Best cruise for families with teens
Courtesy Royal Caribbean International
Not surprisingly, Royal Caribbean also offers a wide array of activities that cater to the older underage crowd. Depending on the ship, you might find bumper cars, rock climbing walls, water slides, ziplines, or surfing and skydiving simulators. On top of that, Royal Caribbean divides teens into age groups—12 to 14 and 15 to 17—so parents can rest assured they’ll be with their peers. A day might start with bumper cards, include an afternoon DJ lesson, and end with a teens-only casino night. Check out these vacations that even jaded high schoolers will enjoy.
Best cruise for singles
AmaWaterways European river cruises are great for singles and solo travelers. It’s easy to meet and mingle with people on the ship, particularly since meals are open seating and ships are a manageable size (only about 160 to 170 passengers). And, because daily excursions are included in the cruise fare, you’ll quickly have common experiences to share and discuss with fellow travelers. “AmaWaterways also often reduces or waives the dreaded ‘single supplement,’ so having a private room becomes much more affordable,” notes Clabbers. “The key is to book early, though, as these accommodations sell out quickly.” Use these cruise expert travel tips to book the right cruise for you.
Best cruise for couples
courtesy Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Couples can set sail with Uniworld on a romantic river cruise—perfect for a honeymoon or intimate getaway. It doesn’t get much more amour-inducing than the Tulips & Windmills voyage, a scenic 10-day journey from Amsterdam’s scenic canals to Antwerp’s dazzling diamond district, with plenty of sweet treats along the way. On the ship—which Clabbers likens to a gorgeous floating boutique hotel—pairs can opt for a romance package that includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and breakfast in bed.