Sea days are the perfect excuse to indulge in a luxurious treatment or chill-out session in the ship’s spa – and these cruise lines all offer a blissful experience
REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ships feature beautiful Canyon Ranch SpaClub spas, with each ship offering a ‘thermal environment’ with an aromatic steam room infused with pure plant essences, plus a Finnish sauna. The idyllic spa on board new ship Seven Seas Explorer will offer a selection of luxurious treatments specially developed in partnership with luxury wellness and beauty experts Red Flower.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Gemstone Anti-Ageing Facial is a luxurious treatment made unique with the addition of gemstones and precious minerals. This rejuvenating, nourishing treatment includes a firming pearl enzyme exfoliating mask and a Kashmir perfecting mask combined massage using rose quartz and amethyst wands. Pure luxury (rssc.com).
All Royal Caribbean ships have the very popular Vitality Spa on board. Although the spas vary slightly, the treatments offered are generally the same, using Elemis and La Thérapie, with specific ranges for gentlemen and even teenagers. The ambience is understated and calm, with friendly therapists and a good choice of face and body treatments, including acupuncture and even tooth whitening. Signature treatments include the Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, where warm oils are applied before lime and ginger exfoliating salt is used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the whole body. The ritual finishes with an application of deliciously scented Exotic Island Flower Body Lotion.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Facial is a fabulously indulgent facial promising to slow down the signs of ageing and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment also includes a luxurious hand, arm and scalp massage and the results are both effective and seriously relaxing (royalcaribbean.co.uk).
P&O Cruises’ Oasis Spa and Health Clubs feature across the fleet. Flagship Britannia’s opulent new spa, rich in dark wood, marble and soft, tropical colours offers treatments using Elemis and La Thérapie products. Signature treatments include new Elemis Biotec Facials, featuring a combination of advanced technology including micro-current, light therapy, O2 infusion and ultrasonic peeling. There’s a good choice of treatments for men, plus a blow out (blow dry) menu and hydrotherapy suite.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: For sheer indulgence with a marine twist, the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage; a deliciously scented warm seaweed and essential oil mask is gently applied to the whole body before you are completely wrapped from head to toe, then experience an incredible feeling
of weightlessness in a sensory dry flotation bed, leaving you feeling utterly relaxed and pampered (pocruises.com).
Oceania Cruises is another cruise line boasting Canyon Ranch SpaClubs across its fleet, offering treatments alongside a fitness centre, a private spa terrace with either a thalassotherapy pool or whirlpool tubs, plus sauna, steam room and beauty salon. The signature ‘Your Transformation’ facial is an exclusive and very high-tech treatment, with products especially designed to strengthen the skin and take action against DNA damage caused by the sun. This restorative facial stimulates healthy cell production and helps to defend against signs of ageing.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The restorative Ocean Scrub includes a dry brushing treatment with organic Dead Sea salts, plus soothing applications of biodynamic honey and Red Flower Ocean essential oils, leaving the skin soft and supple (oceaniacruises.com).
Each ship in the Princess fleet has a Lotus Spa offering a range of treatments. Some ships offer other services such as acupuncture, Botox, fillers and tooth whitening and the adults-only Enclave at Lotus Spa, a premier thermal suite exclusive to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, has a real city spa feel with a hydrotherapy pool, cascading shower, laconicum, caldarium and hammam. Signature treatments include the La Thérapie HydraLift Facial and the ultra-indulgent Aroma Stone Therapy performed using heated volcanic stones and warmed aromatic oils.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Scrub and Shine Bar in the Enclave at Lotus Spa has a personalised service where guests work with a spa mixologist to create a bespoke salt or sugar scrub specifically tailored to their own skin type, leaving the skin soft and heavenly scented (princess.com).
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
The Mandara Spa is in service on every Norwegian ship, each offering a hydrotherapy courtyard, with sauna, steam room, therapeutic salt room, Jacuzzis and therapy pool, plus an arresting view from the front of the ship. The spa has a hair salon, fitness centre, gorgeous treatment rooms and friendly therapists offering a range of Elemis treatments. The Mandara Spa signature treatment is the Mandara Four Hands Massage – the ultimate indulgent treatment with two therapists performing a synchronised massage.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Oxy-Derm Microdermabrasion Facial – an anti-ageing treatment that manages to be both effective and pampering. The facial uses state-of-the-art technology, mixing microdermabrasion and oxygen therapy with pampering Elemis products, all in one luxurious treatment (ncl.co.uk).
VIKING OCEAN CRUISES
The LivNordic spa on board Viking Star is themed around ancient Nordic culture and decorated with traditional materials including Swedish limestone, black slate and recycled glass. Reflecting the Nordic tradition of hot and cold bathing experiences, the spa includes a snow grotto where snowflakes magically flutter from the ceiling through chilled air and environmentally friendly saunas. Signature Swedish massage therapies include a choice of mindful (gentle), detox or deep tissue massages using traditional Swedish massage techniques.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The invigorating Nordic Bathing Experience, which can be enjoyed before or after any treatment or fitness session. Sessions begin with relaxation in the traditional Nordic sauna, followed by a bracing dip into the cold pool, then a welcome return to the sauna. Next is a session in the refreshing snow room. The revitalising cycle can be repeated as many times as necessary – snow boots optional (vikingcruises.co.uk/oceans).
Celebrity have teamed up with the US destination health resort chain Canyon Ranch to provide their passengers with Canyon Ranch SpaClub across 10 of the ships in the fleet. The SpaClubs all have a unique Persian Garden with a range of aqua-therapy experiences. The signature Canyon Ranch massage is an indulgent 50 or 80 minute full body massage using specific Canyon Ranch massage techniques to stimulate circulation, dissolve tension and soothe muscles.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The comforting Ayurvedic body wraps are tailor-made to suit your body type and designed to nourish, hydrate, tone and revitalise. The soothing cucumber and aloe wrap is especially good for skin that has had a little too much sun exposure – plus it smells delicious (celebritycruises.com).
MSC won Best for Wellbeing at the Cruise Awards 2014 and its exotic Balinese-inspired spas are an absolute haven at sea. They feature authentic treatments carried out in a serene atmosphere, with floor-to-ceiling windows in each treatment room giving wonderful ocean views. There is also a vitamin juice bar in each spa so you can enjoy a revitalising and healthy non-alchoholic cocktail before or after your treatment. The spa menu includes a range of massages using aromatic oils and a mixture of Oriental techniques, some including reflexology and hot lava stones.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Himalayan Dream massage with exfoliating fossil salts from the Himalayas. The ionising salts gently exfoliate and soften the skin, leaving it prepped for the blissful massage with a heady mixture of warm aromatic oils. Trust us, you’ll leave walking on air (msccruises.co.uk).
Guests on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth can indulge at the Royal Spa, relaxing at the Royal Bath House, which includes a thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool and relaxation areas. The Royal Spa offers Elemis treatments for men and women, as well as couples treatments, a range of wellness experiences using traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic techniques and a diverse range of fitness classes. The Royal Spa’s signature range of body rituals, Aromasoul, offer multi-sensory massages and ritual scrubs using exotic oils and techniques inspired by ancient cultures. On board Queen Mary 2, the luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub is the largest spa afloat, spanning two decks and with 24 treatment rooms.
MUST-TRY TREATMENT: The Detoxifying Ritual in the Canyon Ranch spa on board Queen Mary 2 is a relaxing body treatment based on a traditional hammam bathhouse experience, using Moroccan mint tea, quince and orange blossoms and essences of cardamom, jasmine, bergamot, amber and clove. This heavenly scented ritual concludes with a full body massage (cunard.co.uk).
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