There is no shortage of vacation options for millennials. In fact, the AirBNB that we run in Asheville seems to attract droves of young professionals looking to get out and explore. But for as many things as we see that are specifically catered to millennials, cruises often get glossed over. Rest assured, there are plenty of great cruise options for millennials. Let’s take a look at our top three.
Celebrity Edge Class Ships
Celebrity Edge was the first ship that I went on and thought, “This ship is cool.” Everything about Edge seemed to cater specifically to the millennial me, from the line’s new take on its signature Martini Bar to the nightlife on board to the decor. I was on the ship with many of my older friends who didn’t exactly “get” what Celebrity was going for with the ship. But I got it – and I fell in love with it. I think fellow millennials will too.
The one thing that I learned on Celebrity Edge was to expect – and embrace – the unexpected. From immersive theatre experiences to experimental cocktails, I never quite knew what I was getting myself into – but for me, that was part of the draw.
What I think millennials will appreciate most about Celebrity Edge is the entertainment. The ship features three main entertainment venues, Eden, The Club, and The Theatre.
In the evening, The Club transforms from a space for groups of all ages to play and hang out to a space for adults. There is music and various activities, and it is a nice venue to unwind with a cocktail before or after dinner. As the night progresses, however, The Club invites adults in for a night of adventure.
The Theatre showcases many different shows, from Shakespeare inspired productions to dance and musical experiences, The Theatre offers something for everyone – though maybe not all at once. Those interested in experimental theatre will have a great time watching shows that feature everything from singing and dancing to acrobatics.
Perhaps the most intriguing venue on the entire ship, though, is Eden. Spanning three levels, Eden is a wonderful place to sit and read a book during the day, thanks to the venue’s natural light; the perfect place to have an evening cocktail, thanks to its view of the ocean and extensive list of conceptual cocktails; and an extraordinary place to visit at night, thanks to its unique performances and enticing atmosphere. The performances that take place at Eden at night are immersive, alluring, and all-around exceptional.
Celebrity Edge’s 7-night Bahamas, Mexico, and Grand Cayman itinerary starts at $1,179 per person. The cruise fare includes beverages, gratuities, and WiFi.
Norwegian Breakaway Plus Class Ships
Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is part of the company’s Breakaway Plus class. Norwegian’s description of the ship on its website alone is enough to prove its worth for Millennial travelers with descriptions of virtual reality events and shows that “raise the roof every night.”
Kinky Boots is one of the feature shows on board Norwegian Encore. The show tells the story of a shoe factory heir and a drag queen who band together to create a line of high-heeled boots. This show is enjoyable for guests of all ages but the show is especially popular with young adults.
There are plenty of bars on the ship for those who want to indulge in a beverage after a day of exploring. Guests can unwind in The Cellars Wine Bar, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, District Brew House, and Maltings Whiskey Bar, among others.
Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of these voyages is the price. Most seven-day cruises aboard Norwegian Encore are priced at less than $1,000 per person and include Norwegian’s Free At Sea promotion which includes free excursions, free WiFi, free open bar, free specialty dining, and free cruise fares for children booking in the same cabin.
All cruises booked through October 2021 are backed by risk-free cancellation policies.
Virgin Voyages Ships
Though Virgin Voyages’ first ship has yet to launch, I am positive that many of the sailings Virgin offers will be booked by millennials. The ships are very cool and, as much as I hate to admit it as a millennial myself, this is a big selling point. Cabins on board the ships are decked out in modern decor with bold pops of color. Most staterooms feature configurable couch beds so that cabins can sleep between one and four people. Check it out in the photo below.
On board guests can partake in self-care activities like yoga classes and group workouts or blowouts and mani-pedis, just to name a few. The ships feature juice bars and a tattoo parlors (have you ever heard anything more millennial than that?). Not to mention there is also a two-story nightclub that houses three bars. So, whether you are looking to unwind and relax or party hard, Virgin Voyages has “gotchu.” (Their words, not mine.)
Virgin Voyages’ 5-night itineraries start at $652.50 per person. The cruise fare includes WiFi, gratuities, group workouts, and beverages.