Short First Anniversary Cruise: Running on a Cruise Ship

Miami and Boarding on RCL Cruise
First night’s Show and Tina Fey’s BossyPants
Running on a Cruise Ship
Cococay Island, Viking Lounge and the second night’s shows
Nassau Cruise Port and Atlantis Resort
Back in Miami and to the airport

So at the time, i was only used to running outside. I hadn’t ran on a treadmill in a long time, especially in long distances. I was adamant about finding a place to run on the ship. I mean, this thing was pretty big so I thought it was possible. It definitely was but it was a bit challenging.

We were on the Majesty of the Seas, RCL’s smallest ship. I believe i started around 10pm. I managed to digest what seemed to be three meals in the few hours between end of dinner and 10pm. If you have taken a cruise before, you would know how much food they try to have you eat. I saw that the running track was on Deck 7. I took a walk earlier in the day and its a open track that wraps around the entire boat. I thought it would be perfect. I come back at night to run. I then realized that it was lit only for a few hours at night and by the time i got there, most of it was dark. There’s no other lights on the part of the boat as the upper deck covers it completely. So about 1/2 of deck 7 was dark. I did manage to run a few laps before completely freaking out about falling overboard. Also, there were also people walking around there as well and others on the ends of the ship trying to spend some romantic time together. It just didn’t work out so the alternative running area was on the top deck.

Luckily there weren’t many people on the top deck and many people were still figuring out the ship or at some of the shows downstairs. I managed to do about 6 miles. I knew how long the ship was and estimated that the top deck was some multiple of the ship length and did many laps around. I did have to dodge many people but the run was ok. It was a weird feeling to run on a moving ship because if you go one way, you’re against the ships momentum while the other way, you’re running with the ship forward.

It was convenient as the 24 hour restaurant that only served pizza was on the top deck. I stopped in after my run to get some pizza and water after my run. This is the smallest ship they had so they didn’t offer much for around the clock dining. You can order room service anytime but its pricey. I went back to the stateroom to rest before a long day at Cococay.

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