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Men's Spa Facilities on Cruise ships: Which ones do you think are the best?


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On 3/27/2022 at 7:02 PM, twodjs said:

The sauna on the K-class ships is definitely the best design Holland America has. 

 

Is "K class" the same as "Pinnacle class"?  With respect to sauna facilities, is the Rotterdam a good choice?  Thx.

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1 hour ago, Repositioner said:

Is "K class" the same as "Pinnacle class"?  With respect to sauna facilities, is the Rotterdam a good choice?  Thx.

There is no K class on HAL. Pinnacle Vlass ships in my opinion have the best saunas as they have a large window and are single sex.

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1 hour ago, Repositioner said:

Is "K class" the same as "Pinnacle class"?  With respect to sauna facilities, is the Rotterdam a good choice?  Thx.

Alexdw beat me to it. Yes, I mistyped before. Both Koningsdam and Rotterdam are Pinnacle Class ships. It would be a great chice (their newest ship) with a similar sauna setup.

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20 hours ago, twodjs said:

Alexdw beat me to it. Yes, I mistyped before. Both Koningsdam and Rotterdam are Pinnacle Class ships. It would be a great chice (their newest ship) with a similar sauna setup.

 

And, the Hydrotherapy Pool on the Pinnacle Class ships was slightly designed from the other ships.  The change was definitely positive and they made the Thermal Suite larger with more heated ceramic  beds.  

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On 3/26/2022 at 10:02 PM, Edhug55 said:

...Has anyone been on HAL Noordam lately? There used to be a very cozy (tiny) sauna but I don’t see it in the database and it’s difficult to tell from the deck plans whether it’s still there....

I will be there on the 24th this month. As others mentioned earlier I expect it to be the same as on the other ships. Will verify and add details to DB at some point.

 

Cruise Ship Steam/Sauna Database

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I am considering a cruise on the Grand Princess. Does anybody have some first-hand knowledge on how the Grand's sauna and steamrooms are laid out?

When I look at the Grand Princess deck plans, the sauna/steamroom seem to be a strange design, not very private, and appear to open out directly to a public deck...certainly not conducive to enjoying them "European Style"

 

 

 

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Anyone else on the Viking Sea May 13th out of Venice? Pretty port intensive cruise but all Viking ships have a nice free spa area that even includes a snow room. The men's and women's locker/shower areas each have a decent sized sauna and cold plunge. It's a cruise line worth considering.

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On 4/20/2022 at 4:10 AM, windstar said:

I am considering a cruise on the Grand Princess. Does anybody have some first-hand knowledge on how the Grand's sauna and steamrooms are laid out?

When I look at the Grand Princess deck plans, the sauna/steamroom seem to be a strange design, not very private, and appear to open out directly to a public deck...certainly not conducive to enjoying them "European Style"

 

 

 


I was on the Grand Princess a long time ago but yes I do recall that it just opens right out to the outside deck, so you’ll have to wear a bathing suit. 
 

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Bummer about the Grand Princess. That setup wouldn't work for me. BTW, just pulled the plug on our Viking cruise out of Venice. So looking forward to it, but just had two friends on different ships test positive and are quarantined in hotels. Not a fun way to spend a very expensive vacation. Pushed ours all the way to mid-September 2023. Stay safe everyone! 

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On 4/21/2022 at 1:53 PM, twodjs said:

Anyone else on the Viking Sea May 13th out of Venice? Pretty port intensive cruise but all Viking ships have a nice free spa area that even includes a snow room. The men's and women's locker/shower areas each have a decent sized sauna and cold plunge. It's a cruise line worth considering.

I was on Viking in the Caribbean a few years back and YES the spa facilities are top notch.  Men's area had Sauna, Plunge Pool, two Showers and plenty of lockers!  Even had one of those swimsuit spinner/ringer machines so you can walk back to your suite in fairly dry trunks!!

Good Product.

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Twodjs - I see that you cancelled your possibly Venice / Fusina / Marghera / Monfalcone / Ancona / Trieste cruise. If you ever do get to Trieste you might want to check out La Lanterna beach - the beach is still segregated by sex. When I go to Trieste to visit family that is always on my list for a relaxing day. Actually, for those staying at the Savoia Excelsior or any of the downtown hotels, it is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.

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On 4/3/2022 at 12:19 PM, MCOguy said:

Are the sauna experiences better/friendlier guys on RCL or Carnival?  I know the cruise experience between the 2 is vastly different but I only have a few days to take a cruise and those are my only two options. 

 

I'm glad to hear that RCL has reopened their areas. The Mariner is my only RCL option.

I’ve found the Carnival guests have been much friendlier over the last 2 years. I was on the Horizon in November—small free sauna in the locker room (holds 6) with two showers. Very snug, but very friendly. 

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11 hours ago, david_alwaystravels said:

I’ve found the Carnival guests have been much friendlier over the last 2 years. I was on the Horizon in November—small free sauna in the locker room (holds 6) with two showers. Very snug, but very friendly. 

Agree with David (hi neighbor!). I feel like Carnival is overall friendlier followed by NCL and then Royal. I need to give Royal another shot since both of my cruises were heavily affected by COVID restrictions. 

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2 hours ago, natefish95 said:

Agree with David (hi neighbor!). I feel like Carnival is overall friendlier followed by NCL and then Royal. I need to give Royal another shot since both of my cruises were heavily affected by COVID restrictions. 

I have been with both Carnival and Royal many time. I have found the guests on both lines to be very friendly. I've had many wonderful conversations in the men's area on both lines. Also had some great conversations with ship entertainment crew in the men's area. They are more relaxed when they are off duty I suppose. 

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Greetings!  I am booked on Mariner of the Seas in January 2023.  I'm hoping there is still sauna and steam in the men's locker room.  We were on Adventure OTS in Nov 2021 when they were still closed due to covid.  Missed out on some nice relaxing time.  

 

Definitely appreciate all the great info in this thread!

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23 hours ago, willcan said:

I have been with both Carnival and Royal many time. I have found the guests on both lines to be very friendly. I've had many wonderful conversations in the men's area on both lines. Also had some great conversations with ship entertainment crew in the men's area. They are more relaxed when they are off duty I suppose. 

Good to know! Any favorite ships? Definitely agree re the entertainment crew. I had a great conversation with one of the singers on the Gem.

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Glad to hear that. I had a few conversations with a member of the ice show cast on the independence.  A musician and a theater dancer on the Freedom.  My favorite class is voyager and freedom. At least before the renovations started. 

On Carnival I had some good conversation with one medical staff on the legend. 

I haven't tried NCL yet.  

 

 

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Has anyone been on the Quantum of the Seas? Is everything in the spa co-ed? Grabed a last minute deal on a short Alaska cruise May 4th. Was originally designed for the Asian market and this will be the first season in Alaska. I'll agree with the rest - cast and crew can be great conversationalists on Holland America ships as well. 

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