Spas at Sea

Cruise ships offer amazing pampering and relaxation on the high seas.

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September 12, 2017

 Holland America cruise line's Greenhouse Spa & Salon, long known for its Elemis product line, has a new beauty tool for cruisers. The Elemis Biotec facial machine provides five different, customized approaches to maximize skin care. Spa Director Kadina Williams was kind enough to give me a demo on our recent, 18-night "Viking Passage" cruise from Copenhagen to New York via Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada on board the ne...

April 13, 2012

By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Disney Cruise Line sister ships, the beautiful new Disney Fantasy, which launched March 2012, and Disney Dream, only a year older.

Aboard both, you can sample Senses Spa and Salon, aptly named because here you can reconnect will all your senses as you retreat from a world of storybook characters and active poolside children to a spot that is all your own, at least for the time you booked.

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November 5, 2011

(Update: In 2018, Seabourn will introduce Seabourn Ovation, a sister-ship to the already prestigious Seabourn Encore, which launched since this posting.)

We bestow our own “most lavish spa day at sea award” to Seabourn Quest thanks to the incredible four hours of pampering and relaxation we experienced in the ship’s expansive upper deck Spa Villa during one of our three sea days on our Athens-to-Malaga sailing.

Seabourn boasts t...

Granted, we love any kind of spa. But give us a spa on a luxury cruise ship, and we’re in heaven. (Hey, who wouldn’t be?)

And we must say the Lotus Spa aboard the beautiful, brand-new, cruise ship Ruby Princess did not disappoint. (The ship launched in November 2008, and we cruised Valentine’s Week 2009).

(Also, please check out Fletcher’s report on his Temazcal, or sweat lodge excursion on this cruise).


First, the Ruby Princess...

One of the absolute best ways to visit the Maldives is on board the Four Seasons Explorer yacht, especially if you’re into snorkeling or diving. But to do so doesn’t mean you have to give up the spa lifestyle. Our on-board masseuse, Shyju Valappil from India, took exceptional care of us and the other 20 passengers on our four-night voyage, with everything from Balinese and Thai massage to an exceptional foot reflexology, accor...

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