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You know the name, the laid-back attitude and where to find them, but you’ll just have to visit The Bahamas to truly appreciate this classic cruise destination. On this 700-strong string of sun-splashed islands dotting the blue Atlantic, the living’s easy. (And it’s not bad on a Bahamas cruise either!) The central port of Nassau is the bustling capital of the country — “bustling” is a relative term, of course — while Freeport is all chill, all the time. And then there’s Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays: pure private-destination paradise, the likes of which could put a smile on the face of someone who really loves frowning. Enjoy sailing, snorkeling, strolling pearly pink-sand beaches, and swimming through crystalline turquoise seas on a Bahamas cruise.

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Bahamas Cruises

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Float through crystal-clear waters and sunbathe on palm tree-lined beaches during a Bahamas cruise with Princess®. This vibrant destination is home to Princess Cays, our private island resort that is truly relaxation defined. Spend the day relaxing beachside or snorkeling just off the shore. Find cruises to the Bahamas that fit just about any schedule with options of a short getaway or a week long Caribbean vacation with the family.

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Surf, sand and sun await on a Bahamas cruise. Indulge in rest and relaxation while lounging on unspoiled beaches that offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a dip in the water, and ride in a paddle wheeler with your loved ones. Or revel in the laid-back atmosphere of island time while floating along the shoreline. Experience the best of the Bahamas and the Caribbean with Princess.

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On a Bahamas cruise, visit the dazzling port of Princess Cays, Princess’ Private Island Resort. Relax in a beachside sanctuary bungalow, ride on a banana boat or paddle through the turquoise waters on a kayak with friends and family. Experience this quintessential Bahamas port on most of our Caribbean cruise itineraries, and indulge in the best of both worlds as you sail on to explore other nearby destinations.

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Caribbean Getaways offer short cruises to the Bahamas for a dose of relaxation on a quick weekend trip or a mid-week recharge. From kayaks and paddleboards to noodles and floats, frolic through the water and refuel with a complimentary beach barbecue. Then embark on a leisurely glass-bottom boat ride around the island, or unwind in a private bungalow and enjoy access to Princess MedallionNet® right from your beach chair.

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Take a week-long vacation on a Bahamas cruise with more to love, calling on additional Caribbean ports. Visit Princess Cays for a day in the sun, sand and surf. Then have more time to explore Trunk Bay – one of the “Cruise Wonders of the World” – during a late-night stay in St. Thomas on Eastern Caribbean itineraries. From relaxation to adventure, experience cruises to the Bahamas that have more range with Princess.

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Get a taste of traditional Caribbean culture as you sail to ports like Bonaire and Aruba. Relive Curacao's colorful past, and discover Bonaire's pristine coral reefs. Or explore Aruba’s underwater "Antilla" shipwreck, home to a variety of exotic sea life. Whether sailing to a specific region or embarking on a comprehensive cruise, cruise to the Bahamas and unwind at Princess Cays before heading to your next destination.

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Get a taste of the Caribbean while savoring tropical delights on each of the islands. Enjoy jerk chicken in Jamaica, coconut bread pudding in St. Kitts, or a beach barbecue in Princess Cays. Or indulge in conch — the national food of The Bahamas. Cruises to the Bahamas also come complete with island-inspired cocktails and cuisine on board.

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On Bahamas cruises, embark on diverse adventures no matter the destination. Explore the Mayan Ruins in the Western Caribbean, snorkel past coral reefs in the Southern Caribbean, and sail on a catamaran in the Eastern Caribbean. Find activities for the family during a spring break vacation that feels like summer.

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Nothing says summer quite like the Caribbean, especially when you spend the day playing in the Caribbean Sea. On cruises to the Bahamas, snorkel alongside tropical fish, and paddle through the waters in a tandem kayak with family or friends. Or float in the clear blue Caribbean Sea in an inner tube.

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Spice up your holiday season on a Bahamas cruise and immerse yourself in the best of each destination with our exclusive Local Connections Program. Sample Blue Curacao on a distillery tour, snorkel alongside friendly stingrays in Antigua or discover St. Lucia’s Creole traditions from a master craftsman.

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Cruises from Boston depart from spring through fall. History lies around every corner of this Massachusetts city, which was founded in 1630. Boston is best explored on foot; follow the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail for a sampling of its most notable landmarks. The marked path leads to 16 historic sites such as the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. At the trail's end, you can visit the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy, the 1797 USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides" -- a nickname earned during the War of 1812. Other options include visits to some of Boston's extraordinary museums, tours of Cambridge, home to Harvard University (just across the Charles River), and burgers and beers at a pub inspired by the TV show "Cheers."

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Seven Seas Splendor

Debuted in September 2021, the 746-passenger, 548-crew member Seven Seas Splendor is the newest ship within the Regent fleet. Seven Seas Splendor – along with most of the line's other ships – takes opulence to the next level by equipping each suite with its own private balcony. Other standard in-room amenities include interactive flat-screen TVs, luxurious bath products, bathrobes and slippers, signature queen-size beds and dining tables for two. There are 10 suite categories available, ranging from the smallest Veranda (307 square feet) and Deluxe Veranda suites (308 to 361 square feet) to the largest Regent (4,443 square feet) and Master suites (1,895 to 2,108 square feet). 

Guests have a wide array of things to do while on board. Spend your days relaxing at the spa, playing paddle tennis or bocce ball, working up a sweat on the jogging track or taking a dip in the ship's two whirlpools and two pools, one of which is an infinity-edge pool that stretches along the edge of the ship, providing swimmers with exceptional views of the ocean. At night, enjoy one of five shows at the onboard theater. 

When it comes to food, Seven Seas Splendor offers eight eateries ranging from casual to fine dining. Enjoy your breakfast alfresco at La Veranda and grub down for lunch at the Pool Grill buffet. For something more formal, opt for a French-inspired meal at Chartreuse, Pan-Asian dishes at Pacific Rim or Compass Rose, the largest restaurant on the ship.

Seven Seas Splendor visits a variety of European and Mediterranean destinations, as well as ports across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and South America.

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Viking Mars

Viking's newest ship, the Viking Mars accommodates 930 passengers and, since it's a smaller vessel, it can dock in many ports where some of the larger ocean-faring cruise ships can't reach. The all-veranda accommodations on this ship, which debuted in May 2022, range in size from around 270 square feet to 1,448 square feet. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, safes, minibars filled with drinks and snacks, robes, slippers and 24-hour room service.

Visitors will find a relaxing spa, a hair salon, a yoga area and a well-equipped indoor fitness center (plus an outdoor fitness center) aboard the ship. Those looking to unwind with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other should snag a cozy spot in The Living Room. Like other Viking ships, the Viking Mars offers educational programming, lectures, cooking classes and more on board.

Cruisers can also enjoy amenities like the main pool and hot tub, the infinity pool, the cinema, the theater, a jazz lounge and various bars. Dining options on this ship include Manfredi's Italian Restaurant, Aquavit Terrace, World Café, The Chef's Table and The Kitchen Table.

Viking Mars receives rave reviews from recent cruisers. The variety of excursions, the delectable onboard dining and the comfortable cabins are a few things previous guests highlighted as superb. However, the staff received mixed reviews: Some experienced attentive and friendly employees, while a few noted they were expecting better service across the board for the price point.

Upcoming itineraries on the Viking Mars include cruises with ports of call in Iceland, Norway, Greece, Italy, Spain, the U.S. and Canada.

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Celebrity Silhouette

Introduced in 2011 and fully refurbished in February 2020, the 2,902-passenger Celebrity Silhouette is one of the largest ships in the fleet and features a nearly 1-to-3 crew-to-guest ratio. Its latest renovation reimagined the lounges across the ships, updated the staterooms and added new boutiques and spa treatment rooms. 

Silhouette offers plenty of onboard activities, from enrichment seminars to comedy shows. While kids can play on Xbox consoles or at the sports courts, adults can sip libations at the Passport Bar and Craft Social. 

As far as dining goes, the ship is home to 12 restaurants and cafes, half of which are specialty venues that require reservations and extra fees. Cuisine ranges from casual bites at the pool grill to sushi and Italian fare.

Along with a variety of food options, Celebrity Silhouette offers a range of stateroom selections, with 85% of its cabins offering verandas. Cruisers can choose from Inside, Ocean View and Veranda rooms, while those who opt for one of seven Suite categories receive more space and perks like butler service and priority check-in. 

Celebrity Silhouette sails to destinations in the Caribbean and Europe. 

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Celebrity Eclipse

Launched in 2010 and scheduled for refurbishment in spring 2025, the 2,852-passenger Eclipse is one of Celebrity's largest vessels. About 85% of Eclipse's accommodations include verandas, and cruisers who splurge on suites and AquaClass staterooms receive butler service and access to exclusive specialty dining. All cabins offer interactive flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

As far as activities go, travelers can stay active at the Lawn Club, lounge by three pools, participate in hot glass classes and shop at a variety of upscale boutiques. In the evenings, cruisers can enjoy theme parties, comedy acts and Broadway-style shows. Meanwhile, kids programming (geared toward guests ages 3 to 17) is available through Camp at Sea. 

When it comes to dining, past cruisers praised the variety of casual and formal choices. The ship offers 10 eateries, including four specialty venues where reservations are required and additional charges apply. From the room stewards to the restaurant servers, Celebrity Eclipse's staff was also a point of praise among recent guests.

Celebrity Eclipse offers itineraries in the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific, Bermuda and more. 

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Nautica welcomes up to 670 passengers and 400 crew members, so cruisers can expect plenty of attention along with a less congested (and typically kid-free) onboard atmosphere. All cabins are outfitted with flat-screen TVs and minibars, and the majority have private verandas. Oceania Nautica underwent a dramatic, $100 million fleetwide refresh in 2022. With the updated renovation, guests can enjoy freshly revamped Suites, Staterooms and marble bathrooms, plus new fixtures all around the ship.  

When it's time to dine, passengers can choose from five restaurants, including the Terrace Cafe and the elegant Grand Dining Room. There are also plant-based gourmet menu items available. Onboard activities are geared toward an older crowd, ranging from afternoon tea to services at the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center. Nighttime entertainment offerings include musical acts and craft cocktails at the martini bar. 

Oceania Nautica sails to various destinations in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe and more.

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Norwegian Jewel

The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel (the namesake of the line's Jewel-class ships) has been cruising since 2005 and and underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2022. It reemerged boasting more than 25 refreshed venues. With its low 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ratio, the ship makes tailored experiences a priority.

With 14 eateries and 12 bars and lounges, every guest has plenty of elbow room. Passenger favorites include the specialty Brazilian steakhouse.

While Jewel appeals to a variety of traveler types, it's especially well-suited for families thanks to its age-appropriate kids clubs, a video arcade and waterslides. But there are plenty of diversions to keep grown-ups occupied as well, such as a full-service spa, a casino, sports facilities and an art nouveau-style theater.

As for lodging, cruisers can choose between Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, Club Balcony Suite and Suite category cabins. Those looking for even more space and luxury should opt for a cabin in The Haven, which offers multiple bedrooms and access to a private sun deck. 

Norwegian Jewel sails to a variety of destinations throughout California, Alaska, Asia, Mexico, South America and more.

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The 670-passenger Oceania Insignia, which was dramatically redesigned in December 2018, maintains a nearly a 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, which means staff members can provide personalized attention to guests. The expansive redesign included new marble bathrooms, redesigned suites and staterooms and a facelift for the ship's public spaces. 

When it comes to dining, guests can choose between five sit-down venues and sip libations at one of several bars and lounges. Activities on the ship are geared toward older cruisers; they include afternoon tea, board games, a casino and nightly live shows.

Insignia offers four cabin types: Inside, Ocean View, Veranda and Suite. Inside and Ocean View cabins are smaller, while Veranda cabins and Suites offer more legroom (between 216 and 1,000 square feet). All cabins come equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars and 1,000-thread-count linens. Suites include extra perks, like 24-hour butler service and in-room iPads.

Oceania Insignia sails to destinations in Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and more.

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Majestic Princess

Welcoming 3,560 guests and 1,346 crew members, Majestic Princess touts new features not available on any other Princess ship, including two specialty restaurants with dinner menus created by Michelin-starred chefs. Beyond the ship's specialty restaurants, passengers can dine in three main dining rooms and grab snacks and beverages at a handful of casual eateries, including lobster and wok-style noodles.

Similar to the rest of the Princess fleet, this ship houses the Lotus Spa, a casino, a fitness center, a sports and pool deck, and the SeaWalk – a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge. Majestic Princess also features several bars, lounges and theaters. One of the ship's most noteworthy performances is the Watercolor Fantasy Show, a choreographed water show set to music.

Majestic Princess offers a variety of lodging types, with Interior cabins measuring between 158 and 162 square feet and Suites spanning 323 to 1,500 square feet. Though cabin sizes vary, all feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges and desks. 

This ship sails to destinations in Alaska, Australia, Mexico, California, Hawaii  and the South Pacific.

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Brilliance of the Seas

Introduced in 2002, Brilliance of the Seas houses 2,543 passengers and 848 staff members. The ship's last major refurbishment was in 2013, but it received some Oasis-class updates in April 2018 (plus new furniture and fresh carpeting). The ship is big enough to offer an array of activities, yet small enough to pass through canals and offer more unique itineraries than larger ships in the fleet.

Brilliance of the Seas offers eight restaurants, including five specialty options. The ship also provides entertainment for the whole family, including poolside movies, a three-story theater, a rock climbing wall and a mini-golf course. While adults grab a cocktail at one of the bars, kids and teens can enjoy age-appropriate youth clubs.

As far as lodging goes, about 75% of the ship's cabins offer ocean views (and about half of those come with balconies). The most budget-friendly cabins are Interior staterooms (170 square feet). All include amenities like flat-screen TVs and minifridges. 

Brilliance of the Seas departs from ports throughout North America and Australia for a variety of sailings around the world.

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Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow is slightly larger than the older Silversea ships, but not as big as the  Silver Spirit . Last refurbished in 2019 (and debuted in 2000), the 392-passenger ship maintains a nearly 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, with 302 crew members. For past cruisers, it was the friendly crew's attention to detail that helped set Silver Shadow apart from its competitors.

Recent passengers praise the all-suite accommodations, which range from the Vista Suite (287 square feet) to the two-bedroom Grand Suite (1,435 square feet). All cabins offer ocean views and more than 80% include private balconies. Standard amenities include butler service, minifridges and full baths with separate showers.

When guests aren't in their rooms, they can utilize the ship's facilities, which include shopping boutiques, a casino, a beauty salon and an expansive pool deck. The ship also offers four dining venues, including La Dame, a specialty French restaurant with an additional reservation fee. As for nighttime entertainment, passengers have their pick between several cocktail lounges and the ship's performance venue.

Silver Shadow sails throughout North America, South America, Australia, Asia and more. It also completes some transoceanic voyages.

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There are many good cruises leaving from Boston in 2024 such as a 7 night cruise to From Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Pearl will give you four days to explore this wonderful island. Another good weeklong cruise is the Caribbean itinerary from Royal Caribbean International aboard the Voyager of the Seas. This includes stops at the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. If you would prefer to go north, Royal Caribbean International cruise from Boston also offers a Canada/New England cruise. Boston is the perfect starting point for this cruise which includes Bar Harbor, Maine, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island and Sydney in Nova Scotia, among others. If time is a factor, you can also find many 2-night cruises from Boston to better suit your adventure needs. Weekend cruises from Boston are a great way to relax after a long work week.

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The easiest way to find a cheap cruise from Boston is to sort your results by price. When searching for Boston cruises, prices already include any discounts, which means that you will see cheaper options even if they are normally more expensive. This is a great way to find a cruise that would normally be outside your budget. It's a good idea to be flexible on your 2024 departure date to find the best deals, as cruise lines out of Boston will tend to offer the best deals on staterooms at times when they have difficulty filling the ship.

Which Cruise Lines Operate Out of Boston?

Cruises out of Boston in 2024 are operated by a variety of lines including Norwegian , Holland America , Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean. This gives plenty of choices for your cruise vacation. You will find options here for couples, families, groups, etc. The cruise ships from Boston tend to be large ship cruises with lots of activities that are absolutely great for families with children.

How Can I Find Good Cruise Deals out of Boston?

To find great cruise deals from Boston look for our green box that features specific cruise deals and cruise discounts for each trip when available. These results will appear at the top when you sort by price. Make sure to take into account what perks and amenities are included. Sometimes it can be worth paying a bit extra for a cruise that, say, includes wi-fi and/or a drinks package, depending on what you are likely to use. Boston is a great departure point for certain Caribbean cruises and one of the best for getting a reasonably priced cruise up through New England and Nova Scotia. Choosing a cruise from Boston to Canada will reduce your at-sea time and thus costs too.

What Should I Look Out For When Booking a Cruise from Boston 2024?

First of all, make sure that the itinerary is what you are looking for. Also, make sure that your chosen Boston cruise ship has the amenities you crave. Also, consider the time of year; cruises that take place during breaks from school are more likely to have families with children. Being flexible on departure dates for your 2024 cruise leaving from Boston can help you get the best deal and have a better chance of booking the stateroom you want on the deck you want. Canada and New England cruises in the fall as well as the North Atlantic-focused transatlantic cruises can result in chilly temperatures out on the deck, so consider your temperature tolerance (and, of course, pack accordingly).

Where Are the Best Places to Go On Cruises Leaving From Boston in 2024?

The two most popular destinations out of Boston are Canada/New England and Bermuda. It is also the US departure/arrival port for some of the transatlantic cruises offered by Holland America. You can get a regular Caribbean cruise as well. These are all great destinations, depending on your tastes. If you want to spend several days in one place, the cruises from Boston to Bermuda are a great option as they tend to sail out and then moor to give you time to explore the island and a bit more freedom than many cruises offer. If you want to see some truly spectacular scenery and interesting wildlife, consider a Canada/New England cruise or, if you have the budget, a transatlantic cruise that explores Greenland and Iceland. These destinations can, of course, be cold even in summer, but it's worth it!

What Are Some Good All-Inclusive Boston Cruises?

Most of the cruise ships leaving from Boston are not truly all-inclusive, although they do include main dining, youth programs, onboard entertainment and basic drinks. This varies by line, so do check. To get an all-inclusive cruise from Boston you will need to select an offer that includes it. You should weigh how much you will use the amenities before purchasing a package. For example, most people these days need wi-fi, but a shore excursion package is only worth it if you know you are going to use it.

What Are Some Great Family Cruises From Boston?

Almost all of the cruise ships out of Boston,, include youth programs in the price of the ticket for 3 to 17-year-olds. What's offered varies, of course, by line and ship, but family cruises from Boston are easy to find. Bermuda cruises from Boston are great for families as you can spend time doing whatever you want on the island and not have to worry, for at least part of the time, about your ship sailing without you because the kids held you up. (Note, this is why it's usually best to take an official shore excursion because then the ship will wait for you). Your kids might, of course, have an opinion on the destination, but New England/Canada cruises tend to attract an older crowd, and there might be fewer other kids for them to hang out with.

What Are Some Good Adults-Only Cruises From Boston?

As the Boston cruise lines use mostly large ships, there are usually no specific adults-only cruises. All of the cruises have youth programs, which can help keep adults and kids separated. Your best bet to avoid a lot of families is to choose dates when kids are in school. The four-night Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl is a great choice for a short romantic getaway. Check amenities to find the best cruise ships out of Boston for your particular trip.

What Are Some Good Singles Cruises From Boston?

Cruise lines mostly use large ships, and therefore do not usually have specific singles cruises out of Boston. However, it's worth considering a Norwegian cruise from Boston as they have great deals for solo travelers. Their ships have staterooms designed for solo travelers (so you are not paying for two people) and a Studio Lounge to meet other single cruisers.

Are There Any Christmas Cruises from Boston?

Because it is so far north, Boston has few to no sailings between November and April, so there are no Christmas cruises. Boston itself is, of course, a great place to experience a white Christmas.

What Are Some Great Gay Cruises out of Boston?

There are no specific gay cruises leaving from Boston. However, all four of the cruise lines that operate are considered very friendly to gay and lesbian travelers, especially Celebrity.

How do I Book a Cruise from Boston in 2024 on Expedia?

Simply browse our pre-selected Boston Cruise deals or set Boston as your departure destination. You can also narrow down your search by selecting an arrival destination and departure dates, as well as filtering by cruise line and ship. Too tight a search may give you no results, so if you do, then widen your parameters to find the best cruises out of Boston. You can also search by duration, helping you find good two-night cruises from Boston, or 7-day cruises from Boston, depending on how much time you have to spend. Weekend cruises out of Boston are a great break.

How can I find last-minute cruise deals from Boston?

Cruise lines operating out of Boston often have cabins they want to fill at the last minute. Enter your departure date and set Boston as the departure port. Available deals will be marked with a green box. You can sort by departure date to find the closest sailing to your time. A last-minute deal, if you are flexible, can give you a great discount on the cruise.

Do I need a passport to cruise from Boston?

This depends on the destination and where your cruise ends. A closed-loop cruise is one that starts and ends in the same US port, and the itinerary must consist of contiguous territories of the US, meaning that they share a land or direct sea border. If you are taking a closed-loop cruise, you do not need a passport. This includes all Canada/New England sailings, sailings to Bermuda, and most Caribbean itineraries. For transatlantic cruises, you will need a passport. Also, anyone who is not a US citizen will need a passport to take these cruises.

Can I Cancel My Cruise Booking?

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason, you can do so from your My trips page or by contacting customer service. Bear in mind that cruise lines have different cancellation policies, which will determine how much of a refund you get.

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Boston Cruise Guide

Boston is a city that’s full of history, being one of the oldest municipalities in the United States. Therefore, there’s an abundance of ancient artifacts, museums, and galleries to explore. But aside from being a history buff’s paradise, it’s also a bustling city with plenty of boutiques, bars, and a rich food scene.

The Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a popular starting point for Canada / New England itineraries, as well as tropical getaways to Bermuda and the Caribbean. The port welcomes ships from Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises.

Not too far from the cruise port, you’ll find plenty of attractions. Boston has been nicknamed “America’s Walking City,” as it is one of the most pedestrian-friendly states, making it easy to explore. The Freedom Trail is a walking route that passes by Boston’s 16 most important historic sites that shaped the American Revolution in the 1770s. You can explore on your own or with an entertaining 18th-century-themed guided tour. Another popular attraction is the Boston Duck Tours, where unique WWII-style duck boats take you to major attractions both on land and at sea along the Charles River. There’s also an aquarium, a Children’s Museum, a variety of Art Museums, and the interactive Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

In regards to food, Boston’s signature dish is clam chowder, which was introduced to New England in the 18th century. Other must-tries are Boston Baked Beans, Lobster Rolls, Oysters, Cannoli’s, and the beloved Boston Cream Pie. Don’t forget to stop by a brewery, or take a walk along Newbury Street for all of your shopping needs, with dozens of unique boutiques and designer stores.

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Switching to holiday mode has never been easier. Norwegian Gem is now sailing from Boston, whisking you away to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Dip your toes in pink-sand beaches on a cruise from Boston to Bermuda where you will witness the most unforgettable tangerine sunsets. Southern Caribbean cruises from Boston , giving you ample time to get into that island-life rhythm.--> In autumn, re-discover the treasures along the coast on a Canada and New England cruise . Don’t forget your camera – the landscapes you will see are a spectacle.

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With the world's most golf courses per square mile, consider Bermuda your fairway to heaven. With up to three full days in port to explore, you can do it all - from relaxing on the country's famous pink-sand beaches to discovering world-class dive sites and exploring the charming British town of St. George's. Paradise is closer than you think when you cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Experience the coastline of Canada & New England in a brand-new way on a cruise from Boston. Travel back to the Gilded Age and explore Bar Harbor. Quebec City's iconic Chateau Frontenac is where you'll find the best views of the Saint Lawrence River. Let Norwegian take you where the deep-blue sea meets rich autumn hues.

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Paradise begins the moment you step aboard Norwegian Gem. Kick off vacation with a poolside daiquiri, indulge in a hot stone massage at the award-winning Mandara Spa or splash around with your kids in the Aqua Park. With dining options ranging from French to authentic Brazilian steakhouse, there is something to satisfy every palate. Plus, there are 15+ unique bars and lounges and amazing entertainment to heat up your nights. And, with a wide range of modern accommodations including the luxurious Haven by Norwegian®, wherever you like to unwind, we have you covered.

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Flynn Cruiseport Boston Cruise Terminal is easily accessible from both I-90 and I-93 and via public transportation, making it the perfect departure point for your next holiday. There is plenty of parking at the cruise terminal, and even more affordable options in the close vicinity. Many garages offer complimentary shuttles, and great deals when you book parking in advance.

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Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees not included.

$1,699 $243 /night

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Boston, Royal Naval Dockyard, Bar Harbor, Boston    View map

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Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $324 pp not included.

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$1,049 $150 /night

$1,749 $250 /night

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Boston, Royal Naval Dockyard, Willemstad, Oranjestad, Kralendijk, Fort Lauderdale    View map

Oct 11, 2024 → Oct 21, 2024

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Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $239 pp not included.

$1,436 $144 /night

$1,484 $148 /night

$1,524 $152 /night

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Boston, Kings Wharf, St. Thomas, Philipsburg, Fort-De-France, Bridgetown, Willemstad    View map

Nov 9, 2024 → Nov 23, 2024

Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $340 pp not included.

$949 $68 /night

$1,249 $89 /night

$1,599 $114 /night

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Boston, Bar Harbor, Royal Naval Dockyard, Boston    View map

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Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $327 pp not included.

$699 $100 /night

$849 $121 /night

$1,429 $204 /night

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Boston, Willemstad, Kralendijk, Oranjestad, Fort Lauderdale    View map

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$665 $67 /night

$752 $75 /night

$812 $81 /night

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Boston, Royal Naval Dockyard, St. Johns, Tortola, San Juan    View map

Nov 2, 2025 → Nov 9, 2025

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$617 $88 /night

$797 $114 /night

$1,059 $151 /night

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Boston, Kings Wharf, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Willemstad, Oranjestad, Saint Georges    View map

Oct 19, 2024 → Nov 23, 2024

Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $675 pp not included.

$1,919 $55 /night

$2,429 $69 /night

$3,399 $97 /night

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Oct 19, 2024 → Nov 9, 2024

Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $437 pp not included.

$1,299 $62 /night

$1,599 $76 /night

$2,399 $114 /night

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Nov 9, 2024 → Dec 4, 2024

Priced per person, based on 2 guests. Est. tax/fees of $590 pp not included.

$1,619 $65 /night

$2,059 $82 /night

$2,849 $114 /night

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The exclusive restaurant for guests of the Retreat. Select and cutting edge, the globally inspired menus at Luminae are not available in any other restaurant on board.

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Bring your workout routine along on your modern luxury vacation and enjoy a variety of new fitness classes and seminars along with world class cruise fitness amenities.

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Shoot some hoops before or after your day’s adventure. Located centrally aboard the ship, you can enjoy a great basketball game while a nice ocean breeze keeps you cool.

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Where can I cruise without a passport?

At TPG, we always recommend cruising with a passport, but there are many reasons why you might want to set sail without one.

What if an opportunity pops up on short notice, and you don't have a passport yet? Or what if you forgot to renew yours when it expired? What if it's only a three-night cruise to the Bahamas, and the passport application fee is almost as much as the cruise fare? Or, maybe you have children nearing age 16 and can't justify paying for passports that will only be good for five years.

First of all, do you even need a passport to cruise ? The answer is often but not always. You have options to cruise without a passport because not every sailing requires them. Thanks to an international agreement called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative , U.S. citizens can cruise on certain itineraries within North American countries using government-issued identification (like a valid driver's license) and proof of citizenship (like a government-issued birth certificate).

The cruises that you don't need a passport for are closed-loop sailings, which depart from and return to the same port within the U.S. One-way sailings from one U.S. port to another or from a U.S. port to a foreign one would require a passport.

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Before we go further, let's clarify that when we talk about cruising without a passport, we're referring to pricey passport books that some travelers do not wish to purchase. Passport cards can also be used for identification when cruising in all the places we are about to discuss; these cards are a low-cost alternative to traveling with your driver's license and birth certificate.

Let's look at the options for where you can cruise without a passport.

Cruising to Alaska is one of the easiest ways to experience all the state offers. You'll have opportunities to see glaciers and wildlife; stroll the streets of charming coastal towns; eat your fill of local crab legs and salmon; and enjoy nature on a kayak, zip line or hike.

If you're interested in cruising to Alaska without a passport, look for itineraries that begin (and end) in Seattle , San Francisco or southern California ports, such as Los Angeles or Long Beach, California. The most common length for these closed-loop Alaska cruises operated by the major cruise lines is seven nights. Cruises early or late in the season might be only four or five nights, and trips departing from LA are usually 14 nights.

What if you really want to cruise one-way from Canada to Alaska (or vice versa)? Although Canada prefers U.S. citizens who arrive by sea or land to have a passport book, it is not required as long as they have proper identification and proof of citizenship. The U.S., however, requires one of the following WHTI-approved forms of identification for entries by land or sea: passport card, enhanced driver's license, I-872 American Indian card or trusted traveler program IDs like Nexus, Sentri and Fast.

Technically, if you have one of those forms of ID but not a passport book, you can take a one-way Alaska cruise — as long as you don't have to fly to or from Canada.

More complications arise for non-passport holders who book shore excursions that involve crossing from Alaska to Canada. White Pass and Yukon Route train rides are good examples. White Pass and Yukon Route allows cruise passengers to go on the three-hour train excursion without a passport but doesn't allow them to take any longer routes. That's their policy, not a legal requirement.

This means that Alaska cruises are one instance when the passport card would be a handy alternative to traveling with both an ID card and a birth certificate. It opens up one-way itineraries.

Related: The best Alaska cruise for every type of traveler

A cruise to the Caribbean transports you to tropical islands bathed in turquoise waters. Whether you seek warm beaches, cool drinks, water sports or cultural education, you can find a Caribbean cruise to fit the bill.

It's easy to cruise without a passport in the Caribbean: Just book one of the many closed-loop, round-trip sailings departing from a U.S. port. Most major cruise lines offer sailings that range between three and 15 nights from ports like Galveston, Texas; New Orleans; multiple ports in Florida (including Miami and Fort Lauderdale); Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore; Bayonne, New Jersey; and New York City.

Most Caribbean islands participate in the WHTI, but it's always best to check the details specific to the ports of call included in your itinerary. Don't forget that islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix are U.S. territories, so visits never require passports for U.S. citizens.

Related: The best Caribbean cruises for every type of traveler

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, lying 643 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Hop on a cruise ship for a direct route to the island's famous beaches and golf courses. Spring and summer are the prime seasons to visit, but cruises are possible throughout the year.

Cruising without a passport to Bermuda is also easy. Apart from a few isolated cruises stopping in Bermuda as they come or go from other destinations, there are no one-way Bermuda cruises to confuse the situation. If you plan to sail without a passport, be wary of any Bermuda cruise longer than 10 nights. Those are likely to be point-to-point cruises that happen to include Bermuda.

Passport-free cruises to Bermuda include ample five- to 10-night sailings from the East Coast ports of Baltimore, Bayonne, Boston and Manhattan. Occasional itineraries also pop up throughout the Bermuda season departing from Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston; and the Florida ports of Miami, Port Canaveral (near Orlando) and Jacksonville.

Related: Does it make sense to take a short cruise to Bermuda?

Long known for delightful strands of beach and access to every imaginable form of water fun under the subtropical sun, the Bahamas are the ideal destination for easy and quick cruise vacations.

Skip the passport on three- to five-night Bahamas cruises sailing round-trip on most major cruise lines from the eastern Florida ports of Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Miami.

A few longer, seven- to 15-night itineraries stop in the Bahamas on their way into the Caribbean. Departures from Bayonne, Manhattan, Baltimore and Charleston will often get you weeklong Bahamas itineraries, as will sailings from Tampa, Galveston and New Orleans.

Related: Best Bahamas cruise tips for first-timers and repeat visitors alike

Our southern neighbor boasts two coastlines of cruise fun. Like most tropical cruise destinations, the top draws are the beaches and the ocean; however, cruise ports in Mexico also give you access to ancient Mayan ruins, delicious cuisine and an abundance of land activities.

Mexico's Caribbean and Pacific coasts are both accessible to cruisers who do not hold passports. If you want to visit Mexico's eastern shores, you can find three- to 15-night cruises to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Progreso. Sailings depart Florida from Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral; you can also find itineraries from New Orleans, Galveston and Mobile, Alabama.

Western Mexico, often referred to as the Mexican Riviera, includes the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada, among others. Cruises with several major lines depart San Diego, San Pedro port in LA and Long Beach for voyages lasting anywhere from three to 10 nights.

Related: The best Mexico cruises for every type of traveler

From water sports to American history and Hawaiian culture, there's a lot to experience on a Hawaii cruise . The best part might be the ability to hop from island to island, sampling the flavors of each as you go.

Closed-loop Hawaii cruises that don't require passports come in two varieties. The short option is to fly to Honolulu and take a seven- or 10-night cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line 's Pride of America. This is the only large cruise ship allowed to operate entirely within the Hawaiian Islands without visiting a foreign port.

Small-ship cruise operator UnCruise Adventures also offers seven-night, inter-island Hawaiian sailings. The American-flagged ships only cruise to and from U.S. ports, so no passport is needed, as would be the case on any domestic trip.

The long-cruise options consist of 14- to 18-night round-trip sailings from San Diego, LA (Long Beach and San Pedro) and San Francisco. You won't need a passport for these closed-loop sailings, but you do need to be prepared for multiple days at sea as you cross the Pacific from California to Hawaii.

Beware of 20-plus-night cruises that are round-trip sailings from the West Coast and would seem to fit the bill for closed-loop cruises that don't require passports. Most of these cruises don't work because they also include stops in French Polynesia, which is outside of the WHTI agreement. Passports are required for the islands in the South Pacific, which means they're required for the entire cruise.

Related: The best Hawaii cruises for every type of traveler

Canada and New England

Cruises up North America's East Coast allow you to take in historical sights of early Americana, stand atop rugged cliffs on the coast of Nova Scotia or revel in the French culture of Quebec.

Mainstream cruise lines operate numerous cruises along the U.S. and Canadian coasts that don't require passports. These depart from the ports of Bayonne, Baltimore, Boston, Manhattan, Brooklyn and occasionally Norfolk. The majority of these New England and Canada cruises are weeklong fall sailings; however, a handful depart at other times of the year or are a touch longer, ranging from eight to 10 nights.

Related: The best cruises to Canada and New England

Some cruise lines also offer one-way cruises in both directions between Canada and New England. These itineraries, like Alaska cruises, might be possible without a passport book. This is the case as long as your plans don't include flying into or out of Canada and your cruise line allows you to cruise with either a passport card or other acceptable form of identification and proof of citizenship.

We checked with a few lines for you. Princess, Holland America and Celebrity all strongly recommend passport books, but they allow one of the WHTI forms of identification. Again, the passport card opens up one-way possibilities, assuming you aren't flying and your cruise only includes Canada and the U.S.

Bottom line

While cruising with a passport is always recommended, it's not required by law in certain circumstances. Closed-loop cruises from U.S. ports that visit Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico are part of an international agreement that allows U.S. citizens to cruise without a passport. In these cases, government-issued identification and proof of U.S. citizenship are acceptable alternatives to a passport book.

Passport cards are an affordable and unquestionable alternative to carrying an ID and birth certificate. If you want to go this route, know they are not valid for travel by air into or out of any foreign country, including Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or Caribbean countries — which is the primary reason most travel advisers urge cruisers to have a passport book.

As we've shown, you have plenty of options for where to cruise without a passport, and many travelers do so without incident. However, anything from engine trouble on your cruise ship to bad weather or an accident in port might necessitate a flight home from a foreign country. This would put you in an awkward position if you didn't have a passport.

Plus, as much fun as simple round-trip cruises are, passports open up additional vacation possibilities in the form of longer, point-to-point and overseas trips. Don't dismiss registering for a passport, even as you consider where you can cruise without one.

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He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill.

By Bram Sable-Smith

Updated on: May 27, 2024 / 9:41 AM EDT / KFF Health News

Vincent Wasney and his fiancée, Sarah Eberlein, had never visited the ocean. They'd never even been on a plane. But when they bought their first home in Saginaw, Michigan, in 2018, their real estate agent gifted them tickets for a Royal Caribbean cruise.

After two years of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, they set sail in December 2022.

The couple chose a cruise destined for the Bahamas in part because it included a trip to CocoCay, a private island accessible to Royal Caribbean passengers that featured a water park, balloon rides and an excursion swimming with pigs.

It was on that day on CocoCay when Wasney, 31, started feeling off, he said.

The next morning, as the couple made plans in their cabin for the last full day of the trip, Wasney made a pained noise. Eberlein saw him having a seizure in bed, with blood coming out of his mouth from biting his tongue. She opened their door to find help and happened upon another guest, who roused his wife, an emergency room physician.

Wasney was able to climb into a wheelchair brought by the ship's medical crew to take him down to the medical facility, where he was given anticonvulsants and fluids and monitored before being released.

Wasney had had seizures in the past, starting about 10 years ago, but it had been a while since his last one. Imaging back then showed no tumors, and doctors concluded he was likely epileptic, he said. He took medicine initially, but after two years without another seizure, he said, his doctors took him off the medicine to avoid liver damage.

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Wasney had a second seizure on the ship a few hours later, back in his cabin. This time he stopped breathing, and Eberlein remembered his lips being so purple, they almost looked black. Again, she ran to find help but, in her haste, locked herself out. By the time the ship's medical team got into the cabin, Wasney was breathing again but had broken blood vessels along his chest and neck that he later said resembled tiger stripes.

Wasney was in the ship's medical center when he had a third seizure — a grand mal, which typically causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. By then, the ship was close enough to port that Wasney could be evacuated by rescue boat. He was put on a stretcher to be lowered by ropes off the side of the ship, with Eberlein climbing down a rope ladder to join him.

But before they disembarked, the bill came.

The Patient: Vincent Wasney, 31, who was uninsured at the time.

Medical Services: General and enhanced observation, a blood test, anticonvulsant medicine, and a fee for services performed outside the medical facility.

Service Provider: Independence of the Seas Medical Center, the on-ship medical facility on the cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International .

Total Bill: $2,500.22.

What Gives: As part of Royal Caribbean's guest terms , cruise passengers "agree to pay in full" all expenses incurred on board by the end of the cruise, including those related to medical care. In addition, Royal Caribbean does not accept "land-based" health insurance plans.

Wasney said he was surprised to learn that, along with other charges like wireless internet, Royal Caribbean required he pay his medical bills before exiting the ship — even though he was being evacuated urgently.

"Are we being held hostage at this point?" Eberlein remembered asking. "Because, obviously, if he's had three seizures in 10 hours, it's an issue."

Wasney said he has little memory of being on the ship after his first seizure — seizures often leave victims groggy and disoriented for a few hours afterward.

But he certainly remembers being shown a bill, the bulk of which was the $2,500.22 in medical charges, while waiting for the rescue boat.

Still groggy, Wasney recalled saying he couldn't afford that and a cruise employee responding: "How much can you pay?"

They drained their bank accounts, including money saved for their next house payment, and maxed out Wasney's credit card but were still about $1,000 short, he said.

Ultimately, they were allowed to leave the ship. He later learned his card was overdrafted to cover the shortfall, he said. Once on land, in Florida, Wasney was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where he incurred thousands of dollars more in medical expenses.

He still isn't entirely sure what caused the seizures.

On the ship he was told it could have been extreme dehydration — and he said he does remember being extra thirsty on CocoCay. He also has mused whether trying escargot for the first time the night before could have played a role. Eberlein's mother is convinced the episode was connected to swimming with pigs, he said. And not to be discounted, Eberlein accidentally broke a pocket mirror three days before their trip.

Wasney, who works in a stone shop, was uninsured when they set sail. He said that one month before they embarked on their voyage, he finally felt he could afford the health plan offered through his employer and signed up, but the plan didn't start until January 2023, after their return.

They also lacked travel insurance. As inexperienced travelers, Wasney said, they thought it was for lost luggage and canceled trips, not unexpected medical expenses. And because the cruise was a gift, they were never prompted to buy coverage, which often happens when tickets are purchased.

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The Resolution: Wasney said the couple returned to Saginaw with essentially no money in their bank account, several thousand dollars of medical debt, and no idea how they would cover their mortgage payment. Because he was uninsured at the time of the cruise, Wasney did not try to collect reimbursement for the cruise bill from his new health plan when his coverage began weeks later.

The couple set up payment plans to cover the medical bills for Wasney's care after leaving the ship: one each with two doctors he saw at Broward Health, who billed separately from the hospital, and one with the ambulance company. He also made payments on a bill with Broward Health itself. Those plans do not charge interest.

But Broward Health said Wasney missed two payments to the hospital, and that bill was ultimately sent to collections.

In a statement, Broward Health spokesperson Nina Levine said Wasney's bill was reduced by 73% because he was uninsured.

"We do everything in our power to provide the best care with the least financial impact, but also cannot stress enough the importance of taking advantage of private and Affordable Care Act health insurance plans, as well as travel insurance, to lower risks associated with unplanned medical issues," she said.

The couple was able to make their house payment with $2,690 they raised through a GoFundMe campaign that Wasney set up. Wasney said a lot of that help came from family as well as friends he met playing disc golf, a sport he picked up during the pandemic.

"A bunch of people came through for us," Wasney said, still moved to tears by the generosity. "But there's still the hospital bill."

The Takeaway: Billing practices differ by cruise line, but Joe Scott , chair of the cruise ship medicine section of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said medical charges are typically added to a cruise passenger's onboard account, which must be paid before leaving the ship. Individuals can then submit receipts to their insurers for possible reimbursement.

He recommended that those planning to take a cruise purchase travel insurance that specifically covers their trips. "This will facilitate reimbursement if they do incur charges and potentially cover a costly medical evacuation if needed," Scott said.

Royal Caribbean suggests that passengers who receive onboard care submit their paid bills to their health insurer for possible reimbursement. Many health plans do not cover medical services received on cruise ships, however. Medicare will sometimes cover medically necessary health care services on cruise ships, but not if the ship is more than six hours away from a U.S. port.

Travel insurance can be designed to address lots of out-of-town mishaps , like lost baggage or even transportation and lodging for a loved one to visit if a traveler is hospitalized.

Travel medical insurance, as well as plans that offer "emergency evacuation and repatriation," are two types that can specifically assist with medical emergencies. Such plans can be purchased individually. Credit cards may offer travel medical insurance among their benefits, as well.

But travel insurance plans come with limitations. For instance, they may not cover care associated with preexisting conditions or what the plans consider "risky" activities, such as rock climbing. Some plans also require that travelers file first with their primary health insurance before seeking reimbursement from travel insurance.

As with other insurance, be sure to read the fine print and understand how reimbursement works.

Wasney said that's what they plan to do before their next Royal Caribbean cruise. They'd like to go back to the Bahamas on basically the same trip, he said — there's a lot about CocoCay they didn't get to explore.

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