Celebrity Eclipse boasts one of the largest and most attractive spas at sea.
Sparkling with delicate mosaic walls, the handsome, 21,000-square-foot AquaSpa sprawls across Deck 12 forward, with a chunk of real estate on Deck 11 also dedicated for the facility, accessed by a circular stairwell. There is also a full-service salon, the Persian Garden—a spa within the spa—and a large gym. Among the spa treatment rooms were ones designated for couples that had sea views.
The tranquil facility features Elemis products (among others) and treatments are handled by cruise spa giant Steiner Leisure. Prices were higher than comparable treatments at five-star beach resorts, though the quality of the facial we experienced was first-rate. Fifty-minute massages—Swedish, bamboo, stone—ranged $119-$159; 75-minute sessions were $175-$199; the 50-minute couples massage was $269. A variety of facials were available—all 50-minute sessions—and priced $119-$169. Other spa treatments available included Ionithermie, sunless tanning, lime and ginger salt scrub and men’s grooming. All of these were discounted 10 percent on port days, and packages and other specials popped up during the cruise.
The adjoining salon oversaw nail treatments, hair styling and color, waxing, acupuncture, and Botox, Restylane and Perlane cosmetic treatments.
Access to the gym onboard Celebrity Eclipse is through the main entrance to the spa. The entry is clearly defined (unlike on some ships), so when we were headed to our workout we didn’t have to navigate treatments rooms or the spa check-in desk.
The gym itself, positioned at the front of Deck 12, is a large facility, with a variety of equipment. Good thing, as on our cruise there was plenty of demand for cardio-vascular machines during peak hours. Two of the six Life Fitness bikes were out of commission during our cruise, which meant there was sometimes a wait for these.
One area of the gym was designated for classes, most of which carried a surcharge; yoga, spinning and pilates classes were $12 each, gravity was $20, body sculpting was $30. A few classes were free of charge.
A small shop in the AquaSpa sells beauty products, including Elemis, Bliss and Phyto lines.
The Persian Garden is a “spa within the spa” that carries a $20 fee for day use ($99 for the week); it is complimentary to guests in AquaClass. Although we didn’t try the room during our cruise it featured heated tile beds facing the ocean, aromatherapy rain and mist showers and wet and dry saunas, all against a backdrop of soothing new age music.
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