Posted February 21st, 2013, 08:36 PM
As a bodybuilder, I tend to book ships based on the gym facilities. After 45+ cruises, I think NCL Epic has the most impressive gym. All the equiptment was new and the layout was great. It's the only cruise ship gym I know of that has a smith machine squat rack and a seated calf raise. I'm going on the Allure this spring so we'll see which one "wins".
I'm a hard gainer so I love being able to eat every 3 hours. I walk past a buffet and grab a chicken breast. On my last cruise my roommate and I would book a specialty restaurant early in the evening when reservations are easy to come by. Then we'd eat again in the main dining room just before they closed.
If you make smart choices, you can eat really "clean" as well as indulge in the desserts.
I was able to gain 8lbs of muscle in one week on the Epic. I'm 5'6" so I came off the ship feeling like a relaxed suntanned monster. Since I don't drink alcohol my biggest onboard expense is usuallly a massage. I enjoy a steam/sauna after my workout then usually fall asleep on a lounger.
I don't just eat, workout and tan though. I go to the shows, some of the ports, nightclubbing and lose a little in the casino. The Allure this May can't come fast enough.
I know this is a long post, but you did ask.
I tried to insert a photo of the Epic gym but I don't know what the "url" is. Yes I'm a meathead.