Need a little island time to help you shake off winter’s grip? There’s nothing like a tropical cruise for embracing summer vibes all through the year. So pack your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime. These fabulous cruises departing from Florida are exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.
Symphony of the Seas: 7 Days From Miami to the Eastern Caribbean
Welcome to the largest cruise ship in the world. Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean markets itself as the world’s best cruise ship for families, and with plenty of eclectic offerings for entertainment and activities, you’ll find that there’s something for everyone on board. Dozens of restaurants, a two-deck theater, rock climbing walls, laser tag and an escape room will keep boredom at bay.
Ports on this 7-day cruise include St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee, along with three full days on the water. While the Symphony of the Seas holds more than 5,500 passengers, they are spread out across 16 decks so you never feel crowded. Between the onboard activities, the fabulous dining options and the elaborate staterooms, this is definitely a top recommendation for families with kids.
Viking Sky: 15 Days From Miami to Panama, Central America and Cuba
While this may not be the cheapest cruise leaving the Port of Miami, it is probably one of the most unique. The elegant Viking Sky is known for its spacious cabins, luxurious pool and comfortable common spaces. Viking’s philosophy emphasizes unique destinations instead of onboard entertainment, and with room for just 930 passengers, your trip becomes an intimate experience you won’t soon forget.
This two-week excursion includes eight unique ports — Key West, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, San Jose, Colon, Montego Bay and Santiago de Cuba. Shore excursions include unique tours that allow you to dig deep into the culture, history and natural beauty of these beautiful places. This memorable excursion on Viking Sky would be a fabulous vacation for couples.
Caribbean Princess: 8 Days From Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas and St. Maarten
Many popular cruises to the Eastern Caribbean make stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten, but the seven-night excursion on the Caribbean Princess is an affordable trip that is well-known for its entertainment, dining opportunities and regionally themed activities.
This massive ship features five luxurious pools, plenty of real estate on the sundeck and an impressive array of live entertainment, from lectures and trivia nights, to line dancing and opera. Enjoy three ports on this journey — Princess Cays in the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Relax on a sandy beach, shop local boutiques, snorkel among the reefs or hike a forest trail. This Caribbean Princess journey is perfect for spring break.
Disney Magic: 5 Days From Miami to the Bahamas
Disney Magic debuted on the cruising scene in 1998, but it’s come a long way since then. The ship is regularly updated with world-class family entertainment so that even if Disney cruising is your bread and butter, you’re not likely to have the same experience twice. While Mickey Mouse and other Disney-specific themes are apparent, they aren’t over-the-top. There’s even an adults-only pool, complete with a lounge area for cruisers over 18.
The four-night Bahamas cruise on Disney Magic includes a port every day, with stops in Key West, Nassau and the private island paradise of Castaway Cay. Port adventures include bicycle rentals, snorkeling, historical tours or simply relaxing the day away. Disney’s impeccable attention to detail, family-friendly staterooms and unique entertainment make this cruise an unforgettable experience for kids and adults.