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Champneys returns to sea with Marella Explorer spa contract

Marella Cruises, the British cruise line in the TUI group of companies, has announced an onboard partnership with the UK’s biggest and original health spa, Champneys.

Champneys operated the spa on board P&O Cruises’ 1995 built Oriana early in the career of the ship. Marella Explorer is currently sailing as Mein Schiff 1 in the fleet of Hamburg based TUI Cruises. It was built in 1996 as Galaxy of Celebrity Cruises and it will join the Marella cruises’ fleet in May next year.

“Typical of UK Champneys resorts, the luxurious spa will feature a full treatment menu, including facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, acupuncture and more, as well as a salon, wellness centre and stylish relaxation room that boasts comfortable beds complete with stunning panoramic views,” Marella Cruises said in a statenment.

Distribution and Cruise Director at TUI UK & Ireland, parent company of Marella Cruises, Helen Caron, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Champneys onboard our fantastic new addition Marella Explorer. We’re proud to be known for the friendliest service at sea and Champneys’ world-class service really mirrors this. Our ships offer holidaymakers a relaxing home from home that they can return to following a full day of exploring a destination and this new introduction onboard Marella Explorer will ensure they can fully unwind in luxury onboard.”

Stephen Purdew, Champneys co-owner said: “We are thrilled to be working with Marella Cruises from next year, offering the very best Champneys spa experience onboard Marella Explorer. We’re confident that our state-of-the-art spa will bring even more enjoyment to guests’ holidays and can’t wait to hear about their experiences.”

In addition to four resorts and a spa hotel, Champneys also operate six city spas, two colleges and a range of globally recognised products.

The ship will operate fromPalma de Mallorca in the summer of 2018 and spend the winter of 2018-19 in the Caribbean and cruise from Newcastle in the UK in the summer of 2019, Marella Cruises’ 2018-19 brochure shows.

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