During our most recent cruise on the Disney Dream, Dan and I took the time (and the money!) to pamper ourselves with a visit to Senses Spa. My mom purchased a massage as my 30th birthday present and we decided to upgrade it to a couples massage for Dan and I to enjoy together. We booked the massage for 4PM on the embarkation day. Like other activities and experiences, these can be booked in advance of your cruise or you can take your chances to see what is available once you get on board. In our minds, this was going to be the perfect way to start a dream vacation.
The spa is beautiful and well-maintained. When we entered, we were checked in and escorted back to the locker rooms. Once we were changed into our spa robes, we waited in a comfy room with water and were given a clipboard to fill out medical information that would be relevant for a massage therapist to know. Our massage began right on time with two great therapists.
The hour was wonderfully relaxing! We happened to be in the massage rooms as we sailed away from Florida so the view at first was just of the port but opened up to the waterways as we moved away from the coast. This is hard to enjoy though honestly because your head is usually down and / or eyes closed throughout the massage. The best part of the massage came at the end when they offered us a deal to come back for another massage. They reduced the normal rate to $99 per person to return over our 4 days on the ship. We took advantage of this offer and booked a Cabana Massage on Castaway Cay. That was an even more amazing experience. The cabanas are located on the adult-only part of Castaway Cay known as Serenity Bay. This is a very quiet and serene part of the island. Once you are situated on the table, they open up the large windows and you can hear all the wonderful sounds of island life surrounding you and feel the gentle, warm breeze.
In addition, we were also celebrating Dan's birthday while on the cruise so I bought him a men's shave package in the spa. He enjoyed the experience and the price didn't seem as outrageous as some of the other spa services. The one thing to be warned about with any spa service is that they will try to sell you very expensive spa products at the end of your appointment. Each of our therapists though were very gracious and offered no pressure when we refused early on and made it clear we didn't want to hear anymore.
Overall, the spa experience on a Disney Cruise is worth it if you have the money to spare. It's much more expensive then back on dry land, but is a fun way to indulge in relaxation while on vacation. The spa also offers a Rainforest Room Pass which is a cheap way to check out the spa if you're just curious to see what the experience is like. For more information on any of the spa services available, check out the Disney Cruise Line website and you can get prices and services offered on each ship.