10 best cruises for 2013
The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway (Photo: NCL)
With the boatloads of cruise vacation offerings out there this year, we’ve waded through the ocean of possibilities to bring you the very best trips on ships for 2013. Set sail into new horizons with cruises touting intriguing itineraries across the seven seas or boasting buzz-worthy new boat amenities. Plus, ensure that you’re in the same boat with like-minded travelers, with the very best options for families, first-timers, foodies, and more.
Best Cruise for Families
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its much-anticipated 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway come May. The ship will operate year-round weeklong runs out of New York City, hitting up Bermuda this summer, followed by autumn and winter jaunts down the coast to Florida and the Bahamas, where family-fun encounters with Mickey Mouse and dolphin pods await.
Why they will love it: The Breakaway is brimming with features the whole family will love, including an open-air boardwalk, trio of Broadway shows, three-story sports complex, and the cruise line’s largest water park at sea. The young’uns will dig the Nickelodeon-themed Kids’ Aqua Park and the line’s largest youth- and teen-dedicated facilities, while grown-ups get the Second City improv comedy troupe, an expansive spa featuring the first-ever salt room at sea, and the très cool Ice Bar.
(Photo: Paul Gauguin Cruises)
Best Cruise for Romance Seekers
Turquoise lagoons, white-sand beaches, idyllic islets, vibrant villages, spectacular sunsets—French Polynesia is Eden rediscovered. Book a getaway aboard Paul Gauguin Cruises’ intimate 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, with weeklong itineraries primed for amorous adventurers.
Why they will love it: Grab your main squeeze and set sail to the South Pacific, taking in picture-perfect ports in Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, and more—including the cruise line’s own private beach in Bora Bora and islet in Taha'a. Fresh from a sweeping renovation, the m/s Paul Gauguin features ocean-view staterooms (most with private balconies); a casino, piano bar, lounge, and spa (with couples’ massages on the menu); fine dining and free-flowing wines; an onboard watersports marina; and comped amenities for honeymooners (like a French Polynesian blessing ceremony).