Ocean Cruising

A new wave of active lifestyle cruising on the horizon

 

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Blue World Voyages is carving a new niche within the global cruise industry to promote “Active Lifestyle Cruising”. Scheduled for a summer 2019 launch in the Mediterranean, the inaugural ship will break from conventional cruising, with one entire deck designated to sports, exercise and wellness, and a second dedicated to spa and rejuvenation. With locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine, active shore excursions, partnerships with experts and leading brands, this is planned as a dedicated cruise experience for wellness-minded adults.

The bow to stern Sports Deck is outfitted with golf and football simulators; batting cages; a functional training centre; yoga, spinning and TRX studios. There are three pools, including a sea water “lap pool” for open water swim training. On the Spa deck, guests can enjoy a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium.

For a virtual tour of the ship, click here:  http://www.blueworldvoyages.com/tour

Three 350-passenger, 5-Star ‘casual’ ships are planned for the Blue World Voyage fleet. They will roam the world, with ports of call selected, based on the availability of activities such as cycling, hiking, golf and watersports; access to areas conducive to yoga and meditation, and opportunities for cultural and learning experiences. “People want to take ownership of their health, even when on holiday,” said CEO Gene Meehan.

Blue World Voyages is also set to become the first cruise line to invite passengers to become business partners, participating in the formation of the company through its Owners Club and Founders Club. For the Owners Club, Blue World is introducing a unique ship configuration for a new cruise line, with 26 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences.  These units will be sold under the direction of co-founder, Fredy Dellis, former President/CEO of the World at ResidenSea. The Founders Club is open to the first 500 individuals investing in the company’s crowdfunding campaign via a UK platform soon to be announced.

The revolutionary new cruise meets the growing demand from travellers who are keen to stay healthy and active whilst on holiday. This trend reflects the annual growth of 6.5% in wellness tourism, more than double the growth rate for overall tourism overall.

www.blueworldvoyages.co.uk

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Virgin Voyages Prescribes ‘Vitamin Sea’ Experiences

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Virgin Voyages has revealed plans of its new ship’s transformational and rejuvenating well-being experiences for its sailors on board The Scarlet Lady.

Its ‘Vitamin Sea’ ideology has been inspired by the oceans and their importance in the health and well-being for our planet and our daily lives. The approach also places healthy travel at the forefront of the delivery of its ‘Adult by Design’ experience for the 18+ sailor.

The ship has been designed with ample outdoor and outward-looking spaces to include The Crow’s Nest sundeck for sunrise and sunset yoga, a Virgin signature running track and an Athletic Club complete with a boxing ring, gymnastics equipment. There are cabanas for relaxation, a well-being pool and Gym and Tonic bar. The B-Complex features the ultimate well-being and fitness experience with strength, spin, yoga and cardio in its Build, Burn, Bike and Balance rooms, all with dramatic ocean views.

Inspired by an underwater cave, Redemption, the well-being Spa, will serve as a mermaid and merman hideaway complete with hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds, and rejuvenating spa treatments.

‘Vitamin Sea’ is intertwined throughout the ship with a wide variety of planned complimentary group fitness classes on board. The concept is also about being pampered and well-groomed. The Scarlet Lady will offer a menu of personal treatments in different spaces across the ship, from a standalone blow dry bar called the Dry Dock salon, the Stubble & Groom barbershop with a male pedicure spa overlooking a porthole ocean view and a mani- pedi spa.

More details on the new travel brand’s onboard features and experiences will be revealed throughout the year, with its first voyages expected to go on sale by the end of 2018.

Keep up to date with developments at www.virginvoyages.com

Vinotherapy – tipsy treatments now onboard with MSC Cruises


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Mediterranean-based MSC Cruises has partnered with Bocelli Wines to launch Vinotherapy, a signature collection of spa treatments offering the rich benefits of Italian grapes. Created with the LAJATICA vinotherapy products, these will be available throughout its fleet-wide.

Known as “nature’s antioxidants,” grapes contain powerful compounds called polyphenols which fight free radicals and stimulate the renewal of cells and collagen. Polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. Grapes also contain a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K; in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

Eight different luxury, wine-based treatments have been developed exclusively for MSC Cruises using the LAJATICA beauty products and are designed for both men and women.

Reflecting the cruise line’s Mediterranean heritage and family spirit, Bocelli Wines, like MSC Cruises, is a family-owned business sharing the same values of tradition, excellence and passion.  The Bocelli family has been producing small-yield wine with a handmade artesian style for aound 180 years. The vineyard is currently run by Alberto Bocelli, whose brother, the world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, has held a relationship with MSC Cruises since he performed at the christening of MSC Poesia in 2008.

 

 

Cruising for wellness

Seabourn ENCORE_medium resWellness is making waves. Forget the confines of the traditional massage table, wooden sauna and crowded steam room, facilities are now drifting out to sea.

Many cruise-lines are embracing the wellness concept with a more holistic lifestyle attitude with integrated treatments and therapies forming themed programmes. From ship to shore, wellness flows from Zen-inspired health and fitness programmes onboard to inspiring shore experiences to achieve that mind and body balance.

MSC is attracting the “weight watchers” by offering a themed cruise which includes consultations with Weight Watcher staff, seminars, cookery demonstrations with approved calorie monitored meals to enjoy while cruising without the weight and guilt. Sailing from the Caribbean, this cruise is aboard the MSC Divina. A Balinese-themed Aurea Spa, complete with a salt relaxation room and ice waterfall within its thermal suite complements the facilities aboard the MSC Meraviglia, while “Wellness Experience by Technogym” is planned to be available throughout the MSC fleet for health conscious passengers.

Mindful living is the concept behind Seabourn Cruises’ wellness programme designed in partnership with integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil and onboard Spa by Steiner. A “mindful living coach” leads classes such as yoga and meditation as well as inspiring talks and seminars from Weil’s books. For those lucky enough, Dr Weil himself with host lectures during his annual Seabourn voyage.

Shoring up with 10 Mediterranean ports, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched its exclusive “Seven Seas Wellness Tours”. From Tai Chi in the Imperial Gardens of Marseille to a hydrothermal pool visit in Sorrento, guests are able to combine their onboard health activities with a choice of unique wellness experiences in the destinations they visit. On a similar wave, Oceania Cruises has rolled out a range of Wellness Tours to include a laughter workshop in a Spanish farmhouse.

Aromatherapy and holistic therapies are the key ingredients to the new sensory-styled concept of the Italian-inspired Zàgara Beauty Spa on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse. This adds to its “Wellness Expedition” voyages on Silver Discoverer where Pilates, water aerobics, nutritional counselling and yoga feature as components of their health programmes.

Sleepless nights? Celebrity Cruises together with onboard spa provider, Canyon Ranch, will be offering a “Mindful Dreams” wellness programme which include spa treatments and lectures to help with sleep patterns onboard and at home.

The wellness concept has changed the reputation of cruising. Today, think Zen, mindfulness and even Weight Watchers! Cruising has become good for your health.

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils its top five spa facilities from the on-board Mandara Spa®

Norwegian Cruise Line has selected its top five spa facilities on board Norwegian’s young fleet.

As part of the Thermal Suite, the Salt Room is designed to mimic the naturally occurring salt mines and caves of Europe, used for centuries by monks for their healing properties. The room uses salt aerosol machines to fill the air with tiny breathable salt particles, that when inhaled can help alleviate breathing problems and coughs.

Available on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape.

Maintained at -6 – 0°c, the Snow Room allows passengers to cool off in sub-zero temperatures. This facility is associated with multiple health benefits, including increased blood circulation and alleviating sore muscles. Uniquely, the room features real snow falling from the ceiling.

Available on board Norwegian Escape.

The Sea View Sauna enables passengers to relax and unwind in the dry heat whilst enjoying spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Available on a number of ships across the Norwegian Fleet

A number of rooms are available for treatments ranging from an Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, combining the power of the ocean with the healing effects of aromatherapy, to an Elemis Aroma-Star Ocean Wrap to detox and cleanse the system.

Norwegian and Mandara Spa®

 The Thalasso Therapy Pool offers mineral rich salt water pool while hydrotherapy jets soothe aching muscles.

Available as part of the Thermal Suite across the Norwegian fleet*,