Es­cape Plan Set sail on a cool cruise the whole fam­ily will en­joy.

Need a break from com­mut­ing, driv­ing and over­all busi­ness? Hop aboard one of these cruises, which are jam-packed with ac­tiv­i­ties you and the kids will adore.

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The Deal: Make the most of short sum­mer work­weeks by book­ing a four-night cruise to this North At­lantic is­land, with de­par­ture dates from May to Septem­ber 2018, be­gin­ning at $1,456 for a fam­ily of four in an in­te­rior state­room. You’ll ride on Car­ni­val Hori­zon, the cruise line’s new­est ship, which de­buts in April, with sail­ings in Eu­rope be­fore cross­ing the At­lantic to New York. Once you ar­rive, sun­bathe on one of the is­land’s fa­mous pink-sand beaches, go snor­kel­ing in turquoise wa­ters, tour the Royal Naval Dock­yard, a for­mer Bri­tish naval base, for sight­see­ing or shop­ping, or visit Gibb’s Hill Light­house, one of the old­est cast-iron light­houses in the world.

Why We Love It: Don’t miss the SkyRide, a pedal-pow­ered go-mo­bile that lets you “bike” around a two-lane sus­pended course. Since it’s high above the deck, you’ll get mar­velous views of the sea. For kids, the Dr. Seuss­themed Water­Works Aqua Park is sure to please, with two wa­ter slides and a 150-gal­lon tip­ping bucket. Food­ies can look for­ward to a nice meal at the cruise line’s firstever Tep­pa­nyaki din­ing venue, which serves up tasty Ja­panese-in­spired dishes, in­clud­ing lob­ster tail with yuzu cream. There’s even an IMAX theater to watch hit films.

The Deal: Start­ing at $949 per per­son, you get a seven-day cruise—with ships de­part­ing April un­til Septem­ber 2018—up the Pa­cific North­west aboard

Nor­we­gian Pearl, re­fur­bished just last year. With the Free at Sea of­fer, you get a choice of free un­lim­ited open bar, spe­cialty din­ing, and shore ex­cur­sion cred­its or 250 min­utes of Wi-Fi or ex­tra state­room guests. On the ship, hit up the chic bowl­ing al­ley, re­lax at its world-class Man­dara Spa for a hot-stone mas­sage or watch a mu­sic per­for­mance in the evening. Chil­dren will en­joy splash­ing around at the Kid’s Pool, do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts at Splash Academy, the ship’s youth pro­gram, and play­ing games at the ar­cade.

Why We Love It: Catch gor­geous views of the Men­den­hall Glacier from Tracy Arm fjord in Juneau, or hop on a boat through Stephens Pas­sage—a straight shot through south­east Alaska—where you’re

guar­an­teed to see a whale, and feast on fresh-grilled wild Alaska salmon. In Sk­ag­way, board an an­tique train car on the White Pass Rail­way along the Klondike High­way for un­for­get­table views of the land­scape, catch a hi­lar­i­ous live melo­drama per­formed by Klondike Gold Rush char­ac­ters, and get a bar­be­cue lunch. In 3.3 mil­lion acre Glacier Bay Na­tional Park, see glaciers and ex­otic wildlife, in­clud­ing brown bears and sea lions. While in Ketchikan, stop by Sax­man Na­tive Vil­lage to learn about the state’s Na­tive Amer­i­cans and watch a lum­ber­jack show. On your fi­nal stop, Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, join a night tour of Butchart Gar­dens to see camel­lias, tulips and mag­no­lias.

The Deal: Cel­e­brate Hal­loween on your way to par­adise with this fournight spe­cialty voy­age on Dis­ney

Won­der to sunny Mex­ico, de­part­ing Septem­ber 19 and start­ing at $2,970 for a fam­ily of four in an in­ner state room. While at sea, guests can join a cos­tume party with games, danc­ing, candy and Dis­ney char­ac­ters, view an in­ter­ac­tive movie with a mee­tand-greet with the stars of The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas, or watch a cabaret per­for­mance by ghostly mu­si­cians—all part of the ship’s in­cluded Hal­loween on the High Seas events. Too creepy? There’s also a spec­tac­u­lar Frozen live show and sev­eral pools.

Why We Love It: Dis­ney is al­ways a hit with the kids, but there’s stuff you and your part­ner will like too. For grown-up drinks, TV sports and live mu­sic, visit Crown & Fin, a Bri­tish pub­like bar. At the Senses Spa & Salon, treat your­self to a much­needed mas­sage. Or take a dip at the adults-only pool. There’s even an adults-only Hal­loween cos­tume con­test and a Vil­lain­ous Takeover on the dance floor, where Dis­ney’s fa­mous bad guys show off their killer moves.

The Deal: Es­cape to warmer weather this De­cem­ber with a seven-night cruise from the At­lantic to the Caribbean, start­ing at $1,199 per adult and $731 per child for an in­te­rior state­room. In Bas­seterre, re­lax on blackand-gray sand, go on a sa­fari ad­ven­ture or do a bike tour of the Bri­tish- and French-in­flu­enced lo­cale. In Char­lotte Amalie, head to five-acre Coral World Ocean Park to check out aquar­i­ums and na­ture trails with di­verse marine life; stock up on bar­gains, since St. Thomas is known as the “duty-free shop­ping cap­i­tal of the world.” In Nas­sau, swim in clear-blue wa­ters or take a guided tour of the At­lantis ru­ins. It in­cludes a stop at Preda­tor Lagoon, where you can watch sharks swim over­head as you walk through an un­der­wa­ter tun­nel.

Why We Love It: You’ll be sail­ing in style aboard the cruise line’s new­est ship,

Sym­phony of the Seas, which de­buts in Barcelona in April. With 16 guest decks and 2,759 state­rooms to ac­com­mo­date 5,500 guests, it’s the world’s largest, most ad­ven­ture-filled cruise ship. Kids can spend the day at Splash­away Bay aqua park, which has three wa­ter­slides, in­clud­ing the Ul­ti­mate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge. Par­ents can take ad­van­tage of so­phis­ti­cated din­ing op­tions, such as the cruise line’s first New Eng­land-style seafood restau­rant, plus Bionic Bar ro­bot bar­tenders and Broad­way-cal­iber en­ter­tain­ment.

Don’t for­get to bring a cos­tume!

This cruise ship is home to the tallest slide at sea.

A sam­ple of the views this trip has to of­fer.

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