Celebrity's Solstice-class cruise ships have a stellar reputation for good reason: From a library that's as sexy as a lounge, to plenty of actually loungy spaces, this is a seriously well-designed ship.
Cruising isn't just for families or spring breakers -- it's also perfect for a super-romantic getaway. Think breakfast in bed served by your butler, sunset cocktails on your private balcony, and an en suite, multi-course dinner with ocean views.
lf St. Barts sounds like a tropical Shangri-La, it comes pretty close. There's only one catch: it ranks among the most expensive getaways on the planet. One reason is that everything has to be shipped in, but the big reason is because the island caters to an upscale clientele.
Cruising has received a bit of a black eye lately and, with the recent highly-publicized events at sea, it's not surprising. The new Safe Return to Port requirement has been newly implemented in the hopes that these sorts of mishaps will be a thing of the past.
Family cruising is an easy way to vacation with your children, since it affords quality time together, as well as coveted time apart. A bonus is that family cruising provides your youngsters with hands-on learning as you explore worldwide ports together.
Boarding a ship can often be a tedious and drawn-out experience. Since hours of waiting in a terminal is not how you want to start your vacation, it's important to know what you can do to make embarkation go as smoothly as possible.
Stay in one of these spacious suites and find everything you could ever need while out on the open seas -- from cashmere lap blankets to use on your veranda, to Cristal Champagne upon arrival, and even attentive butlers who will do the dreaded packing/unpacking for you.