A cruise ship’s spa is one aspect of the operation where a line can really let its imagination run wild. Often located down a staircase in a part of the ship which includes the gym, hair salon and barber shop, the spa is a hub for pure indulgence frequented by men and women of all ages eager to peel away, if only temporarily, any burdens associated with their everyday lives and to maximise their comfort and relaxation.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is the world’s third largest family of cruise lines and represents three of the most well known and loved cruise brands cruising with ships of all sizes in all corners of the world. It consists of the self-titled Norwegian Cruise Line as well as premium brand Oceania Cruises and the highly luxurious Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
All of the ships in the NCLH family feature some of the expansive spa treatment facilities at sea – with a wide variety of rooms and scientifically developed programs which guests can take as per program or tailor to suit their personal preferences. Let’s take a look at some of the spa highlights across Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Designers on the newest Norwegian Cruise Line ships – namely Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape, none of which are more than three years old – really pushed the envelope when it came to the spa.
On all three of these ships, you can venture into the onboard salt chamber for a therapeutic salt procedure which is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. This treatment is designed to relieve symptoms of respiratory and skin ailments and improve your immune system.
If you like the look of the snow room (pictured above), currently the only ship you’ll find that on is Norwegian Escape, which cruises to the Caribbean year-round from Miami, Florida. This snow room hovers at a temperature of between 6°C and 0° (freezing), with light artificial snowfall drifting down from overhead. This room is the second half of a treatment which starts in a super-heated sauna next door. The treatment is designed to make your blood vessels constrict and dilate, which boosts blood circulation and boosts your immune system.
On all ships though, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Mandara Spa allows you to book treatments ranging from a frangipani, coconut or sea-algae body wrap, skin polish, milk bath or heated seaweed foil wrap to relieve joint pains and aches, particularly those that are arthritic.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Oceania Cruises’ six ships is well stocked with a wide variety of spa treatments, both classic and more traditional all the way up to the imaginative.
But it doesn’t stop at just treatments you can book and experience. Oceania offers its guests access to expert nutritionists and lifestyle consultants who periodically conduct presentations about wellness in a number of theatres and rooms around the ship which you can attend to learn more about techniques in feeling good that you can apply at home.
In addition, Oceania fosters a culture of steady yet moderately intense exercise with applications such as the Kinesis Exercise Wall, which is part of the onboard gym and allows a user to get a full body workout in 30 minutes.
On the top deck, Oceania ships offer a thalasso therapy pool (pictured above), packed with minerals and uses hydrotherapy to kick tired muscles into gear. Other treatments include Japanese shiatsu massage, hot stone massage, reiki, oxygen boosts, vitamin infusion facials, reflexology and even something called the ‘Euphoric Coffee Scrub’, among many more.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Normally a cruise ship’s spa facility is located in a public area of the ship, but if your budget allows (and not many would stretch this far), Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship Seven Seas Explorer affords you the use of your own spa facility inside your private suite.
If you are so inclined as to spend up BIG on your cruise, the 360 square metre, two-bedroom Regent Suite includes its own private spa, sauna, steam room, hot tub, multi-jet shower and of course all the spa treatments you can handle at the ship’s main Canyon Ranch SpaClub. You can almost never feel the need to leave the spa if you don’t want to.
More extravagant treatments are available in the ship’s main spa of course, headlined by the 80-minute Total Transformation Facial. On top of that, other spa innovations available on Regent include the Sole Rejuvenation to revitalise your feet, the Peppermint Scalp Refresher and a Turkish Detoxifying procedure inside the ship’s bathhouse which consists of a full-body Moroccan mint tea cleanse, a coffee scrub, clay mask and “ultimate massage”.
If you’re travelling on Seven Seas Explorer (even if not in the Regent Suite) and book into one of the available treatments, you can also make use of the Infinity Edge swimming pool and float right up to the absolute edge of the ship.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises also offers its guests access to make-up consultations, fitness assessments and personal training to complete its spa lineup.