Carnival Vista is Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship. Not long ago, we were on board Carnival Vista and I took a brief walk through the Carnival Vista spa, actually the “Cloud 9 Spa”. I say ‘brief’ walk because were it not for the USAToday First Look Gallery I was there to shoot, I might not have gone in there at all. Not really a spa person, this part of the ship would have been easy to walk right past. But that would have been a mistake. There’s more in that space than treatment rooms, a sauna and high-pressure salespeople who want to fill my luggage with beauty products. Still, if you’re like me (hardly anyone is), this story may bore you so
Carnival Vista Cloud 9 Spa features an array amenities, including Carnival’s first infrared sauna and Hammam Chamber (like Turkish bath), as well as special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, a large heated whirlpool, four steam chambers and a high-tech indoor cycling studio.
Carnival Vista Spa Infrared Heat Chamber (not microwave, I read that wrong, sorry)
Exclusive to Carnival Vista is the Infrared Heat Chamber. The chamber’s heating system is built into the walls with 80 percent of the heat gently warming the body and the remaining 20 percent of infrared heat released into the air, providing cooler, more consistent temperatures than traditional saunas.
The beneficial effects of a sauna remain the same: body detoxification to increase energy, burn calories, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and improve blood circulation in the skin to enhance delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
Carnival Vista Spa Hammam Chamber (not a place to cure pork products)
Another Carnival Vista exclusive is the Hammam Chamber, developed during the Ottoman Empire (just after the long rule of King La-Z-Boy) as a place of regeneration, contemplation and inner peace. The aim is both physical and spiritual cleansing, along with loosening of joints and muscles by ladling warm water over the body to slowly increase temperature to approximately 113 degrees F. Is there anyone who does not want something ladled over their body?
Carnival Vista Spa Thermal Suite
Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa also features an elaborate Thermal Suite, which offers intensive relaxation and a new sensory experience provided through individually designed heat therapy rooms that cleanse, tone and purify the body using alternating dry and wet heat chambers. The thermal suite is an exclusive facility within the spa offering different areas for specific therapeutic needs.
- The Steam Chamber with Aroma Steam and Aromatic Grotto (Hef?) is a small, intimate chamber where high humidity and radiant heat create a moist, warm climate that gently but thoroughly cleanses the skin and respiratory tract with herbal steam featuring sweet aromas (not tastes) such as cinnamon, orange or apple.
- The Dry Heat Chamber, or Laconium, is a large dry heat bath/sauna-like chamber where circulation is stimulated, accelerating and mobilizing the body’s own defenses, while reducing stress.
Carnival Vista Spa Fitness Center
Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa also has a fitness center with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment catering to all conditioning levels. The fitness center serves as the location for a wide range of instructor-led exercise classes, including a new indoor cycling studio. That’s in addition to active lifestyle top deck attractions.
Powered by Myzone, RYDE is a 45-minute indoor cycling class that takes riders through a series of climbs and sprints to target all energy systems, while integrating technology to track riders’ intensity and enhance their future workout results. The combination of modern and old school music fuels the atmosphere for an upbeat high energy work out that leaves riders with a feeling of achievement. Now this is an interesting point.
Additional Cloud 9 Spa amenities include treatment rooms for European-style massages and facials, two saunas (men/women), two locker rooms (men/women), a post-treatment relaxation room where guests can lounge, enjoy herbal tea and relish the sensation of pure relaxation and a VIP treatment room with whirlpool.
Carnival Vista Spa One Part Of Spa Experience
As part of the Cloud 9 Spa located forward on decks 12 and 14, Carnival Vista features 98 spa staterooms and six spa suites. Guests in these accommodations have convenient access to the spa and are eligible for exclusive spa packages, discounts and priority spa appointments. These staterooms and suites have additional in-room, spa-related amenities and décor different than other accommodations, in harmony with the soothing and relaxing theme of the Cloud 9 Spa.
A salon with full hair and nail services, men’s barber/grooming area and special stations for manicures and pedicures round out Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa services and facilities.
Carnival Vista will operate a summer schedule of Mediterranean cruises through October. The ship will then reposition to New York for a pair of 11-day voyages in November 2016 before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises service from Miami later that month.
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