Review of Carnival Mardi Gras deck 5 (Spa-Dining)
The fore-located Cloud 9 Spa (open between 6 am - 10 pm) is the lower level of the ship's wellness complex. On this level are located the Thermal Suite (chambers), VIP Suite (private massage room with Large Whirlpool), Spa Reception, Beauty Salon (facials, manicure/pedicure, hair styling-cutting-coloring, eyebrow shaping, makeup, waxing, grooming-barbering, teeth whitening, Medi-Spa) and Treatment Rooms (incl for acupuncture, hot stone, Botox, body wraps, flotation therapy), separate male/female lockers (2 changing rooms, each with complimentary sauna/steam room/showers). The lockers' showers are glass-enclosed and multi-jet. Showerheads are massaging (1 rain head above, 4 sides). Teenagers (12-17 yo) are allowed to use the wellness facilities (fitness/spa) only when accompanied by an adult. To utilize the Cloud 9 Spa facilities (treatment rooms, Thermal Suite, VIP Large Whirlpool) passengers must be at least 18 yo. They should wear bathing suits during massages and wraps. Daily are scheduled complimentary health seminars (fitness-wellness-beauty) themed on ageing, posture, detox, dieting, weight-loss, skin care, pro-collagen, acne attack /teens).
The Thermal Suite consists of 6 heat therapy chambers - Tepidarium (relaxation room with heated loungers /ergonomically shaped, 38 C / 100 F), Laconium (dry heat bath, 55-65 C / 131-149 F), Aroma Steam Bath (aromatic steam grotto, 40-50 C / 104-112 F), Oriental Steam Bath (aka Caldarium, high humidity heat, 40-50 C / 104-112 F), Hammam Chamber (Turkish bath, 45 C / 113 F), Infrared Heat Chamber (mild radiation heating system). Thermal Suite facilities offer unlimited access to passengers booked in Spa Staterooms. Depending on the itinerary length, full-cruise Thermal Suite passes are priced as follows - 5-day ($119 pp), 6-day ($139 pp), 7-day ($169 pp), 8-day ($189 pp). Currently, day-passes (priced $40 pp) are not available.
Carnival Cloud 9 Spa menu of treatments (facials and massages) includes (duration in minutes, prices in USD pp) - Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy (50 min $150, 75 min $195), Thai Herbal Poultice Massage (rhythmic, acupressure movements, 75 min $195), Bamboo Massage (50 min $160, 75 min $200), Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual (100 min $265), Elemis Face and Body Sensation (50 min $160), Couples Massage (full body Swedish or Elemis, 50 min $270), Reflexology Massage (feet, 50 min $120), Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage (50 min $130), Swedish Massage (50 min $120), Villa Massage and Bathing Ritual (Villa / VIP Suites, 75 min $330), Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction (a course of 3 treatments during the cruise, 50 min each / $160), Bliss fatgirlslim (dry brushing, seaweed mask, heated wrap, 75 min $150), Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy (50 min $125), Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (half body 50 min $155, full body 75 min $200), Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage (heated mask, half body 75 min $195, full body 100 min $260), Tooth Whitening (free consultation, 30 min), Elemis Pro-Collagen Grooming Treatment with Shave (facial, massage, double close shave /55 min), Elemis Express Shave (30 min), Elemis Deep Cleanse Grooming Treatment with Shave (massage, cleansing mask /45 min), Elemis Skin IQ for Men Facial (50 min), Elemis Urban Cleanse for Men Facial (50 min).
Carnival Cloud 9 Spa menu of Medi-Spa treatments include - Acupuncture (by certified acupuncturist, first session 50 min $150, additional sessions up to 45 min $125, first facial session 75 min, additional facial sessions up to 60 min), Medi-Spa Cosmetic Treatments (free doctor consultation), Dermal Filler Treatments (Restylane, Perlane /30 min), BOTOX Cosmetic, DYSPORT Wrinkle Treatments (both are upper face, nonsurgical and FDA approved /30 min). All Medi-Spa treatments are administered on the ship by a dedicated physician (licensed medical doctor).
Carnival Cloud 9 Spa menu of ZSPA treatments (for teenagers 12-17 yo) includes (duration in minutes / prices in USD pp) - Fabulously Fruity Facial (50 min / $100), Acne Attack Facial (50 min / $100), Heavenly Massage (aromatherapy oils, Swedish massage, 50 min / $90), Paradise Massage (mother and daughter, 25 min / $100, 50 min / $195), Chill Out Massage (father and son, 25 min / $100, 50 min / $195), Surfers Scrub (25 min / $65), Fitness Frenzy (3 boot camp classes, $55), Magical Manicure (25 min / $30), Sole Mate (45 min / $40). The list of Beauty Salon services for teens includes - boys (cut only 30 min $25), boys and girls (cut and color 120 min $120), girls (cut only 60 min $60), style only (30 min $45). ZSPA services are available between 8 am - 8 pm. Upon booking treatments, teens must be accompanied by an adult (parent/guardian) who completes and signs the ZSPA form.
The "Chef's Table" (private dining room) is a small room dedicated to the multi-course Chef's Table dinner package (surcharged at $75 per person). The room is hosted by one of the ship's master chefs. The VIP dining package experience includes private champagne and hors-d'oeuvres reception, personalized galley tour, a multi-course gourmet meal. Each of the courses is wine paired. Each of the wines is reviewed by the sommelier (knowledgeable wine steward), and each of the dishes - by one of the ship's top chefs. Menus are different each evening depending on the Chef's personal choice. This premium dinner package is available every night. Reservations are required (arranged via the Maitre d or the Steakhouse Hostess). Dress code is formal (age limit 12+ yo). If reservations are under 10, Chef's Table could be canceled.
Cruise cabins from 5202 to 5506, of which Interior Staterooms (categories 4A and 4B), Premium Interior Staterooms (category 4N), Cloud 9 Spa Interior Staterooms (categories 4N, 4S, and 4T), Family Harbor Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms (category FJ), Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View Staterooms (category 6S), Cove Balcony Staterooms (category 7C), Cloud 9 Spa Cove Balcony Staterooms (category 7S), Havana Cabana Suites (category HS).