Unused vacation days: you have them, and so do your friends and family—it’s a habit in the U.S. According to studies, more than half of Americans did not use all their paid time off in 2015. While concerns over returning to too much work or not having someone to help manage their responsibilities were two of the biggest reasons people weren’t taking time off, advance planning and long trips aren’t required for all vacations. There are plenty of last-minute adventures you can enjoy, like Royal Caribbean’s short cruises. They visit destinations close to the U.S., so they’re short on travel time—yet go to exciting places.
Read on for the best last-minute cruises to book now.
Enchantment of the Seas: Key West and Bahamas
Cruise vacations on board Enchantment of the Seas are marked by a certain feeling of indulgence: with attractions like bungee trampolines and an interactive Splash Deck, along with plenty of R&R features—including a Vitality Spa and Fitness Center, the adults-only Solarium, three pools and six whirlpools—you’ll switch to your vacation mindset almost immediately.
That’s before you land at Key West and the Bahamas, where stops to Royal Caribbean’s activity-packed private island, CocoCay, and the famous port of Nassau offer plenty of access to beaches, shore excursions, and a dizzying array of water sports. Enchantment’s three- and four-night cruises are available starting from $218* per guest, based on double occupancy; browse itineraries here.
Empress of the Seas: Grand Cayman, Key West and the Bahamas
Empress of the Seas recently rejoined the Royal Caribbean family and relocated to her new home in Miami after a $50 million renovation, and will whisk you away to the Bahamas, Grand Cayman and Key West—with new pools and whirlpools, updated staterooms and expanded dining options for you to indulge in along the way. So, pick your paradise and embrace Royal Caribbean’s mantra: “Party, Chill, Repeat.”
In between beach visits and views of the crystal-clear water, you’ve got brunches, poolside parties, and live entertainment on offer. Four- and five-night cruises onboard Empress are available starting from $198* per guest, based on double occupancy; browse itineraries here.
Majesty of the Seas: Bahamas
Fresh from receiving a series of enhancements and updates, and a move to her new homeport of Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Majesty of the Seas now sails to the Bahamas, offering the ultimate short Caribbean trip. Upgrades from its latest renovation mean this ship is ideal for families—it now boasts the new Splashaway Bay, an interactive waterpark for kids abundant with slides and other water-themed diversions.
If you can tear them away from the action, you can reward yourself—and them—with an incredible day in CocoCay, where you can take in white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters amid no less than 140 lush acres; or play beach volleyball and soccer, snorkel, or sample local island fare. Majesty also visits Nassau before returning to Orlando. Three- and four-night cruises are available starting from $299* per guest, based on double occupancy; browse itineraries here.
No matter which short cruise vacation you choose, you’ll have access to Royal Caribbean’s rich amenities, from delicious dining options to Broadway-style entertainment and adrenaline-inducing adventures on each ship and at each destination. Cash in your vacation days, and start planning where you’ll go now.
* Prices subject to change.