Health Benefits of a Caribbean Cruise

by Natasha Jervis

Thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise this year? There is a long list of reasons why you should climb aboard a cruise, and you'll be surprised by how many of them are health-related. Sit back, relax, and soak up some vitamin D from the Caribbean sun. Or enjoy soothing massages at an onboard spa, and break free from winter blues as you cruise the Caribbean. Plan a vacation to the Caribbean this year — and do it on a cruise ship!

With so many opportunities to rejuvenate and become a healthier you, why hesitate? Check out a few of the fantastic health benefits of cruising to the Caribbean in 2015.

Rejuvenating Spa Opportunities

Caribbean cruises have a way of refreshing the mind, body, and spirit. Pamper yourself with luxury spa treatments such as massages, body wraps, scrubs, acupuncture treatments, and a variety of soothing facials.

When you climb aboard a luxury cruise to the Caribbean, you'll want to look your best. So step into the salon and get a manicure, pedicure and new hairstyle, or stay active and energized with onboard workouts. By the time you arrive in some of the top Caribbean ports such as St. Maarten, Antigua, Grand Cayman, and the island of Cozumel, you will be refreshed and ready for fun in the sun!

Say Hello to the Sun

Escape winter and head to the Caribbean where you can absorb some healthy sun rays and natural light. Vitamin D, which your body produces after being exposed to natural sunlight, is important for your health and can improve your mood. The sun's rays also have been shown to boost serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, memory, mood, and appetite — levels in your body. The boost in serotonin means a boost in your happiness.

Beyond the many healing benefits of the sun, just being out at sea is fantastic for you. That's because the ocean air contains negative ions that balance your levels of serotonin, which can calm you down, make you happy, and help you naturally let go of stress.

Get Active on Multiple Excursions and Adventures

Feel like you have lost your sense for adventure? Another reason to cruise across the Caribbean in 2015 is that you can rediscover your adventurous self. There are loads of excursions that provide you with an excellent list of things to do in each Caribbean port. With options such as exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman, cave tubing in Belize and zip-lining through Antigua's thick jungles, there is an adventure out there for you. All that physical activity is bound to energize you and boost your mood, both of which are necessary for optimal mental health.

On a Caribbean cruise, you can take care of what matters most — your health. So when will you plan yours?

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Two women enjoy the Lotus Spa on board their Princess Cruise ship.
Spending time in an onboard spa will improve your health.