A cruise is a great way to celebrate a honeymoon, enjoy a family vacation or spend a weekend recharging. With so many different cruise itineraries to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. To make it easy to find the perfect cruise for your trip, we've broken down the best itineraries for several types of getaways.
#1. Girlfriends’ Getaway
Whether you are planning a getaway for a reunion of high school friends or a bachelorette party, a girlfriends getaway should include a couple of things on the itinerary — good food, lots of shopping and plenty of fun.
Featured Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean from Miami
Cruise Ports: Miami, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau
This itinerary is perfect for a girlfriends’ getaway. The cruise departs from Miami, which is the ultimate playground. Arrive before your cruise and worship the sun on sugar sand beaches, dance the night away in trendy nightclubs, or explore the lively art scene.
Next on the itinerary is St. Thomas. The array of sophisticated restaurants, culture, and shopping give St. Thomas a cosmopolitan feel. Shops and boutiques line the streets of Charlotte Amalie — all within proximity to the cruise dock. You can find designer clothing, jewelry and more at significant savings.
Then, spend some beach time with your girlfriends at Tortola. The island has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Long Bay beach is a long strip of dazzling white sand that is perfect for a day of relaxation. Is your squad always first in line to try unique foods? If so, then you'll love Nassau. Explore the unique flavors of Nassau at Arawak Cay, which is just a short distance from the cruise port.
#2. Honeymoon Cruise
With its gorgeous pink sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and limestone cliffs, Bermuda is the perfect spot to celebrate your honeymoon.
Featured Itinerary: Bermuda from New York
Cruise ports: New York City, Bermuda
This itinerary starts in New York City, which has long been recognized as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Before your cruise departs, enjoy a lovely 360-degree view of the New York City skyline from the Empire State Building. Have a romantic dinner with your sweetheart at One If by Land, Two If by Sea. This restaurant was recently voted the “#5 Most Romantic Restaurant in the World” by Architectural Digest.
After NYC, you'll sail to Bermuda where you can stroll around beautiful gardens packed with lush vegetation. The Palm Grove Gardens feature an array of tropical trees and plants. There is even a special "moon gate," which is said to bring good fortune to newlywed couples that pass through it.
#3. Golf Vacation
Are you in search of a winter getaway where you can play a good round or two of golf and spend some time relaxing on the beach? A Western Caribbean cruise offers this and more.
Featured Itinerary: Western Caribbean from Miami
Cruise Ports: Miami, Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel
This cruise departs from Miami, which is blessed with some of the best golf courses in the country. The Trump National Doral Miami Blue Monster was ranked by GOLF Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Holes" in the world.
Next up is Roatan, which is just 30 miles off the coast of Honduras. Teeming with marine life and home to some of the best pillar coral in the Caribbean, the pristine Honduran Reef is a diver's paradise.
On the Harvest Caye port stop, you'll experience The Caribbean's premier island destination. Voted Best Cruise Port in 2017 by Porthole Magazine, Harvest Caye offers natural beauty and island culture on a 75-acre oasis, which features and expansive pool with swim-up bar and a 7-acre beach.
The cruise port stop in Costa Maya offers stunning beaches and Mayan ruins in the Yucatan region. Explore historical sites on a Mayan Reality Tour before lounging by the beach and taking in stunning coastal views.
Next, on your port stop in Cozumel, you'll have the chance to explore Chichen Itza, the most popular cultural tourist attraction in Mexico, or swim with the dolphins for an up-close and personal nature experience. Famous for its beaches and rich history, Cozumel has no shortage of adventure in store.
Because of the varied activities available both on the ship and in port, cruises are perfect for almost any type of getaway. Plan your dream getaway.