Going on my first cruise, I decided to make it all about things I had never experienced. More than just new foods and exotic locations, I booked my very first shave. You have to understand that growing up without a father figure and have bristles that have been compared to porcupine needles; it was a no brainer that I went the route of an electric shaver. Showing up at the spa, I realized that I arrived with two pre-conceived ideas: the first was that I would be getting a shave from a guy and second that the shave was going to be from a straight razor. I guess after years of media induced barbershops, this was how I saw things. So armed with these assumptions, and a few others, I walked in and was pleasantly surprised that none of them held up.
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For all its snooty spa looks, everyone was very friendly… which I chalk up to the wonder of Disney magic. The girls’ behind the desk greeted me with genuine smiles, handed me a robe and showed me to the locker (changing) room. For the record, this was the nicest, cleanest locker I have ever been in, in my life. It was full of beautiful hardwood everywhere, so much so that I was almost too afraid to touch anything. Since I was early for my shave, I tried out the rainforest room which was about 50/50 for me. The room consisted of three aroma-therapy saunas of increasing heat which I enjoyed, three ‘rain’ rooms which I didn’t enjoy at all as the water was just freezing cold, a hot tub/Jacuzzi with an incredible view of the port and island. My favorite thing, however, was these ceramic heated lounge chairs. So relaxing, I think I actually got in a twenty minute nap before they came to get me for my shave.
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By far, the shave was one of the most relaxing experiences ever; warm towels, ice cold lotions, and gentle massages stand out in my mind. The girl took great care, making sure I was always comfortable and soothed. It was definitely an experience that I would not hesitate to do again. There was only one minor problem, a few hours after my shave that my skin turned bright red and burned for a couple days thereafter. Since I have never had a real shave in my life, up until that point, I don’t really have anything to point at as the cause. Maybe it was the razor, the lotion, the exfoliation, who knows. In the end, I still enjoyed the experience very much and next time I might even drop the extra money for the deluxe shave over the basic.
Please guys, do yourself a favor, if you find yourself on the Disney Dream (or any Disney cruise) please take the time to get pampered and get yourself a real shave.