Post # 1
My husband and I will be crusing with a cruise line in July.
I want to surprise him with a couples massage on the ship.
Has anyone had spa treatments while on ship?
Is it worth it?
Is it better to book treatments on cruising days rather than port days?
As an aside, I went through my travel agent who said it wasn’t possible to prereserve but I called the cruise line and they said it was. I imagine that reservations would book quickly once on the ship. Should I tell my travel agent this? I would rather book something through her because she has been so helpful.
Post # 3
Thanks for your thoughts, Bees 🙂
Post # 4
I’ve never booked a spa treatment on a cruise because they are hideously expensive, and I just don’t feel like it would be worth it. You can get a massage on the beach for much cheaper in some ports.
As for sea days vs. port days, port days are better because EVERYONE is going to try to book something to do on a sea day. It is definitely possible to make a spa appointments before you sail on SOME cruiselines, and even then only on some ships. Carnival and Princess lines allow it, and some Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Oceania ships offer it, too.
Post # 5
I love spa treatments on a cruise! If they don’t allow pre-booking, then I’d suggest as soon as you get on the ship, drop off your bags in the room and go straight to the spa area. For two reasons, first, its best to book your appointments because slots do fill in quickly. Also, they typcally give tours and offer incentives.
On our last cruise, they offered a spa memberships for couples (there was only a limited quanity available). For $100pp we could use the facility steam/sauna and whirlpools/jacuzi and spa deck, whenever we wanted for the duration of the cruise. We spent HOURS there throughtout the cruise. You will get tired of the noisey LIDO deck and want a quiet space what better way than adult only, spa area.
We have found that spa tends tos offered more specials and add ons during port days. Also, we always book our treatments towards the 2nd leg of the cruise, because thats when they start offering more discounts. For example, that same treatment on day one thru three that was orignally $180, on days 5-7 are now $150 and now inlcudes a free scale massage etc. I tend to get my treatments after I’ve done all my excursions and my muscles are aching. So like day 6 or 7.
Which cruise line are you going with?
Post # 6
@vorpalette: I do agree with you, they defintely inflate the spa prices (just as they do the excusions). But I figure since i’m on vacay, why the hell not, I treat myself. Also, like I said above I do wait to for sales.
Post # 7
@weightwatchers152: I took a cruise with Royal Caribbean last November. Our first day at sea, I kept staring at my feet wishing I has made a pedicure appointment before the cruise. I went to the spa and made an appointment that day for a touch up (the spa pedicure was $50, which I couldn’t justify). I think it was $15, but they filed, painted, and made my feet sandle ready. It was pretty easy.
That being said, I’d always recommend making reservations as soon as possible.
Post # 8
@weightwatchers152:Some cruiselines offer honeymoon and romance packages with a couples massage included. (It also includes this like champagne, robes, private breakfast, etc…) You can buy the package ahead of time and then reserve the date of the actual massage once you get on.
Where are you cruising to?
Post # 9
We did a couples massage on our honeymoon cruise with Princess. I agree, book ASAP, before the cruise if you can. We managed to squeeze one in during the afternoon of a port day, and I called the second we got on board. Tons of appointments were already taken.
I know it’s pricey, but it was our honeymoon, dangit, and I was getting a massage! We loved it.
Post # 10
Thank you for the responses so far! 🙂
We are going to Europe with Royal Caribbean.
The cost is $273 plus gratuity for 50 minutes. At first I thought it was per person (as indicated on the website) but when I called RCCL they said, no, it is for two people. I thought it was a bit ridiculous otherwise.
I agree it is expensive, I am originally from Niagara (near Niagara Falls) Canada and even that tourist area charges less for a couples massage!
My travel agent said that there are significant discounts once aboard the ship. But, I was hoping more to surprise my husband and pay for it myself ahead of time and then once were on the ship tell him that we have an appointment at the spa.
I was thinking on embarkation day in the evening? We will have arrived in Barcelona the previous night so not arriving from the airport tired.
I’m going to think about it some more….. It’s a lot of money….
Post # 11
I had a full body massage and seaweed wrap on my cruise on one of the last days. It took about three hours and costed around $350 but so worth it! I felt amazing afterwards!
Post # 12
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@weightwatchers152: Do it in port. Port days are cheap spa days. If you want to get off the ship pretty much anywhere you look in port will be cheaper than on the ship unless you go somewhere really fancy like Atlantis or another resort.
Check out cruisecritic.com. They have a great message board community and they can hook you up either on the ship or in port with the best deal.
Post # 13
I work on a ship, though not in the spa.
On the ship I NEVER do nails etc. because they are SO overpriced.
I have had a massage as a gift from hubby once or twice and though it wasnt the best one I ever had, they were pretty good.
As for how much to pay. The port days are always cheaper because not as many people sign up so they always have deals. Beyond that it depends on the cruise. depending on how well the spa is booking they may or may not have deals.
If you are looking at going that close to embark then yes the price is likely not going to change. I would pre book to make sure but my guess is not as many people get massages that night because most are exploring the ship etc.
I am the type that thinks it is a special occasion and to just pay the price, but it is up to you!
Post # 14
TO @weightwatchers152: Great info here from the other Bees.
I would just confirm that Spa Treatments on-board are more than they are ashore (and Tip is usually 15% to 18% and automatically tacked onto your Bill… so be sure an be aware of that… cause many people accidently add on cause there is ALWAYS a tip line on the bottom a Ship Chit)
Times in Port are always cheaper… than Sea Days… this is because most folks are ashore… so they are looking to fill up as many appointment slots as they can.
Specials are offered the first day when you Tour the Ship. And there are often daily specials printed in the Ship Bulletin (delivered to your cabin the night before)
Sometimes the Spa will also run a buy one now, book one later special. So if you’ve come in for one service, they’ll offer you another one / next one at a discount.
All that said… I have used Spa Services on the Ship (Celebrity) and have been quite happy with what I received, despite it being more than home… but I just treated it as some extra pampering on my vacation.
If you are Sailing with Royal Caribbean (which is a sister cruise line to Celebrity) I believe you are able to book stuff ahead of time direct with the cruise line either by phone or on-line (you’ll need to register on-line with your Reservation # to utilize the MY CRUISES section of the Website)
When you book on-line you pay immediately… charged to yoiur Credit Card. If you wait to book on the ship, the cost will go onto your Ship Account.
Hope this helps,
Post # 15
@weightwatchers152: While the massages on the ship are pricier than those you can find on land I have never had a bad or mediocre massage on a ship. I have a quite a few less than excellent massages on land that were probably about 30% cheaper than those onboard but in the end I would rather have better massages less often than crappy massages more often.
People and your TA mentioned port day spa specials but be aware that not all of the services are offered in the ‘port day specials’ so you might not be able to get a deal on the couples massage. They might only offer a package like pick 3 of these 5 services for $129.
Also if you have your confirmation number you can book these services online without your TA. I have been able to do this for all the cruise lines I have sailed with – Holland America, Princess. Carnival, and Celebrity.
I am not sure if you will be able to book on embarkation day as they are generally giving tours of the spa that day to try to get people to sign up for treatments. I could be wrong. Also you might want to enjoy the ship the first evening – exploring, having a nice dinner, seeing a show, etc.
I am also thinking about doing a couples massage for my Alaska cruise honeymoon in June, also a surprise for my husband.