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Norwegian Escape has snow room, adults-only lounges, grotto

Norwegian Escape's snow room - for a cool-down in the Mandara Spa thermal suite
Norwegian Cruise Line is touting the Mandara Spa on Norwegian Escape as its most innovative in the fleet, with a large thermal suite including a snow room. Beyond the spa, adults will get two private lounge spaces, at Vibe Beach Club and Spice H2O, the latter featuring a grotto with waterfalls.

The Mandara Spa, spanning two decks, will have unobstructed ocean views, 17 heated loungers, a hydrotherapy pool, whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, sanarium and salt room. Once spa-goers have heated up, they can cool down in the snow room, a first for Norwegian. It ranges from a frosty 21 degrees to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and sends out a flurry of powdery snow throughout the day.

The Mandara Spa will be equipped with 24 treatment rooms offering more than 50 services for men and women including massages such as the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, facials such as the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial and body treatments like the Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow.

Norwegian Escape’s full service salon will provide hair, nails and waxing treatments, plus kid-friendly services, along with acupuncture, teeth whitening and cosmetic medical treatments such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Restylane and Perlane. A Thermage CPT skin treatment uses radio frequency. The salon's barber shop services include the Elemis Pro-Collagen Grooming Treatment with Shave.

The ship's fitness center will be furnished with the latest Technogym weight training and cardio equipment. All cardio equipment will synch to Apple music devices and have a large HD screen for television-watching, training programs or playlist navigation.

Group fitness courses will include Pilates, body sculpting boot camp, yoga, Zumba and TRX. Plus, Norwegian Fight Klub will provide a high-intensity cardio boxing class. Personal training sessions, nutritional consultations and metabolic testing will be available, too.

Spice H2O, located at the back of the ship on Deck 17, is an adults-only enclave, at no charge. Sun loungers will ring a huge video screen, and two hot tubs will be available. The new grotto area, complete with waterfalls, gives sunbathers a place to cool off. At night passengers can dance under the stars in this open-air dance club or order cocktails at the bar with its accompanying lounge area.

Cruisers aged 18 and over will have the opportunity to visit Vibe Beach Club by purchasing an access pass. The area offers ocean views, a large hot tub, luxurious chaise loungers and a soothing water feature. A full-service bar, water spritzers and chilled towels complete the experience.

Norwegian Escape, under construction at Meyer Werft, is due to begin year-round eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami on Nov. 14.