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The Caribbean Cruise That Protects You From Overeating

Weight Watchers sees a seven-day cruise as a good fit for its members’ fitness.
The MSC Divina, cruise vessel.

The MSC Divina, cruise vessel.

Photographer: Gerard Julien/AFP via Getty Images

In early May, Weight Watchers International Inc. is hosting a seven-night, wellness-themed Caribbean cruise aboard the 4,300-passenger MSC Divina, sailing from Miami.

Yes—hang with us, here—a company dedicated to weight loss is joining forces with a purveyor of expansive buffets to market cruising as a viable vacation for those aiming to shed pounds. And many, many people are battling bulges unsuccessfully, with more than a third of Americans medically obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.