Thinking of cruising this summer? Memorial Day Weekend will soon be upon us. It’s a holiday that has come to signify the start of summer season in all its leisurely glory. For some, it’s simply a three-day weekend, maybe with a beach day or barbeque tradition. But sometimes traditions are meant to be broken. Especially when you consider that Norwegian Cruise Line offers amazing savings on 3-, 4-, and 5-day cruises to some of the sunniest places during this special time of year.
Also consider that the end of May is an ideal time for cruising. You can travel to the tropics and enjoy the warmest summer weather setting in. It’s also an ideal time to sail if you prefer to avoid the family crowds that travel during June, July, and August. On the flip side, some of the shorter cruises, which also offer open bars, are tailored for those seeking a little extra punch in their holiday party. Here is a selection of just a few cruises to choose from.
Calling all jet-setters! Bet you didn’t think you could dash off for the weekend on a cruise to The Bahamas! With Norwegian three-day cruises, you’ll be amazed by how much can be squeezed into your Memorial Weekend jaunt. Still – if you’re seeking more adventure to add on, Miami and Orlando are the perfect ports to explore before or after the cruise. In Miami, you’ll want to explore sizzling South Beach, and in Orlando, take your pick of the best amusement parks, or spend the day at Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral.
The Miami and Orlando cruises sail to the same amazing and diverse ports of The Bahamas. First up is Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s exclusive, private island and the quintessential vacation experience. The waters are sparking turquoise, the sand is snow-white, and the average winter temperature is 75 degrees. You can snorkel among the protected marine life (and maybe even spot a school of sea turtles), or quietly explore by kayak.
Next up: the port of Nassau, The Bahamas’ busting hub of activity. Here you can sample local restaurants and shopping, where you’ll find everything local crafts, such as intricate straw baskets and colorful jewelry, as well as an extravaganza of duty-free shopping on luxury items, ranging from electronic gadgets to diamond watches.
If you’re seeking international adventure, you may be amazed to learn that with Norwegian, you can island hop from Miami to Cuba, The Bahamas, and back – all in four days! With two days in Havana, you’ll have ample time to explore the rich history and robust culture of one of the world’s most storied cities.
Arts and history lovers can soak up Baroque architecture, stroll down the cobblestone streets of the old city, and spend hours perusing the world-class art collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Foodies must try moros y cristianos (black beans and rice) and ropa vieja (shredded beef), topped off with a strong café con leche. Romanticists and anyone with a sense of curiosity will want to head over to Hemingway’s favorite haunt, El Floridita.
On the return trip, you’ll stop at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas for the requisite beach, sun, palm trees and rum pleasure-trip before heading back to Miami. If you have extra time when you return to Miami’s port, be sure to head over to Calle Ocho (8th Street) in Miami’s Little Havana, where the food and history of the Cubans who reside there is every bit as rich and colorful as the native island. But be sure to plan early, as hotel rooms, as well as whatever cruise you choose, will fill up fast for this most memorial holiday weekend.