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Originally posted by tastyozbloke Carnival - Legend / Spirit - on both (sister) ships, free male only facilities - small area with lockers; 4 or 5 shower rooms (one large disabled one); steam room too hot to sit in for long; sauna with very bright light and glass door has two levels of seating, enough room for maybe 6 people. Facilities seldom used at all, swimwear worn by 99% of users. Only had one conversation over several cruises. Not recommended at all. Very family-oriented crowd and quite bogan (redneck), but lots of nice scenery by the pools.

Sailing on Carnival Spirit out of Sydney tomorrow (Monday) and hope to get in some sauna/steam room time. Hopefully I’m not alone and there's opportunity for some male bonding while the wife is busy elsewhere.

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The Summit is a great ship, one of my favourites actually.

 

The men's change room by the indoor pool has a large sauna with a large window so you can watch the sea go by as you relax. It seats 8-12 men comfortably and is free to use. There is an open shower area outside the sauna to cool off between sessions and three large private showers which many men use to get ready in the evenings before dinner.

 

There is also the Persian garden which is by the spa, this is a pay area and is co-ed. It has several saunas and steam rooms plus heated tiled loungers. Unlike other Celebrity ships this Persian Garden is relatively small and all inside with no windows so it isn't an area I particularly enjoy.

 

If you are in an Aqua class stateroom you will have free access to the Persian Garden and also access to the Blu dining room, which for me is very nice. The food is at par or better than the main dining room with its own menu each night, but the service is much better since it's a smaller restaurant, think of it as your own speciality dining restaurant.

 

Have fun! I'm sure you'll have a great time.

 

 

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Hey! This info is really helpful. Can you advise if they also have lockers?

 

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Hey! This info is really helpful. Can you advise if they also have lockers?

 

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Yes they have lots of lockers, over 50 at least. They are the smaller cubby hole style and have a key lock. You can get the keys from an attendant at the spa by leaving you key card. I’d say about half the guys will get a key the rest just grab an open empty locker and leave their stuff unlocked while they use the sauna.

 

Have a fun cruise!

 

 

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Yes they have lots of lockers, over 50 at least. They are the smaller cubby hole style and have a key lock. You can get the keys from an attendant at the spa by leaving you key card. I’d say about half the guys will get a key the rest just grab an open empty locker and leave their stuff unlocked while they use the sauna.

 

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Thanks, Buddy. Please enjoy your next one as well. Sorry to necropost you!

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Sailing on Carnival Spirit out of Sydney tomorrow (Monday) and hope to get in some sauna/steam room time. Hopefully I’m not alone and there's opportunity for some male bonding while the wife is busy elsewhere.

 

 

 

Hope you had a great time. I love my bonding time in the steam/sauna. I’m sailing on the Independence of the Seas in May solo, so I’ll have plenty of time.

 

 

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Just off NCL Dawn. The ship is a different class than the "Pearl" style ships. Recently tastefully remodeled Thermal Suite is a more compact design and is in the back of the ship below the gym. There is a co-ed middle section and seperate men/women only sections. No lockers, showers or free saunas are available to gym users, only those purchasing the Thermal Suite package. On the men's only side - VERY clean, well stocked with towels and robes - plenty of lockers with the 4 number lock design - a prep area with hair dryers - and another area with sinks, 3 urinals and a toilet. Everything was in excellent shape. The sauna is "L" shaped, with two seating levels - about 8 guys max. The steam room is a "J" shape, with tiled seating areas, part one level, part two levels. Again 8 would fill the space. Both have some privacy. There are three compact showers with full opaque glass doors with a wood seating area along one side. Across are a single person cold plunge and a hot tub (no jets). No windows to the outside except in the co-ed part. Given the limited space available, overall very good design! This cruise was very port intensive, so really quiet until 5 pm or after. Majority wore towels or nothing. Some suits were thrown in to balance it out. Enjoyable cruise!

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Just off NCL Dawn. ...those purchasing the Thermal Suite package.

Any heated loungers? And how much was it?

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Yes, there are around 8 or 10 heated tile loungers on the Dawn. 7 night cruise $139 pre-cruise price...add $20 if booked on the cruise.

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Recently sailed on Carnival Spirit.

Small free male only sauna and steam room accessed through the men's locker room in the spa area (entrance to the gym).

Showers were great. Each shower was a seperate room with its own changing area with a lockable door. Very private.

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Anyone use the facilities on the Regal Princess please? If so, any info on it?

Thanks!

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Hi mont49 - found a description of the NCL Spirit spa posted in June of this year - smaller, so no Thermal Suite offered, but free sauna and steam room in the men's and women's locker rooms. Sounds just like NCL Sky, which I was on a couple of weeks ago. If so, it is well stocked with towels and robes. Bring your own flip-flops. Perhaps someone else can confirm this layout.

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Just off NCL Dawn. The ship is a different class than the "Pearl" style ships. Recently tastefully remodeled Thermal Suite is a more compact design and is in the back of the ship below the gym. There is a co-ed middle section and seperate men/women only sections. No lockers, showers or free saunas are available to gym users, only those purchasing the Thermal Suite package. On the men's only side - VERY clean, well stocked with towels and robes - plenty of lockers with the 4 number lock design - a prep area with hair dryers - and another area with sinks, 3 urinals and a toilet. Everything was in excellent shape. The sauna is "L" shaped, with two seating levels - about 8 guys max. The steam room is a "J" shape, with tiled seating areas, part one level, part two levels. Again 8 would fill the space. Both have some privacy. There are three compact showers with full opaque glass doors with a wood seating area along one side. Across are a single person cold plunge and a hot tub (no jets). No windows to the outside except in the co-ed part. Given the limited space available, overall very good design! This cruise was very port intensive, so really quiet until 5 pm or after. Majority wore towels or nothing. Some suits were thrown in to balance it out. Enjoyable cruise!

 

The sauna, steam rooms cold plunge and hot tub it's in a separate zone for men only?

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Yes, seperate area on one side for men, only. I presume the women's side is the same design. The co-ed section with jacuzzis, pool and heated loungers is in the middle section.

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This thread is great!

 

Anyone know anything about the set up for the upcoming MSC Seaside?

 

 

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This thread is great!

 

Anyone know anything about the set up for the upcoming MSC Seaside?

 

 

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I've been trying to find info on any of the MSC ships too. The Deck Plans are not very informative. Anyone have info on MSC Divina or MSC Seaside? Thanks in advance and happy cruising.

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Help, just received notification that they changed the ship for my October 2018 NYC Cruise. NCL switched from the Gem (great Spa facilities to the Breakaway.) I need to find another ship to depart NYC on. I was trying to find some info about the Carnival Summit but there is nothing in the thread. Has anyone ever sailed on the Summit and able to help me. Thanks in advance because time is of the essence.

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Help, just received notification that they changed the ship for my October 2018 NYC Cruise. NCL switched from the Gem (great Spa facilities to the Breakaway.) I need to find another ship to depart NYC on. I was trying to find some info about the Carnival Summit but there is nothing in the thread. Has anyone ever sailed on the Summit and able to help me. Thanks in advance because time is of the essence.
That's because there's no such ship. It's the CELEBRITY SUMMIT. That ship is a Millennium Class ship with a complementary men's only dry sauna (which has a big round window overlooking the water) in the men's locker too in the spa area. The facilities are pretty similar across this particular ship class, so any reviews of the Celebrity Millennium, Summit, Constellation, and Infinity pretty much sums it up.

 

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Help, just received notification that they changed the ship for my October 2018 NYC Cruise. NCL switched from the Gem (great Spa facilities to the Breakaway.) I need to find another ship to depart NYC on. I was trying to find some info about the Carnival Summit but there is nothing in the thread. Has anyone ever sailed on the Summit and able to help me. Thanks in advance because time is of the essence.[/quote

 

That’s a shame, you have my sympathies. If it is the Celebrity Summit then you’ll get by but it’s by no means anywhere as good as you’d have found on the NCL Gem. I would have done the same, I have no intention of sailing on ships with no separate men’s facilities.

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I'll be interested to see if any changes are made to the men's spa on the Independence of the Seas after the upcoming renovations. I'm sailing out of Southampton May 28 for a 5 day cruise. I hope they leave it alone.

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I'll be interested to see if any changes are made to the men's spa on the Independence of the Seas after the upcoming renovations. I'm sailing out of Southampton May 28 for a 5 day cruise. I hope they leave it alone.

 

So far Royal seems to be leaving alone facilities on the older ships that had them, thankfully. We just got off Freedom, and they didn't mess with the sauna/steam room during the last renovation.

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This is a helpful list and thank you for compiling it. I like you agree about spa gym facilities over loyalty. Thank you for taking the time to post.

 

When cruising I make extensive use of the Spa and Gym facilities. I am not loyal to any cruise line and will usually lean toward cruise ships offering better Spa/Gym facilities. I also prefer gender segregated spas.

 

The following is a list of the SPA facilities from some of the major cruise lines. I went to each cruise lines web site and looked at the deck plans for the gym/spa layout. Some deck plans are more detailed than others.

 

The list is based solely on my interpretation /observation of the deck plans as of July 31 2009.

 

Princess

Caribbean - separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Coral - two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Crown -separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Dawn- one Sauna (appears to be co-ed)

Diamond -separate men’s & women’s steam and sauna

Emerald -separate men’s & women’s steam and sauna

Golden - two Saunas one Steam room not listed if they are gender specific

Grand -two Saunas one Steam room not listed if they are gender specific

Island two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Ruby -separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Sapphire separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Sea -one Sauna (appears to be co-ed)

Sun - one Sauna (appears to be co-ed)

Star -separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

 

Holland America

Amsterdam-two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Eurodam -one sauna ( appears to be co-ed)

Maasadam -Can’t tell by deck plans

Nieuw Amsterdam -one sauna ( appears to be co-ed)

Noordam-Can’t tell by deck plans

Oosterdam-Can’t tell by deck plans

Princendam -separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Rotterdam-two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Ryndam-Can’t tell by deck plans

Statendam-Can’t tell by deck plans

Veendam-Can’t tell by deck plans

Volendam-two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Westerdam -Can’t tell by deck plans

Zaandam-two saunas -not listed if they are gender specific

Zuiderdam-Can’t tell by deck plan

 

 

 

 

 

Norwegian

Dawn-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Gem-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Jade-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Jewel-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Majesty-One sauna Appears to be co-ed

Pearl- separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Sky -Steam & Sauna -Not listed as to gender

Spirit-Can’t tell by deck plan

Star-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Sun- Sauna & Steam rooms not listed as to gender

Pride of America- Can’t tell by deck plan

 

 

Royal Caribbean

Very simple deck plans- Can’t tell

 

Carnival

Holiday class-

Holiday-Can’t tell by deck plan

 

Fantasy class-

Fantasy-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Ecstasy-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Sensation-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Fascination-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Imagination-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Inspiration-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Elation-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Paradise-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

 

Destiny class-

Destiny-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

 

Triumph class

Triumph-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Victory-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

 

Splendor class

Splendor- separate saunas - co-ed thermal suite

 

Spirit class

Spirit-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Pride-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Legend-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

Miracle-separate men’s women’s steam and sauna

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Thank you for the comprehensive list of saunas and steam rooms....very helpful information.

 

Here is my best attempt at summarizing the posts in this thread from the past few years (did not go back further in case of updates to ships).

 

Here are the ships/classes that DO have a MEN's ONLY Sauna facility of some sort:

Carnival Conquest

Carnival Dream

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Triumph

Carnival Victory

Celebrity (All Millenium Class)

Celebrity (All Solstice Class)

Cunard Queen Elizabeth

Cunard Queen Victoria

Disney Magic

Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Sun

P&O Ventura

Princess Diamond Princess

Princess Emerald Princess

Princess Pacific Princess

Princess Sea Princes

Royal Caribbean (All Freedom Class)

Royal Caribbean (All Radiance Class)

Royal Caribbean (All Vision Class except Enchantment)

Royal Caribbean (All Voyager Class)

Royal Caribbean Brillance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas

 

Please Note: This is not an authoritative list and have neither sailed on (except Celebrity Equinox) nor confirmed the men's sauna configuration of the ships on this list. I have just tried to gather the information shared on this thread (not the entire thread).

 

If you have any corrections or additions, please reply!

 

Thanks so much to all of you who have posted this information! I've not sailed much yet, but plan to do so and the men's only sauna area is a deciding factor for me in choosing a ship.

 

 

Happy Sailing!

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Clarification on #664 above about Holland America: All Holland America ships have free gender specific saunas. Also note that the original post was made in 2009. Cruise lines sometimes remove gender-specific areas during reconfigurations.

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Help, just received notification that they changed the ship for my October 2018 NYC Cruise. NCL switched from the Gem (great Spa facilities to the Breakaway.) I need to find another ship to depart NYC on. I was trying to find some info about the Carnival Summit but there is nothing in the thread. Has anyone ever sailed on the Summit and able to help me. Thanks in advance because time is of the essence.[/quote

 

That’s a shame, you have my sympathies. If it is the Celebrity Summit then you’ll get by but it’s by no means anywhere as good as you’d have found on the NCL Gem. I would have done the same, I have no intention of sailing on ships with no separate men’s facilities.

 

 

Thanks for your nice thoughts. We will try and enjoy the CoEd areas too. Who knows maybe we can start a conversation in public and finish it in the Sauna with a View.

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That's because there's no such ship. It's the CELEBRITY SUMMIT. That ship is a Millennium Class ship with a complementary men's only dry sauna (which has a big round window overlooking the water) in the men's locker too in the spa area. The facilities are pretty similar across this particular ship class, so any reviews of the Celebrity Millennium, Summit, Constellation, and Infinity pretty much sums it up.

 

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Thanks Kwokpot, I was in such a hurry to try and get plans made again, and was looking at so many ships and deck plans that I got totally confused. This Thread is very helpful in so many ways.

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Adventure of the seas AOS. Has anyone been on Adventure since the refit? Did they change the steam or sauna? I don’t remember there being cabins right by the gym before so wondering how extensive the changes were. Also looks like Jesters is gone :( where is the late night party now ? Thanks for any info

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Hi Tony,

 

 

 

Apologies for the delay on our response to your question. You do have complimentary sauna and steam room available in the gym. You do not need to pre-book this as you can just turn up and use it as long as the gym is open.

 

 

 

 

 

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Any Men's Spa users sailing on Navigator of The Seas on 12/22/17 out of Miami?

 

By the way, I've previously posted my complete list of "Men's Only Sauna" ships, but here is what I have on Royal:

RoyalCaribbean (these DO have separate Men's facilities):

Freedom of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas

Vision of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas

Voyager of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

 

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I'll be interested to see if any changes are made to the men's spa on the Independence of the Seas after the upcoming renovations. I'm sailing out of Southampton May 28 for a 5 day cruise. I hope they leave it alone.

 

Reading about the proposed changes and looking at the new floor plans I think you are safe to assume there will be no changes to the men's and women's change room area. They are going to be adding cabins at the front of deck 11 on the right side. Most of that space should come from the glassed in hall just outside the gym and maybe from the stretching area of the gym. There should be no changes on the left side of the gym where the changing rooms are now.

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Can anyone provide information on the men's spa and fitness setup on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas? Is it similar to any of their larger ships like the Navigator, or the Freedom Class?

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Can anyone provide information on the men's spa and fitness setup on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas? Is it similar to any of their larger ships like the Navigator, or the Freedom Class?
Rccl said that they will remain after the refit

I'm going in July /Aug for 2 weeks . So I hope that that is correct

 

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Can anyone provide information on the men's spa and fitness setup on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas? Is it similar to any of their larger ships like the Navigator, or the Freedom Class?

 

 

Actually, Navigator and Adventure are the same class of ship (Voyager class), so if you've been on Navigator, Adventure's setup will be fairly similar. Freedom-class ships have a very similar setup as well, with a decent-size locker area, a separate shower room with several stall showers, and down the hall are the sauna and steam room, both large and nicely laid out, and more showers opposite these.

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Actually, Navigator and Adventure are the same class of ship (Voyager class), so if you've been on Navigator, Adventure's setup will be fairly similar. Freedom-class ships have a very similar setup as well, with a decent-size locker area, a separate shower room with several stall showers, and down the hall are the sauna and steam room, both large and nicely laid out, and more showers opposite these.

 

Thank you for the information. I am glad to hear this. I have been on the Navigator and all three freedom class ships. I was worried that Navigator, the last of the Voyager class, may have had an upgraded set up. I'm glad I can expect the same on the rest of the Voyager class, especially the Adventure since it is newly updated.

I think Royal has the change area, wet area, gym, sauna, steam, and showers set up about as good as it can get on the Freedom and Voyager class ships. I'm sad to see they messed it all up with every ship build after the Independence, the final Freedom class ship.

If anyone has been on the Voyager or Freedom class and knows this set up AND can tell us about other ships from any line that have as good or better "wet" area set up, we would love to know.

I'm wondering if any cruise line is still building ships with similar layouts or if they are all going the same route as Royals newer mega ships. Primarily co-ed with an extra fee to use it.

Thanks to everyone for the input.

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Recently sailed on Carnival Spirit.

Small free male only sauna and steam room accessed through the men's locker room in the spa area (entrance to the gym).

Showers were great. Each shower was a seperate room with its own changing area with a lockable door. Very private.

Yes Matt have been on that and going again in June..as you say a great setup, especially the private shower rooms!

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