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World Class Cruise Ship Spas and Where to Find Them

I dare you to read this blog without sighing, oohing and ahhing at the thought of it. It being a day, or two or more enjoying world-class facilities of a spa on a cruise ship! With features like hydrotherapy pools, heated ceramic loungers, and Thai massages, cruise-ship spas take pampering to an (almost) preposterous level.

If you want to book some tension-melting treatments or spend quality time in a top-notch thermal suite, consider our favourite spas at sea. For most standard cruise holiday bookings, fees apply for spa access and treatments. There are exceptions which we highlight. 

Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity fleet is now divided in it’s spa offerings. Choose Solstice® and Millennium® Class ships to relax in the indoor, adults-only solarium, treat yourself to an indulgent massage at the Canyon Ranch spa. But discover a new level of tranquility in The Spa onboard the Edge Class ships, let yourself unwind the modern luxury way.

Canyon Ranch is one of the world’s leading spas, and their world-class treatments and services are offered onboard the Solstice® and Millennium® Class ships. 

I loved the Celebrity Persian Garden, the perfect place to relax before treatments. It is based on a belief dating back thousands of years that moving water and changing temperatures are beneficial for the body. This peaceful oasis features a range of refreshing aquatic experiences, from billows of aromatic stream to tropical showers. 

If you’re looking for a refreshing cleanse, the Detoxifying Ritual, which is based on the practices of a traditional hammam bathhouse. Moroccan mint tea, coffee, olive stones and lemons detoxify the skin, making this treatment immersive and multi-sensory. Clay is used to draw out imperfections, and you will then receive a soothing massage.

Canyon Ranch Treatments

Canyon Ranch Aesthetics offers a range of non-invasive, non-surgical facial treatments to have you looking and feeling your best. All procedures are performed by a trained physician, and use only the finest skin care products and gold-standard procedures to smooth out wrinkles and lift the skin.

I love the sound of the Healthy Feet treatments, which have been specially designed to soothe and revitalise tired feet. Surely perfect after an exhausting day ashore exploring all day. 

Canyon Ranch is also available on Cunard, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas 

The Spa onboard Celebrity Edge® and Celebrity Apex℠ is the unparalleled escape you deserve. Elevating ‘me time’ to a fine art. No fewer than 124 therapies and treatments, eight distinct Sea Thermal Suite experiences and 23 treatment rooms.

At the heart of The Spa is the SEA Thermal Suite, a playground for the senses. Offering 8 distinct experiences, you’ll embark on a wellness journey harnessing natural elements. 

On Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, you can enjoy a truly spa-inspired holiday from the massage table to the dining table, from the Spa Café and Juice Bar to Blu, exclusively for Aquaclass guests.

Aquaclass Staterooms are available through the Celebrity Cruises fleet.

Luxurious spa elements infused into the stateroom experience, savor clean cuisine with priority seating at Blu restaurant, and escape to the Relaxation Room and Persian garden for stunning sea views. Relax with AquaSpa® treatments arranged by your personal spa concierge and feel rejuvenated with wellness classes such as meditation and yoga.

Additional AquaClass® Stateroom Features:

  • Premium ship location close to Canyon Ranch spa®
  • A Personal Spa Concierge to arrange Spa treatments (Charges for treatments apply)
  • Welcome bottled water
  • Daily delivery of flavoured tea
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Exclusive access to Blu, a specialty restaurant featuring “clean cuisine” that also serves complimentary breakfast every day
  • Upgraded room service menu
  • Complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room
  • Aromatherapy diffuser
  • Pillow menu
  • Additional bathroom amenities, including shower gel, facial spray and lip balm
  • Plush bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • On-demand wellness programming
  • Hansgrohe® shower panel
  • Fog-free mirror

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises take wellness very seriously on-board their two ships, Serenity and Symphony. The Crystal Life Spa is designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient practice of balance and harmony. It’s award-winning and the spa embodies a tranquil environment, easily allowing you to slip away from the stresses of daily life.

In serene treatment rooms, rejuvenating services such as Aroma Stone Therapy, Japanese Silk Booster Facial and Well-Being Massage are dispensed with expert care. 

Quality ingredients are sourced to complement each treatment and ensure results-driven therapies. Separate facilities for men and women include sauna and changing areas featuring showers with multiple head and side body jets, and selection of special rain and mist functions.

A private, canopied relaxation area on the Spa’s aft deck invites relaxation before or after a treatment. 

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Mandara Spa which features across the NCL fleet has been voted World’s Best Cruise Spa by World Spa Awards. Which is a fantastic option. 

When you want some “me” time, look no further than Mandara Spa®. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered. At the onboard spas, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let the pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruise ships are awash with opportunity to relax, from the adult-exclusive retreat, The Sanctuary to the Lotus Spa.

The Sanctuary a  luxurious spa-inspired top deck retreat, reserved just for adults. And features plush lounge furniture, attentive Serenity Steward service, soothing music, refreshing beverages and spa fare, and even an open-air massage in your own private cabana!

Or revitalize in the Lotus Spa, named Best Spa on a Cruise Ship by Spa Finder Wellness. As part of the relaxing cruise activities, you can choose from a variety of treatments, such as aroma stone therapy massages and detoxifying ocean wraps. Or enjoy a manicure and pedicure in the salon with an attentive service chosen by you.


Think luxurious spaces to relax in, salon treatments and the aroma of scented oils. You can enjoy a warming and cleansing visit to the sauna and steam rooms. Or opt for the very latest in facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy or massages, in one of the luxurious treatment rooms.

Find your on-board sanctuary in the Oasis Spa, a haven of pampering and relaxation. Melt away into a blissful world of me-time. Choose from the most exclusive spa therapies, rejuvenating facials and massages, pick-me-up nail treatments, and feel-good hair styling.

The Retreat, is an adults only alfresco spa terrace, sit back and relax. Available at night with twinkly lights. 

Royal Caribbean

With the Vitality Spa and fitness facilities onboard, you can relax and re-energise whenever you like. Long day exploring? Unwind in the tranquil spa and indulge your wellbeing with spa treatments – from massages and acupuncture to manicures. There are anti-aging facials, hot stone massages, hair treatments, teeth whitening and a nail bar. There’s even acupuncture therapy.  

Feel like a little boost? Stretch your legs on the round-the-ship running track, test your limits with a personal trainer or join one of our fitness classes, which include yoga and Tai Chi.

AMA Waterways

Not a spa in the traditional sense, but on-board AMA there are more ways to relax. With fewer guests on board, they are able to offer an array of amenities on our award-winning ships. When you’re not off exploring another stunning destination, take some time to unwind, relax and rejuvenate with our pools, massage services and more.

A holiday is the ultimate way to relax, and spa time takes it to a new level. On cruise lines, they’ve made the holiday spa a huge part of a cruise holiday. If you’re ready for the spa holiday of a lifetime then get in touch!
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About the Author
I've worked in travel for 13 years. As a marketer I've worked for Thomas Cook, Going Places, Direct Holidays, Gill's Cruises, Virgin Holidays and cruise brands,, and Strawberry Holidays was born because I LOVE TRAVEL. In the last 5 years my family and I have been to 39 places and 17 countries.