With features like hydrotherapy pools, heated ceramic loungers, and Thai massages, cruise-ship spas take pampering to an almost preposterous level.
Just try to read the descriptions below without sighing. If you want to book some tension-melting treatments or spend quality time in a top-notch thermal suite, consider our six favorite spas at sea.
(Note: For most standard bookings, fees apply for spa treatments and spa access.)
1. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea, Celebrity Cruises
When Canyon Ranch and Celebrity Cruises joined forces in 2014, they launched one of the best spa experiences at sea.
The menu covers deluxe treatments such as deep-tissue massages and vitamin-enhanced facials. Plenty of treatment rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of deep-blue waters adding another level of tranquility.
On Solstice-class ships, guests can also linger in the Persian Garden, a space with various hot and dry saunas and a steam room — several with aromatherapy elements — plus jetted showers. The heated-tile loungers here give a perfect spot for a post-treatment snooze.
2. Mandara Spa, Norwegian Cruise Line
Here’s a surprise: The mid-range Norwegian Cruise Line has some killer spas that can compete with top luxury lines, scrub for scrub.
Multiple NCL ships, including the Pride of America, the Epic, and ships in the Breakaway class, have the line’s signature Mandara Spa, a giant complex devoted to deep relaxation.
The thermal suite is the spa’s showcase: Sauna grottos, pools with massaging waterfalls, and rainfall showers here use heat and water pressure to unlock stiff muscles. Some ships even carry a salt-bath room.
Passengers can also book more than 50 treatments, including a four handed massage, a Frangipani scalp treatment, or the nearly edible coconut rub and milk wrap.
3. The Spa at Seabourn, Seabourn Cruise Line
Forget loud gilded accents, bold neon lighting, or flashing video screens — everything on Seabourn’s ships reflects a hushed, refined version of luxury. And its spas are a prime example.
Blanketed in blond wood with soft recessed lighting and sheer white curtains, the spa’s thermal suite looks almost celestial.
The line’s partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil…