Top Cruise Spas to Experience

Nothing is easier than boarding a ship to your dream destination while only worrying about which delicious restaurant, indulgent spa treatment, or adventurous land excursion you should try first. From mega ships to the smallest cruiseliners, spa treatments are a vital part of re-energizing and renewing. Fortunately, we’ve tried them all, and these are our top picks.

CELEBRITY CRUISES: CANYON RANCH SPACLUB AT SEA

(Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette, and Reflection)

For pampering from head-to-toe, come experience the world-famous Canyon Ranch onboard Celebrity’s Solstice class ships. Follow the scent of aromatherapy oils and the serene laughter of happy spa-goers and you will find yourself in one of the finest spas in the world. Known for their luxurious lineup of services, AquaClass spa cabins take relaxation to the next level. The rooms come lavishly stocked with spa-oriented bath products, multi-headed spa showers, fine linens, choose-your-own pillow menu, healthy room service options, bottled water, flavored teas, and exclusive use of the SpaClub Relaxation Room and Persian Garden Steam Room. A “spa concierge” books your appointments to assure you a relaxing time on the high seas.

Features: Dance Classes, High tech gym – Personal Training – Finnish Sauna – Sensory Showers – Luxury Spa Treatments – Dermatological Treatments, like JUVÉDERM® XC – Full Service Salon – SpaClub Persian Garden – AquaSpa Cafe – Solarium – Pools & Whirlpools – Glass Ceilings – Jogging Track

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VIKING OCEAN CRUISES: LIV NORDIC

(Viking Star and Viking Sea)

Discover firsthand what gold standard means when it comes to relaxation. Oslo-based Raison D’être’s serene facilities are the optimal place to melt into oblivion. Viking cruises are known for their low-key sophistication, and their spas onboard certainly live up to this standard. Based on the Nordic traditions of utilizing both hot and cold therapies, you can move seamlessly between the thalassotherapy pool and the adjacent hot tub for the ultimate relaxing experience. The shining star of the spa however is the Snow Grotto, a relaxing blue lit chamber that has snow literally falling from the ceiling. After freezing your worries away, detox in the toasty steam room. It’s an experience like no other; and unlike other cruises, the thermal suite area is accessible to all passengers at all times.

Features: Facials – Massages – Thalassotherapy Pool – Hot Tub – Warmed Tile Loungers – Norwegian-Style Showers – Sauna – Snow Grotto – Cold Plunge Pool – Dry Sauna – Fireplace – Nail Treatments

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CUNARD CRUISE LINE: CANYON RANCH SPACLUB

(Queen Mary 2)

Canyon Ranch spas are ruling the seas and the Queen Mary 2 is no exception. It’s only natural that the historic ocean liner Cunard company and the Queen Mary 2 would have a spa fit for royalty. The facility is a double decker, featuring 20,000 square feet of pure nirvana. Its tranquil environment features sweeping ocean views that help the stresses of daily life simply slip away. The impressive list of treatments includes the Ashiatsu massage, which is a deep tissue massage administered by the feet of a therapist hanging from a bar on the ceiling. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Ice Cream pedicure for something new and delicious. However, classic massages, beauty treatments, and hair styling are also available.

Features: Thalassotherapy – Steam Room – Sauna – Winter Garden Lounge – Ayurvedic Treatments – Salon

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CRYSTAL CRUISES: CRYSTAL SPA AND SALON

(Crystal Symphony and Serenity)

Distinguished by its peaceful private areas and commitment to a Zen theme, this spa follows the principles of Feng Shui balance. The decor is calming and features a private canopied sun deck with a decadent “dry float bed suite,” ideal for couples and singles. It’s impossible not to unwind in this world-class spa. Innovative treatments such as the salt and ginger scrub and the dual couples massage are a must-try. The facility is equipped with traditional amenities as well as a Medi-spa, which has a fully licensed medical doctor. Enjoy state-of-the-art, noninvasive treatments aimed to improve the condition of your skin and body.

Features: Couples Massages – Acupuncture – Body Wraps – Dermal Filler Treatment – Thermage® CPT – Fully Equipped Gym – Facial Treatments – Full Service Salon – Sauna – Luxurious Locker Room Accommodations – Elemis Spa Toiletries – Mini Fridge Stocked with Complimentary Water

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When voyaging on the great blue, maximize your time spent on-board by booking an all-encompassing spa suite or by treating yourself to a life-elevating experience. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.