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The best of the baltic sea, 2023, 2024 & 2025 cruises from southampton.

With Northern Europe so close to home, adventure is practically on our doorstep with Baltic cruises from Southampton. Travelling to the Baltic States is an eye-opening expedition all year round, with exciting “must-see” attractions from the natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park in Estonia, to historical landmarks like the Doma Cathedral in Latvia.

With a rich cultural heritage and interesting diversity, it’s no surprise the Baltics is fast becoming one of the most popular cruise holiday choices. Whether it’s history, local life, or cuisine, this region — made up of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — has something different to offer at each destination.

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Fairy-Tale Cities

Occupying a unique frontier position on the European continent, a journey to the Baltics is an ideal holiday for those who want to take the road less travelled. Dominated by pretty landscapes with gothic castles and old-world cobbled streets, cities like Tallinn and Riga have a charming fairy-tale aura about them.

Wander through the impressive Art Nouveau district of Vecrīga, or explore the architectural wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Site Vanalinn. From markets to museums, every experience on your trip will be a moment to remember.

The Nordic shores also beckon, where the trendy metropolitan landscape belies remnants of a Viking past, but only at first glance. However, it’s not all artifacts and monuments. Rock paintings make way for cutting-edge marvels — like the Löyly floating sauna or Black Diamond Royal Library — when you take in the sights of these harbour cities. Enjoy a boat ride through the waterways of Stockholm, stroll leisurely along a marina in Helsinki, or pay your respects to the Little Mermaid statue on Copenhagen’s promenade — wherever your journey takes you, you’ll discover that this part of Europe blends old and new like no other. And if you’re fortunate enough to celebrate the festive season here, you might even find out for yourself the true meaning of hygge!

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Baltic Cruises from Southampton 2024, 2025 & 2026

Baltic cruises from southampton are an ideal way to explore this incredible cruising region. your cruise to the baltic from southampton may take you to charming destinations such as stockholm, helsinki, tallin, riga and hamburg. a number of cruise lines sail to the baltic from southampton so you're sure of a good mix of cruise styles and prices., baltic cruise deals from southampton.

Cruises to the Baltic from Southampton tend to sail in the spring through to autumn months although there are occasional cruise departures in the winter months which will show the region in an altogether different light. Once you've cruised through the North Sea and around Denmark into the Baltic Sea you have some incredible sights to see. Your cruise may visit Copenhagen, Stockholm where you sail through an amazing archipelago as you enter and exit the city, Helsinki in Finland and the spired fairy-tale city of Tallin.

Cruises from Southampton to the Baltic tend to be in the 12-14night range and offer an experience of very long days in the summer and warm temperatures. Spring and autumn cruises may be cooler but will also be less busy in your destination.

Travel on a Princess Baltic cruise from Southampton or choose to cruise to the Baltic with Royal Caribbean. Some other cruise lines worth considering would include MSC, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Saga Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Located in central Europe, Poland is a country rich in culture and heritage. It’s a country where…

Poland’s port city, situated on the Baltic coast, is relatively new in comparison to some of its…

Lithuania is a small country bursting with history, tradition and mystery. It’s certainly had a…

Lithuania’s third largest city, Klaipeda, is not the obvious port of call on a Baltic cruise, but…

In just over 30 years Estonia has transformed from a country under Soviet rule to one of the…

Estonia's history is sprinkled liberally with long stretches of foreign domination, beginning in…

Denmark cruises are the ideal way to explore Denmark as the country is scattered over hundreds of…

By the 11th century, Copenhagen was already an important trading and fishing centre and today you…

Germany cruise holidays take passengers to a fascinating country, brimming with history, rich in…

It may not have quite the same wow-factor as the likes of fellow Baltic cities St Petersburg, Riga…

Known for the Kiel Canal and Kiel Week, the city boasts an important maritime history. Kiel is also…

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city with a history dating back to Charlemagne. A major port,…

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Stockholm is a city in the flush of its second youth. Since the mid-1990s, Sweden's capital has…

Sweden’s second city has much to recommend it. The lively, major seaport is dotted with Dutch-style…

Neighbours with Sweden, Norway and Russia, Finland is a beautiful and diverse nation located in…

A city of the sea, Helsinki was built along a series of oddly shaped peninsulas and islands jutting…

Hidden behind the Iron Curtain until 1990, Latvia is a country still shrouded in mystery to many…

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Discover Old European Charm on a Baltic Sea Cruise

If you’ve ever wanted to step inside a Medieval fairytale, a Baltic Sea cruise most certainly delivers. Experience the Middle Ages as you explore Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected Old Town. Marvel at Denmark’s magical castles, and amble along the cobblestone streets and radiant, historic buildings of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Explore religious sites and the all-encompassing history of Berlin. Spend the afternoon in one of Helsinki’s fascinating museums, then take a dip in the deep blue Baltic Sea.

Embark on an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette, where you’ll find stylish accommodations, luxurious amenities, and globally inspired cuisine. Discover the beguiling countries that surround the Baltic Sea with Celebrity Cruises, voted “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for nine consecutive years at Travel Weekly’s 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Castles & palaces.

The countries along the Baltic Sea are brimming with historic castles and palaces. Go on a whirlwind tour of the famous castles of North Zealand outside of Copenhagen to see the royals’ part-time residence and the setting for Hamlet . Admire the stately Stockholm Palace where the King of Sweden resides. Explore the majestic Catherine Palace, the former summer retreat of Russian tsars. Revel in the romance and splendor of these opulent landmarks.

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Kayak the Finnish archipelago surrounding Helsinki, or explore the scenic countryside of Porvoo. In Stockholm, venture beyond the city to the Långholmen Kajak, a Venice-like system of canals where you can enjoy a Swedish gondola ride. Venture to the Malusi islands off the coast of Estonia to spot seals in their natural habitat.

Urban Exploration

The extraordinary cities you’ll visit on a Baltic Sea cruise are brimming with culture, history, and excitement at every turn. Admire the quintessential rust-colored roofs of Tallinn. Stroll alongside the vibrant facades of Gamla Stan’s storied structures in Stockholm. Do as the locals do and bike through Copenhagen’s streets, admiring the sleek Scandinavian design juxtaposed with hundreds of years of history at every turn. 

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Copenhagen, denmark.

A stop in Copenhagen makes for a fabulous day in port while on a cruise to Scandinavia and to Northern Europe’s capitals. Spend the day admiring the city’s opulent castles and stroll along the colorful waterfront district of Nyhavn. Don’t forget to try a Danish brew and sample local eats at a food hall while you’re here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in northern Europe. The city’s Old Town is filled with medieval houses and cobblestone alleyways still protected by the remnants of the city wall. Aside from Tallin’s charming city, you can venture to the countryside to sip vodka amongst the ruins of Rakvere Castle, or sample cheese at a local dairy farm.

Stockholm, Sweden

Discover Stockholm, the trend-setting capital of Sweden known as “Beauty on the Water”. Get a glimpse of a time before industrialization at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo that showcases Sweden’s traditional way of life and exotic wildlife. Spend an afternoon at the Nationalmuseum or the Vasa Museum for a crash course in Viking history and Swedish art. No trip to the city is complete without spending a few hours in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

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On a cruise to the Baltic Sea, you’ll sail on award-winning ships like Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette. Itineraries range from 11 to 13 nights and depart from Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Netherlands and Southampton, England (which is conveniently close to London) from May to August.


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Experience some of Europe’s most riveting cities while sailing in complete luxury on one of our cruise ships. Lounge at the Lawn Club and watch the Baltic Sea glitter as day turns to dusk. Sample local beer in Estonia, then try a new cocktail at one of our innovative bars. After a long, unforgettable day spent exploring Stockholm or Helsinki, you’ll be welcomed back to the ship, where exquisite cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and luxurious staterooms and suites await.

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14 nights, 7 ports of call, 7 countries, a Baltic Heritage Cruise from Southampton is a 4,000 mile round trip exploring some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, including the cultural capital of Russia , Saint Petersburg. Here’s all the best bits of this spectacular itinerary onboard Princess Cruises Sapphire Princess , a cruise line I’ve collaborated with in the past…

Sapphire Princess docked in Tallinn, Estonia on a Baltic Cruise

Related: An interview with David Sanders, PR Director of Princess Cruises UK

On the 31st August we set sail for Zeebrugge in Belgium, the ‘ Princess difference ’ was evident from the get-go, though Sapphire Princess may not be the biggest and newest ship in their fleet, it’s a tastefully decorated vessel that isn’t showing its age (fifteen) with the help of a recent refit, and the food and entertainment onboard was some of the best I’ve experienced on any cruise ship.

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The cruise line also proud to offer “ the ultimate sleep at sea ” with luxurious mattresses and bedding – in my experience over the past few years of cruising, they’re right. Restful sleep is also essential on this itinerary, the clock’s go forward 2 hours by the time you reach Russia and you’ll walk your socks off, there’s so much to explore!

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

Our first port of call was Zeebrugge, the gateway to Bruges or the Belgium capital, Brussels. Most people head to Bruges which is 12 miles away. Princess Cruises (and most other cruise lines) offer a relatively cheap shuttle service to Blankenberge where you can catch the bus or train further afield.

Market square in Bruges

Bruges is a beautiful red-brick city with so much character – watch this space as I’m working with Visit Flanders to show you more of this beautiful area in the coming weeks.  

Canal tours in Bruges

Top things to do in Bruges include;

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  • An indulgent Belgian lunch (moules-frites, beer and waffles from Chez Albert)
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  • Visiting the Historium and tower for panoramic views over The Market Square

Copenhagen, Denmark | Baltic Cruise Highlights

Sapphire Princess docked just 1.5 miles away from the cultural heart of the city, the Nyhavn Harbour . During my walk there I passed the Kastellet fortress, Amalienborg palace (home of the Danish Royal Family) and iconic Little Mermaid statue.  

Canal tours in Copenhagen from Nyhavn

The cost of living is high so eating out in Copenhagen is expensive , particularly on the Nyhavn. However, an hour long long canal ride   from the Nyhavn will only set you back about £11/$14 and gives you a nice overview of the city from the water.

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Stockholm, Sweden

The port of Stockholm is around a 45 minute walk from the city centre, you can get a travel card to use the public transportation (cheapest option) or book a private taxi or shore excursion. Stockholm is made up of 14 islands – the Old Town , on Gamla Stan island is a hub of characterful bars, cafes and gifts shops. It’s also home to the Royal Palace and Nobel Peace Prize Museum .

The Old Town in Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia | Baltic Cruise Highlights

The pretty Medieval town of Tallinn is around a 15-20 minute walk away from the port. Unlike the previous two stops Estonia is less expensive, so I treated myself to a hot chocolate in Tallinn’s Oldest Cafe and walked along the fortress walls (for €3) to soak up the wonderful rooftop views with enchanting spires.  

Rooftop view of Tallinn Estonia

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Saint Petersburg, Russia (Overnight)

To visit Russia you’ll need a visa, but if you’re booked on a shore excursion with the ship or an independent tour company, this element can be taken care of for you. The city is Russia’s capital of culture and to make the most of your visit I’d highly recommend booking a tour , particularly if you’re there overnight. I did a tour with Ludmila and it was a brilliant experience over 2 days taking in all the sights including the palaces, museums and underground metro – a full blog post will follow.

Catherine Palace in St Petersburg

Helsinki, Finland | Baltic Cruise Highlights

The city centre is a few miles away so using the local transport or booking a ship’s transfer will be necessary to maximise your time in port. I paid €8 for a day ticket on the local public transport which includes the buses, trams and even some of the ferries. The #14 bus from just outside the port takes you to the Rock Cathedral , one of Helsinki’s most popular attractions.

Helsinki Cathedral Square

You can also transfer onto the #7 tram to the Cathedral Square which is in walking distance to the street market and Stockmann , a popular department store for shopping. I walked back to the ship along the harbour, passing through Kaivopuisto park .

Gdyina (Gdansk), Poland

Our final port of call was Gdyina, a young port city in Poland that is close to the historic city of Gdansk where you’ll find the world’s largest brick cathedral and a modern museum of WWII . Gdansk is around 24 miles away so an excursion or use of local transport will be necessary. Uber ’s are very cheap in Poland so I decided to use that and explore Sopot , sometimes referred to as the Polish Riviera .

Sopot, the Polish riviera

Sopot is only 7 miles away and has a lovely stretch of sandy beach and Europe’s longest wooden pier . At the end of the pier you’ll find Meridian restaurant and a pirate ship taking passengers on a 40 minute voyage into the bay.

Related: Parks and gardens walking tour in Cadiz, Spain

Peterhof Palace gardens in St Petersburg

Even before I disembarked in Southampton I was eager to share my Baltic Heritage cruise experience, it’s a trip I’ll be sharing stories about for many years to come. A Baltic Cruise from Southampton crams in so many amazing destinations over two weeks and the comfort and relaxation offered by Princess Cruises made it all the more enjoyable. I’ve come back with a new love for Eastern Europe and its breathtaking cities, and a desire to find out what else Princess Cruises has to offer.

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The Kiel Canal spans 98 kilometres, cutting through the picturesque German countryside as it links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. The slow sailing along the canal offers the opportunity to relax on deck as you sail under low bridges and pass interesting villages and towns that flank the still waters.

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The enchanting medieval town of Visby, located on the Swedish island of Gotland, is famed for its well-preserved medieval city wall, which still has many of its original towers intact. Originally built as protection for the town against foreign enemies, the wall encircles the city which is now a UNECO World Heritage Site.

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Best transatlantic cruises for 2024 and 2025, plus tips and what to expect

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A transatlantic cruise ranks high on many travelers' bucket lists, especially those who love the camaraderie and adventure of a voyage by ship. Today's roughly 4,000-nautical-mile transatlantic crossing is more akin to the pre-aviation "Grand Tour" wealthy Americans once enjoyed than the immigration journeys many of our European ancestors made from the 17th to early 20th centuries.

Leisurely and luxurious, a one-way sailing offers fine dining, wellness-oriented pampering, enlightening lectures, glamorous nightlife and plenty of time to relax. Transatlantic cruises are also a solution for travelers who prefer not to fly and a tempting option for cruise lovers seeking a longer itinerary at an affordable price.

Is a transatlantic cruise right for everyone? Not necessarily, especially for anyone prone to moderate to severe sea sickness. However, for those who love sea days — and many cruisers do — a crossing can offer an uninterrupted "floating resort" experience; plus, it provides the added bonus of delivering you to Europe or returning you home without a cramped transatlantic flight.

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Here's everything you need to know about cruising the Atlantic — plus a selection of the best transatlantic cruises you can book in 2024 and 2025.

Which cruise lines offer transatlantic crossings?

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While Cunard Line is most famous for its weekly crossings between Southampton, England, and New York City — which sail from April to December on its ocean liner Queen Mary 2 — pretty much every major cruise line offers transatlantic crossings.

These generally occur in the spring (late March to early May) and fall (September to November). In the spring, ships are repositioned from the Caribbean to Europe, and in the fall, vessels sail from Europe to the U.S. to begin Canada-New England and Caribbean itineraries.

Also known as repositioning cruises , these sailings are usually longer than a traditional crossing and often include several port calls beyond the city of embarkation and disembarkation.

Even better, cruise fares for these itineraries are typically one-third to one-half the price of a cruise of the same length that visits a new port daily. This makes them a great deal for travelers looking to settle into shipboard life rather than just sightsee.

These types of transatlantic/repositioning itineraries are offered by Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Seabourn, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers, Windstar, Viking and Virgin.

When is the best time of year for transatlantic cruises?

The best time to take a transatlantic cruise depends on what you're looking for: great weather, smooth seas, the best price or specific ports of call.

Generally speaking, May, June and July are recommended for warmer weather and gentler seas — before the Atlantic hurricane season peaks in August, September and October — although storms can arise any time of the year.

March, April and November — while not ideal due to cooler temperatures that can limit on-deck and poolside enjoyment — are a good option and a terrific value. This is especially true if the ship's route is a southerly one between Florida and the Mediterranean rather than between northern Europe and New York.

As noted above, the best prices are generally in spring and fall for repositioning cruises. These itineraries may also visit several appealing ports in the Mediterranean or Caribbean as well as call on the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Iceland or Bermuda in the Atlantic.

Related: Why I was wrong about transatlantic cruises

How long does the crossing take?

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It varies. The classic nonstop transatlantic itinerary aboard Queen Mary 2 is a seven-night voyage between New York and Southampton (and vice versa). On the other hand, transatlantic repositioning cruises generally range in length from 11 to 21 nights, with an average of 14 nights (seven or eight of them typically sea days).

Will the seas be rough?

It's up to Mother Nature. At times, the Atlantic can be smooth sailing, even in spring and fall. Yet unpredictable wind and water current patterns can create rough seas seemingly out of nowhere any time of year.

Captains can generally maneuver around storms — and try to do so whenever possible for the comfort of all onboard. Additionally, modern cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers that reduce a ship's rolling motion due to wind or waves.

However, if you're even slightly prone to seasickness, don't throw caution to the wind. You'll be better off on a larger ship (pick a midship cabin on a lower deck); also, be sure to pack medication, patches, bands or whatever works best for you. While it might seem counterintuitive, having a window or balcony actually helps offset seasickness since it offers fresh air and a horizon view. If you're concerned, opt for an ocean-view or balcony cabin over an inside one.

Which side of the ship is best for a transatlantic crossing?

It honestly doesn't make much difference whether you book a cabin on the port (left) or starboard (right) side of the ship since most daytime views will be of the ocean. However, if you're departing from a Mediterranean port, say Rome or Barcelona, for a southerly crossing, book a starboard cabin; this might offer a view of the Rock of Gibraltar if your ship transits between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during daylight hours. For a U.S.-to-Europe eastward crossing, you'd want the opposite — a port-side cabin.

Similarly, if your crossing takes you from northern Europe on a northerly route to the U.S., and you want to be among the first to spot land (perhaps Greenland or Newfoundland), book a starboard cabin. If you are cruising into New York Harbor just before dawn and want to see the Statue of Liberty from your cabin, book on the port side.

More important for an Atlantic crossing location-wise is your cabin's deck number and whether the cabin is situated forward, midship or aft. Generally, the ship's movement through rough seas will feel less severe if your cabin is midship and on one of the lower or middle decks versus the top-most decks.

Related: The 5 most desirable cabin locations on any cruise ship

Which ports do transatlantic cruises visit?

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Where you embark and disembark will determine your route and the ports you potentially call on. Ships repositioning to or from the Baltic Sea and the British Isles generally take a northerly route. Vessels sailing from the Mediterranean cross on a more southerly route, especially if they are repositioning to or from a winter home port in Florida.

On a northerly crossing, you can expect to embark in a port such as Copenhagen; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Southampton or New York. Depending on the length of the cruise, expect to call on ports in Ireland (Dublin or Cork), Iceland (Reykjavik), Greenland (Qaqortoq or Nuuk), Atlantic Canada (St. John's in Newfoundland, or Sydney or Halifax in Nova Scotia) and Bermuda (King's Wharf).

On a southerly crossing between Barcelona or Rome in the Mediterranean and Miami or Fort Lauderdale, typical ports of call include Madeira; Grand Canary or Tenerife in the Canary Islands; Ponta Delgada in the Azores; and one or two islands in the Caribbean, such as St. Maarten or Puerto Rico.

Is it better to book an eastbound or westbound cruise?

Which direction you book really depends on whether you're aboard for the experience or you're using the crossing as a substitute for a flight to reach the other side of the ocean. Below are a few factors to keep in mind.

Aside from Queen Mary 2 crossings, westbound transatlantic repositioning cruises (from Europe to the U.S.) take place in the fall during the Atlantic hurricane season; some are also scheduled for mid-to-late November when storm formation has generally diminished. Eastbound cruises (from the U.S. to Europe) happen in spring, a season also often known for periods of gray skies and rain.

When considering westbound versus eastbound crossings, factor in the time change. While a transatlantic cruise is a terrific way to avoid the jet lag caused by flying across multiple time zones in a single day, you will be subject to almost daily reminders to reset your clock.

On westbound cruises, you'll have to set your clock back at night, thus gaining an extra hour of sleep on most days. On eastbound cruises, you'll set it ahead an hour and lose an hour of leisure time or sleep.

Another factor to keep in mind is that unless you plan to return home on another transatlantic cruise, you'll also need to book a one-way flight. Before committing to a specific eastbound or westbound itinerary, always check your flight options. One-way tickets are sometimes more expensive than round-trip fares.

Best transatlantic cruises for 2024 and 2025

There are dozens of opportunities to cross the Atlantic by cruise ship, but here are some of the best itineraries available in the next two years.

Cunard's Queen Mary 2

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  • Transatlantic crossings: May to December 2024 and 2025

There's nothing quite like it. Cunard 's weekly transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton aboard the 2,691-guest Queen Mary 2 celebrates the grand age of ocean liners with a level of pomp and ceremony that appeals to Cunard loyalists, bucket-listers and memory-making couples or families celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday.

These eight-night eastbound and six-night westbound voyages are all about the sea. There are interludes of culinary enjoyment and evening entertainment designed for travelers who appreciate formality and glamour.

A typical day might include time in the library perusing the largest book collection at sea, getting an illuminating astronomy lesson in the onboard planetarium and enjoying traditional afternoon tea.

The evening lineup generally starts with a multicourse dinner (same table and same waiter nightly) followed by a Broadway-inspired show, an abridged Shakespeare play or even a magic act. The ship is also famous for its Gala Evenings, capped off with Champagne sipping and dancing to a live orchestra. Yes, pack those ballgowns and tuxes.

Cruise fares start at $1,129 per person for an inside cabin and $1,619 per person for a balcony room.

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

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  • 16-night Rome to Miami: Nov. 28-Dec. 14, 2024
  • 15-night Miami to Casablanca and Barcelona cruises: May 3-18, 2025

Virgin Voyages ' 2,770-guest Scarlet Lady has an onboard ambience that rivals a youthful beach club. Passengers and crew will keep the party going day and night this fall on a 16-night Rome to Miami transatlantic sailing. The sailing has calls on Barcelona and Malaga in Spain; Funchal on the island of Madeira; and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Or, party in reverse on the ship's 15-night Miami to Casablanca and Barcelona crossing in May 2025. It stops in Grand Canary and Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Casablanca, Morocco; and Barcelona.

The ship's 20 excellent dining venues, cutting-edge entertainment (campy and a bit naughty — think Drag Queen Bingo), impressive lineup of wellness classes (from yoga at sunrise to On-the-Upswing Bungee aerobics) and fun activities ('90s Boy Band Dance Class, anyone?) provide plenty of ways to pass the time.

Cruise fares start at $4,384 per cabin (or less than $2,200 per person) for the Rome-to-Miami sailing and $3,706 per cabin (or less than $1,900 per person) for the Miami-to-Barcelona sailing.

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream

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  • 13-night eastbound transatlantic cruise: May 5-18, 2024
  • 13-night westbound transatlantic cruise: Oct. 20-Nov. 2, 2024

Certain Disney fans — namely childless adult couples and empty nesters — love the brand's storytelling and Imagineering but prefer not to share a two-week cruise with hundreds of kids and teens. These 13-night eastbound and westbound crossings from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona and from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale aboard 2,500-passenger Disney Dream offer a solution to that dilemma.

Each of these transatlantic cruises occurs when almost everyone ages 5 to 18 is still in school. Yes, some kids will likely be on board, but certainly not in overwhelming numbers.

These crossings feature nine to 11 sea days during which Disney Cruise Line offers all kinds of immersive entertainment, excellent onboard dining and a southerly route in spring that means plenty of pool time. On top of that, each sailing includes a mix of culturally rich ports.

On the eastbound crossing, they are Ponta Delgada; Lisbon; and Cadiz, Cartagena and Barcelona, Spain. On the westbound crossing, the ports are Ponta Delgada and the new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

Eastbound fares for balcony cabins start at $4,516 for two adults (or about $2,258 per person). Westbound fares are a bit pricier, starting at $5,517 for an inside cabin ($2,708 per person).

Related: 5 reasons why Disney cruises aren't just for kids

Holland America's Nieuw Statendam

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  • 28-night Adriatic Dream and Passage to America: Nov. 2-30, 2024

For a shoulder-season meander through the Adriatic and Mediterranean followed by a transatlantic crossing, Holland America 's 28-night Adriatic Dream and Passage to America visits 14 ports in seven countries. This makes it a true hybrid of an ocean crossing and a traditional cruise.

The sailing, aboard the 3,665-passenger Nieuw Statendam, departs from Athens and visits ports in Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Albania, Spain and Portugal before arriving in Fort Lauderdale. Of the 12 sea days, two include scenic cruising.

The voyage takes place in November, so expect temperatures to be on the cooler side in most ports and during the crossing. It's a good thing, then, that Nieuw Statendam has an indoor pool with a retractable roof. Holland America passengers, mostly older retirees, can also pass the time dining at each of the 10 onboard restaurants and enjoy entertainment that includes live bands at the B.B. King's Blues Club and Rolling Stone Rock Room.

At $2,499 per person for an inside cabin and $3,749 per person for a balcony cabin, fares are a great deal for a four-week sailing.

Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Ascent and Celebrity Apex

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  • 13-night Spain, Portugal and Bermuda transatlantic: Oct. 26-Nov. 8, 2024
  • 13-night Bermuda and Portugal transatlantic: March 8-21, 2025

Celebrity Cruises ' Spain, Portugal and Bermuda transatlantic sailing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale offers 13 nights aboard its newest ship, Celebrity Ascent. The sailing features port calls in Alicante, Spain; Gibraltar; Ponta Delgada; and King's Wharf, along with eight sea days.

Accommodating 3,260 passengers, Celebrity Ascent is a megaship designed with adults in mind. On board, you'll find multiple hot tubs but no waterslides, contemporary decor, 32 sophisticated food and beverage venues (including Voyages, Daniel Boulud's restaurant at sea, bookable at extra cost), an indoor solarium pool, a glittering Grand Plaza housing the line's signature Martini Bar, and nightly entertainment ranging from high-tech theater productions to multisensory events in Eden.

Inside cabin fares start at $1,353 per person and balcony cabin fares at $2,399 per person.

If you prefer to cross the Atlantic in spring 2025, take sister Edge Class ship Celebrity Apex , which carries 2,910 passengers. It will sail a 13-night Bermuda and Portugal transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona with port calls at Bermuda's Royal Naval Dockyard; Ponta Delgada; and Valencia.

Inside cabins for that cruise start from $799 per person and balcony rooms from $1,272 per person.

Viking's Viking Mars

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  • 20-night Atlantic and Mediterranean Horizons: March 27-April 16, 2025

Passengers aboard Viking Mars for its 20-night Atlantic and Mediterranean Horizons sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Rome will meander through the Caribbean to the French-Dutch island of St. Martin/St. Maarten. They will spend six days crossing the Atlantic and call on Madeira and then overnight in Barcelona. Then, they will visit the French ports of Sete and Marseille, followed by Monte Carlo, Monaco, and another overnight in Livorno, Italy (gateway to Florence).

The 930-passenger Viking Mars is an adults-only ship featuring a sleek Scandinavian design. Guests can enjoy elevated (and complimentary) dining in eight venues, as well as daily activities that include lectures by guest speakers and resident historians. ( Viking bills itself as "the thinking person's cruise.")

They will also get unlimited access to the thermal suite at the Liv Nordic Spa, a main pool with a retractable roof (there's also an aft infinity pool and hot tub), and complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

Better still, the transatlantic cruise fare is about one-third less than a typical three-week Viking itinerary, with balcony cabins starting at $7,198 per person.

Princess Cruises' Sky Princess

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  • 27-night Moroccan and Iberian Grand Adventure: March 9-April 5, 2025

To snag an excellent deal on an almost month-long journey, check out the 27-night Morocco and Iberian Grand Adventure . It sails from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton aboard the 3,660-passenger Sky Princess. Princess Cruises guests will enjoy a southerly spring crossing that culminates with visits to 10 ports in four countries (Portugal, Morocco, Spain and England) — including Madeira, three Canary Islands and Casablanca.

Sky Princess , which debuted in 2019, is a Royal Class ship featuring three pools, a glittering Italian-style Piazza (home to Alfredo's Pizzeria — some of the best pizza at sea), four specialty dining venues (at an extra cost), poolside Movies Under the Stars and original production shows in the Princess Theater.

Inside cabins start at $2,847 per person and balcony cabins at $4,747 per person.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Princess Cruises ship

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Splendor

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  • 14-night Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro: Jan. 5-19, 2025

If crossing the southern Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America on a small luxury cruise ship is on your bucket list, consider Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' early 2025 Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro sailing.

While not a bargain by any means, this 14-night itinerary aboard the 750-passenger, all-suite Seven Seas Splendor is all-inclusive. Business-class airfare, transfers, top-notch cuisine, unlimited beverages, gratuities, Wi-Fi and most shore excursions are all included in the fare.

Start by taking in the scenic beauty of Namibia, with a port call in Luderitz, known for its colorful colonial architecture. Another call is Walvis Bay, where the ship will overnight. Here, you'll get a chance to experience the country's dramatic sand dunes and resident flamingos. Then, as you cross the Atlantic, you'll visit the remote island of St. Helena, where Napoleon died in exile, before continuing on to an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro ahead of disembarkation.

All-inclusive fares start at $12,949 per person for a suite with a balcony.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Prima

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  • 16-night Transatlantic (Italy, France and Spain): Nov. 7-23, 2024

Board in Rome and tour the Mediterranean in the shoulder season before crossing the Atlantic to New York on a November 2024 Norwegian Cruise Line cruise. The Transatlantic (Italy, France and Spain) sailing aboard Norwegian Prima visits Livorno (for Pisa and Florence); Cannes, France; Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Malaga and Cadiz, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Ponta Delgada. You'll spend six days at sea.

The 3,099-passenger Norwegian Prima , which debuted in 2022, features 14 restaurants (six included and eight specialty options for an added fee) and 19 bars and lounges. It also sports a three-level go-kart racetrack and virtual-reality gaming. Entertainment options include "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," stand-up comedy at The Improv at Sea and a rock cover band in Syd Norman's Pour House.

Inside cabins start at $1,499 per person and balcony cabins at $2,199 per person.

Silversea Cruises' Silver Ray

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  • 25-night Rome to Fort Lauderdale: Nov. 7-Dec. 2, 2025

Plan ahead to score a suite on the 25-night Rome to Fort Lauderdale transatlantic crossing in late 2025 aboard Silversea Cruises ' newest all-suite luxury ship, Silver Ray, debuting in summer 2024.

Not only is the price all-inclusive, but the 728-passenger ship will visit 11 ports in five countries. You'll experience Livorno; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille; Valencia, Barcelona (overnight), Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Cadiz, Spain; and Lisbon and Madeira. Then, you'll cross the Atlantic and spend an overnight in Hamilton, Bermuda before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale.

Silver Ray is Silversea's second Nova Class ship. It features spacious suites and inviting exterior and interior spaces perfect for late-season Mediterranean cruising and a cool-weather transatlantic crossing. Its culinary-focused S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program tempts tastebuds with region- and port-inspired menus, cooking classes and cocktails.

All-inclusive, door-to-door fares — which include economy-class flights, transfers, complimentary beverages and gourmet dining, butler service, gratuities and select shore excursions — start at $13,100 per person for Classic Veranda Suite.

Bottom line

No matter your reason for considering a transatlantic cruise, you're guaranteed to experience the secret magic of sea days, with ample time to relax and unwind. With no land in sight for roughly a week, you can enjoy the ship's amenities without feeling rushed.

Make new friends over coffee or a game of bridge, watch movies in your cabin, learn more about the world during lectures by onboard experts, or treat yourself to rejuvenating massages and facials in the spa.

Even better, per-night rates are typically lower on crossings than on round-trip, port-intensive cruises. So, you can enjoy a longer sailing at a fraction of the usual cost. No matter which transatlantic cruise you deem best for your travel style and interests, it will surely be a memorable bucket-list trip.

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See Baltic, Scandinavia and Norways breathtaking scenery and natural wonders

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Cruise to the spectacular Norwegian fjords, Baltic and Scandinavia from Southampton in April 2024. Easily find and compare cruises from Southampton cruise port. The Port of Southampton is a passenger and cargo port located in the central part of the south coast of England. There are four dedicated cruise terminals at Southampton which play host to a wide variety of cruise lines including AIDA, P&O Cruises, Princess, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Fred Olsen and other major cruise lines.

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From the Northern Lights to spectacular sights such as the Norwegian fjords , cruising becomes a unique experience, sailing past enchanted castles and glaciers under the midnight sun, between some of the most fascinating cities in the world. Cruise all the way to the mythical Cape North, separated from the North Pole only by the Svalbard Islands, in the Arctic Sea. Discover the beautiful cities of Geiranger, Stavanger, Alesund up to beautiful UNESCO World Heritage fjords Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjorden.

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Cruise Baltic Welcomes Ystad as New Member

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The latest member in the Cruise Baltic network is one of the southernmost cities in Sweden, Ystad. 

Guests can experience the medieval atmosphere with modern boutiques and restaurants or enjoy the long beaches and the luxury spa Ystad Saltsjöbad just outside the city center.

“We are pleased to become a part of an international cruise network, where we can learn more about the industry, exchange valuable experiences with each other, and ultimately develop Ystad as a cruise destination,” said Björn Boström, CEO of the Port of Ystad.

Marie Holmström, head of tourism in Ystad, said: “Within very short distances it’s easy to explore our historical sites, enjoy the beauty of the coastline, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture. Especially for our German-speaking guests, it is possible to immerse themselves in the ‘Kurt Wallander’ atmosphere and explore the settings of the story in Ystad, either on their own or on guided tours.”

As one of the largest ferry ports in Sweden, the Port of Ystad is a gateway to Bornholm, as well as Poland and beyond into Central Europe. With the train conveniently located next to the cruise terminal, Ystad also provides a gateway to Malmö, allowing easy onward travel to Copenhagen.

“We are delighted to welcome Ystad to our strong network. More destinations mean more diversity, which is an essential part of making cruise lines interested in visiting the region. Cruise Baltic represents nine different countries, languages, and cultures, and we offer a unique product on the global cruise market. With Ystad on board, it is even better,” said Klaus Bondam, director of Cruise Baltic.

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10 Beautiful Cruises From New York City You Should Try

  • NYC offers a variety of cruises to tropical, cultural, and transatlantic destinations. Departing from NYC are popular cruise lines like NCL and Carnival.
  • NYC's cruise terminals offer state-of-the-art amenities and are conveniently located near airports and major roadways, making it a great place to start and end a cruise.
  • Each cruise on this list has been carefully chosen based on cost, itinerary, and TripAdvisor reviews, offering a range of options for short trips or longer vacations.

Whether looking for a tropical retreat, a cultural excursion, or a transatlantic adventure, New York City offers cruises to experience a variety of destinations. NYC is a well-known cruise port with trips to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, New England, and even across the Atlantic. So, the choices are plenty for both short-term travel to tropical islands and extended cruises to Europe and beyond. The best thing is that many of the world's biggest cruise lines , including NCL, Carnival, Disney, Princess, and many more, depart from New York City.

There's nowhere better to begin and end a cruise than NYC, the city of the iconic skyline, Broadway productions, top-notch museums, and superb dining and shopping . Additionally, its cruise terminals—the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, and Cape Liberty Cruise Port —offer state-of-the-art amenities and are conveniently located near all NYC airports and major roadways. So, without further ado, check out these 10 cruises from New York City and plan an unforgettable and experience-packed sea vacation.

Every cruise from New York City on this list has been carefully chosen based on a number of standards, such as cost, itinerary, and experience provided. While selecting the cruises, we also took TripAdvisor reviews into account. We provided a range of cruises, from short-day trips to longer cruises. Just pick one that best suits you, and have a memorable trip.

Related: 10 Cheap Cruises Ranked By Their 2024 Prices

Bahamas Cruises

Discover the world of white sands and turquoise waters.

A cruise from New York to the Bahamas is one of the best ways to enjoy sun-soaked beaches, water activities, and a glimpse of the lively Bahamian culture all in one vacation. There are multiple cruises to the Bahamas that usually stop along the way in thriving ports like Freeport and Nassau. This 7-night Bahamas cruise has a 3.5-star rating on TripAdvisor and begins with passengers boarding the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas at Cape Liberty, New Jersey. The trip stops at Port Canaveral in Florida, CocoCay, and Nassau, where passengers can take advantage of white-sand beaches , dazzling oceans, thrilling activities, island food, and duty-free shopping.

  • Cruise: 7-Night Cruise to the Bahamas
  • Stops: Bayonne (Cape Liberty), Port Canaveral (Orlando), Perfect Day at CocoCay , Nassau, Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Cost: From $773 per person
  • What's beautiful: Turquoise waters, white sands, Bahamian culture, island food, exhilarating activities


Bermuda Cruises

Sail to the pink sandy beaches and turquoise waters of bermuda.

A cruise to Bermuda is perhaps the best choice for individuals looking for a spectacular cruise experience but just have a few days available. Many cruise lines provide four- or five-day cruises from New York to Bermuda. However, Liberty of the Seas , one of the top Royal Caribbean cruise ships , offers a 5-day voyage that allows tourists to enjoy Bermuda's pastel-painted estates, pink sand beaches, and turquoise shoreline and has a TripAdvisor rating of 4/5. The journey begins at the Cape Liberty cruise port, and after a day at sea, it docks at the historic Royal Naval Dockyard for days three and four. Here, travelers can experience charming villages, beaches, British colonial properties, delicious cuisine, and the amazing island's charm before returning to New York City.

  • Cruise: 5 Night Cruise to Bermuda
  • Stops: Bayonne (Cape Liberty), King's Wharf, King's Wharf, Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Cost: From $412 per person
  • What's beautiful: Liberty of the Seas's exciting adventures and delectable meals onboard, Bermuda's pink beaches, azure shorelines, British colonial landmarks, delicious local cuisine

New England And Canada Cruises

Experience the charm of the coastal towns of new england and canada.

One of the most exquisite cruises from New York City is to Canada and New England, which offers an exquisite fusion of picturesque coastline scenery, historic charm, and regional cuisine. Passengers enjoy breathtaking views of charming seaside New England towns , famous lighthouses, gorgeous landscapes, and a rich maritime history as they sail down the Atlantic coast. From four to twenty-three days, there are numerous possibilities for cruising from New York City to Canada and New England; all of them let passengers fully experience the natural beauty and local culture. An 11-night cruise to Canada and New England from New York City onboard the Norwegian Sky has a 3.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor and includes stops in classic destinations, such as Bar Harbor, Boston, and Quebec City, exhibiting spectacular splendor along the way.

  • Cruise: 11 Night Cruise to Canada & New England
  • Stops: New York (Manhattan), Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven), Boston, Portland (Maine), Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Saguenay, Quebec City
  • Cost: From $779 per person
  • What's beautiful: Magnificent vistas of iconic lighthouses, quaint coastal towns, stunning scenery, a historic maritime past, and regional cuisine

Related: 10 Tips To Know Before Booking That Cruise

Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Enjoy tropical bliss and cultural experiences.

Taking a cruise from New York City to the Eastern Caribbean is an incredible experience that allows travelers to embrace the serene beauty of a tropical paradise. Journeying to picturesque locations like St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, and Puerto Rico, travelers discover an array of islands, customs, and landmarks encompassing volcanic peaks and coral reefs. The itinerary offers an ideal blend of thrilling water activities, vibrant cultural experiences, relaxation on pristine beaches, and island hopping in style . This 9-night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean onboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Sea has a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor and promises an adventure full of unforgettable moments while stopping at King's Wharf, St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee.

  • Cruise: 9 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
  • Stops: Bayonne (Cape Liberty), King's Wharf, St. Maarten, San Juan, Labadee, Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Cost: From $896 per person
  • What's beautiful: Turquoise waters, exotic ports, cultural experiences, delicious cuisine, and exhilarating water activities

Related: 10 Best St Thomas Cruises Where You Can Sail Into Paradise

Transatlantic Cruises

Enjoy endless horizons, ocean vistas, majestic seascapes.

A transatlantic cruise from New York City offers travelers a long, relaxing trip across the Atlantic Ocean to European ports such as Southampton, Belfast, and Bruges. The pristine ocean, the enchanting sunsets, and the breathtaking views of the open sea all add to the cruise's exceptional beauty. The 14-night Transatlantic Cruise by Norwegian Getaway visits Halifax, Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam, Brugge (Bruges), Le Havre, and Southampton along historic routes. The journey is a delight as passengers enjoy the breathtaking scenery, a plethora of cultural experiences, as well as luxurious amenities and exquisite dining onboard.

  • Cruise: 14 Night Cruise to Transatlantic
  • Stops: New York (Manhattan), Halifax, Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam, Brugge (Bruges), Le Havre, Southampton
  • Cost: From $849 per person
  • What's beautiful: Amazing ocean vistas, lovely landscapes, historical landmarks, cultural experiences, regional cuisines

Mediterranean Cruises

Enjoy the timeless beauty of azure seas and historic coasts.

A cruise to the Mediterranean from New York is a genuinely captivating experience that offers passengers the chance to discover numerous famous historical landmarks, stunning scenery, and dynamic cultures. The cruise offers a distinctive transatlantic experience by taking travelers across the Atlantic Ocean, leaving the NYC cityscape behind. And MSC Divina 's 16-night cruise to the Mediterranean takes passengers to captivating ports , such as King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Rome, all of which are rich in architectural wonders and history. The cruise is the best way to immerse oneself in azure beauty, amazing cultures, exciting adventures, delectable cuisine, and much more, elevating the overall experience.

  • Cruise: 16 Night Cruise to the Mediterranean
  • Stops: New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook), King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome
  • Cost: From $919 per person
  • What's beautiful: Azure waters, charming coastal towns, historic architecture, majestic islands, spectacular sunsets, heritage sites, Mediterranean flora, diverse cuisine

Southern Caribbean Cruises

Experience unparalleled serenity and distinct island charms.

Unmatched nature splendor in the form of crystal-clear waters, immaculate beaches, and dynamic cultures await travelers on a Southern Caribbean cruise from New York City. The itinerary includes stops in various tropical paradises, such as the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao), offering a varied mosaic of experiences and vistas. An 11-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean offered by Royal Caribbean International Odyssey of the Seas is one of the best options to enjoy the incredible beauty and culture of St. Maarten , St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Kitts. Travelers will have the opportunity to snorkel in coral reefs, stroll through colorful markets, and indulge in local cuisine.

  • Cruise: 11 Night Cruise to the Southern Caribbean
  • Stops: Bayonne (Cape Liberty), St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts (Port Zante)
  • Cost: From $1,646 per person
  • What's beautiful: Array of exotic destinations, crystal-clear waters, immaculate beaches, and dynamic cultures

Baltic Sea Cruises

Appreciate historic cities, picturesque landscapes, and cultural extravaganza.

Among the most exquisite cruises from New York City is a Baltic Sea cruise, offering a complete package of breathtaking scenery, historic cities, delicious delights, and varied cultural traditions. Passengers setting out on this amazing journey enjoy a fantastic trip through Northern Europe's iconic destinations. Cunard Queen Mary 2 offers trips around the Baltic Sea, with stops in some of Northern Europe's magical cities such as Southampton, Kristiansund, Olden, Innvikfjorden, Nordfjord, Alesund, Stavanger, and Oslofjord, each with its own historical significance and architectural wonders. Cruisers can take in the stunning scenery of the Baltic shores as well as enjoy the cultural immersion.

  • Cruise: 21 Night Cruise to the Baltic Sea
  • Stops: New York (Manhattan), Southampton, Kristiansund, Olden, Innvikfjorden, Nordfjord, Alesund, Stavanger, Oslofjord
  • Cost: From $4,699 per person
  • What's beautiful: Historic cities, charming ports, stunning architecture, cultural richness, captivating landscapes, and diverse Baltic cultures

Western Caribbean Cruises

Breathtaking natural beauty and cultural richness.

A Western Caribbean cruise from New York City takes travelers to picturesque tropical destinations like Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica, allowing them to immerse themselves in turquoise waters, stunning beaches, and vibrant cultures. Travelers explore the sun-drenched Caribbean paradise after soaking in the cosmopolitan allure of New York City, where they enjoy the warm weather, historical landmarks, and water sports. Unquestionably, the 11-night Western Caribbean cruise on the MSC Meraviglia is a breathtaking getaway to incomparably beautiful places like Cozumel , Costa Maya, Miami, and Port Canaveral. The best part is that MSC Meraviglia offers a one-night stay on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve , their exclusive private island in the Bahamas.

  • Cruise: 11 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean
  • Stops: New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook), Port Canaveral (Orlando), Cozumel, Costa Maya, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Miami
  • Cost: From $959 per person
  • What's beautiful: Turquoise waters, pristine beaches, lush landscapes, vibrant cultures, delicious cuisines

Fall Foliage Cruises

Witness the breathtaking autumn colors along the coasts.

Embark on a journey to witness the breathtaking autumn colors along the coasts of New England and Canada, or travelers may also opt for a boat cruise up the Hudson River . However, nothing compares to the excitement of seeing the leaves change color in Canada when sailing the Norwegian Joy in the fall. The 8-Night Cruise to Canada & New England from Manhattan, New York, stops at ports in Boston, Portland (Maine), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Saguenay, and Quebec City. While witnessing a breathtaking tapestry of autumn hues along picturesque coastlines, the journey also offers incredible cultural, adventure, and dining experiences.

  • Cruise: 8 Night Cruise to Canada & New England
  • Stops: New York (Manhattan), Boston, Portland (Maine), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Saguenay, Quebec City
  • Cost: From $529 per person
  • What's beautiful: Unparalleled views of the iconic autumnal scenery along the coastline, exciting adventures, seasonal dining, cultural experiences

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A mystery gastrointestinal illness is spreading aboard a Hawaii-bound cruise ship, sickening at least 154 people as of Saturday, officials said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the midst of investigating the massive outbreak on the Queen Victoria, operated by Cunard Cruise Line, a British shipping and cruise line based in Southampton, England, according to ABC .

The vessel, which is carrying 1,824 passengers and 967 crew members, left from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 22 and is set to reach its final destination of Honolulu on Feb. 12.

The cause of the illnesses is still unknown, according to the CDC .

On Friday, it was reported that 139 were infected with the illness, but that number jumped to 154 on Saturday, with a total of 129 passengers and 25 crew members now experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

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Cunard Cruise Line confirmed to The Post that “a number of guests had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on board” and they are enacting protocols to ensure the “wellbeing” of those on board.”

The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program is keeping tabs on the situation and looking into the ship’s response and protocols.

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