Running - by cruise ship!

Imagine running in a different country every day and returning to luxury at night!

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25/08/2012 at 15:11

Hi, I am an ABTA travel agent who is now too decrepit for much sport but would like to put forward in idea I have been working on!

Embarking at one of the UK ports such as Southampton/Newcastle/Edinburgh/Greenock/Liverpool/Hull/Bristol/Harwich on one of the smaller cruise ships sailing and going to some countries with incredible running opportunities. I am picturing the crystal clean air of Scandanavia, the Norwegian Fjords,Iceland, Greenland & Lapland to name a few.

No flyng means you will be in better shape to start with!

Have a great days running and return to the luxury of your ship with great dining (from the healthy options menu of course!), work out in the fully equiped fitness centre/saunas & gymnasium.

Next day, do the same but in a different country - with no packing/unpacking of luggage and kit!

What I am after is any feedback from you with suggestions before I put the idea to the cruise companies and see what deals they can offer.

If a group gets together the cruise companies often offer perks such as free places, sole use of facilities & help with activities ashore.

Let me know your thoughts - a good idea - who is up for it?

We are not talking a fortune, an 8 day Fjords cruise for example is £449p/p when 2 share - less if there is 3 or 4 in the cabin!

M...eldy    pirate
25/08/2012 at 15:36

I like the idea 

Almost like a swimtrek type of deal ...

25/08/2012 at 15:57



Forgot about the refreshing dip in the pool at the end of the day!

M...eldy    pirate
25/08/2012 at 16:04

Thoughts :

What would make a runner want to take a cruise?  
Short island hops as opposed long stretches at sea
Empahasis on good food
Facilities on board
Scenery and Terrain
Some kind of sponsor or sweetner perhaps
Competitive price
'Key' race at the end

What would make this different from a normal cruise round the Fjords or wherever where you could run at your own pace/time

Dark Vader    pirate
25/08/2012 at 16:26

Good idea...    some facility to wash and dry the kit at the end of the day or overnight would be helpful...

It also offers a holiday opportunity for non-running partners and family (children) to accompany...



Edited: 25/08/2012 at 16:27
25/08/2012 at 16:29

Yep Im in

But two things 

  1. Its not an Italian cruise line is it? (costa Concordia springs to mind)
  2. 8 days of travelling with a bunch of people all talking about running may drive me insane will there be non running types as well?
25/08/2012 at 18:08

Thanks , some good points!

Brilliant idea about bringing the family - they do their own thing and everyone meets up at the pool later!

I invisage them being  sort of events with different clubs etc meeting up - The Ramblers Society already host special cruises on some dates on the ships  (British) I am thinking about ( ships hold typically 800 people so not all runners unless this idea goes ballistic!)

I agree as few days at sea as possible as only so long you would wish to be in the gymn!

Ships all have laundries on board so maybe a deal to done with them for washing kits.

Would love to have a sponsor onboard - kit/drinks - anything related really - anyone any contacts?

Anyone in a club that could be interested - only need about a dozen people to get the cruise lines interested!

25/08/2012 at 19:06

I think it's a brilliant idea

If you fancy offering consultations with an on-board sports dietitian, I think I might be able to bring myself to volunteer 

25/08/2012 at 19:21

Fab, we are beginning to rock!

Keep the interest coming!

25/08/2012 at 19:40

25/08/2012 at 19:52

If we get about 12 notes of interest by the time the cruise lines open on Tuesday i can put forward the idea to them.

Having a "key" race at the end sounds good!

Keep suggestions coming!

Dark Vader    pirate
25/08/2012 at 20:13

Keeping it fun is a must...  there could be some kind of personal challenge involved, but in a non-competitive environment..   for example...   a sub-3 hr marathoner shouldn't have any advantage over a sub-6 hr marathoner...  this would need some more thought... 

Each evening, after dinner, there could be a review of the days runs, with photos on a big screen and funny feedback of things that had happened, to keep the group working together as a group and maintain the social feel...

At each destination, some prior preparation of routes should be known.. not simply dump the runners ashore and tell them to be back on board in 5 hours... so..  local knowledge and maps would be essential...  maybe also GPS data to download for those with smart phones and watches..

Having access to an on-board physio and massage is essential.   Someone is bound to get injured...  oh..  this makes me think that an inclusive medical insurance policy would be a good sales pitch just in case someone gets seriously injured...

Providing a decent goody bag at the start would add to the fun..  to include decent items such as a technical running shirt that can be worn at each destination..  maybe two shirts, to allow for one to be washed while wearing the other...



25/08/2012 at 20:43

I dunno where my other message disappeared to. I'd be happy to do the sports massage.

It would be a great idea in general - local routes, maybe with some locals who can do a 'running tour', and maybe finishing with a marathon, or other already organised event - or a multi event thing so if some only want to do a 10km or a half then they can.

There could be talks on nutrition and hydration and maybe things like injury prevention, and maybe even stretching/pilates/yoga classes in an evening?

Edited: 25/08/2012 at 20:43
25/08/2012 at 21:03
Sounds a great idea. I'd be interested
25/08/2012 at 21:28

All good stuff, this is going to be "your" cruise so keep the suggestions coming!

You are the guys that are going to "build " this!

25/08/2012 at 22:55

Sounds like a great idea for the wintery months when running in good ol' blighty isn't as nice.  I like the thoughts of a feature race to finish on - maybe a half or full marathon - and Dark's idea of an evening review after dinner sounds good.

Planned routes is a must or is there any chance a local running club could be found and involved at each location?  I don't know much about running clubs abroad (hopefully people who regularly run abroad could have an input here) but you may be able to plan competition races of 5k/10k with running clubs in various countries at each stop?  If the cruise is more of an island hop then Guernsey and Jersey could even be an idea as I'm aware each has their own running club.

Offering an all-in package deal including physio/running kit/nutrition/races etc sounds like the way forward - best of luck pitching it and hope to hear back soon!

26/08/2012 at 12:34

Why not make the whole thing a stage race, with each leg in a different country, rather than just a series of runs leading up to one race at the end? 

M...eldy    pirate
26/08/2012 at 12:40

Its looking like a 'Floating Workshop' to me ... and that may be what grabs people more, the opportunity to run and to learn
You will have a lot of downtime to fill so filling that with lectures/demonstrations would be a good way to go IMO

26/08/2012 at 13:11

Good stuff!

Now thinking about itinerary...

For first cruise - keep it not too long so Norway fits quite well with 1 day at sea to get there and 1 day at sea on the return .. 4 or 5 different ports with full days at each if possible.

Your thoughts....

26/08/2012 at 15:24

LOL - not that I want to piss on anyones parade or anything, but the last time I went to Norway on a 'luxury' cruise ship we hit a force 9 gale across the North Sea and everyone disappeared to their cabins with sea-sickness ! This was not a good start to my planned weekend walking break - trying to run after 24hrs of not being able to eat anything and hurling up on the vomit comet would have been a total nightmare !

Errrrrrm - with that in mind, count me for a resounding No Thanks .

But good luck with your idea!

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