Pack your bags and leave the kids behind for your next cruise adventure.If getting away from it all includes a vacation without the kids, consider booking an adults-only cruise. While some lines provide a fully adults-only experience (e.g., children are not allowed on board), others offer adult-focused venues and activities on board to separate yourself from younger patrons. Consider the following cruise providers to enjoy upscale amenities, immersive excursions, sophisticated dining options, lively nighttime entertainment or relaxation among like-minded – and similarly aged – travelers. (Note: Some sailings may be affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Celebrity Cruises' newest ship, Celebrity Apex, finally set sail this month on its inaugural U.S. season after the pandemic delayed the original March 2020 launch date. The ship departed from Fort Lauderdale, kicking off its first Caribbean season on Nov. 2 after Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and girls' education advocate, was officially named the ship's godmother.
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Cruise ships may finally be operating again in much of the world. But not everything about cruising is back to normal. As I’ve experienced first-hand over the past few months on some of the first sailings to resume in North America and several voyages in Europe, the cruise experience has been changed by the COVID-19 …As I’ve experienced first-hand over the past few months on some of the first sailings to resume in North America and several voyages in Europe, the cruise experience has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways big and small — for both better and worse.
"Celebrating Celebrity Apex is certainly long overdue and it's a day I have been waiting to celebrate for quite a long time - 581 days, to be exact. This stunning ship truly represents a new standard in new-luxury travel, and we can't wait for our guests to finally experience it for themselves," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises president and CEO, in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure.
The second ship in Celebrity's Edge series, Celebrity Apex offers an impressive range of luxe amenities, and we got to experience the ship firsthand to check them out. With 29 restaurants, bars, and lounges on board, guests will find everything from craft beer and comfort food to menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs, plus an adorable animated dinner experience sailors of all ages will love called Le Petit Chef and Family. The innovative Magic Carpet — a floating platform that transforms into different venues depending on which deck it's on — offers incredible ocean views, the best example of the ship's outward-facing design.
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Sail to destinations around the world without breaking the bank.To help you snag a great rate on your next cruise vacation, U.S. News spoke with cruise industry professionals to discuss cruise pricing trends and compile expert advice. Read on to see the top tips for finding cheap cruise deals. (Note: Some sailings may be affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cruise lines may require travelers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. Some excursions and onboard activities may also be limited. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website and each individual cruise line's website.
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Of course, there's plenty of entertainment on board, too, from the casino to shopping at boutiques like Bvlgari, Cartier, and Montblanc to shows in the technologically advanced theater equipped with a giant LED screen and magical "Tree of Life." The resort deck is home to an adults-only Solarium, the main pool, and the beautiful Rooftop Garden, where guests can grab a drink or watch a movie outdoors. Wellness offerings from influential women in the lifestyle, fitness, and wellness space help guests maintain their healthy habits (or start new ones!) at sea, and kids can even learn basic coding skills from Girls Who Code in the Camp at Sea program — a new activity Celebrity is adding in honor of the Apex's godmother.
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Carnival's Mardi Gras ship sailed out of Port Canaveral and the MSC Meraviglia sailed out of Miami. Passengers on MSC Cruises leaving from the U.S. are not required to be vaccinated, but unvaccinated guests must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of embarkation and, for those 12 and older, obtain travel insurance. All guests, regardless of vaccination status, must take a rapid antigen test at the pier before boarding. Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure.
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Accommodations aboard the Apex range from stylish, cozy staterooms to spa-inspired Aquaclass rooms with exclusive perks and more. And for guests who want to indulge on their vacation, The Retreat has stunning suite offerings, including the Iconic Suite, the largest and most luxurious suite in Celebrity's fleet, with panoramic views and a private terrace with a hot tub included in its over 2,500 square feet of space. The Retreat also includes a private restaurant with dishes created by Chef Daniel Boulud, a beautiful private sundeck with a pool, and a dedicated lounge.
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Celebrity Cruises is offering Caribbean itineraries aboard the Apex through spring of 2022, and then the ship will sail across the pond for European journeys to destinations like the British Isles, the Norwegian Fjords, and more before returning to the U.S. in the fall.
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Stunning train stations we'd love to arrive at .
A charming train journey is on almost every traveler's list. Whether through lush countryside or rugged mountains, the world's best train journeys inevitably have to come to a stop somewhere. From classical masterpieces to modern marvels, we take a look at some of the world's most beautiful train stations and their intriguing history.