool activities for my elderly in-laws
    * Yoga classes for me / wife
    * Classroom activities for my kids/nephews/nieces.

    Thank you

  4. Don July 14, 2022 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Is there a process for reserving a spot in the yoga classes on the Zuiderdam?

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