With the boatloads of cruise vacation offerings out there this year, we’ve waded through the ocean of possibilities to bring you the very best trips on ships for 2013. Set sail into new horizons with cruises touting intriguing itineraries across the seven seas or boasting buzz-worthy new boat amenities. Plus, ensure that you’re in the same boat with like-minded travelers, with the very best options for families, first-timers, foodies, and more.
Best Cruise for Families
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its much-anticipated 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway come May. The ship will operate year-round weeklong runs out of New York City, hitting up Bermuda this summer, followed by autumn and winter jaunts down the coast to Florida and the Bahamas, where family-fun encounters with Mickey Mouse and dolphin pods await.
Why they will love it: The Breakaway is brimming with features the whole family will love, including an open-air boardwalk, trio of Broadway shows, three-story sports complex, and the cruise line’s largest water park at sea. The young’uns will dig the Nickelodeon-themed Kids’ Aqua Park and the line’s largest youth- and teen-dedicated facilities, while grown-ups get the Second City improv comedy troupe, an expansive spa featuring the first-ever salt room at sea, and the très cool Ice Bar.