Who wouldn’t want to return from their vacation refreshed, more vital, relaxed and in the best possible way?
Healthy vacations are an integral part of the travel industry – and not just vacations ashore. More and more cruise passengers are simply setting out to sea in search of tranquility and wellness on board. Cruise ships compete with their land-based competitors with spas with snow grottos, world-class fitness centers, holistic health programs, and more.
Here we present you the best spa and wellness facilities on board.
GO WITH THE SNOW
Dive in: A Scandinavian-style spa is the big draw on Viking cruises. In the picture the billiard room on the Viking Star
Guests can experience hot / cold therapy in the Viking Ship Spa, with sessions in the steam bath, followed by a detour to the icy snow grotto, pictured
A Scandinavian-style spa is the big draw on Viking cruises. The LivNordic Spa, operated by Raison d’Etre, offers therapies inspired by Nordic wellness principles, including hot and cold therapy, in which guests move from the steam bath into the icy snow grotto.
The midnight sun cruise between Bergen, Norway and London departs June 11, 2022. From £ 5,590 per person (vikingcruises.co.uk).
BUBBLES AND A BATH OF ALGAE
Cunard’s new spa concept uses the healing power of the sea to offer guests rejuvenating treatments. Mareel Wellness & Beauty offers a range of sea-inspired treatments from seaweed baths and scrubs to hot stone massages. The theme continues in the Aqua Therapy Center, which has a thermal suite with a hot tub to relax tired and sore muscles.
A four-day cruise in the British Isles on Queen Elizabeth departs September 10, 2021 from £ 479 per person (cunard.com).
CHAMPNEYS BRING THE WAVES
Champneys partnered with Marella Cruises to create its largest spa
The Champneys Spa on the Marella Explorer has 14 treatment rooms
The Marella Explorer Spa even has an infinity pool with sea views
Champneys partnered with Marella to create its largest spa with 14 treatment rooms. The spa, available on the Marella Explorer, offers the same luxurious treatments you would enjoy on land in Champneys, including facials, body wraps, and massages. Try the signature massage, which uses undulating movements for total relaxation.
A seven-day West Coast Wonders cruise departs Southampton on August 7, 2021, from £ 903 pp (tui.co.uk/cruise).
EAT YOURSELF BETTER
The Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center in Oceania offers relaxing body treatments and fitness classes. It also offers an abundance of healthy foods. On excursions you will be exposed to various wellness rituals such as the mineral baths near Rome and the traditional tea house in Myanmar.
A ten-day opulent Mediterranean cruise on the Riviera departs June 15, 2022 from £ 3,559 per person (oceaniacruises.com).
MASSAGES AND TROPICAL SHOWERS
The stylish egg chairs from Celebrity Apex. The 14,000 m² spa was designed by Kelly Hoppen
Cruise guests can enjoy high-tech facials or a Thai envelope massage in the Celebrity Apex’s stunning spa
Pamper yourself while sailing on the Celebrity Apex, the newest addition to the Celebrity fleet. Enjoy high-tech facials or a Thai wrap massage in Kelly Hoppen’s 14,000 m² spa. It has tons of treatments and fancy steam rooms. At the heart of the spa is the Sea Thermal Suite, where you can take a dip under tropical rain showers and relax in floating egg chairs. The fitness center – with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment – lets you find every excuse to exercise. It also has peloton bikes and is running the first F45 training courses at sea.
A 12-day Israel and Mediterranean cruise departs Rome on October 17, 2022 from £ 2,249 per person (celebritycruises.co.uk).
FIT FOR FANATICS
Blue World’s fitness fanatic cruise ship is in sight for 2022. Expect an entire deck devoted to exercise, including yoga and spinning, and TRX studios. A second full deck is occupied by world class spa facilities. There will also be a retractable saltwater lap pool that is normally only seen on private luxury yachts. The cabins have circadian lighting and showers enriched with vitamin C.
From £ 2,500 for a seven night cruise, blueworldvoyages.co.uk.
Experience the “ultimate sleep at sea” with special luxury beds on all Princess ships
Princess worked with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus worked together to develop a mattress based on the latest scientific findings
Experience the “ultimate sleep at sea” with special luxury beds on all Princess ships. The line has worked with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus worked together to develop a mattress based on the latest scientific findings.
It also gives the laundry the soothing scent of lavender and invites guests to try a variety of soothing teas. If you’re still struggling to doze off, you can turn on a sleep channel with relaxing music and sleep meditation audios.
A three-day Summer Seacations cruise departs Southampton on July 31, 2021 from £ 489 per person (princess.com).
IT’S ALL IN MIND …
Seabourn is now offering a fleet-wide Mindful Living Program. Developed by Dr. Andrew Weil, a proponent of alternative medicine, aims to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Yoga and meditation sessions are part of the package. There are seminars inspired by Dr. Weil’s teachings on topics like healing and nutrition. Each ship has its own “Mindful Living Coach”. Visit seabourn.com.