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Best Timing for Cruising

With summer approaching, a holiday cruise is on many travelers’ minds. However, the best time to take a cruise and the cheapest time to sail are not always the same. While warm weather is usually the preferred climate for cruising, it is also when ships are the most crowded and most expensive. However the cheapest times to sail are often wen most travelers avoid, with less than ideal weather or seasonal closures. But the attraction of cheap fares and uncongested ports may make you reconsider the best time for you to take your vacation. Don’t bother shipping a suitcase! We can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

While planning your next cruise or your first trip, taking timing and pricing of your journey is crucial. A combination of low prices and uncrowded ships will make for a much more fulfilling trip than just going during the most popular time. Here’s a helpful when-to-cruise guide for some popular destinations.

Bermuda

High Season: June – August

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In Bermuda, beach season is high season. Cruises to this tropical destination generally sail from April through mid-November. With most people traveling during the summer months, these voyages are usually a little pricier. However, cruises here often have a large selection of ships to choose from, and there are often deals on spring and fall departures (April through early June and September through November). While not considered the “high season”, Bermuda has temperate weather all year round and is less susceptible to extreme storms or hurricanes than the Caribbean. If the weather happens to be chilly or rainy while you’re there, check out the islands many luxurious spas and golf courses.

Alaska

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High Season: June – August

While a beautiful majestic destination, Alaska has a relatively short cruising season; ships venture to its northern waters only between May and September. The months of June through August are the best months for warm weather in the normally chilly state, and make for the best and most popular cruising. In May and September is when you will find some closures and colder weather, but this is also when you can find the best prices. For a combination, may is the driest month of the season for an Alaskan cruise, making rain less likely while you glacier gaze and still offers reasonable prices and smaller crowds. For a pricing advantage, northbound glacier routes tend to be cheaper than southbound.

Caribbean

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High Season: Late June – August; Christmas and New Year’s weeks; February – mid-April

As you can probably imagine, voyages to the Caribbean are available year round, but the best time to go is during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. The warm Caribbean climate during the December through April months are a welcome escape from the cold in the north, and these months tend to be the driest months in the islands as well. The bargain prices are usually during the late summer and fall months, due to hurricane season. But that doesn’t mean you need to risk a storm to save a buck. You can usually find patches of bargain sailing during the first weeks of December and early spring. However the timing of these deals can be sporadic, so you need to keep an eye out to book the lowest rate you can.

Mexico

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High Season: Holiday weeks; February – mid-April

All year cruises are available to Mexico as part of western travel itinerary or as a solo Mexican adventure. Try to hit this destination sometime between November and May for the driest times and avoid bad weather. But as expected, these are the pricier months. If you plan carefully, you can hit a pocket of deals during the fall months, right between the high seasons and hurricane season.

New England and Canada

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High Season: September and October

For a different kind of cruise experience, try a trip up to the North East. With ships departing from May through October, you best bet for a warmer trip is to shoot for some time between late June and early September. However, if you’re looking for more sightseeing, the time to go is early to mid-October when the region is gripped by the colors of the fall foliage. These trips are included in the lower cost season for New England and Canada, which fit in between May and late October. But if you go during these months, expect to stay inside and avoid the pool.

Hawaii

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High Season: Late December – April

Similar to the Caribbean, Hawaii has cruises available year round. The best times to go are also pretty similar. With four Norwegian Cruise Line America ships dedicated to Hawaii cursing, your best time to sail to the islands is during summer and fall when you have less chance of getting rained out. During the summer months is also the most popular and crowded time, since many people are on vacation from school and its honeymoon season. For cheaper and less crowded trips, look to book between November and February, but make sure to avoid holiday cruise dates.

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Best Spring Break Vacations for Families

Most people think of spring break as a time for college students to take to the beach and go wild. This can be a challenge for families looking to vacation with younger children. So what options are there for wholesome family fun during this week of infamous partying? Well you’re in luck. While the beaches may be packed with older spring breakers, there are still lots of options for you and your younger ones to have a lot of fun. If you’re planning a spring break getaway, make travel easier for you and your family. If you’ve considered shipping luggage, don’t give it another thought – our Bags VIP luggage delivery service is easier and more affordable for traveling families.

Hersey Park, PA

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Around since 1907, Hershey Park is the perfect vacation destination for the little sweet teeth in your family. But there’s more to do than just satisfy your candy cravings. Hershey is famous for its thrilling amusement park, packed with adrenaline inducing coasters, thrilling rides for the children, and entertaining shows. But there’s more to it that just the park. The city also houses many other one of a kind experiences.  Cocoa Avenue features miles of shopping and excellent restaurants. You’ll find luxury spas for adults. Go see the Hershey Bears professional hockey team. And before you arrive, be sure to check in to the many live performances and concert events at the Hershey Theater, The GIANT Center or Hershey Park Stadium. No matter what you choose you can know that everyone will have a great time.

Steamboat Springs, CO

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While not your typical sunny spring break destination, Steamboat Springs is a hot spot for families with kids. A great starting point for families is the Kids Vacation Center, featuring a fast check in process and a large facility to acclimate your young ones to the cold. They also provide excellent children’s ski instruction and other snow sport activities. Lessons are available for children starting at 2 years old, and special slopes for kids only allow them to practice their skiing before moving to the kiddies terrain park. Rough Rider Basin is a wild west themed attraction with teepees, a log cabin playhouse and snack areas. Your entire family can enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Great Rockies, and afterward take a soak in the natural hot springs. Kids Fly Free domestic packages coupled with Kids Rent Free and Kids Ski Free all reduce the price of one cool family vacation.

Six Flags Splash Town, TX

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A refreshing alternative to the crowded spring break beaches, Six Flags water park can help your family beat the heat and have a great time too. A wave pool, speed slides and more will keep you and your kids busy and cool all day. The park also has music festivals featuring Texas tune, and during springtime you can squeeze some learning in to by participating in a Math, Science, and Physics day.

 

Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

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This one stop legendary vacation will fulfill your whole families every spring break fantasy; for the parents, a luxurious and relaxing resort and for the kids, tons of outrageous and exciting activities. Kids can choose their own adventures at the stellar AKA (Atlantis Kids Adventure) program. They can unloose their creative side and make pizza and pretzels in culinary classes, or aspiring young architects can grab a hard hat and go to the Lego Construction room. There’s cozy reading rooms, an extravagant Victorian style dollhouse for tea parties, costumes to make movies, a craft room and even advanced video game systems. If you can pull the kids away from the clubhouse you can enjoy a nice family meal before the kids are off to the water slides, river rides, and rock climbing or marine habitats while the parents take advantage of spa treatments and world class casino.

Theme Parks, Central FL

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While this may seem like a cliché, it’s not one of the most popular family vacations for no reason. Wisk your family away for a magical spring break adventure they will never forget. Take your kids on dozens of exciting rides at any of the central florid parks themed after their favorite movies. Introduce them to all their beloved characters from shows and stories. With multiple parks all with vastly different experiences, your family will be sure to find enjoyment around every corner. And be sure to look out for special deals. For example, United airlines offer a “kids fly free” promotion to certain during springtime. Make sure to take advantage of the available savings and show your family and unforgettable time.

No matter where you decide to go, traveling as a family can be a challenge to say the least. The youngest family members travel with lots of “stuff,” but they can’t always be counted on to haul their own things. Adults have their own stuff, the kids’ stuff – sometimes even the kids themselves – and then those suitcases get heavy! Bags VIP is the answer to making the most of every second with your family: luggage free! Bags VIP can deliver up to 8 bags to any destination from the airport for one low price. So you can skip baggage claim and start your family vacation the moment you land.