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, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Bahamas
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 Jamaica, which is known for having some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. The Tryall Club, located about 45 minutes from the cruise port, is set on more than 2,000 acres of stunning, natural beauty. The golf course mimics the natural layout of the 17th Century sugar plantation. The course is known for its unique and challenging hazards, such as the strong trade winds.
On the Grand Cayman stop, visit the North Sound Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicholson. The course offers postcard-worthy views, challenging play, and lovely greens. The final port is Nassau, where you can try a couple of rounds at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Located on Atlantis, this 18-hole par-72 championship course is challenging even for the most experienced players as it is subject to substantial crosswinds.
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.