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Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleetwide Spa Carnival facilities have been named ‘Best Cruise Ship Spas’ in American Spa Magazine’s annual Professional’s Choice Awards.

The awards, which are based on the results of an on-line reader poll, recognize spa industry leaders in more than 40 spa-related categories, including venues, products, vendors and treatments.     In the cruise line category, Carnival Cruise Lines received more votes than any other cruise operator.

The epitome of a floating health club, Spa Carnival facilities are featured aboard all 22 of the line’s “Fun Ships” and range in size from 12,000 to nearly 24,000 square feet.   It is estimated that roughly half of Carnival’s 3.8 million passengers take advantage of the line’s fleetwide Spa Carnival facilities, which are operated by Steiner, Ltd.

American Spa readers recognized the Spa Carnival centers for their expansive, modern facilities, pampering treatments, friendly service and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The Carnival spa experience has been taken to new heights with the debut of the 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa on the Carnival Dream, the line’s largest ship to date which launched year-round Caribbean service from Port Canaveral earlier this month.   The spacious facility features a thalassotherapy pool, elaborate thermal suite, and 17 VIP treatment rooms, including two designated for couples only.  Adjacent to the facility are 65 spa staterooms offering unlimited access to the facility and a number of exclusive privileges and amenities.