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Proving in the most definitive way that one need not abandon a regular fitness routine while on holiday – even a luxury holiday at sea – Crystal Cruises has set a comprehensive line-up of health and fitness experts for its 6th December 2016 Mind, Body & Spirit theme cruise. Aboard the 14-night Crystal Serenity sailing from New Orleans to Miami, world renowned extreme runner Dane Rauschenberg will complete a full marathon on the award-winning ship, a 26.2-mile feat that translates to approximately 96 laps around the 360-degree Promenade Deck. Once completed, Rauschenberg will be the first to run a marathon at sea. The challenge is the latest in Rauschenberg’s long career as a long-distance runner, which has seen him complete 52 marathons in 52 consecutive weekends, as well a 350-mile run up the coast of his native Oregon and a 202-mile relay, solo. Noted as a powerful, passionate and engaging speaker, Rauschenberg will share tales and experiences from his colourful career during presentations in Crystal Serenity’s stylish lounges and theatres.

“’Mind, Body & Spirit’ voyages are among our most popular, as our guests are not just culturally and globally savvy travellers, but also active and inquisitive individuals,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “To have such a passionate athlete as Dane Rauschenberg aboard will certainly entertain, but also inspire travellers, whether they too are avid runners or prefer sunset walks around the promenade. The point is, there is always an option for those who seek health and wellness activities, even while travelling the world.”

Joining Rauschenberg in the wellness-focused programming are meditation and yoga instructor Dina Michelle and lifestyle and wellness expert Barbara Udell. Michelle will offer classes in the state-of-the-art fitness centre while Udell will share her experiences and research in the fields of lifestyle, longevity and behavioural health education.

Beyond the specialised theme programming onboard, health-minded guests can take advantage of numerous amenities and activities for fitness and wellness. Recent upgrades to Crystal Serenity’s fitness facilities include an Outdoor Fitness Garden with innovative equipment curated into a self-guided “Movement Journey”. This utilises the glass-blasted stainless steel equipment and features adjustments for beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels with warm-up, circuit training and cool-down phases. Indoors, the fully equipped and spacious fitness centre is staffed by expert personal trainers and outfitted with top line technology including TechnoGym cardio equipment and TechnoGym’s Kinesis™ resistance training equipment. Specialty classes include ‘Tour de Cycle’ spin, yoga and Pilates Reformer® sessions, while each dining venue on board features fresh, healthy options that cater to most dietary restrictions and needs.

The 14-night “Bourbon Street to South Beach” voyage starts with an overnight in New Orleans on 6th December before embarking for Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Curaçao, Martinique/Fort-de-France, Guadeloupe/Point-a-Pitre, St. Barts/Gustavia, Turks & Caicos and Miami. All-inclusive fly/cruise prices start from £4,051 per person.

For more information and reservations call Crystal Cruises on 0207 399 7601 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk