Views from Your Cruise: 8 Photos That Will Change Your Mind About Cruising

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Cruising is one of the most affordable and convenient ways to travel, offering everything from budget-friendly escapes to lavish, 5-star vacations at sea. So what’s with the bad rap?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll just let these speak for themselves.

Here are eight photos that will change your mind about cruising:

WINDSTAR

A week in a yacht around Tahiti, incl. air from LA for 45% off

Deal Perks: This luxury yacht vacation gives guests access to the “soaring, cloud-swathed mountains, deep valleys, rivers, waterfalls … and ancient temple ruins” (Fodor’s) of Tahiti and French Polynesia. It also includes airfare, a night at the 4-star Le Meridien Tahiti (pictured below) and hotel transfers to the ship.

Windstar is best for those looking for a more intimate cruising experience.

Windstar ships accommodate no more than 150 guests per sailing. Billowing sails set the tone for a unique cruise experience, whisking guests to exotic ports that large cruise ships could never reach. Ships feature a casino and entertainment lounge, pool, hot tub and library.


HURTIGRUTEN

Antarctica & South America two-week adventure for $2000 off

Deal Perks: This unique, adventurous cruise allows guest to go on the ultimate Antarctica expedition. Choose from ten 2016 and 2017  dates and a variety of itineraries, including trips through Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn.

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Hurtigruten is best for those looking for an adventure that gets up-close and personal with natural beauty.

These expedition ships are so small that guests can get a true birds-eye view of Antarctica – every last penguin will be within eye-shot. These ships navigate through small waterways in order to allow guests to experience locations that would be otherwise inaccessible. Amenities include lounges and decks with panoramic views, a cafe, restaurant and simple yet cozy cabins.


ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Balcony cabin on the world’s largest ship for $899 incl. $600 in perks

Deal Perks: Royal Caribbean is one of the Best Cruise Lines for Families and the Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean, according to US News. These deals are on the line’s top-ranked ships and include pre-paid gratuities, $250 in onboard credit, a special dining experience and a complimentary spa treatment.

Royal Caribbean is best for those looking for a family-friendly option that has plenty of onboard activities and entertainment.

Oasis and Allure of the Seas are fun-filled ships that cater to people of all ages. Home to 25 dining options, the FlowRider surf simulator, a zip line, Broadway-style shows, the first open-air amphitheater at sea and more, activities are seemingly endless. Kids and teens clubs are complimentary and available year-round.


NORWEGIAN

$569 — 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise incl. Drinks

Deal Perks: This weeklong jaunt over prime April dates offers guests the opportunity to cruise through Mexican Riviera with perks including free drinks. The cruise stops in Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, “one of Mexico’s most enticing coastal destinations” (Lonely Planet).

Norwegian is best for couples, families or singles looking for an affordable and sunny escape.

The Norwegian Jewel pioneered the “freestyle dining” concept, so guests have more leisurely schedules and can eat with whoever they want, whenever they want. Expect to see multiple pools and hot tubs, a casino, basketball court, golf driving cages and a jogging track on board.

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