How To Decide On The Right Cruise If You Are Under 30
We get it. Under 30 commits us to a rather large group. If we consider that the under thirties are ladies and gentlemen from 18 to 30, we are looking at fresh out of high-school adventurers and collegiate spring breakers to early work-forcers and honeymooners with even a significant dose of new parents mixed in. In other words, we have to be heady about these recommendations.
What we did do, is eliminate anything too cost prohibitive. And, if you do have the means to go spendy, please be advised, this list includes super-fun options so you don’t have to spend it, even if you can. I mean, if you are 29 and sitting on 8,000 thread count Egyptian Cotton beach towels while eating tapioca with your shuffleboard squad is what you’re looking for, you can save yourself the effort and go read about cruise line classics. But, if you’re squarely in the under thirty crowd and you know it, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s break it down:
Okay, there are many singles people under 30. We would be remiss if we didn’t address this category (nor would we be able to live vicariously by tempting you with life, sigh, as it was). Okay, time to tout Norwegian Cruise Line where you can forget about those dadgum “single supplement fees” for singles taking up a double occupancy room. Norwegian has you covered on the following options: Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.
So, when you are resting between adventures or are fortunate to have an “extended guest” these tiny 100-square foot designed-for-one cabins are well-appointed with flat-screens, mood lighting, and studio-level lounge access. What’s more, these ships are decked with Nuevo dining and drinking options, wild entertainment & non-stop activities made for meeting new faces and having fun.
And no matter which ship you book, or which voyage (Eastern/Western Caribbean, Bermuda, New York/East Coast, etc.) you’ll be able to find the perfect trip duration with a journey loaded with options with tons of folks in your age group checking out underwater scooters, beachfront Hummer safaris, reef diving and more. If you are interested and single, grab a friend or dare to book alone. These excursions are truly Must Do!
Just not happy unless you get your hands (and the rest of you) dirty? Look, just because it’s a cruise doesn’t mean you guys and girls have to get all buttoned up and frilly on us. Instead why don’t you get on your adventure gear and head out with Linblad Expeditions?
Featuring destinations ranging from the Galapagos & Alaska to Baja, California & the infinite beyond, Linblad’s excursion-style ships come packed to the hilt with paddleboards, kayaks, zodiacs and more to get you to the most remote terrain or directly into the surf for open-water snorkeling and boating. In fact, with your ticket, you’ll get a wetsuit and some snorkel gear to use throughout the trip. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Linblad has an industry-exclusive partnership with National Geographic (hint, hint).
Not: Compared to the other under thirty excursions, Linblad can be on the pricey side, due to all the active-world extras. That said, included-in-the-rates excursions are primed for in-shape under thirty-somethings and can include some wild experiences like snorkeling among hammerhead sharks and kayaking UNESCO-protected coastlines of Baja’s Sea of Cortez island chains. If you’re an adventure of any kind, do check out Lindblad and thank us later.
Fit & Active:
Not looking to spend your days eating in the main dining room and wallowing in the reflection pool shallows? Not a problem. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships — Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas — are precisely what you’re looking for.
Showcase your skills on a FlowRider, scale a towering rock climbing wall or even lace up some ice skates for a beautiful indoor rink. You’ll find live shows, night clubs, get scuba certified and even zip around the ship, literally, on a maze of zip lines.
Oasis of the Seas sails from easy-to-reach Port Canaveral offering year-round week-long Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries primed for active in-port adventures, from Jet Skiing to horseback excursions. Allure of the Seas is a Fort Lauderdale-based for year-round Caribbean voyages. Anthem of the Seas does the same, departing from the Jersey Shore!
Fact – Married and old are NOT synonyms. There are still a ton of under thirty crowders who tie the knot. Sometimes, you just meet that person and know. And if you have, congratulations. Plan the date, take your vows, and then take this advice:
Head out on one of Paul Gauguin’s splurge-worthy French Polynesia sailings.
This experience will be so great, you will pretty much forget about the wedding day and not care in the least. This is THE way to begin your lives together. Period.
The line’s 332-passenger ship boats a retractable water sports marina, inviting energetic new couples to set out windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding or even scuba diving. (PADI diving certification can also be obtained onboard.) Oh and for the passionate among you, it should be noted that alcoholic drinks are included in the rates, as is a complimentary honeymoon package, which incorporates a special Polynesian blessing ceremony and in-room Champagne.
Are you hearing the Marvin Gaye? “Let’s get it …”
Look, the itinerary isn’t complicated. If you are on a Paul Gauguin ship, you are headed to French Polynesia, Fiji … the South Pacific. We’d tell you more, but all the options are better than you could get from simply reading. If you are young, in love, and particularly if some parents are chipping in – g’head and book this one. The only thing you’ll regret is ever having to return.
If you did tie the knot and had too much fun in the South Pacific, your coupledom can quickly turn to three or more. If it already has, we have some under-thirty-with-kids alternatives for you. Here’s a six letter word you are going to have to get familiar with at some point, so without further ado … D.I.S.N.E.Y.
There, we said it. And you know what, it is great advice we’ve given you! Sure, nobody caters to kids better than the magic kingdom folk, but these Disney Ships thought about EVERYBODY and did it right. Here you will find ample aboard babysitting services, supervised kids clubs, PLUS endless adult-exclusive entertainment (game shows, dance parties, comedy acts), restaurants and nightlife districts bursting with wild times (like “The District” aboard Disney Dream or “Europa” on Disney Fantasy).
And while the kids are engaged in never-care-if-they-see-you-again fun, re-live your unencumbered youth with a luxurious adults-only pool area and sun deck, equipped with award-winning bars, cafes and convenient Jacuzzis situated wherever you look.
And the best part, Disney’s fleet sails anywhere from Europe and Mexico to the Bahamas, Caribbean and even Alaska. Sign up for active excursions like a beachfront horseback ride in Los Cabos; surf the idyllic waves of San Juan; lead the fam bam on a volcanic hike in Santorini; or, simply stretch out on one of the cruise line’s private, adults-only Bahamian island beach Serenity Bay, on Castaway Cay.
Okay under-thirty cruise seekers, we have armed you with knowledge. And while we would like to do the traveling FOR you, some journeys must be left to the spirit of the soul. Go forth, armed with open minds and hearts.
Oh, and do let us know if you need some extra company. There are always Must Do staffers looking for something cool to write about.
See ya’ soon!