A Weekend Cruise is the Perfect Break
Give yourself the mental break a self-imposed long weekend provides and make it a luxurious respite with a weekend cruise getaway. Though cruise ships are often known for one or two (or longer) week vacations, there are still select cruise itineraries that let you experience the wonders of big ship cruising while not having to be away from home and your desk for a long period of time.
Here are seven reasons to take a weekend cruise with Celebrity Cruises plus a bonus reason that is only available for a limited time.
Convenient Weekend Cruise Embarkation Ports
Weekend cruise itineraries with Celebrity Cruises often leave from embarkation ports that are convenient to get to.
The Bahamas are a popular place to cruise for the weekend and Bahamas cruise itineraries typically embark from Miami or Fort Lauderdale in Florida. These Florida metropolises are home to airlines that have direct flights to and from other cities all across the country, meaning you can get to Florida quickly and not waste time in transit if you’re short on vacation time.
If you live in Florida, you have it even easier – you can just drive to your Bahamas cruise from Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
Weekend Cruise Ports of Call in the Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises offers short cruises over the weekend to destinations in the Caribbean Sea, with the majority of weekend cruises sailing to the Bahamas. Since the Bahamas are located only about 180 miles from the southeastern coast of Florida, your ship can sail there overnight, meaning 2-night Bahamas cruises are possible. You’ll spend your first night sailing to the Bahamas from Florida, wake up in port and have a day for island exploration, then sail back to Florida that night and wake up in Miami or Fort Lauderdale refreshed from your mini-getaway.
Bahamas cruises also have itineraries that are three and four nights long for people who are hoping to get away for a long weekend cruise.
These shorter 2- to 4-night Bahamas sailings generally depart on or travel during a weekend day, meaning less vacation days you have to take off in order to enjoy a quick tropical vacation.
While in the Bahamas you’ll pull into port in Nassau, home to a famous water park, gorgeous golf courses, and a vibrant downtown area with colorful buildings and lots of shopping opportunities.
Some of the top things to do on a weekend cruise to Nassau include water-based activities and not just in the sea. Adjacent to Nassau by a scenic bridge is Paradise Island, home to one of the Bahamas’ most iconic sights: the Atlantis Resort. It’s hard to miss against the skyline of the Bahamas since it juts up into the sky in two tall parallel towers the color of sand. At the base of those towers is a massive water park that cruisers can get day passes to. You can float around in one of the many pools, go down huge water slides, including plunge ones that go through the Atlantis’ onsite aquarium. And you can also take part in the river rapids ride for some added thrills during you day at the water park.
Snorkeling or scuba diving off the coast of Nassau, or simply lounging on one of the gorgeous sandy beaches is also a popular way to while away a day in port. If getting out into the water isn’t a must-do for you on your weekend cruise, then you may like sticking to the center of town in Nassau and doing some shopping and appreciating the candy colored architecture.
The Bahamas aren’t the only port of call for a weekend cruise. If you’re able to extend your weekend cruise by a couple days in order to do an itinerary longer than two nights, you can embark on a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise that departs from Miami on a Sunday and visits Cozumel, Mexico, before returning. Book a suite or Concierge Class stateroom to get priority boarding and spend your Sunday lounging on the cruise ship and maximizing your weekend fun in the sun.
Cozumel is famous for its underwater sea life and many people travel to this island specifically to get beneath the waves and do some scuba diving or snorkeling. During your weekend cruise to Cozumel you can do a shore excursion that will take you diving or snorkeling in Cozumel. Other fun things to do in Cozumel include visiting beach clubs, going off-roading on a jeep or ATV, and taking a catamaran sailboat tour around the island.
Have Big Ship Amenities on Your Weekend Cruise
The great thing about a weekend cruise with Celebrity Cruises is that you aren’t just taking a small, little puddle jumper ferry to and from the Caribbean island you’re visiting. You get to sail there on a large, state of the art, gorgeous cruise ship that has what feels like endless entertainment and dining on board.
When you’re not in port, you’ll get to spend your weekend cruise getting pampered in the full-service spa, lounging by the sparkling pool or on the sun deck, attending high-caliber shows in the ship’s theater, and making new friends over drinks in the chic lounges on board. You’ll also be dining on 5-star, multi-course meals in trendy and sophisticated dining rooms.
Cruise on a Budget
A weekend cruise gives you the chance to experience that Modern Luxury of a Celebrity Cruises ship even if you have a smaller budget. If a 7-night cruise or longer isn’t in your vacation budget for this year, but you’re dreaming of being at sea, you can still get your cruise fix thanks to a short cruise itinerary that doesn’t cost as much, but still provides amazing service and amenities that will create lasting memories.
You can also make your cruise more budget-friendly with all-inclusive cruise packages, in this case pertaining to beverages.
Celebrity Cruises has three drink packages: The Standard Beverage Package, the Classic Beverage Package, and the Premium Beverage Package. All three include alcoholic beverages, though the types of alcohol differ.
If alcoholic beverages aren’t important to you, but you want to be able to enjoy specialty coffee, juices, teas, and bottled water at your leisure as well as alcohol-free frozen drinks and smoothies, there is a beverage package for that, too. This one also works well for your children if you’re traveling with kids or teens and don’t want them to feel left out of the drink fun.
Once on board, order breakfast to be delivered to your room each morning, grab lunch at the poolside lido deck, and feast in the main dining room for dinner, and grab a drink in the lounge afterward before heading to the theatre show. With the beverage package, all is included! And thanks to the beverage package you don’t have to worry about how your much your ship spending account is increasing in dollars as you enjoy a cocktail in the hot tub or an al fresco beer with new friends on the sun deck.
Relax and Recharge During Your Weekend Cruise
Taking a day or two off work and going on an extended weekend cruise gives you the chance to truly unwind from the stress of day-to-day life and work. Opt to not upgrade your cell phone plan to international data during the two or three days at sea and discover how liberating it can be to not be on your phone all the time (but don’t worry, the ship has Wi-Fi service if you need it!).
It’s amazing how much even a short getaway can recharge your mental batteries and make you ready to tackle the next challenge work or life throws your way, and a Celebrity Cruises sailing makes super easy to relax thanks to its superior service and attention to detail for passenger comfort and fun.
A Weekend Cruise is Fun for Groups and Special Occasions
A weekend cruise is a great way to get away with a large group or to celebrate a special occasion. It’s easy to plan since all meals and entertainment are done for you. The shorter timeframe of the cruise also means it’s easier to coordinate many different schedules in order to find the weekend cruise itinerary and date that works for everyone. Need some inspiration (or an excuse) to have a group weekend cruise? Here are some popular ideas:
Bachelor or Bachelorette Party
If you’re looking for something a bit different than the usual bar hopping that is involved for a bachelor or bachelorette party (or a getaway trip that doesn’t just recycle the old Vegas bachelorette and bachelor parties), give your bride or groom to be a celebration they’ll always cherish by taking them on a weekend cruise. You can stay in fabulous staterooms and suites, dine on delicious cuisine, and talk about the upcoming nuptials in the lounges. Then spend the night dancing in the onboard dance club until the early hours of the morning.
Girls Weekend Away
You don’t need to wait until one of you is getting married to get away with your group of girlfriends. Plan a weekend cruise and set sail to a couple days of sunshine, cocktails, and conversation in a setting that is excitedly different from your usual girls night out at the local wine bar.
Weddings and Vow Renewals
If you’re looking for a low-key way to have a destination wedding or vow renewal service, consider a weekend cruise. It is easier for guests to come since it’s not a long cruise and the planning is simple. You can get married by the captain on the ship or on land while in port if wedding services are offered for your itinerary. Learn more about weddings with Celebrity Cruises and find out how to get a dedicated event specialist to help you plan your dream wedding or vow renewal on our cruise weddings page.
Make those t-shirts and get the whole extended family together to reconnect and celebrate what makes your family special on a weekend cruise. Getting away on a cruise is a perfect way to have a family reunion since cruises are perfect for multigenerational travel.
The cruise ship can accommodate a large group plus has different stateroom options depending on each individual family’s needs. Get two connecting staterooms for families with kids – or cousins who want to be close to each other. Have an aunt and uncle who must travel in style? They can get a suite. Have a sibling on a budget? He can opt for an inside stateroom (and then come hang out with you on your veranda). Have a grandparent with accessibility issues? There are staterooms that are specifically designed to be accessible for wheelchairs and other such needs.
The activities on board are also ideal for multigenerational cruising since kids can play in the kids clubs and participate in kids club and teen zone activities. Adults can lounge by the pool and share a bucket of beer while knowing high quality childcare professionals are watching the kids. You can also catch a live show, join trivia night, play bingo, hit up the casino, and many other fun things during your family reunion weekend cruise.
When it comes to dining, instead of having the usual potluck style family reunions, sit together in the main dining room of the cruise ship or make a specialty restaurant reservation, and each choose the delicious gourmet or kid-friendly entrée (plus appetizer, dessert, and more) that sounds best to you. Afterward you can all go hang out together in one of the onboard lounges.
International Weekend Cruise
If you’re planning a big vacation overseas, take a weekend cruise and explore the sea part of the region in addition to the land.
Celebrity Cruises has a weekend cruise to Melbourne, Australia coming up in 2019. It’s a relaxing way to travel along the eastern coastline of Australia. The 4-night weekend cruise sails roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, and leaves on a Friday and gets back Tuesday morning. You’ll have a day to explore Melbourne with a variety of shore excursions you can sign up for in order to maximize your time and see Melbourne’s top sites. You’ll also have a day at sea before and after your port of call in Melbourne. You can use those days at sea to relax and recharge on the beautifully appointed Celebrity Solstice.
Bonus Reason to Take a Weekend Cruise: Celebrity Edge Preview Sailings
The end of 2018 provides a special weekend cruise getaway you can take. In November of 2018, Celebrity Cruises will be debuting its newest ship: Celebrity Edge. With an innovative design that blurs the division between indoor and outdoor space, Celebrity Edge is set to change the cruise industry and the expectations cruisers have when it comes to a ship’s appearance and amenities.
Celebrity Edge will be spending its maiden season sailing 7-night Caribbean itineraries plus some summer itineraries in the Mediterranean. However, before those longer itineraries begin, you can have the chance to be one of the first to experience Celebrity Edge and do so at a lower price point thanks to a series of 3-night preview sailings. One of the Celebrity Edge preview sailings will depart on Saturday from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and return early Tuesday meaning you’ll get to enjoy a weekend cruise and will likely only need to take a day or two off work depending where you live. The preview sailing will give you a full day at sea, during which you can continue to explore the ship. You’ll also have a day in port in Nassau, Bahamas.
While on Celebrity Edge, you can stay in one of the ship’s highly touted Infinite Veranda stateroom, which opens up your stateroom to the outdoors with a click of the button. Get ready to feel that sea breeze no matter where you are in your stateroom. Or upgrade yourself to a sumptuous suite for a getaway in the height of luxury. When it comes to eating, you won’t want to miss Celebrity Edge’s unique Eden dining experience, which is interactive and unforgettable. You’ll also have four main dining rooms to choose from to satisfy your palate along with a host of other specialty restaurants.
Get Away on Your Weekend Cruise with Hassle-Free Planning
Ready to get away from it all either on the Celebrity Edge or one of Celebrity Cruises’ other fabulous ships that sail weekend cruises? To book your weekend cruise getaway with Celebrity Cruises, visit the #BookItList planning page and see how easy it is to reserve your stateroom or suite, airfare, and shore excursions all in one place – you’ll be on your way to a hassle-free and relaxing cruise getaway before you know it.