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***Norwegian Escape – The Spa Experience!

Going to the spa on the Norwegian Escape is a relaxing experience. Within the spa there are specialized rooms and areas just to hang out- with a beautiful view. There is a beverage area with orange water, lemon water, and hot teas. There is a large pool with jets and a whirlpool. If you choose to buy a pass or if you are staying in a spa room, you will feel pampered in the spa area!

If you are not in a spa room, if you sign up for the thermal suite and pool on embarkation day and you get a special package price. Or, better yet, sign up online, before the cruise starts.  They sell a limited number of these packages so that the area never gets crowded, so you will want to sign up by the first day/night. The spa is open 8:00am – 10:00pm except for the last day when the thermal suites and pool are only open until 8:00pm. Pricing is based on number of days of cruise: 2 day-$79, 7 day-$199, 12 day-$279 (prices if booked before cruise starts). The pass gives you complete usage of saunas, showers, steamroom, salt room, snow room, and therapeutic pool and whirlpool.

If you have a spa pass (sticker on your card), you stop at the desk to check in. You leave your room key and in exchange they will give you a bracelet. The bracelet allows you to enter the thermal suite.  You can lock your belongings in the lockers in the changing area. In the changing area you will find a beautiful view, towels, robes, hair dryers, showers, and bathrooms. After you change and put your bathing suit and robe on, enter the spa area. There are plenty of lounging chairs. You can also select the heated tile lounge chairs to relax on.

Choices in the spa area include a pool with all different kinds of water jets, a whirlpool, a sauna, a sanarium, rain shower, aromatic steam bath, and salt bath. This spa area is a great area to just relax and unwind. I found that this area never really got crowded (even with 4900 guests!). I stayed in the studios so it was a great place to hangout as a solo traveler. I saw many other solo travelers there also. Calming music plays in the background. I either closed my eyes and relaxed or read or listened to my ipod. I felt it was a good choice especially for sea days!

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***Spa room on Carnival Breeze is a wonderful choice!

Recently I had the opportunity to stay in a Spa room on the beautiful Carnival Breeze. To me it was well worth the additional charge per day (around $14 a day) for the benefits that you get. Spa rooms are located in the front of the ship. I was on deck 11 in an inside cabin. There is a stairwell and elevator near the spa rooms in the front of the ship that brings you right to the Spa and gym area. With a Spa room, you have full access to the Thalassotherapy pool and Thermal Suite during open hours (usually open until 10).

The Thalassotherapy Pool is a therapeutic pool based on the concept of a natural bubbling spring. Sitting in this pool is SO relaxing! The Therma Suite is based on Turkish Baths. There are four different herbal steam and sauna grottos that cleanse the body with heat. There is an aroma steam room that cleanses the sinuses and eyes and helps detox the body. There are different aromas available including: Tropical Mint, Blue Relax, and Therm Fresh. There are heated tiled chaise lounges designed by a chiropractor. There is also a Therm room, a Laconium, a sauna room, and an Oriental sauna room. In the saunas there are sprayers to spray yourself with cool water. In the different rooms there are fountains and gentle music to help with relaxation. There is also a shower with different types of jets (full powered, tropical, mist,…). They offer DIY scrubs that you can make to use in the shower (herbal, sugar, salt,…). The scrub is used in the shower to slough away dead skin and leaves the skin silkier and smoother. After using the scrub, they recommend lying on the heated lounges in your robe so that all the benefits of the scrub can sink in. There are white towels in the Thermal Suite to use after you get out of the pool or shower. Also, the towels are nice to use on the lounge chairs under your neck and to lie on.

We visited the Spa area once or twice a day. It was truly relaxing! I started the cruise with a painful shoulder injury and by the end of the cruise, the pain was gone! We found that the Spa area was never crowded.

When you book a Spa room, in your cabin you get a special Spa robe and slippers. These can be worn just in your cabin or to the Spa also. There are also some great Elemis products for you to use – soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. If you run out, your cabin steward will provide more for you. And in addition, with a Spa room, you are able to take 2 free classes at the gym (yoga, pilates, spin,…). We took 2 pilates classes.

One needs to book a Spa room early. They do sell out. Should you want to take advantage of the Thermal Suite and Thassotherapy pool and you do not have a Spa room, they sell only 50 passes each cruise. If you are interested, you will want to book soon after you get on the ship. Here is pricing for an 8 day cruise:

Single pass: $149 – get one free DIY Scrub
Couples pass: $269 – get one free DIY Scrub

The pass will give you unlimited pool and Thermal Suite access the entire cruise. The regular price for DIY scrubs is $9.00 each or buy 5 and get 1 free.

There is a white wristband to wear and a sticker on your sign and sail card to signify that you have full access to the pool and Thermal Suite.

In the front of the Spa area there is a treatment waiting area called the Relaxation Room that anyone can go to quietly sit and relax. There are teas available along with lemon or orange water. Great place to read quietly. There is nice soft relaxing music playing in the background. There are nice cushioned couches with pillows. Great view!

Let me know if you have questions about spa rooms. I definitely think the spa room was worth it and I would choose it again!