Review: NCLs Spa Thermal Suite Pass

This past week, I had the pleasure of sailing on one of Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ships, the Getaway. The entire ship was stunning, but I’ll save that post for another day. Luckily for me, I had a little bit of spare time to spend in the Thermal Suite. Long story short; I spend $60 on a day pass and my only regret was not buy a pass for the entire week. Lesson Learned.

The Getaways Thermal Suite was located on deck 15, all the way forward. This was such a great location, as it looked over the front of the ship and was very quiet. The locker rooms were very large and spacious. They featured showers, changing rooms, a large vanity with blow dryers and plenty of towels and robes.


As you enter the suite, there is a station set up with fruit infused water and some other goodies. Don’t ask me why, but I am such a sucker for water with fruit in it. As I began exploring the suite, the first thing you’ll notice is the large pool in the center. It simply looks like a fancy pool, but it has more features than I anticipated. There was no one in the pool when I went in, so naturally I acted like a child and pressed every button….I mean, I thoroughly inspected these features. So let’s dive in to these features…


  • Jacuzzi Tub – In the front-left of the pool is a basic Jacuzzi tub with traditional water jets.
  • Personal Jet ‘Stations’ – Around the outside of the pool there are 6 personal jet ‘stations’. If you face the inside of the pool, each station had 2 vertical underwater handrails on each side of your shoulders and 2 strong jets (one on top of another). These were great for applying pressure to one specific area on your back.
  • Bench – At the back of the pool, there is a bench made out of horizontal steel pipes. The jets below the bench were very soft and relaxing. Nothing too crazy about them.
  • Vertical Jacuzzi – I don’t know what to call this thing. The other Jacuzzi-looking tub in the front corner is not your typical Jacuzzi. When you press the button, powerful water jets come through the bottom of the pool. This made it very hard to stand still, but once you are able to grab hold somehow, the powerful jets apply quite a bit of pressure on your body.
  • Waterfall – The super strong waterfall in the center of the pool is great to stand under and let the cascading water relieve any sore joints on your shoulders.


The entire pool is kept at a nice warm temperature, which feels awesome on your muscles and is very relaxing.


After I pressed every button I could find in pool, I began checking out all the other features of the thermal suite. Outside of the pool, the suite has many padded lounge chairs and heated tile loungers. As for other spa elements, they had rain showers, a steam room, a sauna, a sanarium (which is some combination of a sauna and a steam room) and a salt bath. The salt bath was very different. I was expecting it to be warm, but it was much cooler compared to the other rooms and was very dry (duh!). I didn’t stay in here too long to notice a difference, but it explained all the benefits of Himalayan salt on the outside of it.

As I mentioned before, I absolutely loved the thermal suite and my only regret was not getting a pass for the entire week. Most Norwegian ships have a thermal suite of some sort. The Breakaway, Getaway and Escape offer similar suite elements to what I just explained, the other ships may have different elements.

Please keep in mind thermal suites are not available on the Sky, Spirit, Sun and Pride of America.


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