Cruising is a carefree vacation choice; just board your ship, unpack in your comfortable stateroom, and enjoy the wonderful onboard entertainment, dining and learning options while the captain and crew take you from one port to another. To make your time at sea even more stress-free, schedule a pampering treatment in your ship’s spa.
Most of today’s cruise ships have spa facilities that rival the best spas you can visit on land. And for some cruise fans, the style and menu of the onboard spa has a lot to do with their choice of cruise line and ship. Here’s a quick look at some of the spas at sea.
Canyon Ranch – a top name in spa resorts on land – takes an integrative approach to well-being in body, mind, and spirit in the spas it operates on cruise ships from multiple cruise lines. On Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2, the Canyon Ranch spa + fitness facility features an array of treatments to pamper and rejuvenate the body, skin, and feet. One highlight is the Aqua Therapy Center, which offers saunas, aromatic steam, sensory showers , and hydrotherapeutic massage treatments.
On the ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Canyon Ranch provides a menu of Serene Spa & Wellness services created just for the cruise line. There’s a focus on natural ingredients and treatments from around the world; for example, you can enjoy a rejuvenating massage that uses Himalayan salt stones, or one that features a combination of warm basalt stones and cooled jade.
Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships include the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, which extends beyond the spa to AquaClass staterooms that are equipped with spa-style showers, aromatherapy diffusers and more. The spa offers an extensive menu of treatments and a Persian Garden, a sauna and steam room where the heated lounge chairs have ocean views.
The spas on Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships include thermal suites with heated ceramic loungers, horizontal rain showers (yes, you can take a shower while laying down), seawater hydrotherapy pools, and more. Dedicated spa staterooms with special perks offer passengers a more immersive spa experience.
The ships of Viking Ocean Cruises feature LivNordic Spas; in the Nordic tradition, they offer alternating hot and cold therapies to stimulate the circulatory system. The spas include thermal suites with unique water-vapor fireplaces, dry saunas, cold plunge pools, warmed ceramic loungers, rustic cold showers, and amazing, blue-lit grottos filled with manmade snow.
For more information about these and other incredible floating spas, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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