One of our favorite areas on board was the Solarium, a pleasant, adults-only open-sky enclave themed to Tuscany. It features a pool, fountain, two hot tubs, bar and lots of chaise lounges facing the sea, along with greenery, bronze horses and murals inspired by the Tuscan countryside of Italy. The ship's main pool area features two small adjacent pools, four whirlpools and stadium seating on vinyl-strap loungers. One of the pools and a whirlpool offer hydraulic lifts to aid accessibility. The pool areas were busy, but we had no trouble finding seats.
The fitness center on Deck 11 offers sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The gym sports 18 Lifefitness treadmills, 12 Lifefitness elliptical cross trainers, five recumbent bicycles, four stationary bicycles, two rowing machines, Lifefitness weight machines and two stair steppers, and additional free weights with up to 65 pound dumbbells. The free weight area is too small for an effective workout if more than three people are in the area at the same time, a point of some frustration. A separate mirrored aerobics area is set up for group classes with spin bikes and free weights; some premium classes, such as spinning and yoga, charge a $12 fee. A stereo system and television monitors provide entertainment while you work out. The facility features men's and women's locker rooms with a steam room and a sauna. The atrium area of the fitness facility has a soothing round thalassotherapy pool, free for anyone to use.
The Vitality Spa on Deck 12 above the fitness center is a serene oasis with a beauty salon, 14 massage rooms, one dry floatation room and a relaxation area. The spa and beauty salon, operated by Steiner Leisure, offers an excellent range of treatments (massages, facials, body tune-ups and waxing, as well as hair, nail and teeth treatments). Couples can enjoy a private steam and shower room, which you can book to spend an hour slathering each other in exfoliating lotion, mud masks and moisturizers. Service in the spa is outstanding -- and the quality of the treatments is high.
A basic 50-minute massage ranges from $119 to $159. A manicure is $45; a pedicure is $65. The spa offers discounts on port-of-call days. In addition, treatment employees will engage, too aggressively, in the much-loathed "Steiner Product Pitch" at the end of your appointment. If you're not interested in purchasing products, start off your appointment by saying so. Generally, that will eliminate the need to say "no" at the end.
Other fitness and recreational facilities include a jogging track on Deck 12 (five times around equals one mile). Also, the Voyager-class ships feature some of our favorite physical activities. The outdoor sports deck comes complete with a miniature golf course and golf simulator; a full-length sports court for basketball, soccer, paddle ball and volleyball; and, of course, the awesome rock-climbing wall -- 200 feet above the sea. Are you game? If not, it's fun just to watch. The ship also offers a handful of ice-skating opportunities on sea days at Studio B. The newest addition, a FlowRider surfing simulator, is always in great demand. Try some tricks on a boogie board or get stoked riding a surfboard. Spectators can watch the fun and the falls from the wraparound stadium-seating area.