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
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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