From families to adventurers, to lovers of food and culture, a cruise has something for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gift Guide: Cruise Edition

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Royal Caribbean cruises visit as many as 270 destinations, like the cruise line's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas.

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Depending on who you ask, the ideal vacation may be relaxing by the water with a refreshing drink or soaring down a thrilling waterslide. It could be about taking in historical landmarks or exploring nature and spotting the wildlife that calls it home. Whatever a great vacation looks like to you and your loved ones, a getaway is a gift. And if a gift that has something for everyone sounds like a good idea, then get ready to set sail.

A Royal Caribbean cruise has a range of experiences you, your family and friends can enjoy while sailing to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and beyond. From restaurants that serve up a world of flavors to the tallest slide at sea and bumper cars, to activities and spaces designed just for kids, there are things to see and do for adventure seekers, lovers of food and drink, families with kids, and more. ‘Tis the season, and for holiday inspiration, we’ve highlighted the top cruises that would make amazing gifts for all types of travelers.

Read on for five incredible destinations and the Royal Caribbean cruises that can take you there: 

Waterslides, private floating cabanas, wings, fries and more: Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas has something for everyone in the family.

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Great for Families – Perfect Day at CocoCay

Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, is the ultimate vacation spot for families. There’s everything you’d want and need to create your perfect day, whether you’re looking for thrills, ways to chill or a combination. It’s all about adrenaline at spots like Thrill Waterpark, where there are 13 waterslides— including the tallest one in North America; Up, Up & Away, a helium balloon adventure that can go as high as 450 feet; and the 1,600-foot-long zip line.

To recharge, head to Chill Island for white-sand beaches and Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. And thanks to the complimentary beach loungers and umbrellas throughout the island, you can kick back just about anywhere while the kids go for thrills. Now for the ultimate in relaxation: the exclusive Coco Beach Club. It’s all about laidback luxury, with floating cabanas, a dedicated restaurant and more. Plus, on cruises to The Bahamas and the Caribbean, you’ll also visit other destinations, like Nassau, The Bahamas, or King’s Wharf, Bermuda, where there’s fun for the whole family.

Dive into crystal blue waters and family time by sailing to Perfect Day at CocoCay from major cities, such as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.

 

From Baja-style dishes with fish to braised meats and vegetables, Mexican food is known for its diversity and excellence.

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Great for Food Lovers – Mexico 

From seafood to wine, the cuisine in Mexico is loved and renowned for its fullness of flavor, use of fresh fruits and vegetables—like corn, avocado, beans and chilies—and tortillas, the building blocks of Mexican cuisine. If you or someone you know loves good food, head south of the border to the Mexican Riviera or the Yucatan region.

You’ll cruise to places like Ensenada, Mexico, which is the gateway to Baja California’s wine country and the country’s seafood capital. As the birthplace of classic fish tacos, there even are taco “crawls” on which you can sample fried fish tacos served with mayo-based sauces and slaw. Over at the Yucatan Peninsula, there’s a unique blend of Maya, Spanish and French flavors. A signature dish in Cozumel is cochinita pibil; it’s pulled pork flavored with sour orange juice that is wrapped in banana leaves and then slow-roasted in a pit before being served on tacos and tortas. There’s more where that came from because on a cruise to Mexico you can also sail to destinations like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Savor the cuisine and culture Mexico has to offer on a cruise from Los Angeles, Galveston, Texas; and other cities.

 

A cruise to Alaska can bring you up close to wildlife, like whales, bears and eagles.

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Great for Nature Enthusiasts – Alaska

Whether it’s whale watching, soaring through a forest on the world’s longest zip line ride (with a vertical drop of 1,330 feet), or walking on glaciers near the Arctic Circle, there’s a myriad of ways to enjoy nature on a cruise to Alaska.

The sweeping state, known as the Last Frontier, has once-in-a-lifetime natural sights to behold. Some sights you can only easily access by sea, such as Endicott Arm, Dawes Glacier and Hubbard Glacier, and others you can walk on—like Mendenhall Glacier. And as for wildlife, you’re in for a treat because humpback whales are just one of the species that thrive in Alaska’s rugged wilderness. You can spot them and others on guided adventures, from caribou and red foxes in Denali National Park to raptors at Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska—a place where birds of prey are rescued and rehabilitated. The 49th U.S. state is one of the wildest places on the planet, and a cruise is a memorable and convenient way to explore it.

Venture into the wild on a cruise to Alaska that sails from places like Vancouver, Canada; Seward, Alaska; and Seattle, Washington.

 

Australia is known for amazing sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and activities like surfing, scuba diving and hiking.

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Great for Thrill Seekers – Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are packed with all kinds of adventures and natural beauty. Right away, you’ll see that both destinations have thriving flora and fauna, like Australia’s kangaroos and koala bears, as well as the rare kiwi bird and the Waitomo Caves glow worms in New Zealand. With cruises that visit Melbourne, Australia; Port Arthur, Tasmania; Dunedin and Picton, New Zealand; and more, you’ll be transported to sunny beaches and mountainsides alike.

In fact, the “Lord of the Rings” movies filmed in more than 150 locations in New Zealand, notably Tauranga, where the preserved set of The Shire has become a top destination for movie fans. And for an adrenaline-pumping experience, there’s New Zealand’s Adventure Park, which touts the highest zip line in the country at 500 feet above sea level. Australia is where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. It’s a bucket list destination for avid snorkelers and divers because there are more than 1,500 species of fish alone. And there’s more than just thrill-seeking: Australia’s wide-open landscapes, beautiful beaches, and many spas and resorts are perfect for a health and wellness retreat too.

Find adventure and relaxation on a South Pacific cruise to Australia and New Zealand, sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.

 

In the Mediterranean, there are thousands of years of history and beauty everywhere, like in Santorini, Greece.

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Great for Fans of History – Mediterranean

At its height, the Roman Empire stretched as far as the British Isles and Egypt, and ruins like ancient walls, aqueducts and temples are still standing across these regions today. That’s just one reason that the Mediterranean, once a center of Western civilization, is so full of notable historical landmarks history buffs can’t wait to see. From the Acropolis in Athens—the birthplace of democracy—to the Colosseum of Rome, a cruise to the Mediterranean can take you back in time.

You can sail to destinations like Santorini, Greece, a volcanic island that was shaped by an eruption in 16th century B.C., and Italy’s Amalfi Coast—where you can see Mount Vesuvius, the volcano behind Pompeii’s devastating fate long ago. Along the Dalmatian Coast is Dubrovnik, Croatia. One of the city’s highlights is Fort Lovrijenac, an impressive medieval castle that was built to rebuff Venetian rule. The structure still stands today, and it even was used as the setting to film many scenes in the “Game of Thrones” television series.

Immerse yourself in the storied history of the Mediterranean on a Royal Caribbean cruise that departs from cities like Barcelona, Spain; Venice, Italy; and Athens, Greece.

 

Whichever kind of vacation you and your loved ones have on your holiday lists, there’s a cruise that makes a perfect gift for everyone. You can find yours here.