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.
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.