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Top 5 Best Cruise Ship Running Tracks

22 September 2023

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If you like to stay fit and healthy when you’re on a cruise, you’ll be pleased to know that a lot of cruise ships have a running track. Giving you the chance to exercise whilst taking in breathtaking sea views, this extraordinary feature allows running enthusiasts to get their workout in whilst at sea. The majority of cruise ships also have a fitness centre onboard, often featuring a treadmill, for when the weather isn’t good.

In this guide, you’ll discover the best running tracks offered by cruise lines, along with some suggestions for cruises you can book when taking part in different international marathons.

Best Cruise Ship Running Tracks

As mentioned above, the majority of cruise ships have running tracks that are situated on the top deck. These running tracks are either dedicated spaces, such as on Virgin Voyages, or they might pass through different areas, such as Carnival Cruise Line where the running tracks weave through mini golf or the sports court.

Read on to find out more!

Virgin Voyages’ Running Track

Available: fleet wide

Kicking off this list is Virgin Voyages’ running track. Situated on deck 17, this signature red running track is a sight to behold. As you run along the track, not only will you get picturesque ocean views, but you’ll pass by the iconic Virgin sign on the ship’s funnel - which lights up at night.

Running track on Resilient Lady
Running track on Resilient Lady

Spanning 255-278 metres (depending on the ship), the Virgin Voyages’ running track, also known as ‘The Runway’ is a great place to enjoy a jog, walk or run throughout the day.

Royal Caribbean Running Track

Available: fleet wide

Running tracks are also available on all of Royal Caribbean’s 26 cruise ships. However, they do vary in size and their location on the ship. For example, on Wonder of the Seas, you’ll find the running track on deck 5, spanning the length of the ship, 2.4 laps of the 2-lane jogging track makes up 1 mile.

Running track on Wonder of the Seas
Running track on Wonder of the Seas‌ ‌

Here’s a list of lengths of some of the other Royal Caribbean ship’s running tracks:

Carnival Cruises Running Track

Available: fleet wide

Situated on the top deck of the ships, the running track on Carnival Cruise Line is the size of three football fields. A padded track, you can walk, jog or run freely on the spacious track throughout your cruise whilst taking in scenic views. A great way to get some exercise in, alongside utilising the fitness centre onboard, Carnival Cruise Line’s running tracks are popular with guests of all ages.

Running track on Carnival Glory
Running track on Carnival Glory

Here’s a list of lengths of some of the Carnival Cruise Line ship’s running tracks:

Azamara Cruises Running Track

Available: on two of the fleet's ships

If you’re looking for a luxury cruise, then Azamara Cruises is a great option. Not only do they have opulent features throughout their fleet, but they also have state-of-the-art fitness facilities, including jogging tracks. Located on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest on deck 10, you’ll be able to enjoy some outside exercise at your own pace.

Running track on Azamara Journey
Running track on Azamara Journey

Celebrity Cruises Running Track

Available: fleet wide

Another premium cruise line with modern amenities, Celebrity Cruises currently has 15 cruise ships in its fleet. Situated on the top deck of their ships (usually on deck 15), above the Resort Deck is the jogging track. A large track, some of them feature a slight incline and will involve you running past or through certain areas of the ship, such as one of the bars.

Running track on Celebrity Beyond
Running track on Celebrity Beyond

Best Marathon Cruises

Alternatively, if you’re interested in doing a marathon, why not book a cruise that stops off or starts in the chosen marathon destination. For example, if you’re looking to do the New York marathon, why not book a cruise from New York? This way, you can take part in the iconic marathon and end your time there with an unforgettable holiday.

Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon

Alongside New York, there are several other international marathons where you can sail either directly to, or nearby to where the race will take place. Alternatively, like cruises from New York, you can fly to the destination, then sail back either to the UK or another destination after taking part in the race; these include:



Boston Marathon


London Marathon


Malaga Half Marathon


Paris Marathon


Tokyo Marathon 


Seville Half Marathon 


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