Sunday, March 4, 2018


By Lisa Doherty

Disney Cruise Line
Spa Review

Photos by Lisa Doherty and courtesy of Disney Cruise Line (Click to enlarge)

A family vacation on the Disney Cruise Line is a once in a lifetime experience that I would highly recommend for anyone who is able to do it. It is a place where adults and children alike can have amazing experiences catered to their own needs. However, on a ship full of kids, Mickey Mouse, and many other talking and dancing characters, the spa can be a tranquil, quiet haven. Grownups flee to the Senses Spa on Disney Cruise Line ships for "me time" and plenty of relaxation. It is open early in the morning and into the later evening hours, as is the Kidzone, which means that you can escape at almost any point in the day.

The Senses Spa can be found on three of four of Disney's cruise ships. The Disney Magic, Dream and Fantasy all have the spa onboard. It features treatment rooms, a salon, a relaxation room, a thermal suite, gym, changing rooms and spa villas for the ultimate in private pampering. The spa features a contemporary design and has an age requirement of 18.

Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

The spa offers massages, facials and body treatments, while the salon provides haircuts, styling and nail treatments. Teeth whitening and barbering services for men are also available. The Chill Spa is a menu of spa treatments aimed at teens; recommended ages are 13 to 17, where they must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the treatment. 

One of the most popular and desired features at the Senses Spa is The Rainforest area. The Rainforest is a thermal suite, where passengers can go through a ritual of steam room and sauna time, followed by aromatherapy showers. Heated tile loungers facing a wall of windows and an outdoor hot tub on a private deck complete the relaxation offerings there. Inside the Rainforest Room, you are greeted by a waterfall, bar with spa waters and lots and lots of towels. From there, you have a choice to head down a short hall to the showers and saunas or head out to the balcony for the hot tubs and lounge chairs.

Photo by Lisa Doherty

Photo by Lisa Doherty

The fitness center has an area for group classes (such as Pilates, yoga, cycling and boot camp), as well as cardio machines, free weights and resistance machines. The age requirement for the gym is also 18. The cardio equipment offers gorgeous views of the ocean while your ship is sailing. It makes working out on vacation worth the work and sweat.

If you are looking for a romantic couples spa treatment, you may want to consider the spa villas where you can enjoy your spa treatments together, and you have your own private loungers, shower, and outdoor hot tub. The Mediterranean-inspired spa villas are an indulgence reserved for those who wish to pony up large sums for private pampering. Each villa has a treatment area, open-air balcony and shower, whirlpool and canopied Roman bed. Treatments come with tea and foot-cleansing ceremonies. 

Photos courtesy of Lisa Doherty

It is safe to say that even if you do not have any children to accompany you on the trip of a lifetime, the Disney Cruise Line is an option for all ages. Adults can experience a relaxing vacation at the Sense Spa, or in the adult only section of the ship which encompasses quiet pools, swim up bars and gourmet cafes. So, be sure to check out the Senses Spa when you head on your next magical vacation. Don’t forget to look for the subtle Disney decals in the spa. Mickey is always one glance away!

*Special thank you to the Senses Spa for inviting Fashion Studio Magazine for the treatment.

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