Can an NCL Cruise Make You Look Younger?

June 2, 2008

Cruise lines often tout the rejuvenating effects of a relaxing vacation at sea. But with Steiner Transocean now offering facial aesthetic treatments such as BOTOX on Norwegian Cruise Line ships, its passengers can return from their sailing not only feeling younger but looking younger, too.

The Mandara Spas on Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Spirit are currently the first and only ships offering onboard BOTOX treatments, according to today's announcement by the cruise line. The treatments are offered as part of Mandara's medi-spa program, under the supervision of Dr. Brad Herman, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Onboard, physicians can now administer BOTOX, Restylane and Perlane -- three popular wrinkle-reducing injections -- to passengers who wish to soften facial lines. Interested passengers can schedule a 30-minute consultation to find out which product is best for them and to develop a personal treatment plan for the cruise.

NCL plans to roll out the BOTOX treatments fleetwide this fall. Other medi-spa treatments currently available include teeth whitening, microdermabrasion and the ionithermie cellulite reduction program.

NCL may be the first line to offer this new spa service, but we bet it won't be alone for long. As many cruise lines contract with Steiner for spa services, wrinkle-reducing treatments could soon appear on other lines.

A word of caution to cruise travelers seeking the fountain of youth at sea: BOTOX has been used therapeutically for over 18 years and is considered safe. However, it is a drug derived from a toxin, and side effects are possible. Though most of these effects are temporary (minor swelling or bruising, headache, nausea, drooping eyelid), you may want to consider their possible effect on the rest of your vacation before you sign up.

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--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor