Cruise Ship Spa Tips – Prices & Deals


Hi Cruisers, it’s Sheri from CruiseTipsTV.
We recently had a viewer ask if we would do an episode on Cruise Ships Spas. So, Bri Nieves,
this is for you. You can expect one of three different spa
experiences when cruising. The first, we’ll call “Traditional”, is what you’ll find
on the majority of lines including Princess, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The traditional
style is basically a spa, salon and fitness center offered to guests as another feature
or service of the ship. Much like the swimming pools, hot tub, buffet etc’, it is simply
another component of the cruise, and this is terrific for people looking standard cruise
experience. We have heard the second style referred to
as “Destination Spa.” With this style, part of the ship is turned into an immersive
spa experience. Think of land-based spa resort, and then set it afloat. These ships of have
specially designed spa cabins with easy access to the spa facilities, and sometimes even
priority appointments. There are also special spa restaurants that serve light healthier
food. Essentially the entire cruise can center around the spa experience. For die-hard spa
aficionados, this is the way to go. Look for this style on Costa and some Celebrity ships. The third style is basically a “Hybrid”
of the first two. Some ships offer expanded spa facilities and spa cabins, tranquil thermal
suites, steam rooms, and plunge pools that deliver more than a standard spa experience,
but not quite on the same level as the “Destination Spa ship.” We’ve heard Holland America
is leaning this direction with some ship makeovers. Now we’ll divide shipboard treatments into
two categories; standard and non-traditional. Most cruise ships offer the same treatments
as land-based spas. Massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. Standard treatments would be like basic Swedish,
couples, and hot stone massages, deep-tissue massages, and aromatherapy with scented oils,
lavender & mint. Then there are facials for cleansing and moisturizing the skin. And finally
you have the exfoliating scrubs and wraps for detoxification. Yep, covered in mud or
similar substance, wrapped tightly in foil for about half an hour. Now for the nontraditional treatments, think
“medi-spa”. There are a variety of offerings in this category. Some include eastern treatments
like acupuncture, reflexology, and reiki. Others are more cosmetic like dermal fillers,
Botox, teeth whitening and even Ionithermie cellulite reduction. The dermal fillers and
Botox are of course, designed to temporarily soften wrinkles and creases in the face are
both injections. With the lonithermie as I understand it, one is covered in a special
algae, wrapped in plastic and given a little teensie amount of electrical stimulation. For the most part, don’t expect any bargains
when booking your spa appointment. With onboard spas there’s no real competition to keep
prices down. In fact, just about every major cruise line spa is operated by the same company.
So basically they are free to charge whatever the market can handle. Typically spa sessions
are snapped up pretty quickly. So people, including myself, feel the onboard spa experience
is worth a little extra expense. Cosmetic treatments, however, are often more reasonable
and in some cases less expensive than land-based services. And there are some deals to be found.
Cruise ship spas often offer discounts for first-day and port-day treatments. Stop by
the spa as soon as you board, and ask them what days they’ll be offering their best
discounts, or watch the ship’s daily newsletter for deals. To prepare for your appointment you’ll want
shower off any sunscreen lotions or oils. You don’t want any of that stuff rubbed
into your skin during the massage or facial. Lockers, Towels, robes, and slippers are usually
provided by the, but if you are like me you may want to wear your own flip-flops. Try
to arrive at the spa at least 20 minutes before your scheduled treatment. You’ll want to
make sure you get every minute worth of your massage. We mentioned some eastern treatments earlier
that included reflexology – a type of pressure therapy, but you may receive a different type
of pressure from your therapist. Don’t be surprised if your therapist applies some heavy
pressure to get you to buy high priced products. We understand the therapist themselves may
be under pressure to push the product, so if you don’t want it, politely explain that
you are definitely not interested. We were told once the best way to handle it was to
say you purchased all the suggested products on your last cruise and don’t any need anymore.
I’ve never had any real issues with it, but we have heard of the hard-sell being more
than a bit of a buzz kill for some cruisers. One last thing, always check your charge slip
before adding a tip. Some onboard spas automatically add gratuity while others don’t. Typically
we find they are not added in, but it is best to check to be sure. That’s it for this episode. Until next time,
we’ll see you on the high seas. Pssst, don’t forget to subscribe. Click
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