Spring Break cruises aren’t just for college kids. Couples and families can also find great vacation options in March. Hey, we are sailing on Norwegian Getaway right now! It might be too late for you to plan a Spring Break cruise for this year, but it’s never too early to start planning one for 2018. That is why we have put together this list of our favorite Spring Break cruises 2018.
Our 8 Favorite Spring Break Cruises for 2018
Enjoy a City on the Sea onboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas
For those skeptical travelers who aren’t sure whether a Spring Break cruise is right for them, we suggest Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. Officially the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas offers 7 different themed neighborhoods. Stroll the outdoor Boardwalk, complete with a carousel and Aqua Theater, or enjoy a quiet lunch in Central Park, a secluded green space in the center of the ship with boutique shops and restaurants.
Spring Break Cruises 2018
The Oasis-class ships offer a variety of dining options and Broadway entertainment as well. Both young adults and families will find something to enjoy on Harmony of the Seas- whether it is the night life at over a dozen bars and lounges or hanging out with the Dreamworks characters. Visiting popular Caribbean ports in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, travelers will also have plenty of onshore options. You can race through St. Maarten on an America’s Cup yacht, explore ancient Mayan ruins while docked in Cozumel, or shop til you drop in the duty-free St. Thomas.
Get Your Party on with Norwegian Sky
For those who are looking to let loose, the 3 and 4 day Bahamas cruises on Norwegian Sky offer one of the best values in cruising. Perfect for any adult looking for a party scene, the base fare for all Norwegian Sky cruises include Norwegian Cruise Line’s Ultimate Beverage Package. For as little as $150 a day, you have an open bar to enjoy while sailing the waters off the coast of Florida. This ship also features NCL’s signature Freestyle dining, meaning no set dining times or table assignments, at one of 7 restaurants.
Spring Break Cruises 2018
When traveling to the Bahamas, you can spend a day at the luxury resort Atlantis or swim with the dolphins at the Blue Lagoon. Four day cruises onboard Norwegian Sky also stop at Norwegian Cruise Line’s official private island, Great Stirrup Cay. Here, you can snorkel, parasail, or just relax with a drink in your hand as the open bar extends to this private island as well.
Breakaway from the East Coast on Norwegian Cruise Line
If you go to school or live on the east coast of the U.S. and don’t want to fly anywhere for Spring Break, then how about a drive down to New York for a seven day Bahamas trip on NCL’s Breakaway. Featuring a ropes course, a water park, and an adult’s only Spice H20 area, this ship offers plenty of fun for cruisers of all ages. With 24 hour dining, two Broadway shows, a dueling piano bar, and an Ice Bar at sea, you don’t even need to leave the ship to have a good time.
Spring Break Cruises 2018 – Nassau, Bahamas
If you do decide to venture off the ship in Nassau, you can relax at one of the many beaches, including the public Junkanoo Beach within walking distance from the pier. You can also explore the amazing Ardastra Gardens and Zoo where your kids will get to interact with the animals, or take an island tour to see historic forts and the famous Queen’s Staircase.
Explore the Mexican Rivera like a Princess
Do something different and head to the Mexican Riviera for your next Spring Break cruise. Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess offers a 5 day vacation to Cabo San Lucas, filled with beautiful beaches and plenty of outdoor adventures like snorkeling and zip lines. Or, you can enjoy a 7 day trip to the picturesque Malecon waterfront in Puerto Vallarta as well as Mazatlán, where you can enjoy world class sports fishing or shop until your heart is content in the Golden Zone.
Spring Break Cruises 2018 – Puerta Vallarta
Back onboard the Ruby Princess, enjoy a variety of dining options including the new Share restaurant from celebrity Chef Curtis Stone. The nightly Movies under the Stars, complete with popcorn, are a cruiser favorite, so snuggle up with your loved ones and watch a movie on the large outdoor screen. There are also numerous bars and nightly Broadway-style shows to keep everyone in your travel party entertained.
Prepare for a Latin Adventure with Royal Caribbean
Skip Florida and head directly to San Juan, Puerto Rico for some Latin American flare onboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. With three different itineraries, you have the chance to visit up to 8 different islands including St. Lucia where you can gaze at the Pitons, St. Kitts where you can zip line through the jungle, Barbados, Antigua, and more. You will want to reserve some time to explore Puerto Rico as well, including the historic El Morro and La Fortaleza. Nature lovers can also hike El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service.
Spring Cruises 2018 – Old San Juan
In between these port intensive stops with UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful beaches, and lush rainforests, you can take in an ice show at the indoor skating rink, enjoy a parade down the Promenade lined with shops, restaurants, and bars, scale the rock climbing wall, or challenge the family to a round of mini-golf. During your cruise on Adventure of the Seas, you won’t want to miss the adult game show the Quest and the Dancing under the Stars pool deck party either.
A Once in a Lifetime Galapagos Island Cruise
Yes, you too can discover the amazing Galapagos Islands onboard a cruise ship. While pricey, the Celebrity Xpedition’s Galapagos Islands cruises are all-inclusive trips including pre-cruise accommodations, all meals and drinks onboard, as well as expert guided shore excursions at the ports of call. Onboard, a nature specialist also holds regular seminars to further enhance your cruise experience. This might just be the best classroom at sea.
Spring Break Cruises 2018 – Celebrity Xpedition (Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)
This Spring Break cruise is all about enrichment. Learn about the diverse wildlife during the day, and enjoy premium dining on this intimate mega yacht at night. With only 100 guests, you will make friends with everyone on this expedition. While the amenities onboard are limited, you will receive five star service from the award winning Celebrity Cruises staff. You can unwind at the spa or enjoy some sun and panoramic views on the sun deck for a true Spring Break cruise feeling.
See the Vistas of the Southern Caribbean on a Carnival Cruise
In 2018, Carnival Vista will offer 8 night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Featuring some firsts at sea like an IMAX theater, The Skyride (a bike ride suspended over the pool deck), and the first brewery at sea for a contemporary cruise ship, the Carnival Vista itself is a worthy destination. With the Serenity adults only retreat area and kids programs, this ship caters to the young and old alike. With Carnival’s recently upgraded Cheers program, cruisers can now pay one flat fee for unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, making the ship a great Spring Break choice for those 21+.
Spring Break Cruises 2018 (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
Carnival Vista offers some Caribbean itineraries that are as unique as the ship itself. You can travel to the beautiful beaches of Aruba or explore the colorful history of Curacao. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to swim with the stingrays or explore the historic downtown of Grand Turk and become engulfed in the local culture in La Romana, Dominican Republic as you tour the countryside.
Make the Entire Family Happy with a WDW Combo Trip
If you dread spending the entire week at Walt Disney World parks, then a land and sea vacation package might be the best compromise. Spend three or four days at the park, then head to Port Canaveral for a Bahamas Spring Break cruise on the Disney Dream. Consistently rated as one of the best cruise lines, Disney Cruise Line caters to families. Onboard, you will rotate through three distinct dining rooms that integrate Disney magic with superb multi-course dinners. The kids will love the children’s programs, and parents will love the alone time so they can relax and enjoy their spring break too!
Spring Break Cruises 2018
The Disney theming continues when you stop at their private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Relax in the adults only Serenity Bay Beach and enjoy a beach front massage while the kids engage in water sports, table top games, and numerous activities all coordinated by the cruise staff. You can even charter a boat to get a tour of the surrounding island.
Pack Your Bags
Whether it is the Caribbean, the Bahamas, or the Mexican Rivera, there is sure to be an ideal destination for your next Spring Break cruise. Why be landlocked on your vacation? Whether you are a family, a group of college friends, or just a couple like us looking to have a good time, a Spring Break cruise might just be what you need.
Have you taken a Spring Break cruise? What are your favorite Spring Break destinations? Let us know where you went and how much fun you had.