Relaxation is the name of the game in any spa, particularly so when you are on holiday. All you want is to enjoy the days at leisure, to have some quiet time, a little R&R and – why not! – let’s indulge ourselves with life’s little luxuries. A cruise can offer a dizzying array of onboard activities – from swimming pools, climbing walls, ice rinks, sports through to night clubs and the latest all-singing all-dancing theatre show. So, wouldn’t it be lovely to slow down to cruise-time with the latest in body rejuvenation and all-over body treatments, being pampered with massage, manicures, facials and more. You can bubble away in a spa bath, have an aromatherapy mud wrap or float on air after a massage, whatever you choose to do, you’ll find a little piece of heaven inside the many spas at sea.
Here are some of our highly recommended onboard spas to explore while you’re on your cruising holiday.
Canyon Ranch Spa Club – Celebrity Cruises
You’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive spa experience with Canyon Ranch Spa Club – of the award-winning Canyon Ranch, the world’s most premier health resort. Couple this with Celebrity’s well-renowned onboard luxury, and you’re definitely in for a treat!
Canyon Ranch’s signature spa and wellness activities offer signature body, skin and beauty treatments using innovative skin care products, acupuncture, teeth whitening, manicures, pedicures and more located onboard Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Silhouette, and Reflection. Plus, you have access to state-of-the-art gym with fitness classes and wellness activities, as well as both AquaSpa Café and Blu restaurants catering for a healthy lifestyle.
We suggest you book an AquaClass cabin for a whole spa package. Think in-room aromatherapy and spa luxuries, exclusive access to Blu restaurant, a spa relaxation room, Persian Garden sauna and steam room. There’s even a spa concierge to offer the ultimate spa buffet!
Canyon Ranch Spa’s can also be found onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Regent Seven Seas Explorer.
Greenhouse Spa – Holland America Line
Nurture your body onboard Holland’s Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam in a two-level Greenhouse Spa comprising 17 treatments rooms, all showcasing Elemis spa products. What we love most is the Greenhouse Spa’s Thermal Suite, featuring a relaxation area with heated loungers, saunas, horizontal showers, and a pool with hydrotherapy seawater. Signature treatments include a Thai Herbal Body Wrap and Massage, and an invigorating Biotec anti-aging facial.
Also onboard are a Botox medi-spa, high-energy fitness centre, full-service hair salon and barber shop and more.
LivNordic Spa – Viking Cruises
Found on all Viking ships is the award-winning holistic LivNordic Spa – Wellness the Nordic Way – arguably one of the best-looking spas on land or at sea. Inspired by the simplicity of Nordic traditions, cruisers can indulge in both hot and cold therapies – each of deep benefit to body rejuvenation and relaxation.
Expect a Thalassotherapy Pool (therapeutic sea-water) with a hot tub nearby, a modern vapor FIREPLACE!, warmed tile loungers, Norwegian showers – complete with cold water buckets!, SNOW grottos, and a steamy sauna – this is one adventure of fire and ice!
LivNordic Spa is friendly, calming, and offers complete meditation and relaxation. For those looking for a more energetic bounce, head to the state-of-the-art gym onboard.
Aurea Spa – MSC Cruises
Aurea Spa is currently the only Balinese-styled spa that you’ll see at sea, boasting a lavishly exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and rich mosaics. Climb onboard any MSC Cruises ship for an impressive array of spa treatments and hot stone massage. Make sure to check out the Finnish saunas, a Thalassotherapy Pool (sea-water), whirlpools and outdoor cabanas perfect for a massage, thermal rooms and steam baths, salt rooms, aromatic showers, and so much more. Aurea Spa also offers various exotic therapies including aromatherapy, Turkish bath, vinotherapy and a Botox medi-spa.
To get the most out of a spa-at-sea, simply choose to cruise in one of MSC’s spa staterooms, offering included and discounted spa perks and packages.
Vitality Spa – Royal Caribbean Cruises
Found on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas is Vitality Spa. This breezy Asian-inspired spa allows guests the chance to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while onboard. Each ship features its own selection of relaxation rooms, thermal suites, infra-red sauna, rainforest shower, steam rooms, plus world-renowned Steiner Leisure treatments. Vitality Spa is a relaxing escape from it all, offering everything, from signature facials and bamboo massages to manicures, full hair salon, to a full fitness centre, workout classes, and more. Continue to enrich your mind as well as your body with seminars and info-sessions on wellness topics all available in the Vitality Enrichment Lounge.
Get ready to unleash a whole new you in one (or more) of the many luxury spa and relaxation centres at sea, offering a massive choice of health and beauty treatments with the added benefit of superb sea views!
If you’re ready to cruise into relaxation, call our Discover365 Cruise & Travel Solutions Specialists to book your next river cruise on 1300 830 786
Do you cruise to relax or are you an onboard adrenalin junkie? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Jacqueline Hamilton