4 Reasons Cruises Don’t Suck (Especially When They Sail from South Florida)

Did you know Miami’s considered the cruise capital of the world? If you ask us, it’s well deserved. Sail to the most stunning destinations, all while dining on celebrity chef eats, stargazing on pool decks and indulging in spa treatments. Yep, these cruises aren’t the ones your grandparents went on. Here are four simple reasons why you need to ship out—and the cruises we’re booking ASAP.

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There’s No Shortage Of Options

In most cities, people dream of being within acceptable driving distance of the ocean. Here in Miami, we’re lucky enough to have the water as our neighbor—which is why getting to and from a cruise seriously can’t get any easier. Between PortMiami (the cruise capital of the world, NBD) and Port Everglades (half an hour north in Fort Lauderdale), there are more than 60 different ships among 20-odd lines to choose from. And while yes, you’ll find every imaginable Caribbean itinerary, you can also find destinations farther afield—like South America and Europe.

Check Out: Carnival’s 8-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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It’s The Best Way To See A Lot In No Time

As you sleep, you’ll be en route to your next destination. And during downtime, you’ll have a chance to visit the cruise’s concierge and excursion desk to get curated recommendations for every place you’re about to visit. Depending on how much vacation time you can score, book a longer cruise to visit as many destinations as possible, but even seven-day trips usually include at least four stops. And we’ll do you one better: You only have to unpack once.

Check Out: Princess Cruises’ 15-Day Panama Canal Cruise

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It’s Way More Active Than You’d Think

Architectural walking tours in Cuba. A sailing excursion off the coast of Haiti. Exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico. A private beach with dolphins in the Bahamas. If excursions are what you’re after, pay close attention to Royal Caribbean. Finding activities is a breeze through its website—and best of all, they’re all vetted by the cruise line.

Check Out: Royal Caribbean’s 9-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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The Amenities Are Out Of Control

Luxurious spa treatments, next-level stargazing, nightly musicals and performances—we promise you won’t get bored onboard. All about self-care? Princess Cruises’ Lotus Spa has won all sorts of travel awards (go for an aromatherapy massage coupled with a detoxifying ocean wrap). If you’re after adventure, Norwegian Cruise Line is known for multilevel sports complexes complete with courts, trampolines, rock walls and even zip-lining. And let’s not forget the food: It’s practically standard practice these days for cruises to tap celeb chefs for their expertise, like Curtis Stone (Princess) and Jamie Oliver (Royal Caribbean). Most boats offer multiple dining concepts, so you can decide between a fancy tasting menu or a casual lobster roll to suit your mood.

Check Out: Norwegian’s 15-Day Transatlantic Cruise