Ocean Cruising

Cruising for wellness

Seabourn ENCORE_medium resWellness is making waves. Forget the confines of the traditional massage table, wooden sauna and crowded steam room, facilities are now drifting out to sea.

Many cruise-lines are embracing the wellness concept with a more holistic lifestyle attitude with integrated treatments and therapies forming themed programmes. From ship to shore, wellness flows from Zen-inspired health and fitness programmes onboard to inspiring shore experiences to achieve that mind and body balance.

MSC is attracting the “weight watchers” by offering a themed cruise which includes consultations with Weight Watcher staff, seminars, cookery demonstrations with approved calorie monitored meals to enjoy while cruising without the weight and guilt. Sailing from the Caribbean, this cruise is aboard the MSC Divina. A Balinese-themed Aurea Spa, complete with a salt relaxation room and ice waterfall within its thermal suite complements the facilities aboard the MSC Meraviglia, while “Wellness Experience by Technogym” is planned to be available throughout the MSC fleet for health conscious passengers.

Mindful living is the concept behind Seabourn Cruises’ wellness programme designed in partnership with integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil and onboard Spa by Steiner. A “mindful living coach” leads classes such as yoga and meditation as well as inspiring talks and seminars from Weil’s books. For those lucky enough, Dr Weil himself with host lectures during his annual Seabourn voyage.

Shoring up with 10 Mediterranean ports, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched its exclusive “Seven Seas Wellness Tours”. From Tai Chi in the Imperial Gardens of Marseille to a hydrothermal pool visit in Sorrento, guests are able to combine their onboard health activities with a choice of unique wellness experiences in the destinations they visit. On a similar wave, Oceania Cruises has rolled out a range of Wellness Tours to include a laughter workshop in a Spanish farmhouse.

Aromatherapy and holistic therapies are the key ingredients to the new sensory-styled concept of the Italian-inspired Zàgara Beauty Spa on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse. This adds to its “Wellness Expedition” voyages on Silver Discoverer where Pilates, water aerobics, nutritional counselling and yoga feature as components of their health programmes.

Sleepless nights? Celebrity Cruises together with onboard spa provider, Canyon Ranch, will be offering a “Mindful Dreams” wellness programme which include spa treatments and lectures to help with sleep patterns onboard and at home.

The wellness concept has changed the reputation of cruising. Today, think Zen, mindfulness and even Weight Watchers! Cruising has become good for your health.

THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL GROUP GOES SAILING

Ritz-Carlton has announced it is to move into cruising, making it the first luxury hotel brand to offer bespoke yacht experiences.

Marriott-owned, the luxury hotel brand is launching The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection in partnership with Oaktree Capital Management and with the help of maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen.

“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”

The first of three cruising yachts is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, and will distinguish Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodation both on land and at sea

The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony.

The yacht will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment.

The intimate size of the vessel, will allow voyages to call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena., The yacht will also offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.

Reservations will open in May 2018.
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts

A vegan voyage

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is offering a vegan cruise around the Norwegian Fjords. Aboard The Columbus, the cruise will sail from Tilbury on September 25th this year. Presentations on a range of vegan subjects will be given by guest speakers who include Dr Michael Greger, physician and author of “How Not To Die” and Melanie Joy, a psychologist and author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows.”

Lifestyle classes and a wellness programme are scheduled which will include pilates and yoga. Daytime activities on board will include making vegan toothpaste and vegan cheesemaking. Naturally there will be a full vegan menu.

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils its top five spa facilities from the on-board Mandara Spa®

Norwegian Cruise Line has selected its top five spa facilities on board Norwegian’s young fleet.

As part of the Thermal Suite, the Salt Room is designed to mimic the naturally occurring salt mines and caves of Europe, used for centuries by monks for their healing properties. The room uses salt aerosol machines to fill the air with tiny breathable salt particles, that when inhaled can help alleviate breathing problems and coughs.

Available on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape.

Maintained at -6 – 0°c, the Snow Room allows passengers to cool off in sub-zero temperatures. This facility is associated with multiple health benefits, including increased blood circulation and alleviating sore muscles. Uniquely, the room features real snow falling from the ceiling.

Available on board Norwegian Escape.

The Sea View Sauna enables passengers to relax and unwind in the dry heat whilst enjoying spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Available on a number of ships across the Norwegian Fleet

A number of rooms are available for treatments ranging from an Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, combining the power of the ocean with the healing effects of aromatherapy, to an Elemis Aroma-Star Ocean Wrap to detox and cleanse the system.

Norwegian and Mandara Spa®

 The Thalasso Therapy Pool offers mineral rich salt water pool while hydrotherapy jets soothe aching muscles.

Available as part of the Thermal Suite across the Norwegian fleet*,

 

Quartz Crystal Treatment Beds now on board

Crystal Cruises has introduced a Quartz Crystal Treatment Bed on its two ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

The MLX Quartz bed comprises a base made of alpha-quartz sand which can be selectively heated to varying temperatures, helping to alleviate pain and enhance comfort. The malleable sand surface is covered with a hygienic polyurethane-coated sheet to prevent it from adhering to skin, while also promoting ergonomic positioning for massage and other therapies. Warm crystals mold and shape around the body helping to release muscle tension, detoxify and promote a deeper state of relaxation.

With the addition of the Quartz Crystal bed, Crystal has also added two new specialty massages to its indulgent menu of services: a hot mineral body massage and a poultice-powered muscle release massage, both utilising the bed’s technology.

Cruising to Wellness

Wellness themed holidays can be experienced in many forms but if you like fresh air, open skies, and the sound of waves on rewind, then take to the ocean or to the myriad of river routes for your prescribed dose of wellness.

The Healthcare Holiday has been searching the waters to see what is on offer from the ever-growing number of cruises for today’s health conscious cruiser or those new to this style of holiday.

For many, cruises are synonymous with endless buffet tables and a more sedentary type of holiday experience. Not true. Cruises today offer an exhaustive range of activities, a programme of excursions to suit every age as well as a selection of creative and mouthwatering menus designed for most preferences.

Cruise packages have been crafted to attract niche interests, and, on trend, a growing number are now available to appeal specifically to the health & wellness traveller.

The luxury small-ship cruise line, Seabourn, is offering its first-ever holistic spa and wellness experience at sea. Onboard, each programme will be led by a wellness guide, a certified yoga and meditation practitioner. The daily practice of meditation and yoga is central to the programme through a selection of complimentary sessions. On-board seminars will cover subjects such as anti-inflammatory food, healthy aging and meditation. This new venture is in addition to existing onboard spa services which include massages, facials, fitness and beauty treatments.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ wellness offering includes its onboard SPA Fitness Center with its state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment and classes in Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. These facilities are supplemented by fitness & beauty seminars, ranging from Detox for Health & Weight Loss, Powerful Posture, and when dining, menus are clearly marked with “Healthy Options.”

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific that provide health and wellness opportunities for fitness-minded travellers. Wellness comes in the form a retractable watersports marina from which guests can paddleboard, kayak and windsurf. Wellness also takes a cultural form, with traditional Polynesian dance classes and sunrise Polynesian-inspired Zumba classes. Relaxing overwater massages are available on Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet paradise. For a revitalizing start, every morning, the Paul Gauguin’s La Palette offers a wellness bar with blended fresh fruit and vegetable juice drinks. Dr Sideroff, a healing, resilience and optimal performance expert, will offer insights into integrating the most advanced scientific and behavioural technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning aboard the Cook Islands & Society Islands sailing on 15th July 2017.

“Wellbeing on the Water” is offered by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise, promising to keep their guests fit and on track during their cruise. Staying active onshore includes excursions such as cycling and Nordic walking as well as gentle walking tours. Onboard a wellness coach will put them through their paces with exercise class or a relaxing yoga session. The Serenity River Spa offers the haven for wellness tailored treatments embracing the arts of Chinese massage, reflexology and shiatsu.

In January 2017, The Hungry Girl Cruises sails in the form of Holland America’s Eurodam, when Food Network’s Lisa Lillien (alias the Hungry Girl), hosts special activities such as a seminar on how to indulge on vacation without gaining weight, a “Swap Till You Drop” demo in which Lillien will exchange recipes and offer prizes, morning workouts by the pool and book signings.

Holistic Holiday at Sea will take sail away in March 2017. Experts in holistic living and natural health join together for the 14th annual Holistic Holiday at Sea on MSC Divina. Emmy Award-winning host of the TV series, “Christina Cooks,” Christina Pirello; pioneer of cardiovascular medicine and Olympic gold medalist, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D. and nutritional leader and author, Neal Barnard, M.D. are among the special guests who will be presenting onboard during the seven night Miami roundtrip.

According to CruiseCritic.com, cruising has become creative and very competitive!. For three dates in 2016, Marathon Expeditions” Running Cruise hosted a series of week-long cruises featuring themed workouts and 5k runs unique to the destinations of the Caribbean: aboard the Royal Caribbean”s Vision of the Seas, Alaska on the Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas and on AmaWaterways’ AmaDagio in the South of France.

Facilities mentioned may not be available on all ships within the fleet. Please check the individual cruise itinerary and programme for the most uptodate details.

Wellness cruising, Polynesian style

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific that provide health and wellness opportunities for fitness-minded travellers.

Dr Sideroff, a healing, resilience and optimal performance expert, will offer insights into integrating the most advanced scientific and behavioural technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning aboard the Cook Islands & Society Islands sailing in July 2017.

Wellness  takes a cultural form, with traditional Polynesian dance classes and sunrise Polynesian-inspired Zumba classes. Relaxing overwater massages are available on Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet paradise, and for a revitalizing start, every morning, the Paul Gauguin’s La Palette offers a wellness bar with blended fresh fruit and vegetable juice drinks.

Fitness with Carnival

Carnival Cruise Lines’ wellness offering includes its onboard SPA Fitness Center with its state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment and  classes in Yoga,Pilates and Tai Chi.

These facilities are supplemented by fitness & beauty seminars, ranging from Detox for Health & Weight Loss, Powerful Posture, and when dining, “Healthy Options” on menus are clearly marked.

Wellness cruise with Seabourn

The luxury small-ship cruise line, Seabourn, is offering its first-ever holistic spa and wellness experience at sea.

Onboard, each programme will be led by a wellness guide, a certified yoga and meditation practitioner. The daily practice of meditation and yoga is central to the programme through a selection of complimentary sessions.

Seminars will cover subjects such as anti-inflammatory food, healthy aging and meditation. This new venture is in addition to existing onboard spa services which include massages, facials, fitness and beauty treatments.

Detox 2017 aboard Alexa Private Cruises

A gourmet chef, spa therapist and an attentive team are on hand to pamper guests to remove traces of post Christmas sluggish toxins on an holistic escape aboard ALEXA Private Cruises.

The private yacht serves a specially designed anti-oxidant menu of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, all locally sourced. There is a selection of rejuvenating spa treatments while the dive team invites guests to wonder at the coral reefs below.

Sailing through the Indonesian Archipelago, there is a choice of routes and locations depending on the number of nights booked around Komodo National Park.

3 Nights: Explore the Komodo Islands Nights from Labuan Bajo-Rinca-Komodo. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest, especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. There are also sandy beaches and blue lagoons teeming with fish and underwater sceneries to entice divers.

4 Nights: Moyo-Komodo-Labuan from Labuan Bajo in Flores to Moyo island in Sumbawa takes you through some of the most pristine and untouched areas of the Indonesian Archipelago.

7 nights: Gili Islands – Moyo – Komodo from Gili Air Island to Labuan Bajo in Flores takes you through some of the most pristine and untouched areas of the Indonesian Archipelago.

ALEXA Private Cruises offers a professionally managed and qualified 7-man international and multilingual crew including: a Cruise Director who is a certified dive instructor, a Resident Spa Therapist, Private Chef and Captain with 15 years navigating experience, to ensure a guaranteed high level of service, security and quality of experience.

www.alexaprivatecruises.com