A spot of pampering on the high seas

One of the major perks of embarking on a cruise – whether on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic or the sun-dappled Caribbean – is being able to treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy or two while onboard.

You may not know this if you are not a seasoned cruise passenger, but a number of major cruise lines offer spa treatments on their vessels. As a result, whether you want an anti-ageing facial, a decadent massage or a manicure or pedicure, you will be able to satisfy your wellness needs.

Celebrity is one such cruise line that offers spa services onboard. The Solstice-class ships, such as the Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette, feature the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. This facility’s indulgent menu incorporates massages, skincare therapies, body wraps, acupuncture and non-surgical facials. These include the Canyon Ranch signature Enhancing Vitamin Therapy facial designed to micro-exfoliate and rehydrate. The spa also features a Persian Garden, consisting of a co-ed sauna and steam room; there is also a solarium, a well-equipped gymnasium, and a salon where you can treat yourself to a makeover.

You will also find the Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard the Cunard vessel, Queen Mary 2.

If you are opting for a Viking ocean cruise, you may be pleased to hear that all of the cruise line’s ocean-going vessels come equipped with the LivNordic Spa, inspired by Nordic traditions. Here you can opt for thalassotherapy, three types of Swedish message, facials, and salon services. There is also an ocean-facing fitness centre.

Alternatively, would-be cruise-goers considering a Royal Caribbean voyage might want to book themselves onto one of the cruise line’s Oasis-class ships, which feature sprawling spa complexes. This Asian-inspired wellness centre includes couples’ treatment rooms, a thermal suite area, relaxation rooms, saunas and steam rooms. The menu here includes therapies such as massages, reflexology, body wraps, facials, acupuncture and even Botox.

There is even a special spa for teenagers which offers therapies such as “Acne Attack” and “Beach Babe”.

Silversea is another cruise line that boasts a stellar spa experience awaiting you. A range of spa treatments are available onboard, ranging from hydrating facials and hot stone massage through to seaweed body wraps and cellulite reduction treatment. There is also a beauty salon, Medi-spa options, and a well-equipped fitness centre with state-of-the-art machines and personal trainers on stand-by to help you make the most of your work-out.

Meanwhile, if you have decided to opt for a Seabourn cruise, you definitely won’t be disappointed by the spa and wellness facilities on these vessels. Seabourn’s ships feature impressive spas, salons and well-equipped gymnasiums, so whether you are in the mood for a thermal wrap, a massage, a sauna session or some weight-training, you will be able to find the facility to suit you.

P&O is also no stranger to super spa treatments, with the cruise line, with various decadent onboard spa treatments and packages available for passengers. These include traditional therapies and some extra-special sensual treats, in addition to salon services for both men and women, Media-Spa treatments, and state-of-the-art gym facilities with a range of fitness classes to choose from.

Last but not least, at Norwegian Cruise Line’s Mandara Spa you will be able to let all your tensions ebb away at the hands of expert professionals, once you have selected from a menu of over 50 indulgent treatments. These include hot stone massage, facials, acupuncture, and so much more. You can also unwind in the luxurious Thermal Suite or opt for a soak in the well-named Vitality Pool. Alternatively, why not head to the Salt Room and cleanse your body with layers of sparkling salt crystals – the perfect relaxing activity on your unforgettable cruise adventure.


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