Great Itineraries Plus Huge Summer Cruise Savings for Families
The kids are almost out of school and it is time to figure out your summer vacation if you haven’t done so yet, and don’t worry – it’s not too late! Here’s what you need to do to easily set up a last-minute family summer cruise vacation.
What Area of the Caribbean Do You Want to Sail for Your Family Summer Cruise?
First, figure out where you want to go in the Caribbean. Caribbean cruise itineraries are generally divided into three regions: western, eastern, and southern Caribbean.
Caribbean cruise itineraries generally overlap with these regions, but you’ll typically find the most popular islands categorized as follows:
The western Caribbean generally consists of the islands that lie just south of the southern tip of Florida and include the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Western Caribbean cruises also typically include ports of call along the coast of Mexico, such as Costa Maya and Cozumel. The western Caribbean is great for adventurous shore excursions and water fun.
The eastern Caribbean includes popular cruise islands like St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, and Puerto Rico. They’re excellent stops for duty free shopping and beach relaxation.
Southern Caribbean cruises are often seen as more exotic since they include far-off island ports of call like St. Lucia, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, and Grenada.
What Type of Accommodations Work Best For Your Family?
The next thing to figure out for your cruise is what type of accommodations you want on board. Celebrity Cruises has many different stateroom and suite categories to fit a variety of travelers’ needs.
Families will find it convenient that most rooms will comfortably fit two adults and two children as the couch pulls out to make another bed in staterooms and suites. Some of the veranda staterooms even connect through internal doors (similar to what you may be used to in hotels) and makes it convenient for larger families, multi-generational families, or families who’d like a designated space for the parents and one for the kids.
If you desire more square footage, opt for one of Celebrity Cruises’ opulent suites, which will give your family plenty of space to spread out. Many of the suites include an actual bedroom separate from the rest of the suite, which is nice for parents to have a private space to retreat to as well. Or, stick the kids in the bedroom and enjoy all the modern luxury touches of the living room and terrace ocean views after they go to bed before falling asleep yourself.
Families will also find that now is a prime time to book due to a special offer for 3rd and 4th passengers. Right now, your family can save 50% off the cruise fare for 3rd and 4th guests in a stateroom or suite. This is a great opportunity for families to get away on a last minute summer cruise vacation and save big.
What will your family be doing on their last minute summer cruise?
Celebrity Cruises has various programs onboard for kids tailored to different ages. There is Shipmates for ages three to five, Cadets for ages six to eight, and Ensigns for ages nine to 11. Each program provides a place where kids can have fun while their parents can relax and enjoy some kid-free time knowing their children are having a great time in a safe environment. Each onboard kid’s program has age-appropriate activities, including games, sports, crafts, music, and more.
Teenagers onboard will have a blast participating in Celebrity Cruises’ iTake video project, which shows teens how to create a documentary from start to finish, including putting together storyboards, filming the story they come up with using a GoPro Hero 3, and then learning how to edit the video into a final product in the Celebrity iLounge. They’ll even get to participate in a film festival and awards ceremony for the videos complete with prizes.
If you have children under three, you can take them to the Toddler Time room where you can watch them have fun with a variety of new toys and play structures.
Celebrity Cruises also offers a variety of fun and unique shore excursions that families will love. From zipline adventures to water park thrills to family-friendly hikes and city tours, Celebrity Cruises’ family shore excursions will help your family build lifelong memories together.
Need some inspiration for your dream family Caribbean cruise this summer?
If you’re not sure which Celebrity Cruises Caribbean itinerary is best for you, here are some options:
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise: Departs from Miami, Florida, and visits Key West, Florida; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, before returning to Miami. You’ll also get two days at sea perfect for exploring Celebrity Equinox, a gorgeous ship with a real grass Lawn Club, hot glass show, and more engaging entertainment.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise: You can also sail from Miami and experience the Celebrity Equinox on an eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary. This one visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. This itinerary includes three sea days to relax on the ship.
9-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise: Also on Celebrity Equinox, sail from Miami down to the ports of Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Kralendijk, Bonaire; with a stop in Key West along the way. This longer itinerary gives you four blissful days to spend at sea.
Are you ready to book your last minute summer family cruise to the Caribbean?
Do it soon before the special offer for 3rd and 4th passengers ends. If you book your last-minute cruise deal now the 1st and 2nd passengers also get to pick one free perk (Classic Beverage Package, Unlimited Wi-Fi, Prepaid Tips, or $150 to Spend on Board) plus get savings of up to $600 on your cruise fare.
To book, visit Celebrity Cruises to find your perfect itinerary and accommodations, or speak with your travel agent.