The "Biggest Loser" takes to the sea -- not for the NBC-TV show but for travelers who want health-minded workouts and workshops along with a Caribbean cruise. Celeb fitness trainer Bob Harper will give a keynote address, and former contestants in the weight-loss reality TV show will provide motivation during the seven-night Celebrity Eclipse cruise in November.
[Corrected at 6:55 p.m. April 22: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the ship as the Celebrity Ecstasy.]
"We're looking for anybody who's a fan of 'The Biggest Loser' or has had a hard time kick-starting a diet," said Drew Rowley, director of global licensing at NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group. The point isn't to enforce a rigid diet plan or to lose weight but to show people a healthful way to live, Rowley said.
The company has reserved 400 cabins and is expecting 1,000 passengers to participate in the Nov. 12-19 cruise. The ship will depart Miami, with stops in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin before returning to the Florida port.
Although Harper will give a two-hour speech to passengers, he won't remain on ship for the trip. Among the onboard activities will be daily workouts, yoga, low-calorie-cooking classes and sessions on health and motivation with doctors and former "Biggest Loser" contestants. The show is now in its 11th season on NBC.
And here's the scoop on eating: Passengers can choose "Biggest Loser"-approved low-calorie meals or the usual cruise fare.
"We want to get people to understand that to go to the cruise buffet, you don't have to pick up the pizza," Rowley said.
Cabin prices, based on double occupancy, start at $1,295 per person for an inside stateroom and $1,520 per person for ocean views (excluding tax and fees).