After braving a snow and ice storm to catch a plane from Indy to Galveston, I was ready for some warmth and relaxation. And I knew exactly the place – the Carnival Magic’s Cloud 9 Spa.
Shipboard spas have long been a popular part of the sailing experience, the spa attendant said, leading me on a tour of the facilities shortly after embarkation.
“People live with so much stress in today’s world,” she said. “When they come on a cruise, they want to leave that stress behind and feel pampered. On a cruise ship, they may have more time to visit a spa and concentrate on their health and well being than they do at home.”
In fact, the Carnival Magic offers spa staterooms. With direct, private access to the Cloud 9 Spa, these staterooms and suites not only give guests a spa-like ambiance in the room decor but also exclusive amenities and privileges. Guests enjoy unlimited access to the spa and its facilities, priority spa appointments, complimentary fitness classes and use of special Cloud 9 Spa logo items such as bathrobes, towels and slippers during the cruise.
“They are so popular,” said Guest Services Manager Marcus Davies,” that they are all booked up on this cruise.”
Spanning 22,770 square feet, Cloud 9 offers sweeping views of the ocean and a multitude of spa therapies. The Thermal Suite is based on traditional Turkish baths with different herbal steam and sauna grottos, plus heated chaise lounges and tropical showers.
The Thalassotherapy Pool is a therapeutic oasis featuring the concept of a natural bubbling spring. Thalassotherapy is a name derived from ancient Greek words for “sea water” and “healing.” It is credited with multiple beneficial properties, including skin cleansing and toning, improving metabolism, boosting the immune system and relief oaf muscle pain.
Other spa services include acupuncture, facials, reflexology, tooth whitening, pedicures, manicures, haircuts and coloring, shaves and much more. A Fitness Center offers yoga, exercise and other classes, as well as individualized fitness programs.
On my first day at sea aboard the Carnival Magic, I enjoyed a leisurely dinner, a theater production and a good night’s sleep. Don’t know if it was the ocean’s lullaby or the spa effect but I did sleep like I was on Cloud 9.