Swedish Massage onboard Norwegian Getaway

My goodness, the Norwegian Getaway is enormous. It may not be the biggest ship on the seas today (that joint honour goes to the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas), but to a cruise novice like me it certainly seems gargantuan. Monday, 17 February 2014

By Glen Mutel

Massage at sea: Enjoying a treatment on a brand new cruise ship.

My goodness, the Norwegian Getaway is enormous. It may not be the biggest ship on the seas today (that joint honour goes to the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas), but to a cruise novice like me it certainly seems gargantuan.

I'm here for a 24-hour taster-cruise off the southern coast of England, and, as the pelting rain has taken al fresco activities off the menu, today is all about exploring this mammoth vessel's indoor facilities.

Chief among these is the Mandara Spa and Fitness Centre, which, I'm pleased to note, is given pride of place right at the top of the ship's bow, meaning guests can flake out on heated loungers in a post-treatment haze, while gazing dreamily out to the horizon.

They can also take advantage of facilities including a steam room, sauna, vitality pool, hot tubs and the intriguing Salt Room — a moodily lit cavern in which salt crystals are used to create an atmosphere conducive to healing.

My treatment is a Swedish full-body massage — the type I'd describe as all oil and elbows.  After talking me through her selection of scented oils, my therapist prepares my skin with a body brush. I've never experienced this before, but it's surprisingly invigorating and helps me relax.

The massage itself proves very satisfying, with expert attention paid to my weak spots. Afterwards, my therapist talks me throw her findings, identifying the specific muscles and vertebrae suffering from wear and tear, and applying fragrant alkaline cream to my upper back.

While I've had plenty of massages, I'm not accustomed to such a detailed debrief, and, while I suspect it's partly an attempt to butter me up into buying some expensive creams, it's welcome nonetheless. I emerge from the Mandara Spa a new man, re-energised and ready to explore the rest of this floating city. $119 (£72) for a 50-minute treatment. www.getaway.ncl.com

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