Canyon Ranch plans to build 'floating spas'

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Canyon Ranch plans to build the first floating destination spas with a new division called Canyon Ranch at Sea.

Agreements have been signed with Societa Exercizio Cantieri shipyard in Viareggio, Italy, to build two vessels, Quest I and Quest II.

The line of cruise ships are designed to be "floating health resorts at sea," according to a Canyon Ranch spokeswoman.

Plans call for the ships to sail a worldwide itinerary beginning in 2002.

The vessels will each carry 320 guests in 180 cabins.

Passengers will have access to a 54,000-square-foot spa, a fitness and wellness facility, equipped with fitness and movement therapy studios; gyms; more than 35 massage, skin care and body treatment rooms; a jogging track; a rock-climbing wall; pools; locker rooms, and wellness offices.

The ships also will feature a theater, a library, boutiques, meeting rooms, a cyber cafe and a full-service business center in addition to dining rooms serving spa cuisine.

Headquarters for Canyon Ranch at Sea will be in Tucson, Ariz., with operational offices in Florida and Athens.

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