Awaken the senses in a Rainforest…on a cruise ship! It’s no riddle, but rather the best kept secret on Disney Cruise Line’s fleet of ships. Book a Rainforest pass at the Senses Spa either for a day or the length of cruise and prepare to be pampered with aromatherapy showers, saunas, steam room, and heated stone loungers. Not only is it my favorite guilty pleasure on a Disney cruise, it is also a really big hack because I dare say most cruisers are not aware of this gem in the Senses Spa and Salon.
My guilty pleasure on a Disney cruise? Getting a Rainforest pass at the Senses Spa, which is really a steal! Hey, it’s no coincidence that the word SPA sounds like SPAAAAH! The Rainforest gives you unlimited entry to the scented showers, aroma steam, sauna rooms, private jacuzzi, and the coveted heated stone loungers, an area off limits to other spa guests. For a spa experience that sets guests on a sail for serenity and calm, I’d categorize the Rainforest as a must do on a Disney cruise. Here are all the details about the Rainforest and why it’s the best Disney Cruise secret and my favorite splurge.
Best Disney Cruise Line Secret? The Rainforest at Senses Spa
I’m letting you in on my favorite spa selection onboard Disney Cruise Line: the Rainforest, a members-only access area with jacuzzis, heated loungers, sauna, and showers. Makes you feel like a spa VIP and a surefire way to chill after an excursion-filled day. It’s a true Disney Cruise Line hack because new cruisers will likely not have heard about it.
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When to Book the Rainforest
Disney Cruise Line has a Senses Spa and Salon on all four of its ships, including this special area known as the Rainforest. Score! Keep in mind that there are a limited number of these passes available, so if you want one, jump all over it.
TravelingMom Tip: Head to the Senses Spa Open House on the first day of the cruise (usually around 3:00 pm before embarkation). Passes to the Rainforest Room are limited and they WILL sell out. In hindsight, I can say that I liked it even better than a single spa treatment. Probably because I could spread it out over several days instead of a few hours.
For Type-A planner types, pre-purchase a day pass online while available for $16 a day. However, I highly recommend a length of cruise pass because it will encourage you to slow down and unwind.
The Rainforest is not specifically detailed on the Disney Cruise Line website, so many first time cruisers and even those who have cruised Disney before might not even know about it. That is why I find it is my civic cruising duty to tell you how awesome it is!
What’s Included in the Rainforest
The Rainforest has the following amenities that can only be used by passholders:
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- Tropical Showers with multiple “rain” programs
- Warm Ceramic Loungers
- Steam Hamam
- Warm Sauna
- Traditional Steam Room
- 2 Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean (on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy)
Since I was already at the spa to use the Rainforest, I ended up using the showers there more than in our cabin. I actually preferred this because the spa showers are much bigger and more luxurious when paired with the sauna/steam room/jets.
In 2017, a one day pass was less than $20 and a 7-day pass costs about $140. Senses Spa will also add an automatic 18% gratuity to the price.
TravelingMom Tip: Instead of paying individually, girlfriends should go in together and take advantage of the couples rate to save even more money! My friend and I booked a length of cruise Rainforest couples pass on a 4-night cruise on the Disney Magic for $144, which is less than if we both booked single passes.
Rainforest Favorite Spots
My favorite Rainforest spot on every Disney cruise is the ceramic stone lounger. I could have stayed on one all day!
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You must be at least 18 years of age to utilize the spa services. Senses Spa also has an area called the Chill Spa for teens to get treatments.
No appointments are necessary to use your Rainforest Room pass. Check-in is simple: they hold your stateroom key at the front desk. A Rainforest bracelet allows you access to the Rainforest. The locker room is available to change into your swimwear with towels, cotton robes, and sandals. Lockers are available free of charge for securing personal belongings.
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