10 Things the Family will Love About the New Anthem of the Seas!


Imagine the kids’ excitement – and their parents too – when they board one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s 168,667-ton, 4,180-guest Anthem of the Seas. Sleek, chic and lots of fun, she also boasts some of the most spectacular suites at sea, many spanning two levels.

Welcome to Royal Caribbean’s newest “floating resort” which made her debut in April 2015. She is the second of three Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, following Quantum of the Seas launched in 2014 and Ovation of the Seas, due to arrive mid-2016. The dazzling high-tech ship features a quick check-in process, ultra-fast internet and robotic bartenders who will mix your favorite cocktail and a Royal IQ app lets passengers to easily stay in touch with each other via texts and calls on their cell phones. Superfast Wi-Fi will let you post on Facebook and Instagram, use Skype, stream TV shows, movies and more.

Amazing Amenities

Innovative and fabulous amenities include North Star – an enclosed glass capsule that takes guests on a thrilling ride 300 feet above sea level where they can enjoy 360-degree views. If you have always wanted to skydive, the RipCord by iFly simulator is the next best thing for a thrilling experience. Take a class, suit up and experience flying in the wind tunnel. Spanning 18 decks, endless amenities also include pools, whirlpools and a large poolside movie screen. Completely wrapping around the Sun Deck is a two-lane running and walking track. New Puzzle Break is a fun participatory game for adults.

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18 Enticing Restaurants

Tantalize your taste buds at 18 incredible dining venues. With new Classic Dynamic Dining, guests can experience rotational dining every night along with their waiters at the four main complimentary restaurants, as well as a fixed seating time, with the same table and companions. Restaurant highlights include the family-style Jamie’s Italian, by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Bring your appetite for his famous Italian dishes and rustic selections. Craving Pan-Asian? Head to Silk, for a scrumptious Chinese, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisines. Step into the future at the beautiful multi-colored Wonderland for a unique “molecular gastronomy” culinary experience. Sushi and sashimi-lovers will head to Izumi Japanese Cuisine. Kids will be thrilled to get fresh hot New York pizza at complimentary Sorrento’s and hot dogs with all the toppings at the casual SeaPlex Dog House “food truck.” Burgers, shakes and lots of fun is offered at the popular 50s-themed Johnny Rockets.

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For Kids & Families

Watch your kids faces light up when they see all the exciting and fun things there are to do on Anthem of the Seas. There are bumper cars, a gigantic outdoor movie screen for all the latest films, the FlowRider® simulator that makes you feel like you are surfing on the ocean; roller skating, a 30-foot-high Rock Climbing Wall, basketball court, circus school and more. Thrills and lots of fun await at the complimentary H2O Zone water park, with a small splash pool for babies. Adventure Ocean® youth program, Fuel teen center, plus Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. DreamWorks entertainment features such beloved characters from its animated movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar creating lifelong memories for kids.  


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Offering something for everyone, is the largest indoor activities space on a cruise ship called SeaPlex. Daytime, there is a full-size basketball court that is also used for soccer and volleyball. Soar on the trapeze at the circus school and play table tennis, air hockey and foosball on the second level. Transformed at night to an area used for dancing, roller skating and best of all, bumper cars! Table tennis, air hockey and foosball tables are on the second-level mezzanine.

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Delight your senses at the multi-level Two70, with spectacular 270-degree views (hence, the name) from immense floor-to-ceiling glass windows spanning three decks. This huge entertainment area and lounge venue boasts cozy and comfortable seating areas plus an adjacent café. During the day it serves like an immense family room, where afternoon tea is served, accompanied by a virtual orchestra. It really comes alive at night when it is transformed into a high-tech showroom and the panoramic windows morph into a screen filled with amazing images. There are aerial performers, spectacular lighting effects and more providing an exciting experience.


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Spectacular Accommodations

Feel right at home in Royal Caribbean’s most spacious and luxurious accommodations with new categories to meet today’s needs. Soothing sea-inspired colors and ample storage add to the comfortable atmosphere. Solo travelers do not have to pay a “single supplement” when they stay in the 119-square-foot Studio staterooms – some with a balcony. Highlighting interior staterooms are unique “virtual balconies” that use LED screens showing real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited. Family-Connected staterooms for up to three rooms are ideal for multi-generational travelers. Connecting different types of stateroom categories, they create a unique layout of separate bedrooms and bathrooms for each occupant. Stunning choices also include the Family Junior Suite, boasting a full-bath and a-half, while Loft Suites are larger and offer breathtaking views and 34 wheelchair the accessible cabins.

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Chic Bars and Lounges

Throughout Anthem of the Seas are perfect spots to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Chic bars and lounges are found throughout the ship, each with a different atmosphere. The North Star Bar is a popular daytime choice where you can watch the action on the pool deck. Nighttime, a favorite spot is Schooner Bar, where guests sit at the bar that surrounds the piano and make requests. Let a robotic bartender, “Makr Shakr,” create a drink for you at the futuristic Bionic Bar. Spice things up at the popular Latin-themed Boleros for pre- or post-dinner cocktails. Others include the upscale Vintages Wine Bar, Sky and alfresco Pool Bar.

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Exciting Entertainment

Entertainment at night includes DJs or bands at the rock-and-roll inspired Music Hall. Delight your senses at the unique show at Two70 called “Spectra’s Cabaret” with amazing digital imagery and aerialists. Magical evenings include Broadway-like productions at the stunning three-deck Royal Theater, as well as 3D movies and acrobatic performances. Specially designed for the ship are two main shows – “We will Rock You” – a musical based on Queen’s hits and “The Gift,” an original Royal Caribbean production that is a musical journey of fantasy and illusion.  After the show, try your luck at the many tables and slots at the immense Casino Royale. Keep a look out for the Stowaway Piano Player who moves around the ship with his piano to entertain guests in unusual places, such as elevators for a fun time.

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Unique and contemporary artwork graces several public areas throughout Anthem of the Seas on the walls, decks and hanging from the ceiling, such as the “Pulse Spiral” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The “interactive chandelier” overlooks the Royal Esplanade and its 200 light bulbs pulse to recorded heartbeats of passengers who place their hands on a monitor placed below it. Whimsical artwork also includes the huge 32-foot-tall giraffe sculpture — dubbed Gigi — dressed in a yellow swimsuit and pink inner tube that will be greeted by smiles and squeals of delight from the children.

Rest & Relaxation

Last but not least, are the many places where adults can completely relax. There is also an adults-only three-tier Serenity pool with a retractable roof, a hot tub and panoramic forward-facing views where they can melt your cares away. Indulge yourself at the serene Vitality Spa boasting 19 treatment rooms — including two for couples and a relaxing massage. The huge state-of-the-art Fitness Center boasts some of the best equipment at sea.

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Offering the ultimate resort-like experience at sea, the beautiful and dazzling Anthem of the Seas is the perfect ship for families and any traveler who enjoy scrumptious cuisine, stunning accommodations and endless amenities.

Cruise on Anthem of the Seas out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey to such worldwide destinations as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, British Isles & Coastal, Bermuda, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Transatlantic & Repositioning and U.S. & Canada Eastern.lowerbanner


For more information on the new Anthem of the Seas and all of Royal Caribbean Cruise Deals, visit us at Cruise.com or call one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Avalon Waterways – Incredible Views of an Ever Changing Landscape


Cruise along legendary rivers of the world on the contemporary and inviting ships of Avalon Waterways designed for comfort and enjoyment. Guests will be made to feel at home the moment they step aboard and experience acclaimed personalized service of the English-speaking staff.

Guests will savor gourmet cuisine and stay in a variety of spacious accommodations, including the innovative Panorama Suites™ that are featured on many of the Avalon Waterways’ ships. Meet fellow passengers in a convivial atmosphere and attend expert guest lectures where you will learn in depth about the areas that you are visiting.

atriumAvalon Waterways offers unique itineraries on more than 20 deluxe ships and boasts one of the youngest fleets on the Europe rivers. New ships will be added in 2016. These include the Avalon Passion, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon Impression and Avalon Artistry II.    

Known for its unique itineraries, Avalon Waterways offers cruises in worldwide destinations. Sail through history on the Nile River in Egypt, the Amazon River in Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Europe voyages include such historic rivers as the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and Rhône.  Exotic journeys include the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Yangtze River in China and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Included in every Avalon Waterways cruise are shore excursions with local guides, beer and wine at all dinners onboard. Wi-Fi, dining and onboard enrichment activities are also complimentary.

Guests of Avalon Waterways are given VIP access at a number of destinations, providing even a higher level of insight into the local culture. Enjoy the freedom of Avalon Choice® to personalize many aspects of your vacation, including sightseeing at your own pace. See Europe’s cities at the pace that is most comfortable for you including “traditional,” “leisurely” and “independent” for those who want to explore on their own.

Enhancing the river cruise experience, Avalon Waterways offers cultural immersion in the region they are traveling. Activities include food and wine tastings, demonstrations by artisans, talks by experts and performances by local entertainers. Bikes are available as well and the line has partnered with bicycle tour specialists in some European cities for further explorations and insight.


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The variety of amenities offered by Avalon Waterways makes your river cruise experience even more special. Relax at a range of popular and upscale bars, enjoy Wi-Fi access, an Internet corner, a self-serve beverage station with premium coffees, hot chocolate and more that are available 24/7.

Entertainment includes performances by local musicians, dancers and singers. Enjoy your favorite drink at the Club Lounge and take a unique behind-the-scenes ship tour. The Observation Lounge provides relaxing views. Lounge on deck and simply enjoy the passing sights. Enriching “Culture & Cruise” experiences offer insight into destinations with local performers, entertainers, chefs and artisans.

Suite Ships

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Journey along the storied waters of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, on its newest class of Suite Ships. Inviting accommodations offer a comfortable retreat that measure 200-square-feet and unique 11 by 7 foot walls of glass that slide back to transform the stateroom into an immense Open-Air Balcony™.

Innovative Panorama Suites are 30 percent larger that the standard with wall-to-wall, floor-to ceiling windows.  Unique placement of the bed faces this window so you can enjoy all the passing views for the ultimate luxury.

High-end amenities include the Comfort Collection Beds™ with a premium foam mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. Watch a flat-screen TV and enjoy L’Occitane® bath products in some suites.

Elegant Dining

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Enhancing your vacation experience is Avalon Waterways’ philosophy that every meal is part of the journey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner highlight regional dishes, as well as traditional Western cuisine.

Savor mouthwatering cuisine from the region you are traveling in. Daily four-course à la carte dinners are served in the Main Dining Room, and each includes delicious vegetarian and other healthy selections. Paired with complimentary local wines, enjoy meals created by highly trained chefs and made from the freshest ingredients. Al fresco lunches and other casual venues are also offered. Scrumptious culinary delights are served in the late evening at Daily Night Fare.

Lunches include expansive buffets of salads, homemade soups, hand-carved meats and more. Breakfasts include a variety of made-to-order omelets, just-baked bread and an assortment of fruit.

Theme River Cruises

Indulge your passions on a variety of Theme Cruises. These special interest sailings include festive Christmastime Market and Tulip Time cruise in Europe.

Other theme sailings including Art & Impressionist, Author, Beer Tasting, Culinary Cruises, Golf, Jewish Heritage, Music, Wellness and Wine Appreciation.

There is something for everyone on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. Whether a discerning traveler or first-time cruiser, you will feel right at home on these comfortable innovative ships.

For more information on of Avalon Waterways, visit us at Cruise.com or call one of our River Cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

10 Reasons to Take a Family Cruise


Family cruises are exciting and offer something special for everyone. Bring the kids along for a special vacation experience you will all remember and talk about for years to come. Take the parents too for a multi-generations vacation or reunion holiday. There’s room for everyone.

1. Incredible Value

Family cruise vacations are very cost-effective compared to a holiday at a land-based resort. Several dining choices, daytime and nighttime entertainment, children and teen activities, plus much more is included in the fare. Instead of paying for separate meals, various entertainment, such as production shows and movies, which can quickly add up, everything is included!

2. Something for All Age Groups

Cruising on these family-friendly ships provide a myriad of activities geared toward different age groups. Everyone from tots to grandparents can enjoy something special and be as adventurous or inactive as they like. Kids can head to the waterslides at the water park, teens can spend time at the video arcade and adults can lounge in the sun or get a rejuvenating massage at the spa. Take an educational lecture, do yoga, go to a wine-tasting, watch a more or a production show. There are endless possibilities to explore. Try the ropes course, go bowling and take a ride in the bumper cars. Some ships have ice-skating and a merry-go-round.

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3. Visit Multiple Destinations

Another advantage of a family cruise is that you can wake up each day or so (depending on the itinerary) in a new place adding more excitement to you and the kids’ vacation. They can have a daily surprise as they peek out the window or balcony doors and guess where they are for a fun experience.

4. Adults Get to Relax

Family cruises do not have to mean parents don’t get time to themselves. With the many activities and babysitting services offered on many ships, adults can actually have quality time for themselves. Depending on the ship, there are adults-only restaurants for romantic candlelit dinners under the stars and dancing. Melt your cares away at the pools, whirlpools and have a couples side-by-side massage at the spa.

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5. Family Reunion

A cruise vacation provides the perfect venue for the extended family to get together in a fun and relaxing setting. They can spend as much time together as they want but also have the freedom to enjoy whatever interests them. Catch-up with the family in lovely surroundings as you enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about cooking, cleaning or fixing up the spare bedroom. It is an ideal setting. Travel in the utmost of comfort on a beautiful ship to exciting destinations and really enjoy seeing the family.

6. Accommodations

Many cruise ships now boast “family staterooms” that can accommodate five or six guests. Some are also interconnecting, so there will be more bathrooms and storage space. In addition, there is a large variety of cabin types from inside staterooms to luxurious suites. Different family members can select the perfect stateroom according to their preference and budget.

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7. Kids, Teens & Tweens

Family-friendly offering include age-specific kids’ program. Depending on the cruise line, they can enjoy a variety of ever expanding kids programs sure to keep them happy. They can meet their favorite DreamWorks characters with Royal Caribbean and go on mega-waterslides with Carnival and Disney. Norwegian Cruise Line has Kids Aqua Park, Wii video games, Nickelodeon TV and activities with SpongeBob Square Pants. Many people are concerned about what Tweens (ages 12 to 14) and Teens (up to age 17) can do on a cruise, knowing they get bored so easily. The good news is many ships have areas just for them. There are pizza parties, video and high-tech games, dances and much more fun activities.

8. Dining to Please Everyone

Dining is easier than ever on cruise ships, with a host of eateries that are family-friendly. There are buffets, casual choices and many restaurants have a “kid-friendly” menu with such popular favorites as mac ’n cheese, pizza, hot dogs, burgers and ice cream. There are adults-only restaurants and a host of culinary choices on the ships with delicious cuisine from around the world, including regional dishes. There are formal options, alfresco and much more. Elegant restaurants serving exquisite cuisine and fine wines are also available.

9. Packing and Unpacking Just Once

A big advantage to taking a family cruise is that you just have to pack and unpack once as your floating resort take you from one exciting destination to another. Especially when traveling with kids, life is much easier when you can simply sit-back and enjoy your vacation and not have to worry about clothes and suitcases.

10. Shared Memories

Last but not least, a family cruise provides many happy occasions that the family gets to share. Experiencing fun and unique times create memories that last forever.  Whether it is snorkeling in the Caribbean, panning for gold in Alaska or seeing the historic sites of Europe for the first time, family cruises are priceless.

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Choose from several family-friendly cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International

For more information on Family cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or call one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Bermuda Cruises – British and Beautiful!


Bermuda cruises offer a fabulous vacation choice with fabulous pink-sand beaches, clear turquoise water, great restaurants and the most golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world. Add to that superb diving and other water sports, museums and historic forts, diverse shopping and swimming with the dolphins and it makes a perfect cruise destination.

With all this plus the scenic coastline and balmy weather, it is no wonder Bermuda is called the “Jewel of the Atlantic.” As a British Territory there is an atmosphere that reflects this culture, from driving on the left side of the road to traditional afternoon tea.

Situated just 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina it just takes about a day and a half to cruise here from ports in the northeast, including New York City, Baltimore, Boston and Bayonne, New Jersey. Transatlantic and repositioning sailings also often include Bermuda on its itineraries.

Several cruise lines sail here, such as Celebrity Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Silversea Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line’s spectacular floating resort — Norwegian Breakaway – sails weekly roundtrip from New York City to King’s Wharf.

Exciting experiences include whale-watching in the spring when humpbacks and other species migrate from the Caribbean to north Atlantic feeding grounds. Explore the sea life and coral reefs by helmet-diving and the Crystal Caves that reach 120 feet below ground level with dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.

Take a romantic stroll on the South Shore Park, which connects two of the best-known beaches of Bermuda — Warwick Beach and Horseshoe Bay, which is also considered one of the world’s most beautiful. At a small cove surrounded by cliffs, Baby Beach with clear shallow waters make it an ideal spot for snorkeling. Shelly Bay Beach in Hamilton is popular with families because of its shallow water and tree-shaded areas and the man-made Snorkel Park with snorkeling and waterslides for the kids. Sea Glass Beach sparkles with a unique beauty and is also one of the favorites.

Historic Hamilton

Both the capital and the hub of Bermuda, Hamilton is a picturesque and bustling harbor city. Stroll along the cobblestone streets with the row of iconic pastel-colored buildings along Front Street designed in a British Colonial style.

Designed for all age groups, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute features a wide variety of fascinating exhibits as well as whale-watching tours. Overlooking beautiful Harrington Sound is Holy Trinity Church, which is one of the oldest churches in the western hemisphere, with some parts dating back to 1660. Relax at the many bars and restaurants along the waterfront, where you can sip on Bermuda’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy. See the beauty underneath Bermuda at the Crystal and Fantasy Caves.

Join in the fun of Harbour Nights on Wednesdays between May and September, when it comes alive with sparkling lights, Gombey dancers and music. Shops and restaurants stay open later, providing the perfect opportunity to sample delicious authentic Bermudian dishes.

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Picturesque St. George’s

Picturesque St. George’s holds the title as the second English settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along its quaint narrow streets with such descriptive names as Featherbed Alley and Silk Alley. King’s Square at the town’s center features replicas of stocks, a pillory and whipping post, used to punish criminals over four centuries ago and today a fun spot for the family. Once the Governor’s house, The Bermuda National Trust Museum exhibits the history of St. George’s.


Snorkelers flock to the crystal clear waters of Tobacco Bay from all over the world. History comes alive on a tour of the replica of the 1610 Deliverance, a Bermuda cedar wood ship providing a memorable experience for the entire family. Somers Wharf Shopping and Dining Complex is lined with restaurants and an array of items diverse items.

Discover 400 years of Bermudian history at Fort St. Catherine that was built in 1614 and where the first settlers came onshore and you can now tour. A popular exhibit includes replicas of some of the British Crown Jewels. Historic is St. Peter’s Church is the oldest surviving Anglican church in continuous use outside the British Isles.

The island’s largest wildlife sanctuary called Spittal Pond Nature Preserve is home to a variety of species and flora. Take a scenic mile-long walk amongst beautiful flowers and trees. Another is the tranquil Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve is dedicated to the conservation of rare and threatened species.

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King’s Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard)

King’s Wharf, located within The Royal Naval Dockyard, is an immense stone fortress built in 1815. Once a royal naval base, it is now a popular attraction and home to The National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest, the Art Center and the Bermuda Craft Market, plus several restaurants and duty-free shopping.

Duty-free shopping is offered at the Clocktower Mall, filled with a myriad of shops including the famous Bermuda Rum Cake Company. One-of-a-kind beautiful items by local are sold at Dockyard Glassworks, where you can also watch artist demonstrations.


British imports such as Harris Tweeds and cashmere sweaters are duty-free in Bermuda — about 20 percent less than you would pay in the U.S. Buy some famous Gosling’s rum to make your own Dark ‘n’ Stormy when you get back home and head to the Bermuda Perfumery in St. George’s for an authentic fragrance made here, including the popular Lili Bermuda.

Wine lovers and cigar aficionados flock to Churchill’s in St. George’s, boasting high-quality eclectic selections from around the world, plus lot of unique accessories.

BermudaStroll along the Royal Naval Dockyard area, filled with jewelry stores and boutiques, crafts and island pottery. Located here, is the popular Clocktower Mall, with 100-foot towers and a variety of diverse shops with a variety of fabulous goods. Shop at Dockyard Glassworks for beautiful items by local artists and watch demonstrate the process of glassblowing and flameworking. Browse through a myriad of stunning handmade glassware produced locally at The Glass Art Gallery.

Front Street in Hamilton is lined with shops, including the department store, A.S. Cooper, boasting a wide variety of goods, including crystal and china, such as Waterford and Wedgwood. Famous Horton’s Black Rum Cakes are also sold here. Outside the city, the Bermuda Craft Market offers lovely handmade items. Constructed around an atrium, find everything from seaglass jewelry and Swarovski collectibles to fine European china at the shops of Somers Wharf at St George’s.

Famous Forts

Once a strategic naval center that played an important role in several wars, Bermuda was called “Gibraltar of the West,” and many of the historic buildings still remain. Offering an interesting glimpse into the past, more forts per square mile are located here than anywhere in the world.

Overlooking lush gardens and the harbor, Fort Hamilton is at the outskirts of Hamilton City. Built in the 1870’s to protect the harbor, you can enjoy its spectacular views, especially when cruise ships are in port. The serene garden-filled park that is ideal for a walk, with a wooden bridge, cannons and ramparts.

Towering high about the beaches, is Fort St. Catherine, Bermuda’s largest. Built in 1614, its interior is now a Bermudian history museum. Learn about the island’s unique history here and even see replicas of the British Crown Jewels, guarded by a wax figure of a Beefeater. Collections of antique guns and other weapons are also exhibited.

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Delight in the culture, history, magnificent beaches, natural wonders and more that is Bermuda.

For more information on Bermuda cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or call one of our Bermuda experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Alaska Cruises – Experience Alaska’s Natural Beauty Up Close

AlaskaMountainsAn Alaska cruise offers an incredible and unique vacation experience. America’s 49th state and its “last frontier” – Alaska – is one of the world’s most beautiful and unique destinations with breathtaking sights at every turn. Marvel at majestic Mt. McKinley, icy blue glaciers as they calve and thunder into the sea, rainforests, fjords, dramatic landscapes and a host of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Popular Alaska itineraries include the scenic Inside Passage and the incredible Northbound/Southbound cruises, sometimes referred to as Gulf of Alaska sailings. The North and southbound itineraries offer a convenient jumping off point for Alaska CruiseTours to such places as Denali, Fairbanks and the Yukon.


The scenic Inside Passage is a sheltered waterway between Pacific Coast islands. Cruises here are typically a roundtrip seven-day itinerary that includes Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan and may also feature the towns of Seward, Icy Strait Point,  College Fjord, Seward, Victoria, B.C., Haines and Tracy Arm Fjord. Spectacular scenes can be enjoyed as you sail through Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage. Some 14-day sailings are also offered, and are usually from San Francisco.

Inside Passage cruises provide a classic and relaxing experience. Enjoy a variety of excursions or just sit back and watch the stunning coastal scenery pass you by from the comfort of the open decks or from your balcony stateroom.


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Another popular cruise itinerary is the Northbound and Southbound Alaska cruise routes. These seven night cruises are generally one-way itineraries sailing between Seattle/Vancouver and Seward/Whittier (the gateway for Anchorage), sailing either north or south. Some two-week roundtrip voyages are also available.

The northbound/southbound cruises allow for more time in Alaska ports or National Glacier Parks at Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay than the Inside Passage route. Highlights include College Fjord in Prince William Sound, lined with 16 glaciers, beautiful Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, a seaside town with a Russian influence. Some include also include the ports of Hubbard Glacier and Valdez.

The northbound southbound itineraries sail further north and therefore offer more coastal and glacier scenery. The most important difference between the Inside Passage cruises and the northbound/southbound cruises is that the northbound/southbound cruises provide access to land tours that include sights such as Denali National Park. The land portion of the cruise tour itineraries last from four to seven days.


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See the state’s magnificent interior when you take Alaska CruiseTours which combines a land tour before or after your Alaska cruise. Journey in luxury domed railcars across the immense Alaska wilderness. Highlighting any Alaska CruiseTour is Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the highest peak mountain in North America. View an abundance of wildlife including bears, caribou, moose, sheep and more. As you journey along through the incredible landscape, marvel at the ice bridges, pristine glacier streams and massive ice fields.

Experience a multi-night fully-escorted land journey to the spectacular Alaskan interior. Immerse yourself in its amazing culture, history, flavors and sounds.  Some favorite Alaska cruise tour packages combine a seven night cruise with a 3- to 5-night Anchorage/Denali/Fairbanks tour, a 4- to 7-night Yukon tour, which takes you to Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks or you can take a 5- to 7-night fascinating tour of the Canadian Rockies.


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Alaska cruises are ideal for families and all age groups with a variety of activities that will enhance your vacation experience. Cultural tours may include panning for gold, where you can feel the excitement of the Gold Rush. Feel the excitement of traditional gold rush towns as families have an unforgettable time competing to see who finds the most. Salmon bakes are also a popular choice and offer a delicious traditional meal. Visit museums and wildlife conservation centers, including those for raptors and other birds.

More adventurous travelers may take a thrilling helicopter ride or flightsee over ice blue glaciers. You can also experience Alaska’s nature first hand as you go dog sledding, salmon fishing, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, whitewater rafting and glacier trekking.

Highlights of an Alaska cruise for many is whale watching, where you may get to see Humpback and Minke whales, Orcas and more. June and July are the best times to see bubble-netting Humpbacks. Another unique excursion includes taking a tram ride to see incredible and unique views such as hanging glaciers and wildlife.

Animal-lovers will be thrilled by the diverse wildlife in their natural environment. Grizzly bears, Bald Eagles, caribou, Sitka Blacktail deer, moose and Dall Sheep call this home. Lynx, marmots, fox, puffin, wolves and snowshoe hare also live here.

The Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and the Anchorage Museum is perfect for families. Here children and adults alike will enjoy all of the exhibits and the kids will love the Imaginarium Discovery Center.

Fascinating Ketchikan is the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who hand-carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Learn about their history and culture through their Native American Totem Poles that were created to tell stories and commemorate life events at the Totem Bight Historical Park 

Most of the major cruise lines offer Alaska cruises. They include Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises.

Whichever cruise ship you select and wherever you go in Alaska you are sure to see and experience something unique, special and beautiful. Discover this pristine natural masterpiece from the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship and you will never forget the beauty and grandeur of this great land.

To book your amazing Alaska Cruise visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our Alaska cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.