Top 10 Reasons to Cruise Now
Sweeping adventure, VIP access, romance on the high seas: The best reasons to not miss the boat
1. It’s the easiest way to get to Cuba. Tourist visas aren’t readily available, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this fascinating country. Haimark Line’s MS Saint Laurent, with 24-hour room service and free-flowing wine, is the first vessel to disembark from an American city (Miami) and make port in Old Havana—after which it circumnavigates the Caribbean island, collecting stories from santerias, trovaderos, and cigar rollers. From $4,599/person/10 days; haimarkline.com.
2. It’s the only way to explore the so-called “new Alaska” (which isn’t actually in Alaska). From 1848 to 1849, nearly 800 East Coast ships rounded Cape Horn to reach Gold Rush territory. Others opted for the calmer Strait of Magellan, lingering in the penguin-populated waters of Chile’s Punta Arenas. You can do both while sailing on Princess’ Crown Princess from Los Angeles to Miami (combine two cruises to fully re-create the 1849 route). Darwin’s famed archipelago is jutted with glaciers and backed by the snowcapped Andes—all visible from your balcony. From $1,399/person/17 days from Los Angeles to Santiago; from $1,699/person/14 days from Santiago to Buenos Aires; princess.com.
3. It’s the antidote to sullen-teenager syndrome. Carnival cruise line knows the secret to a successful family vacation: getting adults to act like children, rather than the other way around. The latest in its fleet, Carnival Vista, tempts all ages with myriad attractions scattered along the 1,055-foot ship. There’s the Imax (a cruising first), suspended cycling, a raft slide, a brewery, a New England–style seafood shack, and thalassotherapy. With all this to occupy your time, mopey attitudes are sure to be a thing of the past. And where does the ship sail? Does it even matter? From $409/person/6 days in the Caribbean; carnival.com.