These are the safest bets if you’re worried about Zika.
If you want a cruise holiday, but are concerned about Zika virus in the popular ports-of-call?
For those who worry about on the way to Florida and the Caribbean this fall and winter as a result of the disease is carried by mosquitoes (check this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest information), there are plenty of other cruise options.
October is Cruise Lines International association the Plan a Cruise Month, and many of the rules are with seasonal offers and promotions as the weather cools down. Many tours can be booked online, but if you are looking to maximize your vacation, consider using a broker to find the best offers and upgrades, and also pick the right cruise line and ship for you and your companions.
Here are six trips to consider in Zika free areas that will not bust your budget:
A European Expedition.
Cruise Europe throughout the year on board the Norwegian Spirit with the embarkation in Barcelona and Rome (any questions about the Free on Sea promotion with unlimited open bar, specialty dining and Wi-fi). Costa Cruises also sailing in the Mediterranean throughout the winter with rates starting at just $499. Or see Italy and Greece without the summer crowds, while paying lower rates for flights and cruises. Azamara Club Cruises, known for smaller vessels and longer in the port, a ship in Europe by the Nov. 6 and is touting free upgrades. MSC Cruises also cruises in the Med in the winter, including the Canary Islands, where the sunny weather is almost guaranteed this time of year.
Across the Atlantic ocean.
Cross the Atlantic the old fashioned way on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton—seven nights from May-December with a number of sailings from under $600, – per person in double occupancy with special fall savings event. Experts on board will teach you about everything from jazz to constellations. Do you have enough time to enjoy the shipboard experience. High tea anyone?
Hawaii’s ‘hot spots’.
See Hawaii islands on board the Norwegian Pride of America, the only ship that sails year round from Honolulu on seven-day cruises, with almost 100 hours of port time in Maui, Kauai and the big Island of Hawaii. The ship recently underwent a bow to the stern extension with newly designed public areas, restaurants and guest staterooms. Carnival also has a number of sailings to Hawaii to Los Angeles this fall and in January.
Adventure to East Asia.
East Asia calls, especially in Japan, where it is cooler this time of year, but the rainy season is over. Princess Cruises has ships homeported in Japan. Cruise Critic notes that Royal Caribbean International has a variety of East Asia sailings in autumn, winter and spring, such as Holland America, Celebrity Cruises and others.
Passage to French Polynesia.
Sail in French Polynesia on board a Windstar sailing yacht under the Tahitian Islands. You can enjoy snorkeling or diving, enjoy the free water sports toys of the right of the yacht’s water Sports Platform. Treat your favorite family and friends at a private beach party. There are not more than 300 passengers on board, so that the smaller ships can stop at the boutique ports not accessible to larger ships.
Eileen Ogintz is the creator of the syndicated column and website Taking the Kids. She is also the author of the ten-book Kid’s Guide series to major American cities and the Great Smoky Mountains. The third edition of the Kid’s Guide to new YORK has just been released.