MIAMI (January 26, 2009) â€“ Carnival Cruise Lines, the worldâ€™s largest cruise operator, has introduced a new on-line pre-purchase system for guests interested in booking spa treatments prior to their â€œFun Shipâ€ cruise.
With the advanced reservations system, available on all 22 â€œFun Ships,â€ guests who have a fully deposited cruise can log onto Carnivalâ€™s web site (carnival.com) and designate a specific spa treatment and appointment time and submit payment information.
The site lists more than 30 different treatments which are available for purchase, everything from acupuncture services, soothing massages and Elemis advanced facials to invigorating detoxification wraps and slimming treatments, pricing and details of which can be viewed on the site. A full menu of nail, tooth whitening, and menâ€™s services is also available for pre-purchase.
â€œPersonal pampering in our luxurious spas are a highlight of the Carnival vacation experience and our new on-line spa reservations system provides our guests with an easy and convenient way to pre-purchase a variety of treatments which serve as the perfect complement to a â€˜Fun Shipâ€™ cruise,â€ said Bob Woodry, Carnivalâ€™s vice president of hotel commerce. â€œSince our spa appointments are known for filling up rather quickly on board, this on-line reservation system allows guests to secure their preferred spa treatment before their vacation begins,â€ he added.
To access the new on-line spa treatment pre-purchase system, guests must be registered on carnival.com and have a fully deposited cruise booking. After accessing their reservation through the â€œMy Reservationâ€ link, guests are prompted with the â€œPlan Activitiesâ€ option and â€œSpa Appointmentsâ€ link where they can search for spa services available on their particular voyage by treatment type, date, and preferred time.
To purchase a spa treatment, guests simply select the treatment of their choice and enter credit card payment information via a secure encrypted reservations portal. Guests are provided with a printable spa treatment order confirmation with details on the specific treatment and appointment time included.
On-line spa treatment reservations can be made prior to seven days before the cruise departure date. Guests are also welcome to visit the shipsâ€™ spa once on board to purchase spa treatments and obtain additional information.
Operated in conjunction with Steiner Transocean Limited, Carnival Cruise Lines offers some of the most elaborate spas at sea, ranging in size from 12,000 to 21,000 square feet. The new Carnival Dream, set to debut Sept. 21, 2009, will set a new standard for the lineâ€™s health and wellness centers, with a two-level 23,750-square-foot â€œCloud 9 Spaâ€ â€“ the largest in the fleet.
In addition to a variety of treatments and salon services, Carnivalâ€™s fleetwide spa facilities offer expansive gymnasiums with sophisticated exercise equipment and aerobics rooms which serve as the venue for a host of organized exercise classes. Wellness counseling such as nutrition and fitness classes is also available.
Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 â€œFun Shipsâ€ operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda and South America. The line currently has two new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011. The first of those, the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, is set to debut Sept. 21, 2009.
For additional information and reservations on the â€œFun Shipâ€ vacation experience, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.