I’m back from my weekend cruise on the Disney Dream and all ready to continue my trip report. Now that I’m back on land, with no internet limitations, I can share plenty of photos to illustrate all the fun.
On day two we arrived in Nassau, and rather than disembark, I used it as an unofficial sea day. What better way to spend the day than in the Senses Spa? I’m a spa person, even on land, so it makes sense that I gravitate to this oasis of relaxation when I’m on a Disney cruise. You can choose from a wide range of spa treatments or just buy a pass to hang out in the Rainforest. Below you’ll see some of the blissful offerings. If they tempt you into visiting on a future Disney Dream cruise, look for the Senses Spa up on deck 11 forward. It’s limited to adults only, although teens can get treatments in the adjacent Chill Spa.
One of the primary features of the Rainforest in the Senses Spa, for which you can buy a day or length-of-cruise pass, is the wide variety of showers. Each features several options, with warm, cold, or mingled water temps and different types of spray or mist. It’s fun to take a tour of the Rainforest area and try them all. Just watch out, as some are downright chilly! There are even lighting and sound effects.
Saunas and Steam Rooms
The Rainforest also features a variety of saunas and steam rooms, ranging from mild to more intense. As you can see in the photo, one of them even has a glorious ocean view. Plan to spend some time basking in the heat.
The Senses Spa sells a variety of body scrubs to use during your Rainforest experience. I promise your skin will feel soft and silky smooth afterward. I tried the orange creme, chocolate, and lavender varieties, and they’re all lovely, although lavender adds that extra bit of aromatherapy relaxation.
Heated Tile Loungers
These heated tile loungers face out onto the ocean for a lovely panoramic view as you relax. Bring a book to read or your iPod to plug into tunes as you melt into the lounger.
The Rainforest has two two-person hot tubs that also look out over the ocean. The pools have public hot tubs, but these are much more quiet and relaxing because they’re in the spa. Most people wear their swimsuits in the Rainforest, so they’re ready to take a dip.
Towels and Water
Necessities like towels and water are provided right inside the Rainforest so you don’t have to wander out looking for hydration. Really, the only reason you might need to pop out is to use the restrooms across the hall. Otherwise, hole up and relax in this isolated little cocoon.
The Rainforest is a “self service” spa experience, but the Senses Spa also offers a wide range of hands-on treatments. Your journey starts in the Relaxation Room, a low key waiting area where you hang out until your therapist is ready for you.
During this trip, I booked a combination massage and facial, which brought me to new levels of relaxation, after which I staggered into the Rainforest to continue the R&R. The seaweed wraps are amazing, too, and some of the comfy treatment rooms even have a view. Just be sure to book your spa treatments early, as popular times (i.e. sea days) book up fast. Nassau day does, too, since so many people stay on the ship.
In addition to massages and the like, the Senses Spa offers a wide range of salon treatments, like hair styling, manicures, pedicures, and teeth whitening. There’s even a barber shop area for the gentlemen.
The Senses Spa isn’t just about relaxation; it also focuses on overall health. If you’re conscientious enough to exercise during vacation, you’ll find plenty of equipment in the workout room. There are also a number of group fitness classes throughout the cruise.
In addition to the workout room, the Senses Spa is home to a juice bar that serves healthy smoothies made from fresh fruits and vegetables, plus your choice additions to boost their effectiveness. I can attest to the fact that they’re very tasty, although they can’t quite beat the gelato an Vanellope’s Sweet Shop.