One of the biggest things that puts people off cruising is that they think they won’t have enough time to look around before the ship sets sail. To combat this, cruise lines have been increasing their number of late-night, overnight and sometimes even multiple-night stays at ports of call throughout the world. Thus giving adventurers the chance to fully immerse themselves in their destination, and enjoying a bit of the nightlife while being on the best overnight cruises.
If you’ve been put off cruising for precisely this reason. Book your next holiday with one of these cruise line companies that offer the best overnight cruises. Each offers a mixture of extended and overnight ports of call so you can ditch the usual timetable and delight in after-hours fun.
Best Overnight Cruises to Stay
Almost half of Celebrity Cruises’ itineraries include at least one overnight stay. The company offers more extended stopovers at popular ports of call in the Caribbean, including Cozumel in Mexico and Bridgetown in Barbados, than any other cruise line. These locations are ideal for late-night parties with the soft, cool sand under your feet and the bright, twinkling stars above your head. There’s also a great choice of overnight stays across the rest of the world, too. This is including New Orleans in the US during Mardi Gras and the culturally-rich St Petersburg in Russia.
Another excellent cruise line for overnight stays is Crystal Cruises. With around 80% of its itineraries onboard its ocean vessels incorporating overnight stays, usually at the starting ports. The average ten-night itinerary includes 1-3 overnight stays. Although this drops down to practically 0 when it comes to the shorter seven-night itineraries. So choose carefully. While you’re free to explore on your own, Crystal Cruises’ excursions are amazing. They will give you the chance to experience everything from a private whiskey tasting on the London Eye at night to a dinner and fireworks show seen from a catamaran in Waikiki.
Late to jump on the bandwagon, Princess Cruises launched its ‘More Ashore’ programme in 2016. Offering late-night departures and overnight stays throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the Americas. Short five-night itineraries from Los Angeles include overnight stays in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. And this year, the cruise line will be adding overnight stays in Dublin, plus late-night departures from Edinburgh and Belfast to its British Isles itineraries.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
For unforgettable romantic cruises and the best overnight cruises, look no further than Paul Gauguin Cruises. Almost all the itineraries on board the Paul Gauguin liner feature overnight stays in tropical destinations. These include Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, plus overnight stopovers in Indonesia and Fiji on selected itineraries. The ‘Romantic Escapade’ excursions which include an overnight stay in an overwater bungalow, plus a candle-lit dinner, bottle of champagne and canoe-delivered breakfast are the ultimate in luxury.