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Expert advice: Cruises for fitness fans

Q. I’m really into my health and fitness and would like to know which cruise lines offer the best gyms and workout classes at sea?

A. Whether you’re a serious fitness fanatic, or just interested in finding fun activities to work off those delicious breakfast pastries, there are lots of ways to keep active while cruising. Most medium to large ships feature gyms with cardio and weight machines, and many have an impressive range of fitness classes on offer too, as well as yoga.

Of course, there’s no reason why you should stay indoors in the gym on a beautiful day at sea. Jogging tracks will help you blow the cobwebs away, complete with spectacular sea views (you can always walk if you don’t want to run) and many of the larger cruise ships have outdoor sports courts where you can join in a game of basketball or dodgeball.

Adrenaline junkies should head for the incredible top deck ropes course on board Norwegian Breakaway and Breakaway Plus Class ships, which extends eight feet over the side of the ship and features more than 40 obstacles.

River cruise guests seeking more zen activities can check out Uniworld’s S.S. Joie de Vivre’s onboard spa and wellness centre Club L’Esprit for an aquatic fitness class or yoga, and Scenic have recently completely rebuilt both Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire with a state-of-the-art vitality pool, gym and spa.

Even if you’re not a gym bunny, you can keep active on shore by choosing excursions like kayaking, hiking and cycling (SeaDream Yacht Club guests can borrow one of the onboard fleet of mountain bikes).