There’s a new wellness wave hitting the high seas, and cruise lines are offering expanded treatment menus, dedicating prime deck space to spa amenities, and hosting mindfulness-themed shore excursions and at-sea retreats (Even Goop is getting on board, partnering with Celebrity Cruises on a themed, Goop at Sea sailing later this year). Here, three new ways to find some calm on the water.
East Meets West
This month, Oceania Cruises is rolling out the new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center on each of its ships. Passengers can step off their cruise looking refreshed, thanks to an onboard acupuncturist and Dysport facial treatments (similar to Botox). Once on shore, passengers can seek treatments with local wellness experts: Among the offerings are a visit with a reflexologist aboard a rice barge in Bangkok and a hands-on lesson in apitherapy (a therapy using honeybee products) with a beekeeper in Seville. Energizing meals such as poke bowls and green papaya and kelp noodle salad fuel the journey, as do snacks from the raw juice and smoothie bars.
The new Spa on Edge experience, which debuted on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge last November, has innovative offerings such as tables that use sound and vibration to increase relaxation during a massage. In the spa’s thermal suite, eight therapeutic havens include a hammam, a salt room, a crystalarium, a float room, and a space where simulated rain showers shift from warm to cool and from light drops to waterfalls. Debuting in April, the second of the cruise line’s Edge series of ships, the Celebrity Apex, will introduce fitness studios and an onboard cosmetic dentistry office. The inaugural voyage of the 2,910-passenger Apex sails round-trip from Southampton and makes stops in France, Spain, and Portugal.
In the Microcurrent
Soak in mineral baths once frequented by popes outside Rome or cap off a yoga session with a vegetarian lunch on Corfu as part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new wellness tours. At the line’s new Serene Spa & Wellness, ports of call serve as the inspiration for some treatments (Brazilian bamboo massages, for example). Technology informs others, such as microcurrent facials. The focus on health extends to the dining room, with plant-based “power bowls” drizzled with flavor-loaded dressings, green curry vegetable stir-fries, and pear-brandy rosemary sorbet.