Summer is finally here and if you haven’t already planned out what you’re going to be doing this year, don’t sweat it, there is still plenty of amazing options available. One of the most fun and relaxing vacation options is to take an all-inclusive luxury cruise, which will have you on an expedition to explore foreign lands with an open bar, fine dining, entertainment and enrichment opportunities, and plenty of rest and relaxation between ports. While the options aren’t quite as limitless as they may be when setting sail on your own vessel, the comfort and accommodations certainly make a compelling case for letting the professionals take the helm.
Our favorite cruise liners and available destinations to consider this summer:
- Crystal Cruises
- Crystal offers both ocean and river cruises, which will give you more options when it comes to choosing a region to explore, but their twin ocean liners, Serenity and Symphony, are easily the most impressive vessels in their fleet. Trips available this summer range from one week coastal excursions of North America, to European ventures lasting almost a month. If you’ve got the time and money to spare, the Amsterdam to Monte Carlo cruise on Serenity is a twenty-five night adventure that will have you visiting spectacular cities like Lisbon, Ibiza, Barcelona, and more, with world-class dining and entertainment available on the ship between ports.
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
- Recognized by many as the world’s premier luxury cruise liner, Hapag-Lloyd has been building their legacy since 1891. The German juggernaut has many bilingual cruises that cater to the English-speaking demographic and provide English shore excursions to make visiting the port cities as accommodating as possible. There are several European excursions available via the twin MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2 this summer, even a trip traveling the entire length of the Mediterranean Sea from the coast of Spain to Cyprus. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, their HANSEATIC nature voyages explore some of the most remote destinations in the world, including Antarctica, but you’ll generally need to plan those trips out at least a year in advance.
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- If a carefully-curated travel experience is the most important thing to you, you’ll certainly appreciate Regent Seven Seas. Since the liner includes their excursions in their packages, it makes for a truly all-inclusive experience. Their cruises tend to feel like a seamless adventure from port to port led by knowledgeable travel experts. As the name suggests, they have cruises available to destinations all over the world, including Grand Voyages that can last for months. The current offerings feature North American and European ventures as well as some trans-Atlantic voyages for anyone looking to hop the pond.