Combining the experience of an all-inclusive resort with a destination-hopping itinerary, cruises are often the perfect solution to any traveler’s vacation debate.
While on board, the possibilities are endless. Dine at a casual buffet or an elegant Captain’s dinner, many ships now enlist the help of Michelin-starred Chefs to plan the menu. Splash down a waterslide, scale a rock climbing wall or shoot some hoops. Bid on a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, applaud at a glitzy Broadway show or dance the night away at the nightclub.
After setting foot on land, cruisers can opt for self-guided exploration or easily arrange an escorted shore excursion. On popular itineraries like Caribbean and Mediterranean, guests can experience the excitement of a new city at every port. River Cruises, the latest in luxe travel offer slow and sumptuous sailings down European rivers; there are even some specializing in German Christmas Markets.
There’s a perfect ship for every traveler – from intimate, luxe ships that carry 300 passengers or less and stop in smaller, more exotic ports (i.e. Windstar, Silversea, Uniworld) -- to mega-ships that have more than 3,000 guests onboard (i.e. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity) and hit popular tourist ports.