10 Amazing Cruise Ship Hot Tubs

by Donna Heiderstadt

10 Amazing Cruise Ship Hot Tubs

by Donna Heiderstadt

After a long day in port, it’s tempting to head for your ship’s hot tub. But we know as well as anyone that not all hot tubs are created equal — some are crowded, even filled with kids. Others are in high traffic areas. Here are 10 worth seeking out for a soak on your next sailing:

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Wind Surf's pool deck hot tubs / Windstar / Roger Paperno
Freedom of the Seas' cantilever hot tub
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Cantilevered Hot Tubs on Royal Caribbean International

Most hot tubs can comfortably hold four adults — that is, if you’re OK with playing accidental footsie — but the 16-person, half-moon versions in the adults-only Solarium on Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas are roomy enough to be social without unintended intimacy. Best of all, they cantilever 12 feet over the ship’s side, for totally cool views of the surf below.

Most hot tubs can comfortably hold four adults — that is, if you’re OK with playing accidental footsie — but the 16-person, half-moon versions in the adults-only Solarium on Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas are roomy enough to be social without unintended intimacy. Best of all, they cantilever 12 feet over the ship’s side, for totally cool views of the surf below.

Oceania Riviera's Spa Terrace
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Spa Terrace Hot Tubs on Oceania Cruises

Because the two hot tubs located at Oceania Marina and Riviera’s Deck 12 pool can get crowded, guests looking for quiet may want to opt for the more tranquil Deck 14 aft Spa Terrace, with its thalassotherapy pool (Riviera) and whirlpools (Marina). Alas, it’s part of Canyon Ranch SpaClub, so there’s a fee — but that also cuts down on crowding. 

Because the two hot tubs located at Oceania Marina and Riviera’s Deck 12 pool can get crowded, guests looking for quiet may want to opt for the more tranquil Deck 14 aft Spa Terrace, with its thalassotherapy pool (Riviera) and whirlpools (Marina). Alas, it’s part of Canyon Ranch SpaClub, so there’s a fee — but that also cuts down on crowding. 

Solarium on the Celebrity Silhouette
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Solarium Hot Tubs on Celebrity Cruises

Located indoors — which is great for cruises in cooler climes — on all Solstice-class ships (EclipseEquinox, Reflection, Silhouette, and Solstice), these two hot tubs in the adults-only Solarium flank a quiet lap pool lined with cushioned loungers. Ahh.

Located indoors — which is great for cruises in cooler climes — on all Solstice-class ships (EclipseEquinox, Reflection, Silhouette, and Solstice), these two hot tubs in the adults-only Solarium flank a quiet lap pool lined with cushioned loungers. Ahh.

Wind Surf
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Pool Deck Hot Tubs on Windstar Cruises

For a soak with the wind in your hair, sails overhead, and an awesome view of the ship's wake, it’s hard to beat the two aft pool deck hot tubs on Wind Surf, Windstar Cruises' elegant sailing ship.

For a soak with the wind in your hair, sails overhead, and an awesome view of the ship's wake, it’s hard to beat the two aft pool deck hot tubs on Wind Surf, Windstar Cruises' elegant sailing ship.

Quantum of the Seas' Solarium
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Solarium Hot Tubs Royal on Caribbean International

Without a doubt one of the most serene spaces on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the adults-only Solarium features retractable glass-canopied ceilings, cushy sun beds and four large hot tubs with views of the bow and the horizon.

Without a doubt one of the most serene spaces on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the adults-only Solarium features retractable glass-canopied ceilings, cushy sun beds and four large hot tubs with views of the bow and the horizon.

The Sanctuary on Royal Princess
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Retreat Pool Hot Tubs on Princess Cruises

If adults-only time is your thing, you can enjoy it at the Retreat Pool, far from the kid-filled main pool on Princess’s two newest ships: Regal Princess and Royal Princess. Cabanas there will cost you, but comfy deck chairs are complimentary. At night, it’s also fun to soak in the Fountain Pool hot tub and enjoy Movies Under the Stars.

If adults-only time is your thing, you can enjoy it at the Retreat Pool, far from the kid-filled main pool on Princess’s two newest ships: Regal Princess and Royal Princess. Cabanas there will cost you, but comfy deck chairs are complimentary. At night, it’s also fun to soak in the Fountain Pool hot tub and enjoy Movies Under the Stars.

Carnival Breeze's Serenity area
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Serenity Hot Tubs Carnival on Cruise Line 

Ships known as “fun ships” are not exactly “Shush, I’m trying to nap” ships, but Carnival has solved that problem with its complimentary adults-only Serenity retreats. The ones on Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic, and Carnival Breeze feature two hot tubs — as will the one on Carnival Vista, debuting in 2016.

Ships known as “fun ships” are not exactly “Shush, I’m trying to nap” ships, but Carnival has solved that problem with its complimentary adults-only Serenity retreats. The ones on Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic, and Carnival Breeze feature two hot tubs — as will the one on Carnival Vista, debuting in 2016.

Haven on Norwegian Escape
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Deck 19 Forward Port Side Hot Tub on Norwegian Cruise Line

Located outside The Haven’s private courtyard, this quiet hot tub far forward on Deck 19 of the new Norwegian Escape is public — and a great place to “escape” if the pool deck’s lively vibe is not your style.

Located outside The Haven’s private courtyard, this quiet hot tub far forward on Deck 19 of the new Norwegian Escape is public — and a great place to “escape” if the pool deck’s lively vibe is not your style.

Eurodam's Lido pool
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Lido Pool Hot Tubs on Holland America Line

There are three hot tubs at the Deck 9 Lido Pool on Holland America’s Eurodam — and the retractable roof means you can enjoy them even if the weather doesn't cooperate.

There are three hot tubs at the Deck 9 Lido Pool on Holland America’s Eurodam — and the retractable roof means you can enjoy them even if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Seabourn Quest
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Secluded Hot Tub on Seabourn Cruise Line

If you’re on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, or Seabourn Quest and you want to enjoy some quiet time, simply head to the forward corridor on Deck 6, open the door at the end, and — voila! — a truly quiet place to soak. It's a reminder that luxury does come with privileges. 

 

If you’re on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, or Seabourn Quest and you want to enjoy some quiet time, simply head to the forward corridor on Deck 6, open the door at the end, and — voila! — a truly quiet place to soak. It's a reminder that luxury does come with privileges. 

 

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