Best Cruises for Experiences

Bumper cars. Underwater portholes. Pirate-approved sailing. We’re partial to the unique. And these creative offerings onboard make these cruises way more than just your average floating vacation. Sensory overload can be good. Take a look.

20 Best Cruises for 2014 | Readers’ Poll: Best Caribbean Cruise Lines | Best Island Cruises Guide

Best Cruises for Experiences | Caribbean Cruise Vacations | Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s latest ship raises the bar for onboard fun with yet another slate of cruising firsts, including a roller-skating rink, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars and the North Star, a glass-walled capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level to give a true bird’s-eye view. Book Now.
Best Cruises for Experiences | Caribbean Cruise Vacations | Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway

On the Getaway, which just entered service in February, you’ll find a magic-inspired dinner show in the Illusionarium, Grammy nominees and winners in a specially themed club, and a ropes course in which you can actually walk the plank (pirates not included). Book Now.
Best Cruises for Experiences | Caribbean Cruise Vacations | Royal Clipper

Royal Clipper

Action-packed megaliners aren’t for everyone — if they’re not for you, this tall ship offers a voyage under sail to ports well off the beaten path. On what other cruise ship can you climb the mast to the crow’s nest or enjoy a massage while staring down at fish through an underwater porthole? Book Now.
Best Cruises for Experiences | Caribbean Cruise Vacations | Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine

If you’ve always harbored a secret desire to be on a game show — and really, who hasn’t? — here’s your chance: Among the Sunshine‘s many “FunShip 2.0” innovations is a show that features passengers competing in live-action versions of games like Yahtzee and Connect 4. Yes, there are prizes. No, a new car is not one of them. Book Now.

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