Cunard, Canyon Ranch team on new Mareel wellness concept

Mareel’s redesigned hydro-pool on newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth   Mareel’s redesigned hydro-pool on newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth

Developed in partnership with wellness innovator Canyon Ranch, Mareel Wellness & Beauty is a new spa concept to be rolled out across the Cunard fleet. Mareel will launch aboard the newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth this month, closely followed by Queen Victoria and on Queen Mary 2 in November 2020.

Holistic approach

Mareel, meaning phosphorescence of the ocean, is taken from the ancient Norse language and speaks to the illuminating light and healing energy of the sea. The new brand will offer a holistic approach with an extended spa treatment menu of mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility.

The new decor will feature ocean hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm.

New offerings on Queen Elizabeth include a couple's suite for seaweed bathing rituals, a meditation room with acoustic resonance loungers, a redesigned multifunctional fitness center and studio space and sound therapy facilities in every treatment room.

Organic marine-based products

The ‘Ocean Discovery’ will launch as the signature treatment featuring organic marine-based products from VOYA sustainably harvested in Western Ireland and designed to replenish and nourish the skin and body. An entire range of ocean-inspired massage, body and alternative treatments will be offered, and will complement the aqua therapy center.

Treatment highlights include 'Taste the Ocean Full Body Experience,' 'Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap,' 'Luminescence Massage' and 'Age-Defying Restorative Facial.'

Red Flower, Shankara, Environ

In addition, a new range of luxury products will be introduced, all selected for their socially responsible production techniques with organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested, wild-picked, biodynamic and toxin-free, including Red Flower, Shankara and Environ.

Mareel will also provide enhanced wellness experiences across the ship’s daily activity program including stretch and daily meditation videos shown on stateroom television, wellness seminars and outdoor dance and yoga classes.

Other Queen Elizabeth drydock enhancements

The Mareel Wellness & Beauty experience is one of the many enhancements to Queen Elizabeth during a two-week drydock in Brest, France, in November. Many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill suites and Britannia staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theater got a complete technical overhaul, the Royal Arcade was enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience and the outdoor decks gained new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.

Queen Elizabeth will embark on a banner year in 2019, setting sail from Southampton Jan. 3 to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa, then to Japan for April voyages. On May 5, the ship will start a trans-Pacific voyage to Alaska for a maiden season until June 30. Queen Elizabeth will then sail down US West Coast with a rare overnight stay in Los Angeles on July 4 before heading back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.

Posted 04 December 2018

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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