Who doesn’t love the idea of unpacking ONCE and visiting multiple destinations?
Cruising offers one of the easiest ways to cover a lot of ground (or water!) on a single trip and it is a great introduction to a country’s culture, opening the door for you to return to that country for a different experience.
Mexican Riviera cruises are perfect for those who live on the West Coast. They are usually 7 nights long, beginning on a Saturday or Sunday. The Los Angeles port is easy to navigate and you can soon be whisked away to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan. For a shorter experience, 3 and 4 night cruises that visit Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, may fit the bill for you.
Seattle is home to one of the most popular ports for cruising to Alaska. These seasonal cruises run May-September, with July-August being high season. Who doesn’t dream of escaping the heat and heading to Alaska?!
Also sailing to Alaska, as well as Hawaii and other locations: San Francisco! Spend a day or two enjoying the City by the Bay before or after your cruise.
In Texas, Galveston is a home port to Caribbean cruises. Houston has a major airport, as well as a smaller option (Hobby) that services Southwest Airlines.
For my East Coast friends, Florida’s major ports, Miami and Port Canaveral, are home to some fabulous cruises – Disney Cruiseline, as well as Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas (the largest cruiseline – to date).
River Cruising is a different experience with many options. Take a look and see if something catches your eye: http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/myagent/heywannago/
Although there is plenty to do on the ship, port days are for exploring and shopping! Excursions may be booked through the cruiseline, or through these reputable companies: ShoreTrips ; Shore Excursions Group ; TourSales.
Another favorite activities search engine is Viator. This site allows you to enter your destination and sort by type of activity.
Whatever your preference is, let’s explore cruise options for your next getaway!