(6 a.m. EDT) -- When it debuts in late November, 2018 Celebrity Edge will feature a 22,500-square-foot spa -- the largest in its fleet -- dedicated to bringing cruisers closer to the elements.
"The spa on Celebrity Edge is really a revolution in relaxation," Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, told Cruise Critic. "Like everything else on Edge, it was inspired by the soothing and rejuvenating elements of nature and bringing our guests close to the elements and nature, which is why it's named SEA after sea, earth and air, and all of our treatments and all of our services follow through with that inspiration."
Specifically themed around the sea, the earth and the air (or SEA), the spa will offer a Thermal Suite with eight separate experiences, 23 treatment rooms and 124 SEA-inspired treatments, and three high-tech massage tables.
And, unlike, every other spa in the Celebrity fleet it will be run by Steiner rather than Canyon Ranch. According to Lutoff-Perlo, Steiner partnered with Celebrity to create "the spa of our dreams that was completely customized and personalized for Celebrity."
SEA Thermal Suite
The crowning jewel of the spa is the SEA Thermal Suite, an extra-fee space accessible by day- or cruise-long pass (though it's complimentary for cruisers staying in AquaClass cabins). The prices are as follows: $49 for a day pass, $149 for an individual all-cruise pass and $249 for an all-cruise couples' pass.
"The thermal suite is the best manifestation of SEA because it has many therapeutic experiences that are really able to harness the sea, earth and air," said Lutoff-Perlo.
While loyal Celebrity cruisers might expect to find something similar to the line's Persian Garden thermal experience found on Solstice-class ships, Lutoff-Perlo said the Edge Thermal Suite will be be the "next generation" of that area.
"It's night and day relative to what the Thermal Suite on Celebrity Edge includes vs the Persian Garden on the rest of the fleet."
At present, just 10 to 15 percent of passengers use the spa on a typical cruise -- Lutoff-Perlo said she was certain this new spa would increase that figure."
In response to the question whether aspects of the spa will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet, Lutoff Perlo said: "We haven't thought about that yet. To be determined."
Among the experiences cruises will find in Edge's Thermal Suite will be:
• Hamman -- The Turkish bath on Edge will combine the elements of water and earth in a marble and mosaic tile enclosure;
• Salt room - A trendy add-on in many cruise ship thermal spas these days, the salt room, which simulates a natural salt cave, is said to help with a variety of respiratory and skin conditions.
• Steam room -- A traditional spa experience with moist heat;
• Rainfall water therapy -- Water takes center stage in this space, full of simulated rain showers, ranging from warm to cool, and from sprinkles to waterfall pressure
• Float room -- It's all about air in this space, where spa goers nestle into cocoon swings and get gently pushed into a meditative sleep while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean below;
• Infrared sauna -- You'll get a dose of Vitamin D here, where the infrared lighting system offers the benefits of natural sunlight without any of the damaging effects;
• Crystalarium -- A growing trend among land-based spas, crystals are said to be a conduit for healing energy, and this crystal-filled room is intended to be a place for mindfullness;
• Heated tile loungers -- Located just behind the Crystalarium, the loungers are heated to promote deep relaxation and the room has floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning sea views.
In keeping with the theme, the spa on Celebrity Edge will offer an impressive 124 treatments, all inspired by one or more of the SEA elements -- sea, earth and air. Most will be new to the line.
Among the many options are two that Lutoff-Perlo said she's most interested in trying out. The first is a salt stone massage that combines salt therapy and stone massage. The other is the thousand flower detox. "How wonderful would it be to be in a detox wrap that has the wonderful fragrance of a thousand flowers," she said while talking to Cruise Critic about the spa treatments.
There's even a "Retail Therapy Wall", where you'll find 12 "hero" ingredients on display; you lift one and wall lights up telling you all about the ingredient.
Spa goers on Celebrity Edge can choose to have many of the facials or massages on one of three high-tech treatment tables that will make their first appearances at sea on Edge.
The MLX Amphibia Table, for instance, is a water-filled treatment table that adapts to your unique anatomy for ultimate comfort; add to that light therapy that can be customized to your needs, all of which combines for a most relaxing massage or facial.
Other high-tech treatment tables are the WellMassage 4D table, designed to offer an experience of zero gravity, and the MLX Quartz table, which features warm crystals that mold around your body to promote muscle relaxation.
It's not all about spa treatments on Celebrity Edge. Included in the 22,500-square-feet is a fitness center with classes that will include Hot Yoga, RYDE cycling classes, Pulse Barre workouts, and the Contender cardio boxing class.
For those who aren't looking to do any classes, the line's first Fitness on Demand program makes more than 1,200 calorie-burning workouts available.
Other elements of the SEA Spa on Celebrity Edge will be:
• A medi-spa that adds CoolSculpting to the list of non-surgical treatments that already includes Dysport, Restylane and Thermage;
• First-ever Kerastase Institute at sea, offering Kerastase hair treatments;
• Celebrity's first-ever dedicated barbershop at sea.
Located on decks 14 and 15, the spa was designed by Kelly Hoppen, the same designer who also designed the ship's suites, Luminae, the Retreat and the suites-only sundeck.
--by Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor