One of the first things I always did when cruising on a Crystal ship was to book massages and facials. The ships’ spas were so popular that treatments often sold out well before embarkation day.
So it comes as welcome news that Crystal Cruises, which is returning to the high seas this summer after bankruptcy proceedings, will be launching a new conceptual spa aptly named Aurora — inspired by the Roman goddess of the same name.
A collaboration between Crystal and Tillberg Design of Sweden, Aurōra aspires to be the most serene wellness destination at sea. The décor reflects the rising sun through the use of light-bright neutral colors, an illuminated fiber optic starlight ceiling, organic materials and a natural salt crystal and silk brushed slate stone.
“We cannot wait for our guests to experience the all-new Aurōra and wellness offerings onboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity,” Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Bernie Leypold said in a statement. “Our partners at Tillberg Design of Sweden have created gorgeous spaces reflective of energy, light and balance to help our guests truly embrace their most extraordinary selves at sea.”
Creating a sea of tranquility
“Crystal’s spas ... offer a fresh, and welcoming design with new finishes, exquisite materials and a sophisticated color palette to support the new offerings onboard,” added TDoS Partner & Cruise Design Director Iina Forsblom.
Those looking for a pampered experience will get their fix through the latest technology and treatments from esteemed skincare brand ELEMIS and worldwide beauty experts Kérastase. If you enjoy getting a facial (as I do) you’re in for a treat with procedures conceived with the goal of renewal — and by aestheticians who provide personalized attention.
Some of the featured treatments will include the Aurōra LED and Cryo Facial Experience, which instantly plumps and tones the skin, and the Biotec 2.0 The Ultimate Facial, which reveals a more youthful appearance after just one treatment. Signature massage treatments include the Aurōra Stone Signature Massage, incorporating hot stones for relaxed muscles and The Chariot of Light with LED light therapy for energized and refreshed skin.
Crystal Serenity will house 12 treatment rooms and Crystal Symphony will have 10. Look for male and female steam rooms, saunas and a relaxation room on both ships.
Every woman wants to look spiffy at night, so many book salon services such as hair and nail care. The new Salon will address those needs with expertly trained stylists and manicurists and make-up artists. OneSpaWorld, the leading innovator of wellness at sea, will return as the operator of Aurōra.
“We are delighted to rejoin Crystal as their partner in its all-new wellness and beauty journey. For more than 20 years, we have been providing onboard guests with innovative spa, fitness and wellness services and believe Aurōra will elevate the spa experience by enhancing the well-being of their guests,” said Leonard Fluxman, Executive Chairman and CEO of OneSpaWorld.
“Inspired by Aurōra, we have partnered with LightStim, the leading innovator of LED light therapy technology," he added. "Using their LightStim ProPanel, a first at sea, we have curated a unique selection of facials and massages exclusively for the Crystal guest. Our 75-minute ‘Chariot of Light’ LED light therapy massage experience and 50-minute LED and Cryo Facial will allow guests to reset their circadian rhythm, reduce inflammation as well as increase collagen production. We are also introducing ‘The Healing Center’ on Crystal, which will include LED technology for pain management by LightStim.”