Best Weekend Getaways to Every Popular Cruise Region

Best Weekend Cruise Getaways

  1. The Bahamas
  2. Bermuda
  3. Yucatan Peninsula
  4. Baja, Mexico


If you’re feeling tired and overworked, there’s nothing like a weekend getaway to recharge your batteries. Travelers looking for fun and relaxation often find just what the doctor ordered with a short cruise. Check out the best weekend getaways to popular cruise regions.

couple walking along the carnival deck as they enjoy cocktails during their weekend cruise vacation

The Bahamas

If a visit to The Bahamas tops your bucket list, take a 3-day cruise aboard a Carnival Cruise. Before setting sail from Miami on day one, consider a sightseeing tour of the city’s 10 best attractions including the Versace mansion and Little Havana. Whether you pick a room on the interior or the exterior of the ship, you can count on a good night’s sleep in your comfy stateroom.

When you make landfall, get out and experience Nassau, one of the most popular islands in The Bahamas. You can swim with dolphins, have lunch on Balmoral Island, or enjoy an Atlantis Aquaventure with the kids. If you’re looking for more adventure, try a Catamaran and Snorkel excursion.

The whole family will enjoy the sparkling ocean and coral reef adventure. If stingrays are more your fancy, check out the Sting Ray Adventure in Half Moon Cay, where you can wade through the stingray habitat – touching and feeding these incredible creatures!

When you arrive in Miami on the morning of day four, the world is your oyster. A trip to the Florida Everglades comes with an exciting airboat ride, an alligator presentation and convenient airport transfer.

father wearing an inflatable ring as he and his daughter running along the water in a bahamas beach


A Bermuda cruise vacation offers fun at its finest with departure from New York City. On day one, take advantage of convenient transportation from the airport to pier, and then do whatever suits your fancy on board until it’s time to hit the hay in your cozy stateroom.

When you arrive in beautiful Bermuda, Britain’s oldest colony, head to one of the island’s 34 stunning beaches. Just a few of the enjoyable shore excursions available include a ride on a glass-bottom boat, a shipwreck snorkel and a trip to Bermuda’s Crystal Caves along with sightseeing and beach time.

Want to spend alone time with your loved one? Try the Gosling’s Rum Tasting. You’ll be able to taste a variety of Bermuda’s rums while floating along the Great Sound.

In the evening and throughout the next day, you’re back at sea enjoying all the ship has to offer. After your morning arrival in the Big Apple, get complimentary transport to the airport or spend a few days exploring one of the most exciting cities in the country.

side view of warwick long bay beach in bermuda

Yucatan Peninsula

If you’re looking for a getaway with the kids, consider a Caribbean cruise. Departing from Mobile, Alabama, a 4-day voyage to Cozumel offers convenient transport from the airport to the pier, as well as tons of family-friendly activities.

When you pull into port at Cozumel, take your pick of exciting shore excursions in this tropical paradise, from a beach day and sea lion show at Chankanaab Beach to a tour of the ancient city of Tulum. Prefer dry land? Take the family to Xenses – Sensorial Theme Park to participate in over 15 activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Don’t forget to see Cozumel from above at Xplor Park! Here you can find 14 zip-lines to take you between trees and through caves, an experience to surely remember.

After a full day of fun, you’re back at sea enjoying your Carnival ship. When you arrive in Mobile on the morning of day four, make use of complimentary transport to the airport, or take time to sightsee in this beautiful Gulf Coast city.

guest exploring ancient mayan temples in tulum during their cruise to cozumel

Baja, Mexico

Couples looking for fun and romance often enjoy a 3-day voyage departing from Long Beach, California. Before setting sail on day one, explore the city of Los Angeles, and then check out onboard activities while at sea throughout day two. For cozy accommodations, choose a budget-friendly room on the ship’s interior, opt for a room with an ocean view or splurge on a luxurious suite.

Once you arrive in beautiful Mexico, relish the “Cinderella of the Pacific,” Ensenada, Mexico. Spend the day touring the wine country by ATV, riding the Baja Bandidos Trail on horseback or cooking and tasting local cuisine.

With a group? Mexico also has a beautiful wine country, where you can see start to finish how wine, brandy, sherry, and tequila are created. If your family is interested in history and local facts, try the Segway boardwalk ride and explore the newly constructed Ensenada boardwalk, fish market, and end with a tour of the Riviera Museum.

woman riding an off road buggy as she explores mexico’s wine country

When you arrive in Long Beach on day four, consider a stay on the Queen Mary, the city’s historic floating hotel, if you have more time to explore the area.

If you’re overdue for a long weekend getaway, why not try a cruise to The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean or Mexico? Spend your time soaking up sun with a good book and a cocktail, or take advantage of exciting onboard activities and shore excursions. How you spend your time off is totally up to you.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.