One of the last places I expected to get my run on was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. But this was exactly the case this summer on a family trip I made to the Caribbean. I was looking for ways to “keep in shape” ahead of time, and was pleased to find that our ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, had a full-length running/walking track on Deck 5 (the same level where the life boats are located, as seen below).
© Kristeen Cherney, 2019
So run I did! Not only did I prevent the infamous cruise weight-gain, but I also felt better getting a run in during our “at-sea” days. I was worried about getting sea-sick or dizzy on the track, but none of this happened at all. In fact, in the open areas of the ship, there was almost a feeling of running right along the water, a feeling that is difficult to describe.
I also noticed that, on a ship of 6,000-plus people, I ran into others I had seen on the running track throughout my vacation. We all had one thing in common: we were walking around on the cruise ship when we weren’t on the track!
My only regret is that I wish I could have woken up early on our port days so I could get a quick run or walk in, too. Getting up early is arguably difficult on vacation. I also regret I didn’t get better pics of the actual track, as I didn’t take my phone on any of my runs (maybe next time!). I’m just glad I had the opportunity to walk and run on the track at all!