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5 Cool Cruise Ideas for 2018

  • Norwegian Star cruising Glacier Bay
    Jessica Chang

    Go to Alaska — Solo

    Throw that dreaded single supplement fee overboard when you pack to glimpse glaciers and spouting whales. Norwegian Cruise Line's new 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss, hitting waters this summer,  boasts (good news!) double-bedded cabins for singles that don’t cost extra. Solo passengers get a private lounge, too. Take a weeklong journey from Seattle to Alaska (fares average $1,019 per person) while taking in gorgeous Glacier Bay vistas and spouting whales from a 20,000-square-foot observation lounge with 180-degree views.

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  • Symphony Of The Seas
    Courtesy Royal Caribbean

    Go With the Family

    The key to a good family cruise is to find a ship with something for everyone in your group. One option is Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas, which launches this spring as the largest passenger vessel afloat — it can hold 6,680 people — and offers endless diversions. Your kids or grandkids will love a laser tag arena and a surf simulator, plus three waterslides. Grownup fun includes robot bartenders and a production of Hairspray. The Symphony is scheduled for European and Caribbean adventures (about $1,098 per person for a seven-night cruise from Barcelona, for example). 

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  • Maine WIndjammer Cruises
    Fred LeBlanc

    Go Vintage (and Really Sail)

    Board one of the Maine Windjammer Association’s eight vintage schooners for a jaunt along the scenic New England coast. You can take the wheel and help trim the sails during what the Society of American Travel Writers has called “the best value in New England.” Prices typically start at about $600 for three nights, including meals and lobster bakes, and you can choose themed sailings focused on music or food. (You can also book a special trip for grandparents and grandkids on the Angelique.)

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  • Seabourn Ovation suite
    Eric Laignel

    Go Luxurious

    If price is no object, settle into top-of-the-line Seabourn Cruise Line’s  new "ultra luxury" all-suite, 600-passenger Ovation. It launches in May with inaugural spring and summer cruises in Europe starting at about $4,000 a person for a weeklong voyage. Among other amenities, every suite has a veranda for great views, a marble bathroom and a walk-in closet. Prices include premium alcohol, tips and trips to the ship’s sushi bar.

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  • Highclere castle, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Getty Images

    Go up a River

    River cruising is booming; you can find trips along the Mekong or the Mississippi. If you're a fan of the PBS  series Downton Abbey, you can combine time on the water with a tour of its now-famous filming site, England’s Highclere Castle. It's a cozy, high-end cruise: After afternoon tea in London, you'll board a four-cabin barge — with room for just eight passengers, starting at $4,190 each for the week — and ply the Thames, with stops to visit Oxford University and Windsor Castle, plus optional bike excursions. There are several upcoming sailings organized by Barge Lady Cruises.

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