The FitBit and The Fantasy | Fitness Apps Onboard the Disney Cruise Line

 Welcome to the next stop on the Blogorail. Today we are discussing one of my favorite ways to make staying in shape more fun. Namely, the app. Like the saying goes, there's an app for that!

I love using a FitBit in my daily life because it makes keeping track of how many steps I've gotten in super easy and it's fun to compete and see who can get in the most steps in a day. I wanted to keep track of my cruise to the eastern Caribbean last November partially to keep the good habit going and partially because I was curious.

St. Thomas and St. John
Touring St. John

Lots of people tell me they're surprised I love cruising. Isn't that just for lazing around in hammocks or on deck chairs drinking fruity beverages? Aren't you always running around like a crazy person? Wouldn't just laying around all day drive you crazy?

Um, yeah.

If I actually lazed around all day. There is plenty of time for that of course, but first I need to go explore a bit!

The thing is, from the afternoon you board the Fantasy and happily step onto the ship, there is more to see than can ever be seen more and more to do than can ever be done. (Uh oh, she's gone to Lion King mode.)


Even if you never wake up in time for Sunrise Stretch and you ignore the whole "take the stairs" advice, you stand a pretty good chance of walking quite a bit. The thing is, when you're heading out to stroll around a tropical island it just doesn't seem like much work.

The walls of the Castillo de San Felipe in Puerto Rico
I went aboard the ship and as usual turned off cellular data roaming and put my iPhone into airplane mode to avoid unwanted fees. This also prevented my FitBit from syncing. Therefore I needed to check on it every evening or so to check if I should charge it.
Interestingly enough, despite normally syncing via Bluetooth, the FitBit did not want to sync without regular Wi-Fi. It synced fine once we were on St. Thomas (which is in my cellular network, but depends on your carrier) but even when I was using the ship's Wi-Fi it never wanted to sync up.
Not to worry!
Even without syncing on sea days, all that data stores itself away in your FitBit.

So what kind of mileage did my cruise yield?

Hmmmm. It looks like I did pretty much hang out on a lounger on Tuesday.
To put the above mileage into perspective:

Saturday we boarded the ship. (All this mileage is walking around the port or on the ship exploring.
Sunday and Monday were sea days. I ran on the first one and did not run on the second.
Tuesday we toured St. Thomas. Then I spent the afternoon taking a good long rest in a lounger.
Wednesday we walked all over Puerto Rico. After I ran a bit that morning.
Thursday was another sea day. No running. Just meandering about the ship.
Friday we were ensconced in a cabana in Castaway Cay most of the day. Except for the 5K.

I did not walk up more than a few flights of stairs at any point during the week, although I did walk downstairs because it seemed lazy to me to ride the elevator down. (I'm strange like that). So I did use the elevators. Our stateroom was on the twelfth deck. Many activities and restaurants were on the third deck. So walking up nine flights of stairs all of the time just wasn't going to happen.

As always with a FitBit, be sure to pack your charger!

Thank you for joining the Blogorail this month. We will be back in next month with all new loops and themes. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with newest posts, photos and stories. If you are looking for more magic, you can make your way over to The Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop - Sparks of Magic - Nike+ Running
2nd Stop - The Disney Point - MyFitnessPal
3rd Stop - Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere - FitBit


  1. I. Love. Fitbit. I just got a Fitbit Charge HR (upgraded from the Fitbit One) and it's changed how I work out. This app really is one of the most all encompassing fitness apps out there.

  2. I just recently got a FitBit and I love it! It's a great way to help me make sure I do get some exercise and that I don't eat too many calories! I can't wait to see how many miles I actually walk in the parks on my next WDW trip. I've always wondered how much we walk there.

    1. Just between the airport and Downtown Disney today I logged five and a half miles. I'm curious about how Magic Kingdom goes tomorrow!

  3. This is awesome! I am such a big fan of the Fitbit. I've had mine for over two years now. I can't believe the kind of numbers I yield in the parks. Walking is the best idea on a cruise so you don't blow up like a balloon! Great post!

    1. Yeah. The free food everywhere is definitely a challenge!


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