Whether you’re in search of a family-friendly island retreat or a bucket-list-worthy European escape, these five luxury cruises have everything you could ever need (think value-packed amenities, an array of dining options, and more), all under $2,000.
Why it’s Great: Sail from Rome to Monte Carlo aboard the 1,250-passenger Marina, which features chic Ralph Lauren furnishings, various dining options and culinary experiences to choose from, high-style design, and more. Along the way, you’ll visit Livorno, Italy; Corsica, France; Mallorca, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; and Provence (Marseille), France.
Sail Date: November 4, 2020
Price: Interior cabins from $1,299 per person, ocean-view from $1,799
Why it’s Great: Take in the beauty of the Iberian Peninsula as you sail on board Viking Star, which embarks in Barcelona and calls on Murcia, Spain; Granada, Spain; the Strait of Gibraltar; Vigo, Spain; and Portsmouth, England, before it disembarks in London. On board, passengers can take advantage of the serene spa, roomy cabins, and a gorgeous infinity pool.
Sail Date: January 3, 2020
Price: Balcony cabins from $1,999 per person
Why it’s Great: If you’re looking for a bucket-list-worthy itinerary, look no further than this one from Crystal. Cruisers will embark in Guam, stop in Saipan (the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands) and disembark in Manila and will sail aboard Crystal Symphony. On board, you’ll find a large casino, dining options that range from super casual to black tie, and an array of evening entertainment — from dance performances to musicals, and everything in between.
Sail Date: February 2, 2020
Price: Deluxe cabins from $1,754 per person
Why it’s Great: If you’re looking to indulge in a long, well-deserved vacation, consider this 10-night sailing on board Celebrity Constellation, which sails round-trip from Venice — in prime Mediterranean sailing season, for that matter. Passengers will visit Dubrovnik, Crete, Mykonos, Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, and Katakolo, respectively. Ship highlights include several chic eateries, a martini bar, and a silent disco.
Sail Date: August 15, 2019
Price: Interior cabins from $1,909 per person
Why it’s Great: Disney Wonder embarks in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and calls on Castaway Cay (the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas), and disembarks in New Orleans, Louisiana. While on board, passengers can relax by the pool; visit the kids, tweens, teens, or adult clubs; and enjoy live musical performances; among other onboard amenities. At Castaway Cay, expect lots of beaching, snorkeling, swimming, cocktail-sipping, and biking. This family-friendly itinerary makes for an ideal easy escape.
Sail Date: February 2, 2020
Price: Interior cabins from $1,957 per person