Going on Holiday in June. Was thinking of treating my wife to a massage. Heard one hour is about #100. Are they any good? Worth the money? Dave would probably know this...is there a link to a menu of what they offer and the cost? Let me know y'all!
If there is one thing I have zero knowledge of, it is the spa services. I do know it is a major revenue center on any ship, and a sales pitch is skillfully given during an initial service in hopes of garnering more business. It isn't high pressure sales - from what I've heard - and the massages seem to be highly rated.
The spa on the Holiday is quite limited. These things weren't a huge deal when the ship was built, not like today when the spas cover a large area.
We tend to do one massage on our cruises. $100 is about right. It depends on the type (hot stone, aroma therapy etc...) but the standard swedish massage runs about $100. Is it worth it? I guess so... the wife gets them locally for about half to three quarters that rate, so the price isn't completely out of bed. Watch the caper paper for specials (normally on port days) and you can get it cheaper.
Just watch the 'sales pitch'. or you'll end up coming out of your massage with $200 in worthless lotions and oils that have all kinds of healing powers. Some of which you will be amazed to find out that you should already be cripped from not having been using them... (Ok, that's a bit of an over statement.. but that's what it seems like.)
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Last time I was on the Glory (09/06) - I received a facial and massage for roughly $70.00. My husband had the warm stone massage for about $70.00 also(he is a convert and plans to have one every day on our next cruise in September).
If you wait for port days - services are much cheaper. Also, services go on sale toward the end of the cruise, but when they do, they book up fast.
Hope this helps.
Steve, as a licensed aesthetician, I'll throw in my two cents. The product line Carnival uses is Elemis. It's an okay product. Don't expect any miracles from it. There are other lines out there that are more natural, healthier, with more pure mineral-base to them. It does what you would expect a cruise ship spa treatment to do. Have your wife enjoy herself with a facial or hot stone massage. She should expect the product push after her treatment is finished. This is where the real money is for Carnival. A simple, no thank you, will do the trick. Two truly spectacular lines, F.Y.I., (or your wifes) is Borghese and MD Formulations. She'd be better off investing in these products back at home. But, like Dave said, go for it !
Also, you will pay roughly the same on the ship for a facial as you will at home at a fine spa. Hope your wife enjoys herself! A'ndrea
On Holiday, one from our group got the massage and said the girl was the best she had ever experienced. On CaribPrincess, my wife and I both fell for the "waistline reduction" treatment to help us fit into our formal night attire. It didn't work! They really pushed the lotion/maintenance package hard. The girl my wife had was down right belligerent when she was told "no thanks", tried to keep us from leaving, and told us we were the only ones on the ship so far that didn't care enough about our bodies to invest in them. I told her she was 100% right and also that she should see a dentist when we got to port. We got out!
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