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There are a number of reasons to take a cruise like value, variety, and ease of planning. Beyond the intrinsic travel benefits of life aboard a luxury liner, cruising is a viable vacation option for a number of occasions as well. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway with that special someone or have the whole crew in tow, here are five excellent excuses to hit the high seas.

"Family" by Kiran Foster

Family Reunions

Most people have mixed feelings about spending extended periods of time with their family. However, when you throw in an idyllic background, umbrella drinks, and an itinerary full of activities to stay busy, a vacation with the cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles suddenly seems that much more tolerable. Cruises can appease even the pickiest of palates as there is a smorgasbord of dining options, excursions and entertainment. Just in case you need a moment of solitude, the ship is more than big enough for you to slip away for an afternoon of rest and relaxation before meeting back up for dinner.

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Weddings are undoubtedly one of the most expensive times in a person’s life. More often than not, the state of your finances (and savings) will likely look a little bleak afterward. Don’t let that stop you from celebrating the important milestone with some much needed couple time, though. If you’re wondering how to stretch your dollar further, cruise lines regularly run deals and promotions that bundle cabin upgrades with all-inclusive food and beverage packages with onboard ship credits you can redeem for entertainment, excursions or even a day at the spa. To make the day even more special, Celebrity throws a special champagne reception for all the newlyweds on board in celebration of starting their new chapters together. You could even add a cruise to your gift registry or get married right on board to kick off the party right away (hint, hint).

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With cruises as short as two days, it's super easy to hit pause and take the time to celebrate your love while not disrupting one another's busy schedules in the real world. Think about it: You could escape for a few days and still be back in time to take the kids to soccer practice. Doesn’t every parent need and deserve that reprieve? You don’t even need to leave the cabin if you don’t want to, or you can make the time that much more memorable by renewing your vows on board.

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Winter / Spring / Summer Break

Traveling on school breaks is notoriously expensive, but savvy family travelers know there is always a way to save a buck during high season. With cruises starting at just $199/person, mom can relax with a cocktail and a massage, while the kids are busy with Kids' Camp at Sea. Separated by age group, each itinerary is jam-packed with summer camp-style activities that are part recreational, part educational and 100% awesome. On-board activities include everything from art and cooking classes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs, and games like capture the flag and scavenger hunts. It’s a chance for them to make new friends, try new things and make all their classmates jealous, while you look like the parent of the year. If you really want to give yourself a break, plan a cruise around the holiday season. You won’t have to worry about decorating or preparing a big meal for Christmas, New Year’s or Thanksgiving, and for once can actually enjoy enjoy the togetherness time the holidays are supposed to bring.

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No Reason at All

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, retirement or nothing at all, there is never a bad time to indulge in a cruise. Cruises are great because they take all the stress out of vacation planning. Once you pick a destination, the itinerary and meals are all worked out so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience without getting bogged down in the details of where to stay and what to do. In fact, we may just book one right now…