Tips for getting the best cruise spa treatment

Couples massage, Lotus Spa
Couples massage, Lotus Spa

During a world cruise across the high seas, travelers will be surrounded by the salty air and ocean water, which can put a damper on baby-soft skin. Onboard spa treatments cover a wide range of body improvements, from exfoliating facials to rejuvenating massages. Whether passengers want to improve their circulation with a mineral wrap or spend an hour relaxing in a hydrotherapy jacuzzi, cruises offer a taste of nearly every kind of luxurious spa treatment.

First time getting a facial? Never received a Swiss massage? There are a few key components to making the most of a spa experience.

Hot tub first, massage second

The best way to relax muscles before getting them kneaded by a masseuse is to take a dip in a hot tub for at least 30 minutes. The soothing warm waters and steamy air can relax any nerves passengers may have about getting their first massage treatment. Pressurized jet streams are placed throughout the tub to target areas in the lower and upper back - two of the most notoriously aching body parts.

Be honest

Passengers with health issues that may be triggered by a spa treatment should alert their spa therapist about allergies or skin sensitivities. People with psoriasis or rosacea should avoid masques and lotions with nuts and algae, which both trigger symptoms.

Deep tissue and Swiss massages are typically more vigorous than hot stone or neuromuscular treatments, and spa guests should speak up if they want their masseuse to go easy or increase pressure. Additionally, if passengers have particular target areas in mind, such as thighs, shoulders or the neck, they should tell their therapist.

Disconnect from the world

Most receptionists at spas will require guests to remove cell phones and other noisemakers that could hinder a truly relaxing experience. During a Caribbean cruise, travelers might be tempted to take their cameras and mobile devices with them wherever they go, but for just a few precious hours, they can have the rare opportunity to empty their minds of any thoughts outside of their bodies, focusing instead on their inhalation, exhalation and beating heart.

Stay hydrated

Dry mouth is a common side effect of spa guests who skip the water fountain before getting into the hot tub or hopping on a massage table. Steamy environments, though moist, cause people to sweat and even if they might not notice it at first, they could get dehydrated without sufficient liquid in their system.