Twenty-first century vacationers are embracing Drake’s philosophy, fueling what Condé Nast Traveler calls “astronomical” growth in the cruise industry, which jumped by 15 percent from 2011 to 2016 and is adding a million new passengers a year. In 2018, some 27 million people will board an astonishing array of ships, and in the United States, most of those passengers will set sail from Florida. With five ports and ships cruising to destinations from Latin America and the Caribbean to Europe, Florida is the cruise capital of the world. Whether you’re seeking family fun, natural exploration, palatial luxury or a raucous nonstop party, there’s a Florida-based cruise for you. We sent our intrepid editors and writers on a sampling of cruise adventures, from a glitzy new megaship to a classic transatlantic voyage. And we also shared how to get a great deal and insider tips for new or veteran cruisers. 


In This Feature:

No Kids, Poker or Umbrella Drinks on this Viking Sky Adventure

Great travel really is about the journey as much as the destination.

03/28/2018 By Pam Daniel

Disney Blends Kid Fun with Grown-Up Appeal

It may come as a happy surprise that Disney ships are not floating theme parks.

03/28/2018 By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

MSC Seaside Delivers Affordable Razzle Dazzle

The cruises are also a great option for families.

03/28/2018 By Pam Daniel

What to Pack for a Cruise

Travel agent and cruise expert Lael Hazan’s must list.

03/28/2018 By Nancy Joy Cook

Tips for Finding a Value Cruise

You can increase your chances for a good deal with these tricks.

03/28/2018 By Nancy Joy Cook