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Larnaca, Cyprus cruise port (Cyprus) welcomes at least one hundret passengers every year. In particular, November is the month when the most ships draw in. The port of call is reached by cruise lines like Crystal Cruises . Especially the Crystal Esprit is visiting Larnaca more than two times per year.

If your cruise is coming from Athens , Greece , Paros, Greece , Bodrum, Turkey or Patmos, Greece , Larnaca is likely to be on your route.

Typical journeys take seventeendays.

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  • Visitors who are interested in learning about the history of the city, should pay a visit to Ancient Kition that is covered by the present-day Larnaca. The ancient city-kingdom has largely been excavated and is a site of particular historical interest.  
  • Guests who are interested in the historical background of the city, should take the time to visit the Larnaca Fort. The structure lies on the Southern end of the Finikoudes promenade, which was built in 1398 and underwent reconstruction in 1625 under the Ottoman rule.  
  • Those who are interested in visiting the region's spiritual landmarks should take the time to visit the Hala Sultan Tekke because it stands at the start of Larnaca's Turkish quarter and has been largely unused since 1974 when the Muslim community left.  
  • Nature lovers and birdwatchers alike, should take the time to pay a visit to Larnaca Salt Lake. It is located to the West of the city and is widely known for being the home of flamingoes in winter when the lake fills up.

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A massive project is underway to make Larnaca one of the leading cruise destinations in the Med.

The new dock is very close to the center of town.

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Larnaca (officially Larnaka since 1996) boasts an uninterrupted history as a settlement dating back over 4,000 years. Famous for its beautiful sea front, Larnaka sports clean sandy beaches with clear blue waters. The 'Phinikoudes,' a strip of cafés, bars, clubs and restaurants on the beach front, is a prime tourist destination.

The beach is right in the middle of the town center about 20 minutes walk from the cruise port.

The most important site of Larnaca are the ruins of Ancient Kitium . The earliest architectural remains date back to the 13th century BC. The area was rebuilt by Achaean Greeks. The remains of the Cyclopean Walls, made of giant blocks and the complex of the five temples, are particularly interesting.

Another place of interest is the Marble Bust of Zeno , which stands at the crossroads near the American Academy. Zeno was born in Kition (ancient Larnaka) in 334 BC. After studying philosophy in Athens he founded the famous Stoic school of philosophy.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

Taxis are not cheap and not reliable. Locally they have a very bad reputation for ripping unsuspecting visitors off. Best to hire a car or a guide for the day.

A loop of the villages of Lefkara, Kato Drys, Ora and Odou, with a stop at the monastery at Agios Minas , is a suggestion.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here .

Nearby Places:

Near Larnaca International Airport there is the Larnaca Salt Lake. It fills with water during the winter and is visited by flocks of flamingoes who stay here from November till the end of March. It dries up in the summer.

The Old Aqueduct known as "The Kamares", stands outside the town on the way to Limassol . It was built by the Ottoman Governor Koca Bekir Pasha in Roman style in 1745 to carry water from a source about 6 miles south of Larnaka into the town. The aqueduct is illuminated at night.

Head to the city of Famagusta and check out its eerie old quarter. This place was abandoned when the Turks invaded in the Seventies, and hasn’t been touched since.

Pay a visit to Nicosia – the last divided capital city in the world. After the Turks invaded in 1974, half of the city fell under Turkish rule, and the other half remained Greek.

Shopping and Food

Stroll along Phinikoudes promenade. Lined with cafés, restaurants and bars, it’s a great place for people-watching – preferably over an iced coffee.

In nearby Lefkara lace is a good buy and is famous throughout the world as one of the products most closely associated with Cypriot workmanship; the name originates from the village Lefkara, situated on a hill on the Nicosia-Larnaca road.

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Port Limassol cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Limassol, Cyprus. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Limassol is Cyprus' principal (largest) seaport, located on Akrotiri Bay, between Paphos and Larnaca . The port handles over 90% of all visiting Cyprus Island cruise ship tourists. Port's cruising season runs February through December. Greek is the official language, and English and Turkish are widely spoken.

Next photo is of the Old Port (Limassol Marina).

The 1956-opened Limassol Old Port was used as the island's principal seaport until 1973. Currently, it is used by leisure boats, yachts, fishing boats and coast guard vessels. In 2010, the Old Port was officially closed and renamed "Limassol Marina".

In Limassol are registered many commercial marine vessels (both cargo carriers and passenger ships) as Cyprus is the preferable flag-state for many European passenger shipping companies (cruise lines and ferryboat operators). In 2023, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group opened an office in Limassol, to serve as the company's center for cruise activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The original Greek name of Limassol is Lemesos. The country's capital city is Nicosia (aka Lefkosia). The city is located less than 30 min drive from the archaeological sites Limassol Castle (near the city's old harbor), Kourion (Curium, ancient city-state) and Kolossi Castle (former Crusader fortress). From Limassol depart popular mountain tours.

The city is approx 50 km / 30 mi (1-hour drive) from the UNESCO site Paphos Archaeological Park - well-known worldwide for its ancient ruins. The most significant are the Roman villas, the houses of Dionysos, Orpheus, Aion and Theseus (all with perfectly preserved mosaic floors), the necropolis (Tombs of the Kings), the amphitheater.

Port Limassol

Lemesos port's construction (1971-1973) started with the turning basin which has radius 500 m (1640 ft) and draft 12 m (39 ft). The port has 2 quays (total length 880 m / 2887 ft) - north quay (430 m) and western quay (450 m) with max draft 11 m (36 ft). The port has a covered storage facility (Warehouse 2, sized 6080 m2) and a gantry rail crane (Luffing Crane, max lifting power 35 tons) on the western quay,

Lemesos Port (Limassol) started operations in 1974, following the Famagusta Port's occupation by Turkey. Famagusta used to handle around 83% of the island's total cargo. Port Lemesos provides vessel services, cargo loading / unloading and also serves Cyprus' passenger shipping traffic. Port's water area is sized 1 km2, and its land area is 1,3 km2.

Port's expansion (1980-1982) added the eastern quay (length 480 m, draft 11 m). In 1984 here were installed 2 Panamax gantry cranes serving container ships . Later was extended the western quay (to the south) to provide service to ferries (Ro-Pax ships). Then was built the southern quay (length 300 m) and all other marine areas were dredged to max draft 14 m (46 ft).

The port has 5 mooring posts and dolphins for vessels with max draft 10,5 m requiring mooring for repairs, decommissioning or impounding. Currently, the total length of quays is 2070 m (6790 ft):.

  • Northern quay has length 430 m, max draft 11 m
  • Western quay has length 770 m (450 + 320), max draft (13-16 m) has a 50 m ramp serving Ro-Pax ships
  • Eastern quay has length 480 m, max draft 11 m
  • Southern quay has length 300 m, max draft 16 m
  • The port has all 5 covered warehouses (total area 39760 m2) - Warehouse 1 (7200 m2), Warehouse 2 (6080 m2), Warehouse 3 (10000 m2), Warehouse 4 (10080 m2) and Warehouse 5 (6400 m2).
  • Part of Warehouse 2 is assigned to the UK Navy (serving their cargo traffic) while the remainder (Republic Bonded Warehouse) serves Customs and Excise Department.
  • The port has open storage cargo spaces (157000 m2), stacking areas for TEUs / containers (344400 m2), 299 power supply points (for reefers / refrigerated containers), as well as Customs Office, Workshop (shiprepairs), Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Offices.
  • A dedicated passenger terminal serves ferry and cruise passengers. It was opened in 2015 and covers a total area of 6800 m2.
  • Port's Oil and Gas logistics zone has a 430 m (1410 ft) long berth and is currently supports ENI (Total)'s and Exxon Mobile's Cyprus offshore drilling projects.

In April 2016, DP World Limassol (part of the Dubai -based corporation DP World) was awarded a 25-year terminal concession (until 2041) to operate the container terminal exclusively. DP World's subsidiary P&O Maritime was additionally awarded a 15-year port concession (till 2031) to provide full-range marine services exclusively. The list of DP World-managed activities comprises 3 multi-purpose quays (serving break-bulk, general cargo and Ro-Pax ships (ferries and cruisers), also oil and gas tankers) plus the new passenger terminal.

The 2017-opened DP World Limassol cruise terminal (sized 6970 m2 / 75000 ft2) has a large dock (East Berth) with length 480 m (1575 ft) and depth 11 m (336 ft) which allows berthing for the world's biggest passenger ships .

In 2019, Port Limassol handled a total of 93 cruise ship calls (40% increase over 2018) and ~125,000 tourists. In 2018, the cruise port received nearly 57,000 travelers, in 2017 - around 74,000.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in 2022 the cruise port had booked 163 ship calls with estimated ~170,000 passengers.

In November 2021, Cyprus' Shipping Ministry launched an attempt for a 3-year ferry contract valued at EUR 33 million (USD 35,6M) with annual state aid of EUR 5,5M. In December 2021, Israel expressed interest to join the proposed Greece-Cyprus ferry route by adding an Israeli port to the itinerary.

After a 22-year hiatus, on June 19, 2022, Limassol restarted the Cyprus-Greece ferry route linking directly to Piraeus-Athens . The seasonal/summer-only service (May thru October) is provided by MS Daleela (1991-built car and passenger ship/IMO 9001306, Cyprus- flagged , owned by Scandro Holding Ltd, max capacity 400 passengers) with crossing duration/travel time ~30 hours. The ferryboat departs out of Limassol to Piraeus on Wednesdays and Sundays, while departures from Piraeus to Limassol are on Tuesdays and Fridays. During the maiden season (2022), the Cyprus-Greece ferry service featured 22 roundtrips serving a total of 7162 passengers, ~2250 wheeled units (cars and motorcycles) and ~200 pets. In 2023, as departure port was added Larnaca (cruising time to Piraeus ~32 hours).

Limassol cruise terminal

Port Limmasol cruise terminal is located approx 70 km (43 mi) from two international airports - Larnaca  and Paphos.

Cruise ships dock at Limassol New Port, located approx 5 km (3 mi) from downtown (direction north). The new port serves both passenger (cruise and ferries ) and cargo vessels. Usually, the cruise company provides free shuttle bus service. There is a taxi rank at terminal. Know that driving in Cyprus is on the left side of the roads!

The cruise terminal building (sized 3500+ m2 / 37700 ft2) offers as facilities public phones, currency exchange, ATMs, tourist information, duty-free shop.

In July 2017, DP World ( Dubai ) opened the new DP World Limassol cruise terminal. The facility is sized 6970 m2 (75000 ft2) and is corporation's 3rd cruise passenger terminal worldwide (following projects in Argentina and UAE). Terminal's East Berth has length 480 m (1575 ft) and depth 11 m (336 ft) allowing docking for  world's biggest cruise liners .

  • DP World's decision to built the facility was based on the fact that Limassol is strategically positioned to become a first cruise port of call for vessels exiting Suez Canal  (on its Mediterranean / northern side). Port's attractiveness is also strengthened by easy access to two international airports.
  • DP World was granted 25-year concession rights (until year 2042) to operate the new cruise ship terminal. The privatization agreement was signed in 2016. Terminal's handover was finished in February 2017.
  • Amathus Archaeological Site: 11 km from Limmassol cruise port, direction East. Here, you can visit major attractions including the Tombs and the Temple of Aphrodite.
  • Kolossi Castle: it dates from 14th century. The castle is located in Kolossi village. It is 14 km from Limmasol cruise port, direction West.
  • Kourion: located in Episkopi, 18 km from Limassol cruise port, direction West. It is major ancient attraction because it was the major Kingdom of Cyprus ancient city.
  • Limassol Zoo: the only Cyprus zoo. You can see panthers, monkeys, lions, zebras, peacocks, tigers, macaws, emu, ostriches, falcons, bears, vultures and more. There is a special area for kids.
  • Limassol beaches: they are amazing. Limassol has the longest coat line with plenty of beaches for everyone. Visit some of the most popular including Lady’s Mile, Governor’s Beach, Kourion Beach (Chris Blue), Pissouri Beach and Flo Cafe Beach Cove.
  • Castle of Limassol: it dates from 1228 and is an ancient Byzantine castle where King Richard married his Queen Berengaria. Curently it houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus.

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An exceptional cruise: Cyprus and the Holy Land (port-to-port cruise)

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Join us for an exceptional cruise between Cyprus and Israel. You will discover the treasures of the Holy Land in Galilee but also Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Acre and Nazareth. Cyprus will amaze you with its breath-taking sceneries. Nicosia or Paphos: with the impressive mosaics of these ancient cities and contrasting capitals, embark on an extraordinary cruise!

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Paphos, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its remarkable mosaics(1)

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Jerusalem, a magnet for pilgrims from a variety of faiths(1)

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Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. The evening is free to do as you please.

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This morning, join us for an optional excursion to Nicosia . The Cypriot capital has two faces and symbolizes two contrasting cultures united by a shared history. Brimming with gems to discover, Nicosia stands as the last officially divided European city. This afternoon, we'll start sailing towards Israel.

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Full-day optional excursion through Galilee including the Sea of Galilee (lunch included; approx. 9 hours total, including 4 hours round trip). The Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret in Hebrew, is the main water source in Israel and crystallizes for Christians the place where many of the events described in the Bible occurred. Our excursion will first take you to Cana (or Kafr Cana), where Jesus performed the miracle of transforming water into wine. We'll continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, from where there are wonderful views of Lake Tiberias. This is the hill where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount”. We'll next head for Tabgha, believed to be the most beautiful and peaceful of holy Christian sites and which was the scene of many Gospel stories, before moving on to Capernaum, the base camp for Jesus during his Galilean ministry.

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Full-day optional excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem (lunch included; approx. 12 hours total, including 4 hours round trip). In Bethlehem, we’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, which contains the grotto where many Christians believe Jesus was born. We’ll continue on to Jerusalem, considered holy ground by three religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The old city contains over 200 historic sites, including the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which encompasses the hill where Jesus was crucified and his tomb. We will also visit the colorful market where the three main religions live side by side.

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This morning, optional guided tour of Nazareth. We'll set off for our discovery tour of Nazareth, travelling through the lovely hills of Upper Galilee and the historic Jezreel Valley until we reach the spot where the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah. We'll visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest Catholic church in the Middle East and one of the holiest shrines in the Christian world. Then, we'll continue to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Gabriel, where the water from an underground spring flows through the apse and into the adjacent Mary's Well. Finally, we will visit St Joseph's Church, built in 1914 on the very spot believed to be the workshop of Joseph the carpenter.

This afternoon, We'll set off on an optional visit to Acre (Saint John of Acre), headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during Crusades in the Holy Land. The old city of Acre, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to many remarkable sites, such as ruins from the Greco-Roman period as well as from the time of the Crusades and the Ottoman Empire. Its fascinating historical heritage where East meets West and the unique ruins of the different cultures make it one of the most important cities of the ancient world.

Full-day optional excursion Masada and the Dead Sea (lunch included; approx. 12 hours total, incl. 5 hours round trip). Masada is one of Israel’s most popular tourist destinations. The breathtaking, strategic location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of heroism and importance within Jewish culture. Masada was built in 30 BC by King Herod. When Israel began its great revolt against Rome in 68 AD, the site became a stronghold for Jewish rebels. The Romans besieged Masada in the year 72. Rather than be taken alive by their adversaries, the population of Masada chose to die by suicide. After our stirring visit to this important historical site, we will continue to the Dead Sea for lunch and an afternoon at the side of the pool or in the sea’s beneficial waters and muds.

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The morning will be spent sailing towards Cyprus.

In the afternoon, optional guided visit of the medieval Byzantine castle of Limassol. You will see the castle and its shady gardens. The current building, dating from the 13th century, was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine castle and has been restored and destroyed many times during the history of Cyprus. The Venetians demolished it, the Ottomans turned it into a military building and the British used it as a colonial prison. Today it houses the medieval museum of Cyprus, with exhibits such as Ottoman pottery, medieval armor and everyday objects from the Byzantine era. The reception hall of the castle was where Richard the Lionheart, king of England, married Berangaria of Navarre in 1191. Enjoy some free time to do as you please.

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This morning, optional excursion to Paphos Archaeological Park . Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1980, this exceptional site features the Tombs of the Kings, a mysterious underground necropolis located amidst an almost deserted landscape. We'll then visit the houses of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion whose splendid mosaics were discovered by chance in 1962. A few kilometers further on, we will stop in the village of Yeroskipou to visit a small workshop where Loukoum (Cyprus Delight) is made, followed by a tasting session.

The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Larnaca.

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Disney cruise line reveals name and theme of new ship.

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Disney Cruise Line revealed the name of its next ship, the Disney Destiny, along with details about ... [+] its design theme, “Heroes and Villains.” The ship, sister to the Disney Wish and Disney Treasure, will draw on the legacy of beloved Disney stories, characters and theme park attractions to forge a cruise vacation that will empower guests to embrace their own calling aboard every unforgettable voyage. (Disney)

Disney Cruise Line continues its rapid expansion with the reveal of the third Triton-class ship name and theme. The ship will be called the Disney Destiny, be themed after heroes and villains and is scheduled to be delivered in 2025.

The new ship continues Disney’s commitment to its cruise line , which launched the first Triton class ship, the Disney Wish in 2022 and is getting ready to launch a second, the Disney Treasure in December 2024. The cruise line also bought and is currently renovating a partially built ship to be called the Disney Adventure, which will homeport in Singapore. Disney bought the Adventure for a reported $44 million after Genting Cruise Lines fell into administration.

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About The Disney Destiny

The design theme of Disney Destiny will continue Disney’s legacy of storytelling by drawing inspiration from movies, characters and theme park attractions. According to a press release, “The Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering teams were inspired by the dynamic duality of every great Disney story, where opposing forces of light and dark drive characters to rise to their purpose, when developing the Disney Destiny.”

Those who take a cruise on the ship will be able to enjoy spaces, experiences and entertainment themed around stories like The Lion King , Hercules and One Hundred and One Dalmatians .

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“The Disney Destiny will celebrate our most legendary Disney stories and characters, bringing them to life in new and exciting ways exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests,” said Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Cruise Line in a press release. “As we continue to expand our fleet, the Disney Destiny will further strengthen our position as a leader in family cruising as we offer even more ways for families to experience Disney magic and world-class service at sea.”

Home ports, cruise routes, cost and onboard activities are not yet known. Like the Disney Wish and Disney Treasure, there will be plenty of spaces for kids to play and spaces dedicated for adults to enjoy all around the ship. There will also be three main dining rooms that cruisers will rotate through during a sailing.

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According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruising is back in full force as of 2023. This is good news for Disney, who has three new ships debuting before the end of 2025. The 2023 State of the Cruise Industry CLIA report states that 85% of travelers who have cruised plan to cruise again, which is nine percent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Disney Cruise Line guests can look forward to a signature island experience that celebrates nature ... [+] and the spirit and culture of The Bahamas at a new Disney port of call, which will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. (Disney)

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Along with new cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is getting ready to welcome cruisers to an all-new private island destination in The Bahamas, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. The new island is set to welcome Disney fans for the first time in June 2024. With Lighthouse Point, Disney plans to invest between $250 million and $400 million into the project.

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Disney Cruise Line reveals new 'Heroes and Villains' themed cruise ship coming in 2025

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Disney Cruise Line will add another new ship in 2025.

The line will take delivery of the Disney Destiny next year, the brand announced Wednesday.

The vessel will have a “Heroes and Villains” design theme, with the cruise line and Walt Disney Imagineering teams drawing inspiration from “the dynamic duality of every great Disney story, where opposing forces of light and dark drive characters to rise to their purpose,” according to a news release .

Onboard experiences will feature characters from stories such as “Hercules, “The Lion King,” and “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” though the line has not yet shared additional specifics about the amenities or the ship's maiden voyage. An illustration on the bow will show Minnie Mouse "striking a valiant pose in a heroic ensemble, her cape waving majestically in the sea breeze as she boldly leads guests toward their vacation destinies,” the line added.

“The Disney Destiny will celebrate our most legendary Disney stories and characters, bringing them to life in new and exciting ways exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests,” Sharon Siskie, the line’s senior vice president and general manager, said in the release. “As we continue to expand our fleet, the Disney Destiny will further strengthen our position as a leader in family cruising as we offer even more ways for families to experience Disney magic and world-class service at sea.”

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The vessel will be a sister ship to the Disney Wish and the upcoming Disney Treasure, the latter of which will set sail in December. The cruise line will also add another ship, the Disney Adventure , in 2025, which will homeport in Singapore and mark the brand’s first to sail in Southeast Asia.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

I went on Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and saw why bookings are surging to record highs

  • Royal Caribbean has been increasingly targeting multigenerational families.
  • The cruise line's president and CEO said its new Icon of the Seas megaship is a "great example."
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Royal Caribbean has a secret to its smashing success.

No, it's not its cruise ships' water parks or Broadway-style shows.

It's you, your parents, and your young children. Or, as the industry calls it, "multi-generational families."

In 2023, Royal Caribbean's bookings hit an all-time high ahead of the launch of its newest ship, the Icon of the Seas.

Interest has yet to wane: The three strongest booking weeks in the company's history were at the start of 2024 and "wave season," when cruise lines typically roll out flashy discounts to incentivize reservations .

Sure, its achievement is in line with the rest of the mass-market cruise industry.

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Companies such as Carnival and Norwegian have also seen wild success over the last year, with some now running low on cabins and others charging fares surpassing pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

But Royal Caribbean's success, in particular, could be due to its shifting attempt to win over families .

Great timing: More people want to cruise with their kin now.

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The trade group Cruise Line International Association called multigenerational cruising one of the top 15 trends in a September 2023 report, noting that 73% of responding cruisers said they're traveling with at least two generations of family members .

Royal Caribbean says these travelers are its bread and butter.

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Like other cruise lines, the company now aims to poach families considering land-based vacations. Think of the US theme-park capital, Orlando.

"We've started this transition from being a traditional cruise vacation to being a multi-generational family option that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Orlando and Las Vegas," Jason Liberty, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, told investors in February.

To do this, Royal Caribbean has been "acutely focused" on this family segment, Michael Bayley, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, told investors on the same call. "And I think Icon of the Seas is a great example of that," Bayley said.

On paper, it’s easy to see how the world’s largest cruise ship appeals to young children.

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I joined the ship's complimentary, three-night preview sailing on January 20.

Its flashy, kid-friendly amenities — a short list of which includes a six-slide waterpark, a theme-park-like thrill ride, and a mini-golf course — consumed most of my time .

But if you pay close attention, you might notice the little designs and amenities that make it a great option for parents and grandparents too.

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The water park is a good example.

Not every adult would love the 46-foot-tall drop slide. But children and their parents could gleefully go a few rounds on the multi-person raft slides .

Activities such as the rock-climbing wall, the mini-golf course, and the Crown's Edge thrill 'ride' are all near the water park.

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Grandparents could spend an hour playing mini-golf with their grandchildren.

But if they prefer to sit out, they can watch their little ones from the adjacent covered lounge, where they can sip on a drink and pick at finger foods instead .

Or they can head to the adult-only infinity pool and bar behind the mini-golf course and water park.

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A "family vacation" doesn't mean the family has to stick together for the entire trip.

Instead, on Icon of the Seas, adults can lounge around the ship's de-facto pool club, mai tai in hand, while their children spend their afternoon running around the activity-filled deck .

Like most cruise ships, bars are littered throughout the 1,198-foot-long, 20-deck vessel.

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There's even a watering hole in the one neighborhood designed for toddlers, Surfside.

Large candy-shaped decals line Surfside's walls while a giant flamingo grounds the outdoor space. In between, there's a carousel, small dry and water playgrounds, and a pay-to-play arcade .

But just because your toddler can't drink doesn't mean you can't, either.

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For supervising adults, Surfside has a watering hole: Lemon Post, which flexes lemonade-stand-inspired alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

The bar has great views of the water playground, so parents can sip while their kids play.

Across the way, there's also an all-day brunch restaurant where children eat for free, creating several spaces for multigenerational families to spend time together .

One of the ship’s seven pools has a swim-up bar.

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Children can splash around while their grandparents unwind with a cocktail. Are you sensing a theme yet?

Or, like most other cruise ships, parents can head to the spa after sending the young ones to the children's and teen's clubs .

To my surprise, the cruise ship’s shows could also delight travelers of all ages.

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I have vague childhood memories of hating cruises — and cruise shows. I remember them being tacky, boring, and plotless.

I wanted an exciting performance. Where are the dramatics?! Where are the plot twists?!

I didn't ask to be fidgety or sleepy during these shows, but the singers doing boring and campy covers of oldies hits surely helped me do both. (Can you tell I was later diagnosed with ADHD?)

Fortunately, the shows on the Icon of the Seas were good.

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Two decades later, I still don't love most song-and-dance performances.

But I'll admit, the Icon of the Seas' shows were spectacular enough to win me over. The rendition of the Broadway hit "Wizard of Oz," which featured a flying bed and "monkeys," would've delighted kid me .

And I have no doubt even the most bored kid would also love 'Aqua Action!'

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At times, I found the striking display of divers, nine-foot-tall robotic arms, and synchronized swimmers a bit cringey — especially the segment where the swimmers danced with flashlights.

But it was still an impressive show of acrobatic talent — enough to delight attendees of all ages.

If your children enjoy Cirque du Soleil-like acts, they will surely like "Aqua Action!"

In terms of dining, parents and their parents could be charmed by the ship’s plushest offering, the Empire Supper Club.

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A meal at the Empire Supper Club — meant more for adults than children — includes several courses, cocktail pairings, and live music. At $200 a person, it's the most upscale restaurant on the ship.

Yes, there's a dress code. And yes, kids are allowed, as well .

The ship’s seemingly never-ending access to alcohol and the opportunity for fine dining could appeal to most parents and grandparents.

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The family-oriented waterslides could be a big hit with all demographics as well.

But in my opinion, the most subtly successful way the ship targeted multigenerational groups of guests was through the proximity of relaxing lounges to children-oriented amenities such as the water park .

So far, targeting these diverse age groups has been paying off: The new ship has been a massive success.

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The Icon of the Seas' fares have been "double or triple" Royal Caribbean's previous new ship launches, Liberty told investors in February .

These high rates don’t seem to impact reservations. Bookings for the new vessel have also been 'phenomenally strong,' Liberty said.

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The company saw a record-setting booking day when it opened reservations for Icon of the Seas in October 2022 — over a year before the ship's launch.

A few months later, Bayley called the ship the "best-selling product in the history of our business."

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Jail Cells? Morgues? Your Cruise Ship Has Some Surprises for You.

Here are five unexpected features on ships, some of which you hopefully won’t discover on your own.

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By Ceylan Yeğinsu

Cruise ships have hidden features that many passengers, particularly first-timers, don’t know about. Some ships are as big as small cities, and while it’s relatively easy to familiarize yourself with a seemingly endless number of amenities — water parks, tattoo parlors, multiple restaurants — there is also an entire ecosystem, often below passenger decks, that is shrouded in mystery.

Here are five things that cruisers may not know about cruise ships:

There’s a morgue …

Cruise ships carry millions of passengers each year, and it is not uncommon for deaths to occur on board. Most vessels are required to have a morgue and additional body bags in the event of an emergency.

The morgue, usually a small stainless steel refrigerated room on the ship’s lowest deck, accommodates between two to 10 bodies, depending on the size of the vessel. When a passenger or crew member dies, officials on the ship will notify the authorities on shore and a medical team will assess the body and move it to the morgue, where it is kept until arrangements are made for repatriation. In most cases, the body will be removed at the next port of call, but sometimes will remain on board until the end of the voyage.

…and a jail

There are no police officers on cruise ships, but most vessels have small jails known as the brig, and unruly passengers could find themselves locked up if the ship’s security team determines that they have violated the cruise line’s code of conduct.

The brig, usually a bare-bones room with a bed and bathroom facilities, does not have iron bars like a traditional jail cell. It is used to detain guests who commit serious crimes like assault or possession of illegal substances. Drunk and disorderly passengers may be put under “cabin arrest,” meaning they cannot leave their cabin without a security escort.

Depending on the circumstances, most passengers put in the brig will stay there until they can be handed over to law enforcement officials.

Many ships don’t have a Deck 13

Many cruise ships do not have a Deck 13 because of the widespread superstition in Western culture that the number is unlucky. Ships with a Deck 13 typically use it for public areas, not cabins.

Some ships, like Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class vessels, have a Deck 13 because the vessels are used mainly for the company’s market in Asia, where the number is not considered unlucky. MSC ships also have a Deck 13, but not a Deck 17, because the cruise line’s founder is Italian and 17 is considered unlucky in Italy.

Cruise lines entertain other superstitions, like appointing godmothers to bless new vessels and ensure the safety of passengers and crew. They also hold naming ceremonies in which a bottle of champagne is smashed against the hull of a new ship for good luck. If the bottle fails to break, the vessel will, according to superstition, have bad luck. These days, cruise lines use mechanical devices to ensure that does not happen.

Hidden pools and facilities for the crew

There are typically more than 1,000 crew members on board large cruise ships, and while they spend most of their time serving passengers, there are several areas on the lower decks designated for them to unwind.

The facilities vary from ship to ship, but there are usually small pools in the ship’s bow exclusively for crew members, as well as restaurants, bars and recreational areas like game rooms and gyms. The designated bar, a central social hub for employees after they have finished their shifts, often hosts live music and events in the evening.

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has an entire “neighborhood” dedicated to its 2,300 crew members, with a clubhouse that has massage chairs and virtual balconies — large screens that show real-time views from outside — as well as a restaurant with portholes looking out to the ocean.

Most ships host A.A. meetings

With all-inclusive beverage packages and countless bars, cruise ships can be a tough environment for guests in recovery. Many cruise lines offer daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that are usually scheduled as “Friends of Bill W.,” a reference to William Wilson, who co-founded the A.A. program in 1935.

The meetings are usually held in a quiet place like the library, where guests can feel comfortable and maintain their anonymity. They are also open to other support group members, like Women for Sobriety and Narcotics Anonymous.

Follow New York Times Travel on Instagram and sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to get expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation. Dreaming up a future getaway or just armchair traveling? Check out our 52 Places to Go in 2024 .

Ceylan Yeginsu is a travel reporter for The Times who frequently writes about the cruise industry and Europe, where she is based. More about Ceylan Yeğinsu

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