Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the spa on Celebrity Reflection as it’s being developed. Before long, this space will be transformed into an enhanced sensory experience, allowing our guests to revel in the hottest (and coolest) spa innovations.
The spa area is coming along. Looks spacious, no?
The Relaxation Room area with floor-to-ceiling views.
Lower level of the AquaSpa circular stairway.
Upper level of the AquaSpa stairway and wall treatment.
The enlarged Persian Garden will hold more heated tile lounges.
Soothing color scheme of the Persian Garden.
The Fitness Center will soon be filled with high-tech equipment.
After having designed the spas on all of the other Solstice Class ships, creating something new for Celebrity Reflection was a welcome challenge. The most exciting part for us, as designers of the spa for Reflection, was the rethinking of the original program, the guest experience and, thus, the layout of the spa. Not only have the spa and the Persian Garden expanded in size, both also have new, unique-to-the-fleet guest offerings and features: a Cold Room, Infrared Sauna and Hammam. The Persian Garden is a sensory playground where guests can spend an afternoon and leave feeling invigorated and renewed.
The fitness component of the spa has grown, as well. Individual studios no longer share space with the main workout and cardio area, and now offer spinning, Pilates, and Yoga classes simultaneously.
As a designer of many spas at land and at sea, Reflection’s spa has one of the most varied and comprehensive spa and fitness experiences anywhere.
AIA | NCARB | LEED AP | Vice President RTKL
Spa Updates and Facts:
The AquaSpa’s expanded, 883-square-foot Persian Garden will allow for six more in-demand curved, heated tile beds (15 total) with soothing sea views, and six entirely new experiences:
1. The Hammam: A modern twist on a traditional experience, the Hammam is a cool, calm and quiet space designed to loosen muscles and joints while relaxing on a heated stone slab.
2. Infrared Sauna: Infrared heat offers distinct advantages over traditional steam heat saunas, as it provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
3. Aromatic Steam Room: Warm steam and aromatherapy combine to melt away muscle tension and toxins, relax the mind, and leave the entire body feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
4. The Cold Room: You can ‘chill out’ completely in this space, whose seats, walls and floor are icy cold (52 F). The room is designed to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed previously in the infrared sauna and aromatic steam room.
5. DIY Scrub and Salt Bar: This new do-it-yourself bar allows you to create custom “body cocktails” or scrubs from an array of salts, sugar and herbs.
6. Sensory Showers: You can complete your journey through the Persian Garden by selecting either warm, tropical rain infused with mild, fruity fragrances, or an arctic cold mist enlivened with eucalyptus essences. Soothing sound, scent and light will further tantalize the senses.
Enjoyment of the Persian Garden is another perk that is free for AquaClass® guests and is available for a surcharge for others. To gain access, simply show your room key to the spa services desk. Lockers are available, as well. If you’d like to use one, just exchange your room key for a locker key.
Upon entering the Persian Garden, we instantly drifted away as we took in the decor and inhaled the aromatherapy-filled air. Heated ceramic loungers lined one side of the room and, while we must admit that they didn’t look very cozy, they were incredibly comfortable and cathartic. There were also three large specialty sauna/steam rooms: a very hot Turkish bath, a dry steam room, and an Aromatherapy steam room. After spending time in each, it was hard not to feel recharged.
Which leads us to our Alaskan cruising experience.
The cruise up the Inside Passage was extremely calm and, with land always in sight, we got to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of British Columbia. Our first port was Ketchikan. Here, we had the opportunity to try out our rain jackets, as the weather was not in our favor. Luckily, though, this was the only day of rain during our trip. There were many things to do in Ketchikan, especially if you enjoy shopping. We decided to try something different, though, and opted to snorkel. Don’t worry; they supplied wetsuits. Overall, we highly recommend this adventure because it not only provides great memories, but it’s also an excellent conversation starter when you mention that you went snorkeling in Alaska.
The next port of call was Icy Strait Point. We decided to check out Hoonah, a local town with a unique culture and countless fun activities. Here, nothing is written down and everything is told through storyboards. Fortunately for us, we learned that there was a carving project going on upon our arrival. At the event, three Native Americans carved a 30-foot by 15-foot storyboard and two totem poles. After listening to their story, we wandered around town before heading back to the ship.
The next stop was Juneau. Here, we took a Mendenhall Glacier and city tour. The city has lots of history, plenty of jewelry shopping and, of course, the world famous Red Dog Saloon. The highlight of our tour, though, was visiting the glacier and walking up to the falls. We got so close to the glacier that we were able to fully appreciate the immensity of it. The waterfalls were also spectacular.
On to Skagway next.
Unfortunately, the White Pass train was full, so we ended up taking a bus tour instead. However, even the tour bus driver said it’s worth taking the train; so if you do have the opportunity to visit Skagway, we suggest booking the train early. The bus followed the train route as far as Fraser and we crossed into Canada and continued on our way to Emerald Lake. We were lucky that it was a sunny day, because we were able to watch how the lake turned emerald. You cannot see the northern lights in the summer, so the local Native Americans have a legend that says they reside in the lake then. After that, it was back to the ship. This is a fairly long tour, so we just made it back to the ship at last call.
The last stop was the Hubbard Glacier. All we can say is ‘Wow.’ The Captain was able to get the ship extremely close to it; better yet, the ship did a 1800 so we were able to see the glacier from all angles.
When we weren’t out on land, we were enjoying everything that Celebrity Millennium has to offer. With all the planned events going on, we could stay as active or relaxed as we wanted. Of particular note, the nightly entertainment was above par and thoroughly enjoyable.
We would like to thank Cedric from the I-Lounge who helped get us set up and going on this blog. We would also like to thank Claudia, Kate and Sylvia, who made all the arrangements and did everything first class. Last but not least, we would also like to thank the Captain’s Club hostess, Juliana, for doing everything in her power to make us feel like VIPs.
Of course, we also have to thank Celebrity for putting on the contest in the first place. Just remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter the contests.
Thank you all for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Jacqueline and Norm