As part of a week-long Alaskan cruise, Club Pilates will attempt to execute the largest outdoor Pilates event worldwide
The fitness-tourism partnership between Xponential Fitness and Princess Cruises has deepened, with the boutique fitness curator’s signature Pilates brand, Club Pilates, hitting the high seas.
A week-long, round-trip cruise with top instructors, Club Pilates at Sea: An Alaska Retreat, is planned for September 2 to 9 on Royal Princess.
While on board the ship, guests can enjoy a full range of Pilates and other Xponential fitness classes. The fitness voyage provides more than just flexibility — cruisers will also take in the best that Alaska offers, reveling in the beauty of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, with a visit to Victoria, British Columbia.
“We’re beyond thrilled to partner with Princess Cruises – Alaska’s number one cruise operator – on our first-ever Club Pilates cruise which offers our members and those interested in fitness a unique opportunity to enjoy classes led by the best instructors in fitness, meet new people, and marvel at Alaska’s pristine natural beauty. We can’t wait to welcome everyone on board,” said Mike Gray, president of Club Pilates.
Cruisegoers can participate in a Club Pilates class amidst the backdrop of glaciers and mountains, promising a remarkable and exhilarating experience that may even break a record as the cruise operator and Club Pilates will attempt to execute the largest outdoor Pilates event worldwide.
Fitness enthusiasts can keep up the active momentum by selecting nature-based land experiences, such as hiking, canoeing and ziplining, or take a more relaxed approach with whale watching, salmon bakes and experiencing tours of historic Gold Rush towns.
Best of all, visitors have a great chance of catching a view of the Northern Lights as Club Pilates at Sea will cruise during the peak season of the Aurora Borealis. There will also be opportunities for a moonlit Glow Flow class and a Restore and Relax Sanctuary class for “ultimate relaxation” with lit candles, sound healing and acupuncture.
Xponential announced a five-year licensing deal with Princess Cruises last fall. The partnership is part of a larger trend that blends travel with fitness.
Similar to Xponential and Princess Cruises, Peloton has forged a partnership with Hilton Hotels. Such collaborations are lucrative, especially after a recent report by American Express revealed boutique wellness experiences are exactly what travelers desire.
Club Pilates, one of Xponential’s ten boutique fitness brands, has been identified as part of the franchisor’s international growth plan. The Pilates brand already operates in Japan and has also signed master franchise agreements in Ireland and Switzerland. Earlier this year, Xponential opened its first Club Pilates in Frankfurt, Germany.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.