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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Crushing Cruise Myths

Many people’s vision of cruising consists of elderly couples shuffling gingerly round a ballroom to unimaginative music, endless lines of people stuffing their faces at the buffet and being bored beyond belief whilst cruising in between ports. Well, this image couldn’t be further from the truth of what modern day cruising really is.

On today’s increasingly modern cruise ships there is so much to do that it can often be difficult to fit it all into a short holiday. Modern cruise ships have amazing features such as ice rinks, Formula 1 simulators, bowling alleys, infinity pools, children’s aqua parks, water slides, wave pools, nightclubs, bars, a variety of restaurants, children’s clubs, sports courts, mini golf courses and theatre shows the toughest decision is often where to begin.

Golf Onboard

With all of these features to explore while enjoying being in a new port of call almost every day (depending on your chosen itinerary of course) it can be hard to fit all the activities you’d like to try in.

Cruises offer such a variety of activities to suit passengers of all ages that the perception of nothing but elderly couples in dinner suits and formal dresses couldn’t be further from the truth. In recent years there are increasing numbers of couples and young families embarking on cruise holidays.This is partly due to the exceptional children’s facilities that are offered on board most cruise ships.

Most cruise lines including Royal Caribbean have a specially designed area for children and some of the larger cruise ships have a children’s disco and even an arcade for them to meet other children and allow their parents a well-deserved break. Many cruise ships also offer a babysitting facility where you can leave your children with qualified and efficient staff whilst you enjoy a luxurious evening aboard with your partner or travel companions.

Kids Arcade

During the day there are always activities on board, such as gym classes, dance classes and, on larger cruise ships there are organised sports events such as football, tennis and golf as well as more relaxing activities such as visiting the spa and even just lying on a sunbed with a good book.

Onboard Spa

These are all things most people don’t have time to fit into their daily lives, as we’re all too busy with work, family and other commitments, that being able to relax on a cruise ship and do the things we most enjoy is wonderfully indulgent.

Strict formal dress codes are a thing of the past on many cruise lines too which means passengers who don’t like to get too dressed up for dinner to have some freedom too.

There are a number of cruise lines who still adhere to formal dress codes and personally I enjoy this, it’s not every day a girl gets to get all dressed up in a fancy dress! Whichever option you prefer there is a cruise line who will cater to your needs.

There’s really so much to do onboard today’s modern cruise ships, why not find out for yourself?