My family recently participated in a fitness challenge. A competition even. Pitting parent against daughter and son. What could be worth such a divisive and demanding contest? A cruise, that's what. 

We rose to the occasion and achieved our goals. Each of us getting healthier and developing good habits. My brother won our overall weight loss and fitness contest, taking home a cash prize and bragging rights until our next fitness challenge. But really, we all won. All aboard.

Turns out, you don't need to win a fitness contest to go on a cruise. In fact, a cruise is awfully counterproductive in such endeavors. But in the dead of winter, it only seems responsible to reward a hardworking body with some relaxation, turquoise water, and vitamin D.