Cunard Launches New Holistic Spa Concept: Mareel Wellness and Beauty

Cunard has announced the launch of its brand new holistic spa concept Mareel, inspired by the ocean and seamlessly blending natural beauty and timeless luxury.

Co-created by Cunard and wellness trailblazer Canyon Ranch, Mareel Wellness & Beauty will launch exclusively onboard the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December, closely followed by Queen Victoria later in the month and onboard Queen Mary 2 from November 2020.

Australian travellers will be among the first to experience the new Mareel spa, with Queen Elizabeth arriving Down Under in early February 2019 for a record 54-day season in local waters.

The word ‘Mareel’ is from old Norse language meaning ‘phosphorescence of the ocean’. This description of glowing light from the sea perfectly reflects Cunard’s new ocean inspired wellness and beauty experiences that will leave guests feeling radiant, from the inside out.

Mareel will offer a new luxury space decorated in hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm where guests can soak up the transformational power of the oceans.  New facilities offered by Mareel onboard Queen Elizabeth will include:

  • A couples suite for seaweed bathing rituals

  • A meditation room with acoustic resonance loungers

  • A reconfigured multifunctional fitness centre and studio space

  • Sound therapy facilities in every treatment room

While Cunard sets the standard in maritime luxury, the spa and wellness treatments and expertise will be offered in partnership with Canyon Ranch, with a new and extended spa treatment menu featuring mineral-rich seawater and marine based experiences to transform and heal. 

Luxury products used within the Mareel spa have all been selected to offer the very best and meet socially responsible production techniques, with organic treatments featuring ingredients that are sustainably harvested, wild-picked, biodynamic and toxin-free.

The signature treatment of the Mareel spa is ‘Ocean Discovery’, offering the option to combine up to five treatments, or select individual 30 minute treatments if preferred.  Using luxurious marine based products from VOYA which are sustainably harvested from Western Ireland, Ocean Discovery aims to leave guests feeling revitalised and illuminated from the glow of the ocean.

Extending the offering of Mareel beyond the spa space, enhanced wellness experiences will also be offered across the ship’s daily activity program including stretch and meditation films on stateroom TVs every morning, wellness seminars, and activities on deck such as dance and open air yoga.

The new Mareel Wellness & Beauty experience is just one offering following a refurbishment of Queen Elizabeth during a two-week period in dry dock in Brest, France.  In addition to the new Mareel spa, many of the guest public areas have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre has had a complete technical overhaul and several public rooms, bars and lounges have also been refitted with new carpets. Outside on deck there is new furniture and the aft sun deck has a new layout.  Finally a fresh shopping experience has been created in The Royal Arcade.

Cunard Vice President Marketing Angus Struthers commented: “We are delighted to share news of Mareel Wellness & Beauty, Cunard’s first ever own spa concept.  Wellbeing is key to life, and feeling relaxed in mind and body is an important part of any holiday, and we are thrilled to offer such a luxurious spa at sea for our guests.”

2019 is an important year for Queen Elizabeth.  January 3 will see her set sail from Southampton to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa.  She will be based in Australia until March 30 2019, then depart for Tokyo, Japan for two voyages exploring the cultural delights of the islands. On May 5 she will start a transpacific voyage to relocate to Alaska for a maiden season until June 30, 2019. Queen Elizabeth will then head back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.