Got stress? We hear ya! You’ve worked hard putting in overtime and saving up for your dream vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Once you step foot on your Disney ship, you’ll instantly feel the stress melting off you! Take your relaxation one step further by experiencing Senses Spa and Salon available on all Disney Cruise Line ships. Here’s what to know before taking your relaxation to the max!
Editor’s Note: Disney Cruise Line has suspended sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy through April 24; the Disney Dream through April 30; the Disney Magic through May 9; and the Disney Wonder through May 12. We present this article for future cruise planning.
1 – Land vs. Sea
You may have tried Senses Spa located at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort or Saratoga Springs Resort. It’s truly a high-end spa that is paramount to any others out there! Now, try Senses Spa on the Disney Cruise Line and you’ll likely be unable to find anything to match the experience. While many of the services are the same on land and sea, there is one factor that land can’t touch – and that’s the ocean! The Senses Spa has floor to ceiling windows around almost every corner, making the views while you unwind worth keeping your eyes open for.
2 – Soothing Environment
No secret here – Senses Spa and Salon is known for their soothing environment. They accomplish this through a relaxing check-in process, highly trained Cast Members, offering drinks for their juice bar, and peaceful music. Even the color tones of the different spaces are neutral and calming. Comfortable chairs plus the views we mentioned above are extremely soothing even while you wait for your treatment to begin.
3 – SO Many Choices!
How you prefer to destress is probably the toughest decision when it comes to Senses Spa. There are so many services provided, leaving it nearly impossible to pick just one. Many of the services are exactly what you’d expect to find at a spa and salon including massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, and hairstyling. As if these aren’t enough, Senses offers additional services like body wraps, acupuncture, teeth whitening, aromatherapy, and men’s grooming. Each of these options has numerous selections too so when you say you want a massage, be prepared to select from several types of massages to pick which one intrigues you the most. If you’re in need of a workout, the fitness portion of Senses Spa has high-end equipment and beautiful views, plus a juice bar right next to it for getting the perfect amount of nutrients needed before or after your workout. But, wait – it’s doesn’t stop there! Check out the Spa Villas and Rejuvenation Spa below.
4 – Private Spa Villas
Looking for the ultimate, private spa experience? Reserve a Spa Villa! This is a Villa that can booked for one or for two and is a private treatment room just for you. The Mediterranean-inspired rooms even have a verandah for unbelievable views of the ocean. There is a personal whirlpool, open-air shower, and bed with canopy, plus services including a bathing ritual of your choice, a tea ceremony, and a foot cleansing ceremony. Talk about RELAXING! The services, such as a couple’s massage, you select while in your Spa Villa will make the cost and duration adjust depending on what you select.
5 – Skin Care with Rejuvenation Spa
Relaxation is key at Senses, but did you know you could go even further and focus on the wellness of your skin? New to the Disney Cruise Line Senses Spa is the Rejuvenation Spa. Special treatments with Rejuvenation Spa focus on skin care and ways to improve your health and appearance right from the ship. And get this – a 30-minute physician consultation is required for each person looking to experience this care. Four types of services are provided (if approved medially first) which include a wrinkle softener, dermal filler, skin tightening, and fat reduction. The non-surgical treatments can range from the face to practically the full body. It’s amazing to think this all happens while out in the middle of the sea!
6 – Chill Spa for Teens
Have a 13 to 17-year-old in need of some chill-out time? Disney has that covered with their Chill Spa available only for teens. Many of the same services that are offered for adults are also offered for teens but with a teen twist. They have a pedicure that features ice cream flavors to soak your feet in and that perfect pop of color to choose to go on the nails. If you’re looking for some mother-daughter or father-son time, you can get a massage together at the Chill Spa. Tired of popping pimples? Chill Spa even has an Acne Attack Facial.
7 – Yes, It’s Expensive
Well, as with anything “high-end” you can expect the cost to be high too. Senses Spa will cost you so you’ll just have to decide in advance if the treatment will be worth the money to you. Prices range from a $24 men’s haircut to a Private Spa Villa for 150 minutes at $589 with the Ultimate Indulgence Package. Add multiple services and the total can quickly climb. Plus, don’t forget about gratuity. An 18% gratuity is added to many of the packages, with the option of adding more if you’d like. The Cast Members will also try selling you different products they would recommend for your skin type, hair, nails, etc. These products aren’t cheap as they are, of course, high-end items. If this is a once in a lifetime experience to cruise with Disney, then we say go for it. Life is short and you deserve some pampering!
8 – Make Reservations in Advance
Slots for massages, manicures, pedicures, and private villas go quickly! It is possible there may be something open when checking in onboard, but likely not at the time/day you would like. Do yourself a favor and book your Senses Spa and Salon experience at the same time you are booking your cruise excursions. This will give you a better chance of relaxing when it works best for you.
9 – Our Personal Experience
My mom and I were fortunate enough to explore the Senses Spa on the Disney Dream. It was everything we thought it would be! Right from the moment we stepped in, we were greeted with a smile and asked to fill out some paperwork. We had reserved a pedicure in advance. The Cast Members providing the service were super sweet and excellent at what they did. While we sat back in our chairs, we could see out the large windows into the horizon over the ocean. The chairs were comfortable and had a massaging mechanism. While our feet soaked, the Cast Members even used some cream on our face and talked about different products with us. They also seemed to work on our legs as much as our feet! There was always a chance to upgrade something such as the type of nail polish or skincare product, but we stuck with what came with the pedicure package. Our only complaint is that we could have sat there forever! The duration was sufficient, however, and we tipped above the 18% because the Cast Members deserved it. Senses is an experience we’d highly recommend and likely do next time around if it fits into the budget.
Go for it! Relax, unwind, and enjoy your time at Senses Spa & Salon on the Disney Cruise Line.
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