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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, July 6, 2015

Take a Spa Vacation on a Cruise

It’s easy to understand the appeal of a spa vacation: the pampering, the special treatments, the serenity of calm surroundings, and time to rediscover the simple pleasure of feeling good.

Instead of vacationing at a land-based spa, why not look to the sea? Cruise ships have spas that rival any found on land, and some ships present a truly indulgent and immersive spa experience.

The luxurious Spa at Seabourn, found on the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, is a beautiful, two-deck-high facility that’s surprisingly large given the small ship size.  Features include a hydrotherapy pool, a thermal suite with herbal sauna, a relaxation room with heated loungers, a yoga room with a Kinesis wall, and a private deck for quiet relaxation. For an immersive experience, rent a Spa Villa: these private hideaways are furnished with oversized bathtubs, comfortable living areas and day beds. Here, you can relax with a personalized package of treatments, such as a 24-karat gold facial.

The spas on Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection are run by the award-winning Canyon Ranch. There’s a menu of more than 20 exclusive treatments for the face and body. You’ll love the Persian Garden, an aromatherapy-infused sauna and steam room furnished with heated relaxation loungers – and a stunning ocean view. The spa atmosphere also permeates Celebrity’s AquaClass spa cabins, a special class of staterooms with spa-style toiletries, multi-spray spa showers, upgraded linens and complimentary bottled water and iced tea. AquaClass guests also have exclusive access to the AquaSpa Café and Blu, the spa’s specialty restaurant, which both feature beautifully prepared and healthy spa fare.

Anticipation is building for next summer’s launch of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship, the Seven Seas Explorer, and for the Canyon Ranch SpaClub that will be on board. The spa will have exclusive new treatments developed in partnership with lifestyle and beauty experts Red Flower: think exfoliation with organic sea salt from the North Atlantic, multi-part massage rituals, and a Moroccan mint tea and silt skin cleanse. The spa will also feature an infrared sauna, a cold room (to stimulate circulation), and a shower room with a full menu of pre-set treatments.

There’s more to know about these and other cruise ship spas, as well as their adjacent pool areas, fitness centers and salons. To start planning your floating spa getaway, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.

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