Before the winter holidays shift into high gear, take a little time to think about spring – specifically, planning a spring break cruise. Many people don’t think about making spring break cruise reservations until after New Year’s Day, but you should. Experienced cruise fans know that many of the best itineraries, staterooms, and discounts will be gone by January, so it’s smart to make your reservations now. As you plan, here are some things to keep in mind.
If you’ll cruise with kids, whether in kindergarten or about to graduate from college, their spring break is probably just a week long. So, cruises that leave from domestic ports to sail the Caribbean, Mexico’s Riviera Maya or Mexico’s Pacific Coast are good choices: you’ll have time to get to the port, cruise in delightful weather for five to seven days, and get back home before school starts again. If you’re not traveling with kids, you can look at longer cruises that set sail from domestic ports or take off for a home port in the Mediterranean, South America, or Australia.
If you’ll sail with younger kids, consider a family-oriented ship that offers special programs for kids. Many popular cruise lines offer supervised, fun and even educational activities for kids from age three to 12. Some also offer special clubs and reserved spaces for tweens and teens. If you prefer a luxury cruise experience, check carefully to see if kids programming is offered.
If you’re looking for a festive atmosphere, lots of popular cruise lines offer on-board activities – dance-offs, tournaments, games, and contests – that ramp up the party well into the night. If you’re looking for a calm and relaxing cruise experience, look toward premium and luxury lines that don’t attract as many families with children, or adults who are night owls.
The type of stateroom you want can guide your choice, too. Many ships offer a dozen or more stateroom categories. If you’re sailing with a family group, ask your professional travel advisor about ships that have adjoining staterooms or suites designed for families. If it’s just two of you, you might enjoy a small suite with butler service.
Whatever your taste in cruises, a spring break cruise will provide you with some warm breezes after winter’s chill. Plan now so you can dream of your spring break cruise during the long winter nights.
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