Transatlantic Tranquility

A Transatlantic cruise means a few extra leisure filled days at sea. What better way to ease into vacation mode, leaving stress at shore, than indulging in a little onboard pampering? Sail into bliss at our top five tranquil spas aboard these Transatlantic cruises.

Celebrity Edge: The Spa

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Is it any surprise that the newest Edge class ship, Celebrity Edge would have one of the most magnificent spas at sea? Step aboard for an ahhhhmazing escape as the spa borrows calming elements from its surroundings. Envision peaceful waters, blue skies, and soothing earth tones. Couple the perfect space with state-of-the-art technology and innovative treatments, and your restorative journey is underway. Our favorite? The SEA Thermal Suite’s eight unique experiences featuring everything from HAMMAN to the Float Room.

Regent Seven Sea Cruises: Canyon Ranch

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The epitome of relaxation, Canyon Ranch on Regent Seven Sea Cruises will take you on a relaxing reprieve with renewing organic body wraps, and rituals meant to reset your body. Treatments from around the globe set Canyon Ranch apart from other spas at sea. In particular, Ayurvedic (“the science of life”) services incorporating five elements: earth, fire, water, wind, and ether. Shirodhara and Shankara body wraps promote inner and outer harmony. Customized treatments for men, informative wellness talks on everything from aromatherapy to meditation and energizing fitness classes make Canyon Ranch one of the best at-sea spas.

Viking: LivNordi Spa

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Leaving no pampering stone unturned, Viking’s LivNordic Spa features saunas, thermal suites, hot stone relaxation lounges, a cold-water splash bucket, and even a snow room. If you are not familiar with a “snow room,” imagine a quick escape into a snow-filled room. The winter wonderland is part of the 12-step process of Nordic Bathing known to detox tired muscles and improve circulation.

Seabourn: Seabourn’s Spa & Wellness

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Dr. Andrew Weil’s partnership with Seabourn perfectly balances innovative and traditional approaches to physical and spiritual well-being. With groundbreaking research, guests at Seabourn’s Spa & Wellness are privy to the latest in health and wellness. Education, seminars, and classes intended to enhance body treatments, massages, facials, and fitness allow guests to take home more than beautiful memories of their cruise; they leave with a new holistic mind and body perspective for healthier living.

Princess Cruise: Lotus Spa

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Named Best Spa on a Cruise Ship by Spa Finder Wellness 365™, The Lotus Spa is all about pampering Princess passengers with therapies such as aroma stone therapy massages and detoxifying ocean wraps. An inviting atmosphere and ancient treatments from both the Far East and contemporary Western technologies promote mind, body, and spiritual relaxation. Along with thermal suites filled with grottos and chambers releasing dry heat, steam, and mists of aromatherapy vapors, spa-goers are invited to leave the stress of everyday life far behind.

Pamper Yourself at These Spas on Transpacific Cruises

Transpacific treasures abound at these luxurious at-sea spas. From innovative treatments to holistic wellness, escape to a bounty of bliss on your next cruise across the Pacific.

Viking Orion: LivNordic Spa

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If there’s one thing the Nordic countries have perfected it’s the natural and healthy lifestyle. The same elements that lie at the heart of Nordic traditions transpire to the LivNordic Spa onboard Viking Cruises. The legendary Nordic bathing experience begins with time in the sauna followed by a cold dip in an icy lake. This experience is recreated onboard with traditional saunas, cold bucket showers, snow grotto, and a moment of inner stillness.  What ensues is an endless array of possibilities from relaxing massages to skin rejuvenating facials coupled with a focus on  clean eating and functional movement,

Oceania: Canyon Ranch Spa

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The Canyon Ranch ideology goes beyond the typical spa treatments, pushing the boundaries with transformative treatments since day one. Hence the multitude of complimentary classes ensuring a complete wellness experience, set to enhance the usual spa treatments such as Thai Massages and soothing private, open-air spas. In fact, Canyon Ranch Spa is so enticing, it makes it hard to leave the ship.

Cunard: Queen Elizabeth Spa and Fitness

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Be the belle and beau of the ball. Men, get your best look for the evening with an expert barber and women, a fresh blow out completes your head-turning look of the night. But beyond aesthetics, the Spa offers facial and body treatments for both men and women with everything from a menu of body scrubs to anti-aging treatments. Pamper yourself on at-sea days, relaxing in the thermal suite and spa pools before your treatment. One thing is for certain, a spa day on Cunard not only leaves you feeling your best but looking your best too.

The Most Amazing At-Sea Spas in Asia

Asia’s intoxicating mystical cities, islands and remote destinations offer a myriad of reasons to embark on a cruise. But just as wondrous as the ports are the Zen-like spas aboard these luxury ships sailing to Asia.

Regent Seven Seas: Canyon Ranch Spa

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The epitome of luxury spas, Canyon Ranch’s legendary health and wellness expertise transpires from land to sea on Regent Seven Seas. An oasis of calm engulfs your body, mind, and spirit from sunrise to sunset. Start your day with the morning sun and a session of Vinyasa Yoga followed by alternate warm and cool steam and shower treatments, soothing tired muscles, at the Aquavana hydrotherapy center. Refuel with a nutritious lunch before selecting one (or more) of the many body treatments, massages, or Ayurvedic Services. End your day of well-being with a health-conscious gourmet dinner at Compass Rose, where you will select from a menu of award-winning Canyon Ranch Balanced Selections featuring seasonal, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Silversea: Zagara Beauty Spa

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Renew your senses at sea and get lost amid the sweeping ocean views from floor to ceiling windows at the Zagara Beauty Spa. Silversea’s sanctuary features nine treatment rooms, an acupuncture suite, and invigoration therapies. Guests are encouraged to create their own unique spa experience from the Mood Room, where music and lighting are set according to your preference, to custom scents meant to awaken the senses. Surround yourself with Italian elegance and indulge in an array of innovative treatments like BIOTEC facials and Amethyst Crystal Sound Bath Healing Treatments, where a world of relaxation awaits.

Azamara: Sanctum Spa

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Escape to an oasis of tranquility at the Sanctum Spa. With so many relaxing rituals to choose from, it’s hard to pick only a few. Enter your own private spa deck with a bubbling salt water bath at the Sanctum Terrace. Experience state of the art skin care and restorative facials with Facial Glow services. And of course, treat your body to the ultimate massage therapy featuring options such as hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, and an oceanfront Swedish massage. Beyond beauty and restoration, the Sanctum Spa endorses a full body approach to wellness with complimentary onboard fitness and nutrition classes, including one on one personal training for an additional cost.

Pamper Yourself at These Spas on Cruises in Mexico

When you’re heading to Mexico to discover the rainforests and ruins around some of the most ancient destinations in the world, treat yourself to a luxury spa experience on board a cruise. Several cruises that take you to the Mexican Riviera and other popular sites around Mexico are some of the newer ships out there which means you can enjoy modern amenities and fabulous new spa experiences. Here are some of the best spas on cruises in Mexico.

Norwegian Bliss

Treat yourself to a taste of the exotic aboard the Norwegian Bliss where you can enjoy luxury spa experiences at Mandara Spa. The spa offers more than 50 specialty treatments and gives you access to the Thermal Suite where you can enjoy some time in the steam room before heading to the Salt Room for a detox. Sign up for acupuncture, a seaweed massage, or a bamboo massage to try something new.

Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas

The Vitality Spa is the ultimate retreat for cruise travelers and offers a mix of ocean-inspired treatments in a luxury setting. You can enjoy spa treatments with Elemis and La Therapie products, including Ionithermie treatments to detox and rejuvenate. This is also the place to treat yourself to some medi-spa treatments if you’re looking for a mini makeover on your vacation.

Princess Cruises Royal Princess

The Lotus Spa offers the ultimate in pampering with The Enclave thermal suite where you can enjoy a Hammam experience or relax in the herbal steam room. The Sanctuary has private cabanas and a Retreat Pool gives you a chance to enjoy a private haven for a few hours. Try the sensory shower experience in The Enclave, including a tropical rain or Siberian shower with mood lighting and rich aromas. The Scrub & Shine bar is a great way to prepare for any body treatments by having a mixologist create a signature salt or sugar scrub for you.

The Best Spas in Cuba

If you’re spending time in Cuba on your next cruise, you’re in for a treat. This country is a magical destination full of culture, delicious foods, and plenty of activities to enjoy. If you’re looking to do a bit of relaxing during your travels, you may want to make some time for a spa day. Luckily, Cuba has many top-rated spas that offer a stress-free environment and amazing treatments that will leave you feeling fantastic. If you’re ready to plan a day full of zen, check out our favorite spas in Cuba.

Blau Varadero Spa

For those planning to spend some time in Varadero, a visit to the spa at Blau Varadero Hotel is a must. They have plenty of spa treatments to help you de-stress. Here you can spend some time in the jacuzzi or reserve a body treatment from their treatments menu. It’s the perfect way to give yourself some extra TLC before continuing to explore Cuba’s best attractions.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria Spa

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This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Santa Maria. But it also has an amazing spa that is worth checking out! If you want to get a spa treatment while on your Cuba adventure, be sure to make an appointment at The Royal Spa. Book a massage or sit back and enjoy the sauna or steam room.

Paradisus Río de Oro Resort and Spa

Another excellent choice is the Paradisus Río de Oro Resort and Spa. This 5-star eco-resort is located in Holguín. Spend time unwinding in the Balinese baths and relaxation room or book a hydro-massage treatment. This spa also has its own beach and pool area, which makes for a zen oasis.

Spa Albear at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

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Once your cruise arrives in Havana, you’ll want to make your way to the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. Their gorgeous Spa Albea offers a full wellness retreat. There are several treatment rooms and a vast spa menu. You can also enjoy the indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam room, cold water pool, and solarium. With so many wellness offerings, it’s easy to spend a whole day treating yourself right. Spa day passes are available.

Our Favorite At-Sea Spas in the Bahamas

Once you board a luxury cruise ship,  you will be treated to a memorable cruise experience. Cruise lines are finding ways to make their ship offerings even more luxurious and impressive. If you enjoy spending time relaxing at the spa, there are some fantastic spa cruise ship offerings. Check out our four favorite spas on cruise ships that sail to the Bahamas.

Celebrity Cruises: Canyon Ranch Spa

Celebrity Cruises has partnered with Canyon Ranch to offer an amazing spa experience to passengers. Canyon Ranch is a famous wellness resort and spa with several locations throughout the US.  When you book with Celebrity Cruises and take a cruise to the Bahamas on their Celebrity Equinox or Celebrity Infinity ships, you can experience the spa for yourself. Book a rejuvenating massage or unique body treatment to enjoy while you make your way to the Bahamas!

Silversea Cruises: Zagara Beauty Spa

Silversea Cruises also caters to spa-lovers with their impressive Zagara Beauty Spa. Passengers can book a variety of treatments including massages, body wraps, and facials. Travelers can plan to spend plenty of time in the saunas and steam rooms before or after their scheduled treatments. Enjoy the Zagara Beauty Spa while aboard the Silver Shadow, Silver Explorer, or Silver Cloud ships—and all of these ships sail to the Bahamas.

Holland America Line: Greenhouse Spa and Salon

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Another smart option is to take a cruise to the Bahamas with Holland America Line. They offer their impressive Greenhouse Spa and Salon facilities aboard some of their luxury ships. If you’re headed to the Bahamas, book a journey on the Koningsdam, which has this spa on board. Book a nail service, stone therapy massage, or a seaweed massage. Be sure to reserve a spa stateroom or suite, so you have easy nearby access to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon.

Princess Cruises: Lotus Spa

Head to the Bahamas in style on a brand new ship! Starting in October 2019, Princess Cruises will introduce its gorgeous Princess Sky. This ship will offer a mix of accommodation options, include the spacious sky suites, which has plenty of room for up to 5 guests. For spa lovers, The Lotus Spa is the perfect haven for pampering and relaxation. Book a skin or body treatment and give your body the rest and care it deserves. The Lotus Spa Fitness Center makes it easy to workout while checking out the ocean views.

Fantastic At-Sea Spas in Northern Europe

When you’re planning a cruise to Northern Europe, make the most of your voyage on a ship that offers pampering spa treatments. Some of the newest ships from luxury cruise liners offer unique and exotic spa experiences that will make your adventure that much more memorable. Some offer onboard wellness journeys and private pool access, while others offer Balinese escapes where you can enjoy a taste of the islands. 

Holland America Nieuw Statendam

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Whether you’re sailing off to the Baltic or discovering Amsterdam, the Nieuw Statendam is the newest Pinnacle Class ship to join the fleet of Holland America cruise ships. Oprah Winfrey is the godmother of this ship and the stunning cruise liner is home to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. This is the perfect place to enjoy a few days of leisure and pampering at sea, a heavenly retreat offering pampering spa treatments and massage services inspired from around the globe.

Celebrity Edge

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It’s been named the Best Ship of the Year and is the perfect place to treat yourself to an indulgent spa experience. The Spa on Celebrity Edge uses a nature-focused approach to provide you with a comprehensive wellness journey using state-of-the-art technology and restorative therapies. It’s the place to enjoy cutting-edge spa experiences and look and feel your best while you venture off to your Northern European destination.

MSC Meraviglia

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The MSC Meraviglia is one of the newest ships to join the MSC family and offers the ultimate luxury experience as you cruise through Northern Europe. The MSC Aurea Spa is a luxurious Balinese spa with a dedicated thermal area, nail salon and massage rooms. You can enjoy rejuvenating and revitalizing treatments while relaxing in this exotic oasis.

Best At-Sea Spas in South America

Whether your next voyage is taking you to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, or Chile, you’ll want to hop aboard a cruise ship that offers pampering spa treatments and plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Several major cruise lines have added luxury spa services to their lineup of offerings and have dedicated spa pools, hydrotherapy areas, and steam showers to enhance your experience. Here’s where you’ll find some of the best spas on cruises to South America.

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Star

Upgraded in 2018, the Norwegian Star offers unlimited access to the Thermal Suite, a heat and water therapy experience exclusive to the ship. You not only benefit from the healing properties of water but you can also enjoy views of the ocean from the giant windows across from the pool while you relax. Treat yourself to specialty Elemis treatments, including the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial that includes Quartz micro-crystals and antioxidant properties of precious minerals. A set of spa services for men is also available.

Princess Cruises Island Princess

The Island Princess was refurbished in 2015 with several deluxe updates and luxury decor. It boasts three pools and five whirlpool spas to get you relaxed before you head in for spa treatments. The Fitness Center and Spa area is home to the Lotus Spa offering a la carte services including La Therapie HydraLift Facial and the aroma Stone Therapy program for decadent massage treatments. Every service is customized for the traveler and some cruises have trained acupuncturists on staff to provide acupuncture treatments.

Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Home to the Canyon Ranch Spa experience, this ship offers plenty of opportunities to be pampered and enjoy a few hours of relaxation. The spa services include customized aromatherapy experiences, therapeutic bodywork and deluxe facials. You also have access to a full-service salon if you want to get a manicure or have your hair done before dinner. All treatments are customized for guests and designed around the original Canyon Ranch menu of services.

Our Favorite At-Sea Spas in Bermuda

When you’re ready to enjoy the tropical waters, pink-sand beaches, and delicious food and drinks on the island of Bermuda, set sail on one of the major cruise liners for a few days in paradise. Bermuda is the perfect place to relax but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until you arrive to enjoy some pampering treatments. Several luxury cruise liners offers incredible spa experiences onboard so you can enjoy a few hours of rejuvenating and restorative treatments before you set foot on the island.  Here’s where you’ll find some of the best spa experiences on a cruise to Bermuda.

Norwegian Encore

The newest ship from Norwegian cruise lines debuts in Fall 2019 and features The Haven Spa suites with extra-luxurious accommodations, 24-hour butler service and a private sundeck. The Spa suites have separate spa areas for in-room treatments but you also have access to the full-service Spa and Fitness Center and Thermal Spa Suites for logging in some extra hours of relaxation.

Celebrity Summit

If you’ve been a fan of the Canyon Ranch wellness resort, get ready for an onboard experience on the Celebrity Summit. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub® experience is designed to help you look and feel your best throughout your trip. The spa offers legendary skincare services and body treatments, relaxation activities, and access to the SpaClub Persian Garden where you can take a steam or tropical rain shower at your leisure.

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

This luxury cruise ship is also home to the Canyon Ranch spa where you can enjoy customized spa services and luxurious beauty treatments throughout the journey. The spa offers signature bodywork treatments, including Ayurvedic and aromatherapy, access to the aromatic steam room, wellness talks, and a self-guided shower ritual experience to help you release tension and enjoy a night of deep sleep.

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