Aboard cruise ships, spa treatments are anything but ordinary. Dim lights, soothing sounds and pleasant smells are all expected in a spa experience. However, laying comfortably on a zero-gravity massage table, thermal suites inspired by Turkish and Roman baths, or a mindful living program, all overlooking deep blue waters…not your typical spa.
Ready to break away from the routine and take pampering to a whole new level? Book one of these must-have spa treatments. They are the epitome of profound relaxation.
Zero Gravity Immersion Massage
Celebrity Cruise Lines hit it off the park with this 75-minute massage. Guests surrender to relaxation at an eight-positions massage table that produces a zero-gravity effect. Combining technology and traditional hand healing, therapists deliver “a choreographed massage” to release tension and improve body mechanics.
This is one of more than 50 services guests can get aboard Celebrity cruise ships, including acupuncture, BIOTEC anti-aging facials, and customized massage sessions for cancer patients. Many of Celebrity’s spa services are guest favorites and have been featured on ABC News, CNN Travel and Fodor’s Travel.
Mandara Spa Thermal Suites
Featured on Business Insider and ABC News, the Mandara Spa offer aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet is “luxurious, therapeutic and magical”. Besides special packages catered to kids and teens, select ships feature a Himalayan Salt Room that creates a healing space inspired by the natural salt caves of Eastern Europe.
Still, Mandara’s most impressive traits at sea are its two thermal suites. Heat and water pressure combine at the Hydrotherapy Courtyard, inspired by Turkish and Roman baths and featuring dry heat, steam chambers and monsoon-like showers. On the cold front, the Snow Paradise is set at -10°C to enhance blood circulation and the respiratory system.
Spa and Wellness
Seabourn Cruise Line recently launched a mindful living program—the first of its kind—in partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil, world-renowned for its approach to holistic and integrative medicine. More than spa treatments, it delivers a holistic experience on board by integrating mind, body and spirit over a period of seven days. A coach or “guide” leads guests through daily yoga and meditation sessions, and guests attend seminars aimed at enhancing their wellbeing and awareness of how mind, body, environment and wellness are interconnected.
Make time for a spa treatment on your next cruise vacation and save your spot in advance. Although cruise ships accept walk-ins, subject to availability, you don’t want to be the person who gets to the spa super excited about a massage only to find out everything is booked.
To ensure a flawless spa experience on board, cruise lines recommend making spa appointments when booking the cruise trip—or shortly thereafter. Prior to your treatment, inform your therapist about any concern. Also, communicate your preferences regarding pressure, lighting, scents and temperature. This way, the therapist can set everything up to make you feel on cloud nine. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Born and raised in the Caribbean, Gina loves the beach and is intrigued by snowy destinations. She thinks traveling is the best school and dreams of sailing around the world with her husband and kids.