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We've teamed up with the crew at Norwegian Cruise Line to run down all the reasons why a Caribbean cruise should be next on your list when planning a vacation.


Who doesn't love a cruise? Seriously, think about it: gorgeous ocean backdrops, luxurious pools, Broadway-style shows, open-air laser tag courses, and gourmet food are all just steps away from your room. And now it’s easier than ever to take a chic ocean-centric vacay that you can plan in a flash, thanks to Norwegian Cruise Line. So, we're here to remind you why cruises are so spectacular, and why you might want to forego the on-land trip this time around in favor of setting sail around the Caribbean.


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If your grid is looking a little lackluster, take this vacation as an opportunity to crush your Instagram game. Nothing beats a clear blue Caribbean Sea and crystalline sand, not to mention all the amazing photo-ops aboard the ship. Think: oceanfront promenades, dance parties under the stars, and stunning modern suites. Oh, and did we mention Norwegian's exclusive access to the idyllic Harvest Caye, Belize?

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If your favorite thing to do on vacation is eat like a queen, this is your chance to try dishes from all over the world. Where else can you try bouillabaisse, Japanese hibachi, and pasta carbonara while dolphins put on a show mere feet below? Whether you want to eat like a local or go way off the grid, Norwegian offers a range of options for curious palates.

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Let's be real — everyone could use a spa day. But on Norwegian, the experience is taken up a notch. Aboard, you'll find the Mandara Spa, where there are over 50 luxury treatments on offer. Perhaps you want to indulge in a thermal suite, where heat and water therapies provide the epitome of relaxation, or maybe a hot stone massage and a Norway Aromapure Facial are more your style. Plus, just the simple ocean air you bask in every day is nourishing for your hair and skin.

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It's time to turn that "out of office" message on and disconnect so you can reconnect. Disrupt your usual screen-obsessed day and get out of your comfort zone with excursions once you reach your destination. Go swimming with dolphins or explore Mayan ruins in Cozumel, Mexico. Go bamboo rafting or jungle bobsledding in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Go sailing on a catamaran in the waters of St. Thomas or swim in a hidden cave in Tortola. You'll come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after your time at sea.

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You're getting married — congrats! With the ring comes many — many — celebrations, meaning a very long list of things an engaged gal (and her friends) need to plan. Make it easy on yourself and take your BFFs on a Caribbean cruise — there's bound to be something for everyone all in one spot, there's no fixed schedule to worry about, plenty of R&R options, and the best in bars and nightlife are just steps from your rooms. We dare you to plan a more chill, stress-free bachelorette party.

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If you're a workaholic (hey, no judgement) and rarely take a sick day, let alone a vacation day, you might notice that you have a handful of paid time off days lingering come November. It's time to use 'em! With Norwegian Cruise Line, the world is your oyster — choose from a variety of itineraries for different time frames, with destinations all over the Caribbean (Barbados! Tortola! Antigua!). We promise there's an activity for everyone (make sure to check out the onboard race track), even if that just means laying out by the pool for a week.

No matter which Caribbean oasis you choose, Norwegian allows you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your overwater vacay.

Design: Meg Konigsburg; Writing: Aviel Kanter; Photography: Shutterstock & Norwegian Cruise Line
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