As with any holiday, fitness, pampering and relaxation is an integral part of a cruise. This can be especially necessary when there are excellent chefs on board and unlimited food and it is then, that our bodies may require that little extra attention to overcome the “oh so good life”.
I met with Mr Tino van der Merve the Spa manager on the Costa Classica to find out about any much-needed help that may be available.
What is on offer in the Spa that will make us feel good?
There is an enormous amount. It depends what is required. First we have a gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna and room to relax, all augmented by the changing scenery that can be seen from our viewing windows. This is all complimentary. We can also offer personal trainers.
Then there are the hairdresser, manicurist and pedicure facilities. After that the possibilities are even greater, ranging from teeth whitening to Reflexology, Ionithermie, Seaweed Mask Wraps, Anti-cellulite treatments and even special massages’ designed for couples.
Is that the full list?
There are many other things too, that can be found in our directory of services. We also give personal beauty advice and consultations and sometimes have health demonstrations as part of the daily activities listed in the “Today” leaflet.
At the same time on most days there are classes. They vary, but include Aerobic, Yoga, and Pilates. So you see there is really something for everybody.
How necessary is it to book?
When it is a full day at sea, many of the sessions are already accounted for, at other times it is quite often possible to come in almost immediately; so much depends on the ship’s own schedule.
Then there are some customers who actually never get off at the ports and they love to visit the Spa when the ship is almost empty and they have the full attention of all my staff!
Tell me a little about your own background
As you can probably hear, I am South African, I was 2 years into my medical studies at home when I thought I would like to take a break and try something different. Before this ship I was working with Royal Caribbean on “The Explorer of the Seas”
Did you have to do special training and if so where was that?
Oh yes it is a really thorough training. I did mine with The Steiner Academy in Harrow Weald, Middlesex, North London. They are actually my employers, not Costa.
I know Costa like their staff to speak different languages. Is that something you can do as well?
Yes, I have also always been interested in languages, which is of course really useful on board. I currently speak English, French, Afrikaans, and Italian although I am constantly trying to add to that list!
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