5 Relaxing Cruise Ship Spaces

Peaceful hideaways for moments of luxury cruise ship bliss

On sea days, onboard relaxation spaces tend to fill up fast – get up early if you want to stake out the perfect spot.
Slow down, relax, enjoy – that’s what a vacation is all about. To this end, luxury cruise lines have created special cruise ship spaces perfect for peaceful moments, relaxation, and personal time. The following five are a few favorites.

The Hideaway on Celebrity Silhouette
Tucked away near an impressive 20-foot live tree that stands over the atrium, this intimate and inviting space is styled as a tree house. Making it even more irresistible is its comfortable seating and suspended nests, a unique and restful offering for guests who want to read, relax, or play with Apple products from the Celebrity Cruises iLounge.

Library on Oceania Marina
With design aesthetics reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel or an English country house, this soothing library invites guests to really get comfortable in its huge leather chairs. Explore the nooks hidden among shelves holding 2,000 books and periodicals to find your perfect place to read – or even doze. Thanks to computers with Internet access and coffee and snacks at the adjoining Baristas Coffee Bar, you can even make a day of it.

Spa Recovery Room on Costa Luminosa
On many cruise ships, spa recovery rooms consist of elegant loungers with a view of the sea – but Costa Luminosa goes the extra mile. Guests who enjoy a spa treatment here can relax on canopied beds with wispy curtains in a quiet, shady room that feels like another world. If you’d rather soak in some sun, push open the picket gate leading to the outside garden, and choose a chair for yourself there.

Seabourn Square on Seabourn Soujourn
Located at the core of the ship and serving as its collective living room, Seabourn Square includes purser and concierge functions, but makes dealing with questions serene and enjoyable. Guests sit across from staff instead of standing and waiting, and the pleasant space also includes open areas for Internet access and enjoying a fine library of books and magazines. There are plenty of excellent chairs and couches, as well as readily available teas, coffees, and pastries.

Explorations Café on Nieuw Amsterdam
Explorations Café – powered by the New York Times – is full of guests from morning to night, and it’s no wonder why. This fantasy space from Holland America Line offers squishy leather chairs and couches, Internet stations, pastries and sweets, specialty coffees, table games, and thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs.

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