When your time is limited, a Weekend Cruise is a great way to unwind and experience a "mini vacation. Weekend cruises usually sail for 3 or 4 nights, and are the ideal way to spend that long holiday weekend. Over 20 ports around the country offer Weekend Getaway Cruises. If you've never experienced a cruise, a Weekend Cruise provides you with all the amenities and activities of a longer cruise. Cruise lines usually offer special discount packages when you book your cruise early. Among the cruise lines offering Weekend Getaways are Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Disney.
The Onboard Experience
A typical cruise to the Bahamas, Caribbean, or Mexico includes accommodations onboard the ship, activities and entertainment onboard, and meals. Gratuities, beverages, and onshore excursions are not included. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment or workout in the Fitness Center. Relax on the Sun Deck or take a refreshing dip in the pool. Shop duty free at the ships' boutiques and shops. Try your luck in the ship's casino, or participate in the daily contests and games. In the evening experience excellent cuisine in the ship's elegant restaurant and enjoy live entertainment in one of the lounges or bars. The kids will have a great time making friends and enjoying activities at the Kid's Center. Teens have their own lounges and discos to dance the evening away.
Although some passengers prefer the shipboard experience, others want to explore ports of call on shore excursions. Some cruise lines require passengers to book shore excursions at least 24 hours in advance. However when booking excursions onboard ship, you can sometimes experience delays at the Purser's Desk. You can avoid problems by booking online in advance of your cruise.
Advantages of Booking Online:
- No long lines
- No sold out trips
- Special discounts
- Local operators who know the locale
- Refunds for inclement weather
Themed Weekend Cruises
Themed cruises are favorites for passengers who want a weekend getaway, and Murder Mystery Cruises are among the most popular. Passengers are given a role to play in the mystery when boarding the ship. You can take part as much as you want to, or if you prefer, you may just enjoy experiencing the mystery from the sidelines. Actors are onboard and interact with passengers who attempt to solve the crime before the cruise ends. Clues are slipped under passengers doors so they can attempt to determine "whodunit."
Weekend Music Cruises
Spirit Cruises offers a variety of themed cruises from eight departure ports around the country. Spirit Cruises depart on weekends and usually are two to three hours in duration, but can be a special part of a weekend getaway. Spirit offers cruises for music lovers including Jazz, Gospel, and Big Band Cruises. Full Moon Dinner Cruises are another of Spirit's popular options. Guests are treated to a complimentary drink upon boarding, then enjoy a festive Buffet-Style Dinner including salads, entrees, side dishes, and decadent desserts.