Overnight cruising is a tempting prospect for family. Firstly, it’s a great way to explore – know your expenses ahead of time and cruising has something for everyone. Additionally, spending the night at sea can be a pretty romantic experience for parents. There are many on board experiences for kiddos; and if the grandparents are tagging along… There are also plenty of relaxing nooks on board and slower excursions for the more laid back explorers. Travelling the world and seeing the sights can be an unforgettable vacation for the entire family. So with that in mind, today I’m featuring a guest post from apopsiclestand.com about the best overnight cruises for all types of explorers. 

The best overnight cruises for all types of explorers

Cruising can offer amazing experiences for all types of explorers. For some, it’s the ultimate luxury getaway, while for others it is all about adventure and exploring far-flung exotic locations. 

Firstly, running through the night is a different experience to sleeping at anchor. Additionally, it offers the opportunity to see more popular cruise ports. Also, almost every type of cruise offers new sights, sounds and smells, and an exciting buzz at all times. These are some of the best overnight cruises available for every type of traveller. 

Cruise ship at sunset - The best overnight cruises for all types of explorers


Sunset in Santorini should be one of the 8 Wonders of the World. It makes an overnight cruise to this gorgeous, magical Greek island an absolute must. Spend the day exploring the rocky, volcanic island and the remarkably beautiful whitewashed towns and villages. Then relax with a glass of something cold, and watch the fading light of the day melt behind the horizon. 

Ha Long Bay

The rocky limestone karst coastline that makes up Vietnam’s iconic Ha Long Bay is one of the best places to visit in South East Asia. With over 1,600 islands to explore, this stunning World Heritage site is a must-visit destination and an incredibly popular one for overnight cruises. For the perfect picture, Ha Long Bay itself is so worth a visit. Although quieter, less visited spots like Lan Ha and Bai Tu offer a more peaceful, and often more magical experience too.

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the liveliest and most vibrant cities in California. It’s also up there with the best the West Coast has to offer. With gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the California coastline, a night on board is a pretty exciting experience. However, taking in the buzzing nightlife and out-of-this-world dining scene in the centre of town is also well worth the shore trip.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and ocean

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the city and the rest of the Bay Area by day either. From Alcatraz and the iconic Lombard Street to the Winchester Mystery House, there’s an awful lot to see here.

Southern Florida

Southern Florida is one of the most popular cruising locations in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. From Miami’s incredible food scene, unforgettable artistic culture and the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. To the natural beauty of the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park, there’s a little something for everyone in the south of the Sunshine State.

Whether your family is made up of sun worshippers looking for beautiful stretches of golden sand. Or people who want to jump on an airboat and look for gators in mangrove swamps… Southern Florida has it all.

Whatever types of travellers you are, overnight cruises are a wonderful way to explore the world with your family. The perfect combination of sophistication, adventure and full-on luxury… An overnight cruise offers magnificent sights and magical experiences, for every kind of explorer. Finally, check out this post on tips for planning a Winter family adventure.


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