Few things get us more excited than the chance to travel the world. But sometimes between trying to find the time to take off work and putting together an itinerary, a vacation sounds less fun and more laborious. The solution? Cruises offer a great way to relax, forget the daunting task of an itinerary, and make the most of your time off. Whether you’re interested in all-inclusive pricing, hitting the most ports (even if you can’t go on a luxury seven-continent trip), the types of amenities on board, or just doing the least damage to your wallet, these are the best cruises to consider.
Best Budget Cruises
1. Norwegian Cruise Line: The key to a truly inexpensive cruise trip is to opt for a short excursion. Norwegian Cruise Line offers several options that let you take a much-needed vacation without breaking the bank, like a three-day cruise to the Bahamas from Miami that starts at $339.
2. Carnival: Known for its fun, party-filled atmosphere, Carnival offers a hopping nightlife on their four-day cruises, and they can be less expensive than a few nights in Vegas. Their trip to Baja, Mexico from Long Beach, California is less than $200 a person.
Best All-Inclusive Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises: The thing about cruises is that it’s not just about a boat ride — there’s also the trouble of getting to and from the ship. Take a look at the OLife Choice cruise specials Oceania offers, which allow you to include roundtrip airfare from select cities as well as choose from excursion packages, beverage package, or shipboard credit. A seven-day trip from Barcelona to Monte Carlo starts at just $1,799 for cruise only and $2,899 for the OLife Choice package.
4. MSC Cruises: Famous for their entertainment lineups and activities for kids, MSC allows you to add on all-inclusive drink packages and has a tool that lets you search for the best deal available — like a six-day, five-night Mediterranean cruise that starts in Genoa, Italy and ends in Barcelona, Spain for just $399 per person.
Best Cruises for Awesome Amenities
5. Royal Caribbean: Ever wanted to go flying through the air in the middle of the sea? Royal Caribbean makes it possible with onboard zip lines and the RipCord skydiving simulator (Anthem of the Seas only).
6. Disney Cruise Line: Perfect for the young and the young-at-heart, Disney Cruise ships turn into water parks at sea. The Disney Magic cruise features the AquaDunk, which plunges you three stories through a body slide, while the AquaDuck is the first-ever “water coaster” and is onboard Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. (Photo via Disney)
Best Cruises for Seeing the Most Ports
7. Fred Cruises: Ever wanted to travel around the world? For about $16,300, you can. Fred Cruises offers a 108-day, 40-port trip. Better get your money saved. It sets sail in November. (Photo via Fred Cruises)
8. Princess Cruises: Set sail from Los Angeles and see 41 different ports, including French Polynesia; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Lüderitz, Namibia; and Huatulco, Mexico. The trip will take you 111 days and prices start at $21,199 — but you’ve got time. The ship doesn’t depart until 2019.
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