WHY IT RATES: The new spa concept will be launched across the entire fleet, starting with the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
Luxury cruise line Cunard announces Mareel Wellness & Beauty: a new spa concept developed in partnership with wellness innovator Canyon Ranch, to be rolled out across its fleet.
Mareel will launch exclusively onboard the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December 2018, closely followed by Queen Victoria and on flagship liner Queen Mary 2 in November 2020.
Mareel, meaning phosphorescence of the ocean, is taken from the ancient Norse language and speaks to the illuminating light and healing energy of the sea. The new brand will offer a holistic approach with an extended spa treatment menu of mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility.
The new spa decor will bring to life the magic of the ocean in hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm where guests can soak up the sea’s transformational energy. New offerings on Queen Elizabeth include:
—Couples suite for seaweed bathing rituals
—Meditation room with acoustic resonance loungers
—Redesigned multifunctional fitness center and studio space
—Sound therapy facilities in every treatment room
The ‘Ocean Discovery’ will launch as the signature treatment featuring organic marine-based products from VOYA sustainably harvested in Western Ireland and designed to replenish and nourish the skin and body. An entire range of ocean inspired massage, body and alternative treatments will also launch and will complement the aqua therapy center harnessing the healing power of water. Treatment highlights include:
—Taste the Ocean Full Body Experience
—Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap
—Age-Defying Restorative Facial
In addition, a new range of luxury products will be introduced, all selected to offer socially responsible production techniques with organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested, wild-picked, biodynamic and toxin-free including Red Flower, Shankara and Environ.
Mareel will also feature enhanced wellness experiences across the ship’s daily activity program including stretch and daily meditation videos shown on stateroom TVs, wellness seminars, and outdoor dance and yoga classes.
“We are thrilled to debut our new collaboration with Canyon Ranch, Mareel Wellness & Beauty, onboard the recently enhanced Queen Elizabeth, said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Cunard’s first-ever, uniquely conceived spa concept will offer our discerning guests a new level of luxury wellness at sea – only on Cunard.”
The new Mareel Wellness & Beauty experience is just one of the many enhancements on Queen Elizabeth during a two-week dry dock in Brest, France this past November. In addition to the new spa, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theater had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience; and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.
Queen Elizabeth will embark on a banner year in 2019, setting sail on January 3 from Southampton to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa, then travel to Japan for April voyages exploring the cultural delights of the islands. On May 5, she will start a transpacific voyage to relocate to Alaska for a maiden season until June 30, 2019. Queen Elizabeth will then sail down the West Coast of the U.S. with a rare overnight stay in Los Angeles on July Fourth, and then head back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.
SOURCE: Cunard press release.
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