Spas on some cruise ships boast the latest and greatest in relaxation and wellness treatments, catering to both newbies and experienced spa fans. There are treatment options for women and men and sometimes even for teens. Prices may be higher onboard than on land, but when else are you going to indulge?
Check out these spas to achieve a new level of zen.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity ships have wonderful, contemporary spaces complete with thalassotherapy pools. A new affiliation with iconic land operator Canyon Ranch brings a new menu, featuring signature hot stone massage and Aryuvedic body wraps among treatments. The Solstice-class ships have an expansive Persian Garden thermal suite. For a destination spa experience, book a specially designed AquaClass cabin or suite and get unlimited access to the spa's facilities, plus dining at the health-focused restaurant, Blu.
Samsara Spa, Costa Cruises
Italian line Costa Cruises originated the concept of a destination spa experience at sea. Its newest ships feature some of the largest shipboard spa facilities, most notably a 25,000-square-foot space on the Costa Diadema, debuting in November. Passengers in Costa's spa cabins and suites receive treatments, unlimited access to spa facilities and dining at a spa restaurant. The Asian-themed spas include a thermal suite, a large thalassotherapy pool, a Temple of Peace relaxation area and an ocean-view Japanese Tea Room.
Lotus Spa on Princess Cruises
The welcome addition of a hydrotherapy pool to the line's latest ships, Royal Princess and the soon-to-debut Regal Princess, boost these spa facilities to best in the fleet. The expanded spas are located in the middle of the ships. In the large Enclave thermal suite, lounging spots include a pair of waterbeds. Treatment rooms at the Steiner Leisure-operated spa include Couples Villas with whirlpools.
Senses Spa & Salon, Disney Cruise Line
Aware that stressed out parents may be looking to relax, Disney created the stress-free oasis Senses Spa & Salon. The space features oceanview treatment rooms and soothing thermal suite facilities that include rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam rooms. Disney Dream, Fantasy and Magic have teen spa areas with specialized treatments. But the best feature of Disney's spa is the line's couples villas — which come with private veranda equipped with hot tub, open-air shower and Roman-canopied day bed. Get a massage and/or herbal wrap for two, order up a bottle of bubbly and luxuriate in the open breeze.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Oceania Cruises
The upscale line serves up serene spa environments with services from Canyon Ranch. On Marina and Riviera, facilities include aromatic steam rooms, Finnish saunas and indoor relaxation areas. Private sundecks with cushioned sunbeds and hot tubs are perfect retreats for those looking for a little isolation. The sizable treatment menu includes bath rituals, hot stone massage and body wraps involving seaweed. Calorie-counting passengers can order Canyon Ranch dining selections on Oceania's menus.
The Spa on Seabourn
On this luxury line's Odyssey-class ships, thermal suites are complemented by both indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. On Odyssey, you can dip in a hydrotherapy pool, while Sojourn and Quest have a Kneipp Walk pool — where you walk in hot and then cold water to improve circulation. The spa menu by Steiner Leisure is packed with treatment options, including a bamboo massage. Passengers who want an immersive experience can book a Penthouse Spa Suite, which is conveniently connected to the spa facilities via a circular staircase.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Cunard's Queen Mary 2
The two-deck, 20,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Queen Mary 2 impresses with an Aqua Therapy Centre complete with large thalassotherapy pool and airbed recliner loungers. There's also a thermal suite with steam and sauna and a coed relaxation area. The large variety of body and skincare treatments (some 80 on the menu) caters to both individuals and couples. To extend the experience, Canyon Ranch healthy recipes are flagged on the menu at the Britannia restaurant.
Mandara Spa on Norwegian Cruise Line
The tranquil, 23,000-square-foot, Asian-themed spas on Norwegian's newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway, have the first salt rooms at sea in their ocean-view thermal suites. Spacious treatment rooms include romantic Couples Villas. Passengers looking for a total spa vacation can stay in spa suites (in The Haven complex), spa mini-suites and spa cabins — all of which include unlimited access to spa facilities.
Crystal Spa on Crystal Cruises
Luxuriate in the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea on Crystal Serenity. Steiner runs the spa, serving up such rejuvenating services as an Aroma Stone Therapy and a Japanese Silk Booster Facial. Access to sauna and steam are complimentary. The changing room showers feature a bunch of cool misting and soothing features. Hang out after your treatment in the relaxation room or canopied outdoor relaxation area.
Aurea Spa on MSC Cruise's MSC Divina
This Italian-style ship surprises with a tranquil, Asian-inspired spa staffed by Balinese therapists. Treatments include soothing baths in hydrotherapy tubs, facials and a broad choice of massages — one involving candles. They are delivered in carefully lit rooms strewn with flower petals. Unwind in the thermal suite or on a teak bed in the oceanview relaxation area. A health-focused juice and tea bar provides a wonderful after-treatment hangout spot.
By Fran Golden, USA Today
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