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About Florida cruise and stay holidays
If there are two elements of a Florida holiday that go together perfectly, it is a Cruise and a land-based hotel stay, a package that features the very best of both worlds – time ashore to enjoy all the Sunshine State has to offer in its dazzling portfolio of land-based enjoyment, and 5-10 days indulging in a wonderful ocean voyage to the blissful Caribbean.
We’re tempted to say Florida and cruising are a marriage made in holiday heaven, as this truly is a combo of high-quality vacation superlatives. The ease with which you can revel in each element, plus the superb variety of modern-day cruising, make for ideal partners, and they fit together smoothly and seamlessly.
Just to start with, there are fully FOUR major cruise ports in the state – Miami, the ‘Cruise Capital of the World’; its near-neighbour Fort Lauderdale; trendy Tampa Bay; and rapidly-growing Port Canaveral, less than an hour from Orlando and Walt Disney World. This ensures you have max choice for your sea-going sojourn.
Each port features a different array of ships – genuine modern maritime marvels – to soothe or excite the holiday palate, as the mood takes you, but all of them offer the tantalising prospect of cruising among the bejewelled islands of the Caribbean, where beautiful, palm-fringed beaches mingle with emerald green forests and majestic mountains. Many cruise lines have their own private island for even more beach-going magnificence, while the ships themselves boast the latest in technology, amenities and creature-comforts for an all-out bliss-fest.
From fine dining to fabulous stage shows, and state-of-the-art Spas to elaborate water play areas, the cruise ships of today have everything to make the nautical half of your holiday an occasion of grand style. Our carefully-curated collection of cruise-and-stay opportunities therefore feature the finest elements of the nautical world as well our expertise in selecting the best ways to enjoy Florida’s own range of delights.
Try any of the combinations below and you can be sure of a totally memorable experience both at sea and ashore, and all at the best prices. Our list of cruise opportunities include:
Carnival Cruise Line
The ‘Fun Ship’ line, with some of the latest ships, most energetic onboard programmes and, yes, non-stop fun to delight families and couples alike. Lively, distinctive and with a host of restaurant choice, Carnival is most definitely the line for the party crowd and active cruiser.
Disney Cruise Line
For the full family experience, it’s hard to beat Disney’s sea-going expertise, with award-winning kids’ clubs, Broadway-style stage shows and plenty of Disney characters on hand to make the cruise go with a swing. And don’t miss the adults-only areas on board – the nightclubs alone are superb.
This European line has become one of the biggest movers and shakers of the cruise world in recent years, introducing all-new, feature-packed ships that focus on a dazzling variety of dining, exemplary onboard amenities and excellent live entertainment. Ideal for a week’s Caribbean cruising.
Norwegian Cruise Line
One of the original innovators of Florida’s cruise boom, Norwegian have invested heavily in their ‘Freestyle’ brand of voyaging, which does away with formality and features some of the most imaginative and varied dining at sea, high-profile entertainment and fabulous deck parties.
This distinctive American line remains a bastion of classic style and glamour at sea, with wonderfully welcoming staff, superb spas and other ‘grown-up’ features, plus truly delectable dining. For glitz that won’t overpower you, Princess offer a refined mix of relaxing pursuits and enriching activities.
Royal Caribbean International
Another of Florida’s ‘Big Three,’ Royal Caribbean have cornered the market in large-scale razzamatazz, with the biggest, most feature-packed ships and a stunning array of options. From entertainment to dining, this is an exercise in sheer, indulgent quality of choice on the grandest scale.
The newest arrival on the cruise scene, Richard Branson’s adults-only brand sails exclusively out of the port of Miami with a chic, innovative and individual style that you would expect from the Virgin supremo, including their unique Beach Club at Bimini that brings Ibiza to the Bahamas on every voyage.
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