What about the first charcoal sauna at sea?

Published May 21, 2022, 3:00 PM

by Manila Bulletin

After these two long years you deserve it—Norwegian Prima introduces new spa and fitness offerings

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has shared details surrounding its elevated spa and fitness offerings for its highly-anticipated Norwegian Prima Class vessels — Norwegian Prima and Viva. 

The first two of six ships within this cutting-edge class will feature the cruise industry’s first charcoal sauna at sea as well as a two-story cascading indoor spa waterfall. The cruise line has also incorporated several guest favorites, including thermal experiences and hot-stone loungers.

Award-winning architecture firm Rockwell Group masterfully designed the perfect environment for tranquility and rejuvenation in Norwegian Prima and Viva’s spa and fitness venues.  

Norwegian Prima and Viva Spa Pool

“The debut of our Prima Class has been all about elevating guest experiences across all the touch points that make a perfect holiday at sea,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our latest health and wellness experiences were designed to awaken the senses of our guests.”

Charcoal sauna uses a radiant heat system with an outer charcoal layer to reach temperatures between 86 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

As part of the ongoing only-found-on-NCL’s Prima Class vacation experiences such as the world’s first three-level racetrack at sea and dry drop slides, NCL will unveil the industry’s first charcoal sauna. 

Norwegian Prima and Viva Spa experiential shower area

Derived from Japanese and Korean wellness practices, the charcoal sauna uses a radiant heat system with an outer charcoal layer to reach temperatures between 86 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Guests can recline into relaxation as the sauna helps boost circulation and metabolism while also removing toxins from the body. The sauna also effectively treats muscle stiffness and tension, including relief from backache, headache, and arthritis, by promoting the deep release of connective tissue and muscles. 

The charcoal sauna is just one of eight thermal spa offerings available at the elevated Mandara Spa. Guests can also indulge in a series of blissful experiences such as a salt and steam room, as well as a gambit of brand-first spa experiences, including an Ice Room, Experiential Showers, a Flotation Salt Pool, and Infrared Sauna.

Norwegian Prima and Viva Spa

NCL is also introducing several new services at the spa, including two new beds from the Gharieni Group, the Gharieni Welnamis and the Gharieni Wellmassage 5D. The Welnamis bed utilizes Binaural Acoustic and Dynamic Stimulation, a computer-controlled acoustic and vibrational therapy that trains the brain to relax and benefit from deep relaxation techniques. Meanwhile, the award-winning Wellmassage 5D bed provides a whole-body wellness massage experience utilizing eight pre-programmed positions and the brand’s signature treatment technique.   

Other new service menu items include Ocean Spa Wave Massage, Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap, Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap, and the Zero Gravity Wellness Massage.

Norwegian Prima and Viva Spa looking stairs

The spa will also feature a relaxation area featuring 22 hot stone loungers. Guests can arrange to stay in one of the 28 exclusive spa balcony staterooms on board Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, which gives premium access to the elevated Mandara Spa and its suite of thermal spa experiences. 

At the spa, guests can visit either the Vitality or Salt Floatation Pool, where they can immerse themselves in the tranquil sounds of the two-story cascading indoor spa waterfall. This space also features an impressive marble spiral staircase. Additional design highlights include the relaxation area in the spa, and the Pulse Fitness Center. Both of these spaces are front facing on the ship, allowing guests to enjoy sweeping 270-degree views of the ocean. This is also the first time that NCL’s fitness center will be located at the front of the ship. 

Norwegian Prima and Viva gym external view

The gym will also include the all-new Performance Recovery room, an interactive, engaging wellness experience utilizing a selection of Hyperice products in workshops, group fitness classes, and services to maximize user benefits.  

What’s more, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva will feature enhanced guest-favorite spa and fitness amenities, including the Vitaly Pool, steam sauna, and Finnish sauna. The spa will offer a wide range of services in its 20 treatment rooms, including massage, acupuncture, manicures and pedicures, facials, and more. In the Pulse Fitness Center, guests will have free access to the state-of-the-art fitness equipment they have come to expect from NCL. Yoga and spin classes will also be available. 

To book a cruise, call a travel professional or NCL Hong Kong at +852 800 901 951. www.ncl.com