5 Best Cruise Ship Vacations

5 Best Cruise Ship Vacations, Cunard Queen Mary 2, photo by Clicgauche / CC0
Cunard Queen Mary 2

After many months of pursuing your career goals, you owe it to yourself to relax and unwind, which can work wonders for your mental health. Those who want to experience a superb package vacation should, therefore, look no further than a cruise ship, as it can offer exceptional accommodation, delicious food, and unmissable entertainment. Not to mention, you can enjoy exciting shore excursions that will allow you to visit different corners of the globe. If this sounds exciting, here are the five best cruise ship vacations that are worthy of your consideration.

Cunard Queen Mary 2

If you want to set sail on a stunning ship that offers luxurious accommodation and exquisite dining experiences, you would be silly to overlook the Cunard Queen Mary 2, which boards at Southampton, England, and travels to New York City, USA. It is an ideal voyage for those who want to embark on a relaxing vacation with their other half and children, as it offers fun onboard activities, family-friendly entertainment, and an indulgent Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

Plus, as the 1,132-foot liner welcomes 2,691 guests, there will be plenty of opportunities to mix with like minded travelers. It is also one of the most elegant casino cruise ships in the world, as it offers a wide variety of slot machines, table games, and video poker, which could easily rival the mesmerizing casinos you would find in Las Vegas.

Celebrity Cruises

There is bound to be a Celebrity Cruise to complement your taste and budget, as you can choose from more than 300 exotic locations spread out across seven continents. There is also a liner size to match your needs, as you can travel on the mini Celebrity Xpedition cruise that accommodates 100 passengers, or you could board the larger Celebrity Silhouette that welcomes 2,886 passengers aboard the ship.

You will not only fall deeply in love with the timeless interior, but you can guarantee to get VIP treatment during your stay, as Celebrity Cruises is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience. You also don’t need to worry about feeling bored during the journey from one destination to another, as you can enjoy a wide array of on-board activities, such as wine workshops, dance lessons, and spa treatments.

Norwegian Cruise Line

If you would like to embrace a fun, relaxed atmosphere on your next vacation, you would be smart to step aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line. The liner is well-regarded for its laid back attitude, as it features no dress code or strict dining times. You also can choose from 17 ships that will sail to different destinations across the globe, such as South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and more.

The family-friendly cruise ship will also provide many activities to occupy your little ones’ time, such as live shows, water parks, and varied kids’ programs. There are also dishes to suit every palate, as you could one day visit a French-style bistro and the next day dine at a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant.

The ships are rather large, too, as they can accommodate between 1,936 to 4,266 passengers. However, you don’t need to worry about overcrowding impacting customer service, as they endeavor to provide one staff member for every two to three passengers.

5 Best Cruise Ship Vacations, Norwegian Cruise line, Photo by OneCyclone / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruises

If you want to enjoy a more grown-up vacation to spend quality time with your other half or friends, Princess Cruises is a must. While the liner is most famous for starring in The Love Boat, which was a hit TV series from the 1970s, it is now well-regarded for its refined atmosphere, beautiful interior, and fun onboard activities, such as live shows and music lessons.

There is also a cruise to suit your needs, as you can climb aboard a vessel for one day or up to 72 days. The ships also commonly depart from the likes of Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles and will voyage to Mexico, Europe, Alaska, or the Caribbean, to name only a few.

Royal Caribbean International

Despite being named Royal Caribbean International, vacationers can choose from more than 260 destinations spread across 68 countries. Those looking for sun, sea, and sand should set sail to the likes of Mexico or the Caribbean, but if you want to experience natural wonders, you could always voyage to picturesque Alaska. Alternatively, you could explore Europe or enjoy the beauty of New Zealand and Australia. The choice is yours.

If you don’t want to mix with many travelers, you should book a passage on a smaller ship, such as the Empress of the Seas. But if you’re going to connect with many vacationers, you should book onto the larger Symphony of the Seas, which welcomes an incredible 6,600 passengers. Whatever option you choose, you can rest assured there will be restaurants to complement your tastebuds, and your children will be spoilt for choices when it comes to the kids’ entertainment programs. And if you’re vacationing with your other half, you could enjoy a relaxing, quiet dip in an adult-only pool, which will ensure you have a romantic break with your spouse.

Symphony of the Seas Cruise Ship Tour and Review -Video by Cruise Fever

So, if you are planning a fun-filled getaway with your children, other half or friends in 2019 or beyond, you would be smart to consider a voyage on one of the above luxury cruise ships. You will never want to put your feet back on solid ground again.

36 Comments

  1. Linda

    I have used Royal Caribbean International and loved it. I went to Costa Maya and Yucatan in Mexico. It was incredible. What I mostly loved was the service in the cruise. The cruise itself was amazing. People working there always had a smile on their face and it was safe for my child to be part of. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I couldn’t agree more Linda.  I recently went on a Royal Caribbean cruise as well.  Affordable way to vacation in my book.  Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Shanta Rahman

    Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article .I love fencing so I always find this related article .When I get a vacation after a lot of work, I look for the best things to do with a vacation .To me the cruise ship vacation is the best .Cruise ship seems to be my best way to go on vacation .I went on a Princess Cruises trip last year and the cool breeze of the sea fascinated me a lot .Emotional stress, such a way to relieve stress, seems really great and pleasant to me .Because this is the best way to relax the mind .In the future I will make another selection again on vacation so keep your article in the collection .

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Shanta.  I totally agree with you.  I recently went on my third cruise, and it was wonderful!

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  3. Donny

    I have always fancied going on a ship cruise and I’m planning on that being the main event for my honey moon. I always wondered why I was always so drawn to the sea until I found out my zodiac sign is a fish and I’m naturally drawn to water. If all goes well I would like to try all the 5 ship cruises. Which time do you think is the best to go for a ship cruise , when the weather is friendly and the costs lower.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know it really depends on where you are going for the weather.  If you can tell me where you would like to go on a cruise, I can help you with what time of year would be best.  As far as cost goes, there are some ships that are just less expensive than others.  The prices and who is the cheapest can fluctuate.  But at this time Princess Cruises, according to a study, and for Caribbean cruises.  You can https://www.priceoftravel.com/… 
      I also find that making reservations for your cruise well in advance will save you $$$, and you do not have to pay for all of your cruise when making the reservation, which is the best part.  There are also GREAT last minute deals when cruise ships are trying to fill up the boat, and you can get real bargains.  You just have to be ready to cruise.

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  4. Villarose

    Hi Leahrae, 

    Thank you for your website. Really awesome to know those beautiful destinations. Actually, cruising is one of my target that i posted in my dream board. Not to do now , but in the near future. I had a picture of cruise in their with me and my husband, but no date yet as it is not intentionally be done soon. But I am thankful that you indicated beautiful places to visit and i will definitely take note of those. Very helpful. 
    keep up the good work. You are definitely helping. 
    Cheers, 

    Villarose

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Villarose!  I do appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave me some comments.

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  5. Parveen

    Hey, Thanks for writing on Cruise Ship Vacations. I don’t have any plan about cruise ship earlier but after reading your article I am feeling about it. And I will go on cruise ship for vacation on 2020. Your article is awesome for me. I enjoyed a lot while reading . I will also share it with my friends. And we will make our vacation plan next year.

    Thank you for your valuable article to give me hope to go on vacation.

    Parveen

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Parveen, glad you enjoyed and learned a bit about cruise ship vacations.  They are wonderful!

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  6. Benny

    Hello, I really want to appreciate your effort in putting together this website and writing this article. It is good that after working a while and accumulating stress, we should engage in good vacations. Cruise ship vacations are the best. I have only ever been on one vacation before and that was about 3 years ago after a business contract. I should try one of the places you have listed in this article

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You should try one of these amazing places Benny!  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  7. Stephen

    How about Tampa ? Will be there next month. Are you available for tour ?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Stephen, I don’t do the tours myself, even though I am about 30 minutes from Tampa 🙂 Here is a link for some great tour choices with Viator. If you find yourself heading to Clearwater Beach, please let me know!

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  8. Tracy

    This is a beautiful website. I have never been on a cruise and therefore, I don’t know too much about the packages or the ships. I had no idea that you could cruise for up to 72 days! Wow, I can’t imagine. The Princess and Celebrity cruises sound like my cup of tea. Thank you for sharing, I know where to go when I plan my first cruise.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Tracy!  Boy would I love to cruise for 72 days myself, but I’m afraid I’d need a whole new wardrobe because their food is delicious!

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  9. Nelson dave

    Wow ship cruise,one of my favourite ways to go vacation.the first I went on a ship cruise was on the Norwegian Cruise I had a great time very nice way to relax and enjoy the cool breeze of the sea.i advice if you want to be free from stress,work,what to go on vacation then a ship cruise should be one or your one choice because it the best way to relax.thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Nelson, glad you enjoyed.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  10. David ben

    Hello there thanks for putting out this article. I have always been a fan of cruise ships but I have not had a chance to get on one. I have heard a lot about ship cruises, and I have always wanted to take a cruise. Wat a great way to spend your vacation time and also to connect with love ones. Your selection have one of the best 5 cruise ships also helps me to decide on a cruise ship line.  There are so many to choose from.  Thanks for the choices!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  I hope you can enjoy a cruise someday soon 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  11. Kodie

    This site has some excellent content and is very informative about the different locations you can travel to. I would say in terms of advertisement, a lot of them are spot on and will really help visitors decide and explore where they want their next vacation. I need a vacation myself lol.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well then it is time to take one Kodie!  LOL  I would personally just like to be on vacation 24/7.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Andrew

    Hi Leahrae,

    I really enjoyed reading your article about best cruise ship destinations. It’s nice to dream about holidays like this whilst the weather is so bad at home. As I have 5 children, could you recommend any of the cruises for a family? I have always dreamed of going on a cruise, but I have always worried that they are not always family friendly. Thanks in advance, Andrew

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Any of the cruises I listed are going to be great for a family.  The best family cruises are going to be with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney.  They are all very family friendly.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. PeterMinea

    Hello LeahRae!

    Beautiful ships in your article. I cannot help but thinking of MV Balmoral, the amazingly big cruise ship that on April 15th, 2012 re-made the itinerary of Titanic, commemorating one century from the wreckage and then successfully docking in New York.

    But the ships that you presented can have even greater capacities than both RMS Titanic and MV Balmoral – Symphony of the Seas is indeed a flagship of a ship! 6,600 passengers at most.

    Of course the on-board conditions and offerings must be very pleasant, and changed a lot in comparison to the 1900s. If you are planning to take a cruise, then enjoy it! Maybe on the same Symphony of the Seas :).

    Best regards,

    Peter

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for reading Peter, and yes so much more now then they were back in the 1900s.  What a cruise that would have been though.  Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Nimrodngy

    Hello. You really got me with this article.

    Me and my wife have just married and we are planning to make our honeymoon with a cruise ship.

    I think that this will be an unforgettable experience.  You put here the top 5 cruise ships and i want to thank you a lot. We are thinking about Queen Mary 2. The luxury and the delicious food will be perfect for our trip.

    Wish you the best and good luck !!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed!

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  15. John

    Wow, this is very good. I am thinking of going on a cruise with the love of my life this vacation and that is why I have landed here. You have some very good ideas here but I wanted you to give me an insight on something that you have tried out personally. Have you gone on any of these cruises before? How was your experience?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for the visit John.  Yes I have cruised with Royal Caribbean and Carnival.  Both have lots of entertainment and great food!  I think I liked them both equally as well.  My son is a surfer so he enjoyed the flowrider on the Royal Caribbean and spent almost all his time there.

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  16. Jessie

    Thank you for the awesome review!  Next year is the fourth year of my marriage to my wife.  I have been wanting to take her on a Cruise,and the princess one looks great!  I love how long you can stay on the Crusie as well.  That is pretty great.  This would be a cruise for couples who do not get a break from work constantly, in my opinion, and I would recommend this to any couple like that!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would agree Jessie and sounds like a great way to treat your wife 🙂  Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Henderson

    Since my friend and her husband went on their honeymoon on a cruise for days, I have really admired it so I have taken out the time to do my own research on the best of the best cruise ships out there. I fell like the celebrity cruising will mean more money than the rest but I am also sure that it will give some very topnotch experience as well. That should be my most preferred option from your post. Thanks 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are most welcome Henderson.  You will have a great experience, no matter which cruise you pick.  Enjoy!  Thank you for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  18. Nayem Zaman

    Wow! Thats a very informative and useful article for travellers.

    I have seen your post “5 Best Cruise Ship Vacations  “. In this article I know about 5 Best Cruise Ship Vacations. 

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 that I like most. How can anyone book for vacation ? Specially from another country and what is the budget?  

    Thanks for your informative article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The best way to book for a cruise is directly through the cruise line website.  I have tried find a better resource that could have potential savings, but really going thru the cruise lines website is the best avenue and the prices are just as low as thru any company that claims they can get you a better deal.  Thanks for stopping by.

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