5-Day Cruises Can Be the Perfect Itinerary for Families
5-day cruises are the perfect option for people who aren’t able to take a whole week off work or school and want to take advantage of a couple weekend days to make up a brunt of their vacation time.
Learn more about the best 5-day cruises you can take with Celebrity Cruises and what your family can do during the cruise for an unforgettable vacation.
Best 5-Day Cruises to the Western Caribbean
The Western Caribbean is the destination for some of the best 5-day cruises since it doesn’t take long to get to the islands of the Western Caribbean from the U.S mainland, especially on a last-minute cruise from Florida. Along the way you’ll be privy to gorgeous Caribbean Sea views as you sail into the horizon and also enjoy stunning sunsets over the Caribbean from your stateroom’s veranda or one of the decks of the ship.
A Caribbean cruise for families offers many opportunities for fun activities and family bonding time while on the ship and in port. 5-day Western Caribbean cruises with Celebrity Cruises often sail to Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico.
Cozumel is a Mexican island off the eastern coast of the Quintana Roo region of Mexico. Cozumel is especially famous for the reef system that circles the island, and scuba divers come from all around the world to dive beneath the surface of the water near Cozumel and see an abundance of coral and sea life, including the chance to see whale sharks, eagle rays, hawksbill sea turtles, lobsters, nurse sharks, and the endemic-to-Cozumel Splendid Toadfish.
Families who are scuba certified can partake in a scuba diving shore excursion in Cozumel, while those who aren’t certified can still see some reef views on a snorkeling excursion.
If snorkeling and scuba diving isn’t for your family, Cozumel has many other activities, including beach adventure parks and Mayan ruins to explore plus plenty of shopping opportunities.
The other cruise port of call often visited on 5-day Western Caribbean itineraries, Key West, is known for its party atmosphere, but families can find plenty to do as well while in port there.
Kids of all ages (and adults!) will get a kick out visiting the Southernmost Point Buoy, which marks the most southern part in the United States and makes for a fun photo op. Families traveling with teens who are currently reading Hemingway in school will find it interesting to visit the former home of Ernest Hemingway in Key West. Other ways to spend a family day in Key West include visiting the Key West Aquarium, taking the Conch Train Tour around the city, and visiting the Shipwreck Treasure Museum.
5-day Western Caribbean cruises typically depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If spending time in Fort Lauderdale before or after your cruise, you can partake in a number of fun and exciting activities, such as an Everglades airboat tour to see alligators. You can even opt for a shore excursion after you disembark from your cruise that will take you on a tour around the Fort Lauderdale area or the Everglades before dropping you off at the airport for your flight home. It makes for a great and stress-free way to end your 5-day cruise.
Currently, Celebrity Cruises has two ships sailing western Caribbean cruises that are five days in length: Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Infinity.
Celebrity Equinox was the second ship to debut in Celebrity Cruises’ popular Solstice-class of ships. It features the beautiful Lawn Club on the top deck, which is an area made of real grass and is the perfect spot for a family picnic. It also has an outdoor and indoor pool (check the indoor pool for family hours when it’s not just adults only), a large kid and teen zone, and comfortable staterooms to keep the whole family entertained and relaxed.
Celebrity Infinity also features many of the things that make Celebrity Cruises famous: gourmet cuisine, incredible spa amenities, family-friendly activities, a beautiful solarium and observation deck, and well-appointed staterooms.
Both Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Infinity will be getting an extensive restoration in the next few years as part of the Celebrity Revolution, a $500-million modernization plan that will conducted across the entire fleet.
5-Day Holiday Cruises to the Caribbean
You don’t need a ton of time off around the holidays to get away for Christmas. While you may be used to seeing holiday cruises that are seven to 14 nights or even longer, you’re in luck if you’re short on travel time thanks to 5-day holiday cruises.
Set sail on a Western Caribbean itinerary that departs before Christmas Eve so you can enjoy the entire holiday on board.
You can also find 5-day cruises that leave from Florida right in time for New Year’s. Celebrate New Year’s in style on board a Celebrity Cruises’ ship with a party at sea. You can get all decked out in your festive attire for a fun celebration on board complete with a sparkling wine or Champagne toast at midnight. Then spend the first few days of the New Year sailing around the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean. Exploring new destinations as a New Year’s Resolution? Now that sounds like a fun and easy resolution to keep – especially if you’re already sailing on a 5-day cruise vacation when the clock strikes midnight on the New Year!
5-Day Dutch Antilles Cruise
Though most of the shorter cruises Celebrity Cruises offers sail to the Caribbean from Florida embarkation ports, Celebrity Cruises also occasionally has 5-day cruises that depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Dutch Antilles Caribbean cruise is one such itinerary and it spends five nights sailing around the eastern Caribbean and visiting exotic ports of call like Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and St. Johns, Antigua.
Your family will love the slower pace of island life you can find on these quieter, unassuming Caribbean islands.
While in Basseterre, take the 3-hour St. Kitts Scenic Railway around the island while enjoying an open-air railcar and incredible views.
In St. Croix, families will enjoy taking off to the nearest beach or reef for some amazing snorkeling, like at the Buck Island Reef National Monument.
In Antigua, give your family a history lesson while having fun by doing a tour of Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only continuously working Georgian dockyard. Nelson’s Dockyard features beautifully restored 18th and 19th century buildings and is also home to shops, restaurants, and the Dockyard Museum, which will tell you more about the area’s storied past.
Book the Best 5-Day Cruise Itinerary for Your Family
If you’re excited and ready to book your 5-day cruise to the Caribbean, visit Celebrity Cruises and pick out your perfect itinerary date. Then book your stateroom, airfare, and activities all in one easy-to-use booking platform and you’ll soon be sailing out into the Caribbean horizon.