Okay, we all know how it goes. Sometimes work and life commitments seem overwhelming as we long for our next big vacation. But why do you have to wait? You only need 5 days or less to escape on a cruise! Just think of the onboard pampering, delicious food and entertainment. What a great way to revitalize yourself, you deserve it! And remember, if you can extend your vacation by just a few days, you can enjoy a pre- or post- cruise stay at your departure point. Let’s take a look at some of the best short cruises Norwegian Cruise Line has to offer!
One of the best short cruise getaways has to be a Bahamas cruise. You can choose a 3- or 4-day itinerary departing Miami or Orlando on a Friday afternoon. If you’re lucky enough to live in Florida, you can be at work in the morning and then be sailing off into the sunset that same evening. In just a few hours, you’ll arrive at Grand Bahama Island or Nassau, where shopping, casinos and snorkeling are plentiful. Next, you’ll visit the private island paradise of Great Stirrup Cay, where you can relax and soak up the rays in a beach cabana or get your adventure on by taking out a WaveRunner or going parasailing. I love this action-packed cruise!
Pacific Coastal Cruise
There’s nothing quite like the west coast vibe on a Pacific Coastal Cruise! A 5-day cruise embarking from Los Angeles, CA, will take you up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco, and then onto Victoria and Vancouver, BC. Don’t miss having a blast at Disneyland and Universal Studios before you sail; visiting picturesque Butchart Gardens in Victoria, and of course, Vancouver, where highlights include visiting Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium and Chinatown. I highly recommend you take a few extra days here to explore, if you can, as there’s just so much to see and do!
Western Caribbean Cruise
If you love Caribbean cruises like I do, you can sail out of Miami or Tampa on a 4-day western Caribbean itinerary taking you to beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Besides enjoying the laid-back tropical island vibe, you can take an excursion to popular Dunn’s River Falls, go bamboo rafting or river tubing, or even on a Jamaican bobsled ride, just like in the movie. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. If you choose to sail from Tampa, you’re in for another amazing cultural experience when you arrive in Costa Maya, Mexico. Here you can visit stunning ancient Mayan ruins, take an exciting catamaran cruise, or go snorkeling with the brightly colored fish or even swimming with dolphins!
If you’re planning to be in Rome, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, Copenhagen, Denmark, Hamburg, Germany or if you’re really lucky and you live in Europe (wow!), Norwegian Cruise Line offers some great short cruise itineraries where ports of call include Florence/Pisa and Naples, Italy, along with Cannes and Marseille, France. If you can embark from London, England, you can enjoy a 2-day cruise ending in Hamburg, Germany; or from Copenhagen, Denmark, there’s a quick 1-night cruise to Berlin!