Kids of all ages will enjoy Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas when its 7- to 12-night cruises debut from Cape Liberty, NJ in fall 2014. Expect industry-first thrills like an onboard skydiving experience, bumper cars, an extendable observation arm, and disco roller rink. Age-appropriate kids’ programming extends to 3D movies and DreamWorks character appearances and Royal Caribbean standard surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, and interconnected staterooms.
Select dates through April 2015; from 1,199USD /person (third and fourth births pay half)
More information: quantumoftheseas.com.
8. Lindblad expeditions
For the true trip of a lifetime, sign up for one of Lindblad Expeditions’ 2015 Antarctica voyages commemorating the centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary trans-Antarctic expedition. Two National Geographic ships will make the 11-night journeys, each with a team of naturalists, undersea specialists, National Geographic photographers, and Pulitzer Prizeâwinning authors as guest speakers. Hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac cruises to icebergs are all part of the package.
Select dates in November & December 2015; from 12,950 USD with lots of inclusions.
More information: expeditions.com.
AmaWaterways’ 2015 âArt Illuminationâ itinerary packages beautiful French scenery and art immersion onto one intimate, seven-night Seine riverboat cruise. Sailing round-trip from Paris, the route showcases the life and history of Impressionist painters like Monet, van Gogh, and Renoir, who once favored this region of France. As part of the art-themed programming, youâll see the inspiration of celebrated artworks, like Rouen’s Notre Dame Cathedral (made famous by Monet), and participate in onboard painting classes and art lectures.
Embarks August 13, 2015; from 3,599 USD/person.
More information: amawaterways.com.
10. Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises is adding new Signature Event Sailings to its 2015 collection, each timed to coincide with special events around the globe. One standout will take you to France’s Cannes Film Festival with onboard perks like films and talks, plus a festival-time rooftop celebration in Cannes itself, with live French music, cocktails, and harbor views. The 10-night Mediterranean itinerary sails from Barcelona to Rome with several stops in Italy and France.
Embarks May 11, 2015; from 1,799 USD/person.