Top Picks by Destination
Below we've made our top picks for each destination.
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There is a commonly held belief that one can wait until the last moment and then find a great deal. Well this only works rarely. It is very hard to predict which ships will have any space left a few weeks prior to sailing. Most sailings on popular products and destinations sell out effectvely months prior to sailing with only a handfull of the least desireable cabins left or a few cabins at very high prices just like airline pricing.
Celebrity has the three top rated premium class ships Infinity, Solstice and Millennium in Alaska. Millennium does 7-night cruises back & forth between Vancouver,B.C. and Seward, Alaska with Northbound cruises calling on the Inside Passage(cruising), Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway,Icy Strait Point, and Hubbard Glacier (the largest tidewater glacier and the most active in Alaska). Southbound cruises do the reverse. Solstice does roundtrip Seattle sailings with an itinerary that includes the Inside Passage(cruising), Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm & Sawyer Glacier, and gorgeous Victoria, B.C.(Butchart Gardens). The Infinity is a twin of millennium and does roundtrip Vancouver sailing with calls on the Inside Passage(cruising), Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Hubbard Glacier.
Our top rated ships for families are Royal Caribbean's Radiance and Jewel of the Seas doing both roundtrip Seattle (Jewel) & one-way 7-night sailings(Radiance). All these featured, top rated products offer the best Alaska cruises and the best values in their class. Radiance of the Seas, Millennium & Infinity stop at the new port of call, Icy Strait Point.
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Regent Seven Sea's #1 rated has Seven Seas Navigator doing Alaska - our #1 rated luxury cruise overall. It just does not get any better than this. Navigator has huge oceanview cabins with 301 square feet minimum and her balcony cabins have 356 square feet. Prices start around $5000 per person for oceanview cabins and $6000 for balcony cabins for her 7-night cruises. Price includes U.S./Canada airfare, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, gratuities, alcoholic beverage, 1-night pre-cruise luxury hotel for upper categories and more. Navigator holds only 490 totally pampered guests. An outstanding value overall with so much included and with such a high quality product.
Canada/New England is a lovely destination. Quebec is outstanding as are the lovel small ports of New England like NBar Harbor. These fall color cruises are very popular and several ships try and offer cruises to Canada & New England in the September/October timeframe each year. One of our favorite and top rated cruises is on Celebrity Summit roundtrip from Cape Liberty, New Jersey overlooking the Statue of Liberty - near Newark Airport and New York City. These cruises are typically 14-nights and ports of call include Newport, R.I. (former summer home location for the weathiest in the U.S.), Boston with all its history, Portland, ME, Bar Harbor, ME (a delightful village right on the coast with great Lobster bakes and access to beautiful Arcadia National Park), a beatiful small city and gorgeous countryside can be found in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and our favorite stop is Quebec City - the only walled city in North America. Quebec usually has 2 days there as there is so much to see. The ship docks right below the old town and the world famous Fairmont Hotel Le Chateau Frontenac. Some sailings also visit the lovely Prince Edward Islands.
The new Oasis & Allure of the Seas are our top rated ship to the Caribbean for families and is very special with a Central Park (yes, trees,and fresh air open to the sky) , Boardwalk with Carousel, games and an outdoor Aquatheater with water show, two Flow Riders, zip-line, two story loft suites, many new restaurants and new technology everywhere. We sailed on her and were very impressed - she is very special and now has an identical twin - Allure of the Seas. You can see our review of Oasis by clicking here Oasis of the Seas Detailed Review. Please note: prices for Oasis and Allure of the Seas are much higher than her predecessors because she has gotten such rave reviews, is clearly the best to the Caribbean, has more to do than any other ship afloat, and as a result she is the hottest ticket at sea right now.
Northern Europe Top Picks
Mediterranean Top Picks
10 & 11-night Med. Cruise on Celebrity's new Reflection - the newest Solstice-class ships. She alternates between 10 & 11-night Mediterranean cruises from May to September. 10-night sailings are roundtrip Rome to Sicily, Athens, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and Naples . 11-night sailings roundtrip Rome add Istanbul for 2 days and drops Rhodes. Prices start at about $2000 for a balcony.
12 to 14-night Med Cruises on Celebrity's Constellation. There are a huge variety of sailings mostly roundtrip Rome to Italy, Adriatic (popular new Europe destination to places like Split, Kotor & Dubrovnik) , Holy Land, Med & Greek Isles.
12-night Claissic Med Cruises on Celebrity's Equinox. She will offer 12 & 13-night cruises from August to October roundtrip Barcelona
Transatlantic Top Picks
Every year as ships transition from the winter ports of call to Europe there are spring time Eastbound transatlantic cruises (usually in April) and in the fall (October/November) they return with westbound transatlantics. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 offers almost weekly transatlantic crossings continuously from April to October. Our favorite repositioning transatlantics are on RCCL, Celebrity and Azamara - each offer the best value in their class. These cruises always offer great rates on a per day basis and are great for those that want to cross in luxurious comfort and love lots of sea days.
China and Asia on 700 passenger Azamara Quest
15-night Panama Canal, balcony from about $2499 each spring on Celebrity's 5+ star Infinity, between San Diego and Ft. Lauderdale. Calls on Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal (Cruising - full Panama Canal transit); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Huatulco(very nice & unspoiled paradise), Mexico; Acapulco, Mexico; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. There are also repositioning specials in September and April/May as well as the ships head to Alaska or return.
14-night South America cruises on