A Look at Some of the Best Cruise Spas

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The variety of spas and wellbeing centres are immense no matter where you travel to. The difference leans towards the products used and the visual surroundings. There are many benefits of signature spa treatments offered on cruise ships. Fit in an appointment or two at the onboard spa as it is the perfect opportunity in trying out the latest treatments.

Even if you haven’t visited a spa before, take advantage of the tour the cruise lines have on the first day to introduce their facilities. The staff will explain the types of services and treatments available and welcome questions.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

Celebrity Cruises have decided to up the ante. Their innovative new idea of having a pair of special spa restaurants that focus on healthy eating and luxurious spa cabins coincides with their partnership with the exceptional Canyon Ranch. Many therapies are offered with an all over holistic healing carte de jour for the entire body.

The traditional offerings are still featured just like those found at the top notch spas in London and Ascot.  Botox® injections, a men’s barbershop, a solarium and a sauna/steam room hybrid which feature items such as tropical rain showers are designed for relaxation and complete the spa experience.

Mandara Spa 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Mandara Spa offers some of the most agreeable treatments including a multitude of natural remedies ranging from the aesthetics of anti aging to maintaining good health and a cellulite reduction program. Massages tend to zero in on those knots and kinks that build up during a period of time. Aromatic massages will appeal to the fine senses with the  use of luscious oils.

Massages are Norwegians source of pride and there are numerous types to indulge in such as Balinese, Swedish, hot stone and spa seaweed massage amongst others. For the undecided, the “Seven Seas massage” incorporates several types.  Being a client in the Mandara spa is like being treated as a celebrity. Facials, massage, body treatments, Botox®, Restylane®, laser hair removal, manicures and pedicures are just a few services available on their extensive menu.

Samsara Spa

Costa Cruise Lines was one of the first cruise lines to offer spa treatments for healthy living on board. Their Samsara Spa has become quite a hit with their returning guests. Two stories high, this spa contains an Oriental theme that is very pleasing to the eye. The spa offers ayurvedic therapies which are known for the wide variety of herbs, oils and salts and are applied by qualified therapists.

Samsara spa

The latest craze to hit the spa scene  is also available on a Costa cruise holiday –  the under water pressure massage. It is not a standard dip in the Jacuzzi, although the procedure takes place in a tub with powerful jets of water. Costa has a special package consisting of personal consultation, two treatments, two fitness classes and unlimited use of the thalassotherapy pool for those who book a spa cabin.

The Spa at Seabourn

Besides being a luxurious cruise line in every way, shape and form The Spa at Seabourn is no exception. This spa offers an international menu of treatments native to ten locations throughout the world. These spas are located on two entire decks and treatments are made to order with nothing artificial ever be placed upon the skin. Shangri La may be out there somewhere, but this spa is as close as you can get.

Spa Villa Massage

There are also Spa Villas, an interesting new invention that has an oversized bathtub, balcony, living area and even a day bed. The gym on board is fully equipped, so there’s never an excuse for not staying in shape. Whilst waiting for an appointment, take advantage of the heated loungers in the relaxation room.


Although Royal Caribbean International has been known for their enormous fitness centres for years, that certainly doesn’t mean one has to miss out on their spa services. Massage treatments are freely available and are particularly good for the commonplace aches and pains. A recent development in the Vitality@Sea spa is acupuncture and other derma fillers such as Perlane® and Dysport®.

Vitality@Sea spa

Of course, there are also traditional salons offering cuts, styling, colouring and paraffin manicures, pedicures and teeth whitening for that dazzling smile. For teens that worry about the condition of their skin, RCCL’s spa has a treatment program for acne.

Drift away with relaxation whilst enjoying the peaceful moments devoted to pure pampering. The main objective behind many cruise ship spa treatments is to relieve stress, offer a total feel good attitude and show great results on the face and skin. The cruise lines even sell the products used in the treatment room, so follow ups can be performed at home.

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Costa Cruises Announce the ‘neoCollection’

Neoromantica Lido Bar

Well-known Italian cruise company Costa Cruises has recently announced their brand new style of cruise holiday, to be titled the ‘neoCollection’ which will debut in 2014. This new collection will have a focus on slow cruising, which will include spending as much time in ports of call as possible, which is entirely exclusive to Costa Cruises.

The neoCollection will be rolled out on its two smaller ships Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica. These two ships have 624 and 789 staterooms on board respectively.

Their relatively small size makes them the perfect candidates for this type of immersive slow cruising as their smaller size will allow them to visit more intimate ports than the larger ships. Smaller ships also always have a more friendly and welcoming ambiance on board and the service provided is normally more personalised.

The neoCollection focuses on a different type of passenger experience which encourages passengers to make the most of every single precious moment of their holiday by enjoying it in a more leisurely manner.

They aim to tailor their cruise holidays to the needs of their individual passengers and hope to attract a different market as well as retaining their current one.

Costa’s neoCollection cruises will include a longer stay in each Port

The neoCollection itineraries are designed to include longer times in each port of call. This involves a number of overnight stays in certain ports. This is something which is bound to appeal to passengers who like to enjoy a maximum time ashore.

It is also appealing because the smaller ships will be visiting more exclusive ports of call that the larger cruise liners simply cannot access.

New shore excursions have been designed to reflect the neoCollection experience. The shore excursions will be for no more than twenty five guests and aim to highlight natural and cultural attractions in each port of call.

Costa Cruises have collaborated with Universita delle Scienze Gastronomiche which is based in the Italian town of Pollenza in order to create brand new menus on board their neoCollection itineraries. These feature authentic Italian cuisine that also incorporates local foods and wines.

The debut of the neoCollection will be on the 9th February 2014 when Costa neoRiviera will depart from Dubai. This unique 62 day itinerary, being named the Grand African Tour, is a complete circumnavigation of the African continent. Costa neoRiviera will then begin sailing on twelve day itineraries in the most attractive destinations in the Mediterranean.

On the 1st June 2014 Costa neoRomantica will begin sailing 13 and 15 night itineraries in Northern Europe visiting some of the finest spots in the Baltic and beyond the North Cape. These itineraries will allow passengers to experience the magical midnight sun that exists in summer in this area.

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