Supplied The Seabourn Odyssey Spa. Staying in a spa suite has become an integral part of the overall spa-as-destination experience. They offer easy or private access to the spa, extra amenities such as upmarket bathroom products, pillow menus and herbal teas and, depending on the cruise line, free use of the spa's relaxation areas and priority bookings for treatments and classes.
On Celebrity Cruises' ships guests staying in AquaClass cabins and suites can have breakfast and dinner in their own exclusive restaurant, Blu. It serves "clean cuisine" that is light and healthy but certainly not spartan. A quick look at HAL's Greenhouse Spa menu on Koningsdam shows that it offers nine facial therapies, 17 massages and 12 body treatments.
This doesn't count salon services such as hair, nail and waxing treatments, Medi-spa treatments or fitness centre sessions. Ad Feedback This is because spas across almost all cruise lines, whether luxury or mainstream, are operated by UK-based Steiner Leisure, which also owns the product companies. American company Canyon Ranch Spa has a perfectly pedicured foot in the door, with spas on all Celebrity Cruises' ships, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises but Steiner has definitely snagged the lion's share of the seagoing spa scene.
Supplied Heated stone loungers on the Seabourn. And they are not just for women. Couples can book in together for salt scrubs and full body mud packs, or just a good old-fashioned Swedish massage. A romantic option on Royal and Regal Princess is a customised pampering package in one of the private Lotus Spa cabanas in the adults-only Sanctuary, overlooking the ocean.
Teenagers can indulge in their own spas or spa menus on several ships; Carnival's Zspa caters for 12 to year-olds, with fun-sounding Fabulously Fruity Facials, Surfers Scrub massage and Sole Mate pedis. Mother-daughter and father-son treatments offer the chance for some family bonding during massages, while men can enjoy traditional barber-shop services as well as facials, manicures and pedicures.
Newer and recently refurbished ships have the spiffiest spas; here are five recommended by seasoned spa aficionados. One of the biggest spas at sea, it offers more than 80 treatments in 24 treatment rooms. Spa cuisine is available in the Britannia restaurant. Viking Ocean Cruises, all ships. Access to the Liv Nordic spa is free; facilities include heated stone loungers, sauna, snow room, large thalassotherapy pool and whirlpools. Norwegian Cruise Line's Mandara Spa, all ships. More than 50 treatments and thermal suites are offered fleetwide; Breakaway-class ships feature a Salt Room.
Seabourn's Spa at Seabourn by Steiner. One special feature of these stylish, spacious facilities is the Kneipp Walk, alternating cold and warm water baths designed to reduce stress and boost circulation. Wellness Experience passengers' programs include specific classes and cabins kitted out with sports gear, sports towel and an exercise mat. And there is no excuse for overeating: Wellness menu choices will be available in the buffets and main restaurants.
Supplied The global wellness travel segment is projected to grow by nearly 10 per cent annually over the next five years. Weil is a well-known integrative medicine expert and the program's focus is on a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing, with daily yoga and meditation sessions. He will sail on a different Seabourn ship each year where he will present a minute lecture for guests and also hold smaller informal group discussions.
For example, Marathon Expeditions is operating running cruises in the Caribbean and Alaska in February and July , on board Jewel of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas respectively; see runningcruise. Supplied A yoga class on a Star Clipper ship. If Zumba is your thing, check out zumba-cruise. A few more sports-themed cruises are listed at themecruisefinder. Golf players have by far the most choice of sport and fitness-themed cruises run by a handful of lines.
In Silversea Expeditions has seven Wellness Expedition cruises that combine adventure cruises in exotic destinations with comprehensive onboard programs organised by experts in nutrition, yoga and fitness. They range from seven to 14 days in south-east Asia and the Pacific. Silversea Expeditions is also offering eight cruises for scuba-diving enthusiasts in the same regions next year.
Star Clippers' yoga cruises have been very popular over the past few years and will run again next year — dates and itineraries are still to be confirmed. Daily yoga and meditation classes are held on deck beneath the traditional tall ships' billowing sails and experts present lectures on yoga philosophy. As the global wellness travel segment is projected to grow by nearly 10 per cent annually over the next five years, according to MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato, I think we can confidently predict a huge increase in sports and fitness-themed cruises — and maybe even entire ships devoted to the spa experience.
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