Flights vs Cruises: Best Cruise Lines to Take This Summer

When we think of travel we often envision our only means of transportation as the bird in the sky– the airplane. Crowded flights, limited legroom, strict baggage regulations and not to mention the always increasing security measures at nearly every airport can dampen even the most exciting travel plans.

Although flying is the quickest way to reach your destination, cruises, on the other hand, offer many accommodations most airlines lack. For instance, cruises provide pampered travel and round the clock service with several amenities. Cruise packages include almost everything, with few exceptions like alcoholic drinks and entertainment options on board, and at times may be more convenient than booking resorts or hotels.

Whether you’re searching for a luxurious yacht or an inexpensive vacation, there is something for everyone looking to spend time at sea.

ECONOMY

Equipped with suites, penthouses and studios for solo travelers, Norwegian has one of the newest fleets in North America, with ships even being built in 2018. Norwegian’s 15 ships provide deck parties, pools, sporting activities like rock climbing and rope courses and even have 22 bars and lounges. The many dining options available onboard range from from casual cafés and buffets to Asian fusion dining, steakhouses and French gourmet restaurants. The cruise line prides itself by freshly preparing dishes daily. Norwegian’s shore line excursions offer food driven experiences for travelers looking to delve into local cuisines and taste homemade plates. A nine-day trip to the white sands of the Mexican Riviera can be as low as $599 from Los Angeles.

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LUXURY

Cunard cruises three ships offer a luxurious cruise for those looking for a more intimate experience. From large libraries to fencing, painting and even Martini mixology classes onboard, the Cunard experience is “anything but ordinary”. Seven prime restaurants serving global cuisines paired with fine wines are available for reservations. The eateries cater to vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free travelers. There is even a planetarium on the ship, nightclubs and karaoke nights for those risk-takers looking for some fun. King sized beds, bathrobes and dressing rooms can be found in the penthouses and most suites, along with living areas and balconies. Find sailings from the San Francisco bay to Sydney at $3,499.

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FIRST CLASS

With world wide destinations, Seabourn offers cruises from Alaska to Australia and everywhere in between. Nothing less than white-glove treatment is expected on Seabourn’s five yachts. Five-foot picture windows show a constant view of the sea, along with the private veranda on every suite in the yacht. Premium suites offer complimentary private car transfers between airport and ships. Acclaimed chef Thomas Keller brings award winning gourmet dining by reinventing iconic dishes with authentic regional flavors. The restaurants between the ships offer open seating and a la minute prepared dishes by skilled chefs. Entertainment onboard varies from guest lecturers, casino, film screenings, cabaret and night clubs. Receive special attention by a personal suite stewardess and enjoy the finer things in life with a 32 day cruises from Los Angeles to Hawaii beginning at $9,999.

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