Holland America’s range of onboard fitness classes makes keeping in shape on a cruise so easy. HAL offers both free and paid classes, along with complimentary fitness center access.
Staying in shape on a cruise doesn’t have to be hard, or take up too much of your vacation time! Whether you’re a diehard fitness enthusiast or just beginning to work out, Holland America offers fitness classes and independent exercise options for all levels.
Find out which of HAL’s fitness classes are included in the price of your cruise, which cost a little extra, and what other workout options are available on board.
Free group fitness classes
Holland America offers some free basic group fitness classes on each cruise, but days and times may vary on different sailings.
In recent years, the most common free fitness classes on HAL have included:
- Stretch & Release
- Abs Class
The fitness center and the Greenhouse Spa also offer several health- and fitness-themed talks, which are also free. Common topics include:
- Secrets to a Flatter Stomach
- Improve Your Posture
- Footprint Analysis
- Relieving Back Pain
- Intro to Acupuncture
Check your daily planner to find out when the free fitness classes and discussions will be held.
Paid group fitness classes
Most Holland America fitness classes do have an upcharge, but they offer a range of innovative options you might not have at your gym on land.
Not all classes may be held on all sailings, so check your daily planner for dates and times.
- Pure-Form Pilates – 45 minutes, $20
- Pure-Form Yoga – 45 minutes, $20
- TRX Suspension Training – 45 minutes, $20
- Trilo3y – 45 minutes, $20
- Results-Based Training – 45 minutes, $20
- RYDE indoor cycling – 45 minutes, $20
Pilates, a method designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body, uses low-impact exercises and focused breathing patterns to tone your muscles.
Pilates classes on Holland America ships are mat-based, and use Pilates rings, foam-core rollers, and weighted balls as well as your own body mass for resistance. HAL doesn’t offer Reformer Pilates classes.
Whether you’re an experienced yogi or new to the practice, Holland America’s yoga classes can help you increase your balance, concentration, and focus.
This ancient method combines physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing to help with strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall well-being.
TRX Suspension Training
Looking for a fun group fitness class to try on your cruise? TRX Suspension Training is an innovative method that harnesses body weight to create resistance.
Your instructor will show you how to use the TRX strap system to help tighten your core—building strength, flexibility, balance, and mobility.
Fun fact: TRX Suspension Training was originally designed by a US Navy SEAL. But you don’t need to be in tip-top shape to try it! You can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
The progressive exercise method known as Trilo3y fuses three key components of fitness—cardio, strength, and stretching—into a 45-minute workout.
Results-Based Training (RBT)
This functional fitness program was designed to get maximum results in minimum time. Your class will combine large compound movements with a continuous flow of exercises to keep your heart pumping for the entire workout.
RYDE indoor cycling
With high-energy music fueling this workout, you’ll pedal through a series of virtual landscapes to get the feeling of real road cycling. Take your spin class to the next level and burn some serious calories!
Money-saving tip: To score a discount on fitness classes, Holland America lets cruisers buy either a package of three classes, or a pass that you can use for five to seven days.
- Select Class Pass – 3 classes, $39
- Select Class Pass – 5 to 7 days, $69
One-on-one training + consultation
Holland America also offers one-on-one training and consultations at the fitness center, for an additional charge. Options include:
- Personal Training – 60 minutes, $99 / 3 sessions $249
- Body Composition Analysis – 30 minutes, $39
- InBody 570 Compositional Analysis – 60 minutes, $99
- Nutritional Consultation – 60 minutes, $99
Book an individualized training session with one of the fitness center’s professionals to learn which exercises will work best for you. Your session includes an in-depth consultation and body composition analysis.
Body Composition Analysis
A fitness center pro will use a biodynamic electrostatic machine to determine exactly how much lean mass you currently have. They’ll then design a personal training program to help you increase lean mass.
InBody 570 Compositional Analysis
Using the InBody 570, a state-of-the-art body composition analyzer, you’ll get a comprehensive analysis of your inner health using bioimpedance. With this service, you can find out precise measurements of your segmental muscle mass, body fat mass, and visceral fat. You’ll also find out about your metabolism, inflammation, and fluid retention levels.
If you’re looking to kick off a healthy diet and exercise program on your cruise, consider booking a nutritional consultation. You’ll sit down with a fitness professional who’ll create an in-depth, personalized program just for you.
Looking for the most updated Holland America fitness class menu? Here’s the newest one, with current services and prices for 2022.
Other fitness options on Holland America
If you’re not into group fitness classes, you’ll still have lots of opportunities to keep in shape on your cruise.
All Holland America ships feature a modern, well-maintained fitness center with plenty of cardio and weight machines.
Or, grab some friends and enjoy a game of basketball, volleyball, tennis or ping pong. You can even enjoy some fresh air (and an amazing sea view) by taking a run on your ship’s outdoor jogging track, or by walking a few laps on the Promenade Deck.
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Tip: Thinking about booking a Holland America cruise? I always book through CruiseDirect for the lowest prices. They never charge a booking fee, and you can often score some exclusive perks like free onboard credit to use at the spa!
Have you ever tried a Holland America fitness class? What’s your favorite way to work out on a cruise? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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