NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan. 27, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Steiner Leisure Limited (Nasdaq:STNR) today announced that its maritime division, Steiner Transocean Limited, received Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2009 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Onboard Spa Operator for the fifth consecutive year. This award is presented to those in the cruise and travel industry who have gone above and beyond in service, quality and excellence.

“Steiner-operated cruise ship spas are constantly on target with their high-quality treatments, amenities, and products,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “It is because of this consistency, combined with a stellar level of service, that I awarded Steiner Transocean Limited the Best Onboard Spa Operator in the industry.”

Each year, Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief awards pay tribute to those who stand out in the travel industry with innovative services and a consistency for excellence. With spa operations onboard 130 cruise ships, Steiner was recognized for its unique capacity to proficiently cater to a vast array of passengers with services such as acupuncture, facials, massage, body wraps, tooth whitening, medi-spa services, fitness services, and much more. “We are honored to receive such distinguished recognition for our passion and commitment to enhancing the cruise experience with spa and wellness services that consistently transcend our guests’ expectations. We believe this award is a reflection of our service excellence standards and the core philosophy of all our spa operations, which is to inspire health and wellness for each and every guest,” said Glenn Fusfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Steiner Transocean Limited.

Corporate Overview:

Steiner Leisure Limited is a worldwide provider of spa services. The Company’s operations include spas and salons on 130 cruise ships, and in 48 resort spas and two luxury day spas. Our cruise line and land-based resort customers include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Harrah’s Entertainment, Hilton Hotels, Holland America Line, Kerzner International, Marriott Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Lines. Our Elemis Limited subsidiary manufactures its Elemis(r) brand products for use in our cruise ship and land-based spas. This top quality European line of beauty products is also distributed worldwide to exclusive hotels, salons, health clubs, department stores and destination spas. Elemis, as well as other Steiner products, including La Therapie(r), Ionithermie, and Steiner Hair Care, are available at

Steiner Leisure also owns and operates five post secondary schools (comprised of a total of 17 campuses) located in Miami, Orlando, Pompano Beach and Sarasota, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlottesville, Virginia; York, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City and Lindon, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona; Westminster and Aurora, Colorado; and Groton, Newington and Westport, Connecticut. Offering degree and non-degree programs in massage therapy and, in some cases, skin care, these schools train and qualify spa professionals for health and beauty positions within the Steiner family of companies or other industry entities.