World’s Best Spas on Cruise Ships

If luxury and relaxation are what you look for in a cruise then no doubt you’ll have investigated the option of onboard spa visits. But when it comes to floating spas some cruise ships stand out far beyond the rest. These are some of the world’s best cruise ship spas just waiting to pamper you on your next luxury cruise holiday.

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Samsara Spa

Aboard three of Costa cruise line’s fleet (Serena, Pacifica and Luminosa), you’ll find the two-level spa, Samsara. In encompasses specially designed spa cabins, health-conscious meals, thermal suites and a vast array of luxurious spa treatments and packages. Its Asian-inspired décor and authentic ayervedic treatments are just the beginning of what makes Samsara one of the most sought-after floating spas in the world.

The spa restaurant menu is overseen by Michelin Star awarded chef Ettore Bocchia and offers guests a dining option that perfectly melds luxury with healthy eating. In combination with the spas fitness centre and extensive range of spa treatments, guests can leave their Costa cruise feeling truly revived, relaxed and detoxified.

Cunard’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club

Found aboard the famous Queen Mary II, Cunard’s offers one of the most specialised ranges of spa treatments available at sea. Specialist staff offer unique treatments rarely found in floating spas to a standard usually saved for the best land-based spas. Thai massage and Ashiatsu massage (a unique style of massage during which the masseuse uses his/her feet and bodyweight to massage the customer while holding onto bars suspended from the ceiling) are amongst the most popular treatments. Reiki and acupuncture treatments are also on offer, as well as hairstyling and a range of more classic spa pampering like manicures facials etc.

The separation of the fitness centre from the spa area also gains Cunard’s praise, seeing a clear distinction between the high-energy vibe of the gym and the ultra-relaxed ambience of the spa itself.


Celebrity cruise line’s ships the Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection, are home to Celebrity’s world-famous AquaSpa series. AquaSpa is an expansive wing of the ship that includes spa cabins and two health-focused restaurants, AquaSpa Café and Blu. Guests can eat, sleep and spend their whole cruise embedded in the onboard spa, creating a whole cruise dedicated to relaxing and detoxifying in this floating paradise.

The spa cabins are in a whole class of their own when it comes to ultimate luxury. Guests can enjoy spa-standard bath products, complimentary iced tea and bottled water, free use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room and Persian Garden steam room, access to health-conscious room service and even a pillow menu.

The spa offers one of the most extensive lists of spa services and treatments on any cruise liner, including Botox, a lash and brow bar, heated relaxation chairs looking out across the ocean and a Solarium with two pools and whirlpools.

What better way to spend a holiday than being pampered at sea all day, letting all the worries of the shore melt away into the sun and ocean spray? If this sounds like your dream holiday, check out the Cruiseabout website for all the best cruise spa packages and deals.