Too young and active for cruising? Think again. Many cruises are now focusing on the huge, largely untapped market of younger travelers.
Fun themes, ship re-design, party emphasis, sense of community, energetic activities, casual food options, cutting-edge entertainment — all are emphasized: You just need to know where to look.
We got in touch with Molly Cowen, a travel expert at TravelPirates, to find out her choices for the six most interesting cruises for Millennials. Here, her favorites — and they are awesome:
1. Kesha’s “Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Ride”
Expect a 4-night music festival on a ship, full of live shows and performances, all-night dance parties, and tons of glitter. Kesha is bringing along a stacked lineup of friends and fellow artists including Betty Who, Big Freedia, and Jonathan Van Ness of the hit show Queer Eye. And of course, Kesha herself will put on two wild live shows.
Millennial travelers will love the strong sense of community on the ship, which Kesha aims to make a space to be “unapologetically yourself.” The cruise will provide an energetic, fun-filled environment, and will sail from Tampa to Nassau, Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl.
Cost: Trips start at $945 per person; Dates: February 17 – 21, 2019
2. Queens Overboard
This drag-themed cruise isn’t just any LGBT-friendly vacation. Spend a week on a luxury cruise ship with endless entertainment, including hosts Heklina and Peaches Christ, and special guest from season 5 of Rupaul’s Drag Race: Jinkx Monsoon.This 7-night cruise will sail from Miami and stop at San Juan, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas on the Celebrity Cruises Equinox.
Group activities include drag bingo, movie night, and parties. Stops throughout the Caribbean and off-board group excursions also add value to this cruise for travelers who seek a variety of destinations in a short period.
Cost: Trips start at $794 per person; Dates: February 2 – 9, 2019
3. Yacht Week
If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, look no further than Yacht Week. The setting of the sailboat allows you to explore smaller and more less crowded local spots. Choose between sailing routes along the coasts of Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro; or the British Virgin Islands. One of the most popular trips, the Ultra Festival Route, takes you sailing along the Croatian coast, where you’ll also attend Ultra Music Festival. Expect epic floating parties, gorgeous scenery, and relaxation.
You can choose your destination, pace, and whether you’d like to rent the entire sailboat with your friends, or rent a cabin of a shared boat. All ships include a skipper, seven nights of accommodation, and tons of exclusive events—plus you can add on extras like food and drinks.
Cost: Trips start at $540 per person; Dates: European trips are held from June through September, Caribbean trips are held December through March
4. U by Uniworld
U by Uniworld aims to change the river-cruise game with chic river boats that promise an authentic and flexible vacation. Uniworld takes you to trendy destinations like Paris, Amsterdam, and Budapest, and is perfectly sized to dock right in the city center.
Millennials will love the social atmosphere of the relatively small ships, where you’re encouraged to meet fellow passengers at the ship’s rooftop lounge, bars, coffee shop, and restaurant—it’s essentially a floating boutique hotel. The cruise gives you the chance to plan your own itineraries as you sightsee through European hot spots. Plus, you can enjoy included events like culinary tours, pub crawls, guided city tours, and local DJ sets.
Cost: Trips start at $1,099 per person; Dates: Upcoming dates are available through October 2019
- Holy Ship!
This EDM cruise has a cult following among electronic music fans. Holy Ship provides an absolute escape from the real world—where you’ll meet 4,000 new friends whose aim is all the same: to enjoy nonstop concerts, parties, and just general madness. Not only will you see a stacked lineup of electronic music, from up-and-coming artists to EDM megastars, but you can enjoy amenities like an ice bar, spa, and casino. You can bond with your new friends over theme nights and activities like karaoke contests and artist meet-and-greets. Plus, when you arrive in the Bahamas, you’ll enjoy epic daytime sets on your own private beach at Great Stirrup Cay.
The Norwegian Epic cruise leaves from Miami and lasts for three nights (with one day in the Bahamas). Millennials keep coming back to Holy Ship for its strong sense of community and festival atmosphere.
Cost: Trips start at $849 per person; Dates: January 9 – 12, 2019
This cruise combines the best of European sightseeing, luxury cruising, and world-class entertainment. Depart from Barcelona and hit Mediterranean hotspots like Corsica, Palma de Mallorca, and Ibiza over five wild nights. The cruise will feature a stacked lineup of House and Urban electronic music acts, so guests will have no lack of entertainment.
Extra touches like sunrise yoga, foodie-approved restaurants, and cocktail bars appeal to millennial travelers. If you’re a music lover who’s looking for an action-packed and glamorous Mediterranean vacation, this is it.
Cost: Trips start at $647 per person for triple occupancy, or $776 per person for double occupancy; Dates: June 2 – 7, 2019
And keep in mind these tips for cruise bookings:
- Read the fine print to avoid added costs in taxes or fees you may not have accounted for. If a cruise doesn’t list gratuities, you may need to dig deeper on their website to uncover these charges.
- Consider the amount of time you want to travel for. Prices may seem like a better deal when they include more nights, but why book a 7-night cruise if you think you’ll be burned out by day 5? You may just end up wasting money on extra nights you didn’t need.
- Go for the best value. Maybe an ocean-view room costs an extra $50, but consider the extra value of being able to wake up and recharge looking at sea Do you like privacy? Then a balcony may be worth the extra cost. Think about what the best value would be for your vacation wishes.
- Seek a liquor package if you know you’ll be drinking. When booking, try to realistically estimate the number of drinks you’ll be consuming. Calculating the cost of these individual drinks versus a drink package only requires some simple math and can help you save money if you’ll be drinking everyday….
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