Ready to take your cruise vacation to the next level of R&R? Then book one of these top spa retreats the next time you set sail.
Arizona-based Canyon Ranch, perhaps the most recognized name in the industry, has spas across Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and, most recently, Celebrity Cruises. SpaClub, as it’s called on board, is chock-full of amenities including its singular Persian Garden. Following a signature Canyon Ranch spa treatment — from aromatherapy massages to restorative Asian therapies to muscle-soothing body wraps — duck away to this relaxing, co-ed oasis with an aromatic steam room, a Finnish sauna lined with fragrant Nordic cedar and a combination of sensory and rain showers, plus heated lounge chairs and sweeping sea views. Those looking for a last-minute retreat on a Celebrity cruise can simply push the spa button located on the stateroom’s phone and a personal spa concierge will see to any sudden urge to spa.
Why you’re booking Celebrity Cruises: If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in eastern medicine, Canyon Ranch is the place to do so. With access to such treatments as Reiki, a Japanese-derived form of reducing stress and promoting relaxation, and Ayurveda, a system of Hindu traditional medicine, you’ll have your choice of energy-healing remedies.
Seabourn Cruise Line’s The Spa at Seabourn has been named one of the best spas on a cruise ship by leading travel publications, thanks to, in part, the Penthouse Spa Suites located just above the facility. When cruising aboard Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Odyssey (and Seabourn Sojourn beginning 2015) book either a 516- or 538-square-foot suite with accompanying private veranda, featuring views overlooking the stern of the cruise ship. In addition to spacious accommodations, you’ll have unlimited access to the Serene Area, a thermal suite with heated loungers, herbal baths and an aroma steam salt bath, as well as giant marble tubs and the Kneipp Walk (a water therapy system with alternating baths of cold and warm water) and crave-able menu of services. A personal spa concierge is available to help choose from the multitude of treatments available.
Why you’re booking Seabourn Cruise Line: The facials or any of skin therapies offered at The Spa at Seabourn use SkinCeuticals (exclusive to Seabourn), a dermatologist-derived, natural line of products aimed at targeting the visible effects of aging.
While aboard Norwegian Cruise Line you might be tempted to book a spa suite for two and take up temporary residence in the ship’s relaxation lair with your significant other, but the ultimate retreat is really in The Haven Spa Suite. Think all of the trappings of the cruise line’s Mandara Spa — neutral tones, relaxing views, aromatherapy scents — plus all of the comforts of a luxurious suite. Once you tire of your in-room hot tub or relaxing atop a circular bed, head to the spa via private access for complimentary unlimited use of the thermal suites and a spa treatment such as the Earth, Wind and Sky: a neck, scalp and face massage followed by hand and foot reflexology.
Why you’re booking Norwegian Cruise Line: You’ll beat the crowds with easy access to the Mandara Spa during regular hours, making it easier to stake out a spot on the Balinese daybeds (perfect place to watch the ship pull out from port) or one of the heated loungers inside.
Book a spa stateroom at the two-deck Cloud 9 Spa aboard Carnival Cruise Lines for unlimited plunges in the Thalassotherapy Pool and complimentary access to the spa’s Thermal Suite. The pool itself uses seawater and seaweed to tone, moisturize and revitalize the body and skin. It also improves circulation and increases relaxation. Think warm bubbles and soothing saltwater. There are also treatments to accommodate the pool’s healing qualities, like exfoliations and wraps. Diving in is just the beginning to a great detox, as the exclusive accommodations include access to special Elemis product packages, two free fitness classes and soothing stateroom amenities.
Why you’re booking Carnival Cruise Line: Didn’t have time to book your spa treatment before boarding? Guests with a spa stateroom have priority when booking spa appointments, so you’ll always have first dibs on your service of choice.
Aboard Costa Cruises ships Serena, Pacifica and Luminosa, find Samsara Spa. Consider it a relaxation destination unto itself, with complete spa living that includes specially designed cabins, meals in the Samsara Restaurant, free access to the thermal suites and a host of treatments that use Elemis bath products — all of which you can enjoy in your eco-cotton bathrobe while sipping herbal tea. Opt for the Welcome Ritual package, which requires pre-booking a spa cabin and consists of two treatments, two fitness classes, a personal consultation, unlimited use of the Thalassotherapy bath (enriched with Dead Sea salts), a special tea service and three (healthful) meals a day in the spa’s restaurant.
Why you’re booking Costa Cruises: Far East influences across all aspects of the spa experience, from proper Ayurvedic therapies to traditional Japanese tea, make for a full Zen retreat.
When sailing on Disney Cruise Line, let the kids meet the characters while you make time for a 155-minute couples treatment in one of two private, Mediterranean-inspired villas at the Senses Spa. Making Disney a place for adults, too, this massage brings you and your significant other together in a private suite, replete with open-air shower, a private verandah with double loungers and a whirlpool. Every reservation includes a tea ceremony, bathing ritual (think a coconut-and-milk rub) and feet cleanse, but couples can up the romance by adding a bottle of champagne and strawberries to their private session.
Why you’re booking Disney Cruise Line: Senses Spa offers exclusive products and therapies from renowned British spa and skincare brand Elemis, including the signature aroma spa ocean wrap with a half-body message. The treatment begins with a detoxifying, heated seaweed wrap — wrapping you up in a soothing, skin-nourishing cocoon — and ends with a revitalizing deep-tissue massage.