5 reasons to choose a cruise for your next vacation

If you’d like to head on a tropical vacation full of variety and excitement, a cruise could be just what you’re looking for. From non-stop activities and entertainment on board to all the unique ports of call you get to discover, we rounded up five of the top reasons why you should choose a cruise for your next vacation.

Cruise ship sailing past an island at sunset
Discover multiple destinations on one vacation

One of the best things about choosing a cruise for your next vacation is instead of exploring just one beautiful destination, you get to explore several! Cruises offer a range of different itineraries visiting exciting ports of call around the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America that you might not otherwise get to see. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled journey to exotic locales or a tour of the best beaches in the tropics, there’s a cruise itinerary for every travel style. Plus, after a day spent exploring, you can head back to the ship and enjoy all the amenities and activities on board.

All aboard: Setting sail from Montego Bay in Jamaica, the Marella Discovery 2 will take you to unique ports of call with six different itinerary offerings. You can explore the pristine beaches of the Cayman Islands, walk the cobblestone streets of Havana, explore the Mayan ruins of Costa Maya in Mexico and so much more depending on your selected itinerary. After spending the day exploring, you can watch the latest release under the stars with the ship’s Movies by Moonlight!

Bar on board the ship with views of the ocean
Make the most of your travel budget

There’s a common misconception that cruising is more expensive than regular vacations – that’s not so! Just like resorts, there’s a cruise for every budget. Plus, cruises include a host of exciting activities and amenities, including kids clubs! When you book your cruise with Sunwing, you can make the most of your travel budget with everything included in your cruise package – as opposed to other cruises that may only include your stay on the ship. All Sunwing cruise packages include round-trip flights, transfers between the airport and cruise port, accommodations and meals on board; and exclusive extras depending on your chosen ship – leaving you more cash to pick up souvenirs in your ports of call!

All aboard: One of the most common added cruise costs are drinks – luckily, there are several ships where drinks are already included. When you set sail on board the MSC Meraviglia or MSC Seaside, the Easy Drink Beverage Package* is included in your Sunwing package. You can quench your thirst with soft drinks after a day spent at the Aqua Park, enjoy a glass of wine at dinner or sip on cocktails as you take in a show at the Broadway Theatre.

*Easy Drink Beverage Package includes soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails; not available at specialty restaurants.

Aerial view of racetrack on the top deck of a ship
Have a blast on board

Gone are the days of old fashioned Captains dinners and games of shuffleboard! Cruise ships nowadays offer non-stop fun and a wide range of unique activities on board together with dining and entertainment to suit all tastes so days at sea will never be boring. Whether you want a ship that offers plenty of fitness-focused activities like rock climbing, a thrill-seeking ship with racetracks and zipline courses or a ship with Broadway-worthy entertainment, there’s plenty of ways to fill your days at sea in between exploring ports of call. Plus, most cruise ships offer kids and teens clubs so parents won’t have to worry about keeping the little ones busy.

All aboard: The brand-new NCL Encore has something for everyone to enjoy on board, setting sail in the Caribbean starting in winter 2019. You can spend your days at sea zooming down one of the ship’s two multi-story water slides, including Ocean Loops, which takes you around the side of the ship; or navigating hairpin turns at top speed on the largest multi-level racetrack at sea. In the evening, you can take in the award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots before dancing the night away at the nightclub on board.

Multi-generational family walking along the ship's boardwalk
Reunite with family in paradise

If you're planning a multi-generational family vacation, a cruise is the perfect choice. There's something for everyone on board cruise ships and you'll get to make incredible memories together as you explore different ports of call. Younger members of the family can have a blast at the kids and teens clubs on board while parents and grandparents can spend some quality time together by the pool. Plus, you can take advantage of special group cruise pricing with Sunwing to take your family’s travel budget even further!

All aboard: The NCL Escape is the perfect ship for family getaways, setting sail from Miami to the Caribbean. This state-of-the-art ship boasts over 20 decks of dining, activities and entertainment that every member of the family will love. The youngest family members can have a blast zooming down water slides at the Aqua Park or testing their skills on the unique Ropes Course while the grown-ups treat themselves to a pampering treatment at the Mandara Spa & Salon ($). Families can come together in the evening to enjoy a delicious meal before taking in a Vegas-style show at the Escape Theatre!

Cruise ship sailing past the shores of Miami
Enjoy the best of both worlds

Still can’t decide between a traditional vacation and a cruise? You don’t have to when you create your own unique Sunwing Cruise and Stay package. You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds with a cruise vacation and a hotel stay in either Montego Bay or Florida, depending on your chosen ship.

Setting sail on board Marella Discovery 2? Spend some time before or after your cruise exploring Montego Bay’s pristine white-sand beaches or enjoying a range of unique experiences like climbing famous Dunn’s River Falls. If you’re planning a cruise on board Norwegian Cruise Line or MSC Cruises, you can experience all that the Sunshine State has to offer – from the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale to the star-studded streets and legendary nightlife of Miami.

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