Somewhere off the Cote d’Azur, on a pre-inaugural cruise of the stylish 450-passenger Seabourn Quest, I indulged duo course of seabass with citrus fondue and barbeque glazed lamb shank with seared foie gras. So it was particularly weird to hear talk of people coming on Yachts of Seabourn ships and losing weight.
But an enthusiastic fitness trainer in the Quest’s fancy and sizeable two-deck spa swears that’s what happened with passengers on a recent three-month world cruise on year-old sister ship Seabourn Sojourn.
Vincent de Jager was showing off the Quest’s Kinesis Wall, a somewhat threatening-looking contraption with various ropes, weights and pulleys, when he launched into a spiel about how people can get healthier while cruising.
Passengers hitting the Wall on the world cruise “lost so much weight they were in better shape when they got off the ship than when they got on the ship,” de Jager said.
Lest you think the trainer was doing a sales pitch, classes using the equipment are free.
Of course the line does provide healthy food choices.
You can eat salads and grilled chicken galore, but it would be a shame to miss the more sinful creations of consulting celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer (New York’s Aureole) served in the Quest’s swank, high-ceiling main dining room, or the menu of 10 “tastes” created by his protégées in the sexy and more intimate Restaurant 2.
Personally, I would have tried the Kinesis Wall, but I was too busy parked in a lounger at the pool, indulging in free drinks and homemade gelato.
The Seabourn Quest will be officially named by Emmy- and Tony-award winning actress Blythe Danner, mother of super-skinny Gwyneth Paltrow, at the port of Barcelona, today, before heading off on its maiden voyage to Greece.
Guest blogger Fran Golden is a cruise expert and frequent contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.