Memorial Day Cruise Highlights

Memorial Day cruise is a great way to spend the long weekend. If you've ever wanted to do something different for this weekend, a cruise certainly fits the bill. There are several cruise destinations that can easily be reached over a long weekend. You can also simply enjoy the cruising experience itself and try a cruise to nowhere. Ocean-going cruises aren't your only option, either. Try a coastal cruise near one of the United States' key historic areas, or an inland waterway cruise. Here are some suggestions for spending your Memorial Day weekend:

Ocean-Going Cruises

There are several destinations that can be visited over a long weekend or as part of a longer cruise. Western Caribbean cruises typically include stops in Cozumel, Mexico. Great diving opportunities abound here. Bahamas cruise destinations include great shopping, dining and beaches. Bermuda is an easily-accessible location from the eastern United States. You'll get a taste of authentic British culture without going far from home. If you'd like a bit of a break from warm weather, give an Alaska cruise a try, with stops in Vancouver and Ketchikan.

If you like going on cruises just for the experience itself, consider a cruise to nowhere. These cruises don't include destinations, but give passengers a chance to savor the ship's food, entertainment and recreational options.

Coastal Cruises

Coastal cruises offer a nice alternative for those uninterested in more distant locations or looking for a different experience. If you've ever wanted to visit a number of U.S. destinations without the hassles of driving, this is a good way to do it. Pacific cruises that visit San Diego are especially popular. The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and the Gaslamp Quarter are all fun attractions.

If you prefer to cruise the East Coast, there are lots of fun things to do here, too. New York City offers some of the country's best cultural attractions and an impressive skyline. Boston is home to several key Revolutionary War-era sites. Further up the East Coast, you can see the Maine coast on a schooner.

Inland Cruises

Many potential cruise passengers aren't aware of the number of inland cruises that are possible. Depending on the area, these can be anywhere from several hours to a few days in duration. Most of these cruises include guest speakers who provide a wealth of information about the areas being visited, as well as good dining and entertainment.

A Mississippi River cruise in Louisiana can take passengers to Vicksburg, the site of the Civil War battle. The quaint town has several historic buildings and gambling in addition to the battleground. The Cumberland River allows passengers to see some of Tennessee's nicest wild areas. Potomac River cruises offer a great way for passengers to see Washington, D.C.'s attractions and possibly Philadelphia, too. This is an ideal way to experience the U.S.'s history. Hudson River cruises allow passengers to see the best that New York has to offer and even take a detour through Lake Ontario.

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