Whether you are looking to take the kids on vacation or to pal around at sea with your friends, cruise lines have a lot of options for spring break in March and April. The cruises don’t cost an arm and a leg and can get you to desirable, sunny destinations, while also providing a fun-filled environment shipboard.
One caveat: If you are college aged, check the cruise line requirements for who is allowed to share your cabin (someone in your party will have to be age 21 or older and may even have to be age 25 or older).
Check out these 10 ships for spring break cruises.
With ziplines, ice skating rinks, rock climbing walls, FlowRider surf simulators and DreamWorks characters among a bevvy of attractions, the largest ships in the world are perfect for spring break cruisers who want to stay active — and these floating cities have places to unwind too. Energize with a coffee from the onboard Starbucks. Fares are from $649 per person for eastern or western Caribbean sailings, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.
Cruise from Miami or New York on Norwegian’s newest ships and you can challenge your friends on racing waterslides, get a sugar rush at Carlo’s Bakery (of “Cake Boss” fame) and dance the night away at the outdoor club Spice H20, one of 20 bars and lounges. A Nickelodeon TV tie-in keeps younger kids happy. One-week eastern Caribbean cruises on Getaway and one-week Bahamas/Florida cruises on Breakaway, from $549.
Must-dos on this landmark Norwegian ship include an Aqua Park, bowling and performances of the hilarious “Blue Man Group,” plus there are nearly two dozen bars and lounges to experience. Epic was the first ship to introduce a Studios complex (also on Getaway and Breakaway) for solo travelers — you can have your own cool, 100-square-foot cabin and hang with your pals in the shared lounge. SpongeBob and other Nickelodeon characters headline the family/kids’ program. Weeklong Caribbean cruises from Miami, from only $329.
With Waterworks aqua parks, ropes courses, lively Punchliner comedy clubs, Guy Fieri burgers and RedFrog Pubs, the latest Carnival ships spell fun with a Capital F. Do a week in the Caribbean on Carnival Dream from Port Canaveral or New Orleans (the Dream switches homeports with the impressively redone Carnival Sunshine in April) or Carnival Breeze from Miami from $509, or cruise on Carnival Magic from Galveston from $519.
In The Piazza on Princess Cruises‘ latest ship you can pretend you’re doing your spring break in Italy — eating good pizza, drinking good coffee, having a gelato, listening to music and people watching. The ship has the largest kids’ facilities in the Princess fleet. Adult hangout spots include the cool, top-deck SeaWalk bar — which cantilevers off the ship, so that from your barstool you can look way down to the sea, some 128 feet below. One-week eastern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, from $499.
Disney is a popular family break choice and prices can be high. But you can cruise on Disney Magic in March, on a three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, from $500. Fresh from a complete redo the ship now has a thrilling, feet-first AquaDunk waterslide and Marvel’s Avengers Academy, where youngsters can train to be super heroes. The adult disco sees more action than you think and cruisers of all ages enjoy playing pirate at the rollicking Pirates in the Caribbean deck party.