Day Vacation Cruises

When life has you stressed out, you may choose to take a one-day vacation cruise to unwind. Most major ports, harbors, bays and rivers offer day cruises that vary, depending upon the history and habitat of the area. You'll learn interesting facts as you relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. With a one-night stay, you might opt for a one-night cruise to nowhere offered by many of the larger cruise lines.

Fun Day Bahamas Cruise

Offered by Discovery Cruise Line, you'll enjoy a fun-filled day aboard ship. This round-trip cruise embarks in the morning and disembarks at night in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It ports at Freeport, Grand Bahama where you have four hours to explore the beaches and the island. The cruise includes all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner buffets while aboard the ship. Play video games in the game room, watch movies or soak up the sun next to the pool. Try your luck at the Las Vegas-style Casino complete with slots, blackjack, roulette and craps tables. The cruise returns to port at 10:55 p.m., allowing you to end the day by dancing to live music.

Discovery Cruise Line

1775 NW 70th Ave.

Miami, FL 33126


The 26 Glacier Cruise Experience

The 26 Glacier Cruise departs from Whittier, Alaska aboard The Klondike Express, a luxurious catamaran. Relax in one of the four passenger booths with an excellent view so you won't miss a thing, where you'll be served a hot lunch. Amenities aboard include a saloon, snack bar and gift shop. A U.S. Forest Service Ranger is on-board to point out interesting sights and wildlife you may encounter on this 145-mile trip. As you cruise the calm waters of Prince William Sound, you may encounter migratory whales, seals, otters, porpoises, sea lions and whales. Keep your eye out for wildlife such as bear and mountain goats on the banks and bald eagles soaring above. On the cruise, you will see 26 glaciers as you experience their brilliant blue hues and hear the crackling noise as large pieces of ice fall into the water, called "calving." Before returning to Whittier, the ship stops at the Kittiwake Bird Rookery where over 10,000 birds nest each summer on the rocky cliffs.

Phillips Cruises and Tours

519 W. 4th Ave.

Anchorage, AK 99501


Harbor Cruises

One-day vacation cruises are common at popular destinations. These include sightseeing tours such as the Golden Gate Bay Cruise that goes around Alcatraz Island out of San Francisco, California. Sightseeing cruises out of New York, New York explore seven bridges, five boroughs and 25 historical landmarks including a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty. Harbor cruises include events like whale watching, dolphin or seal-lion adventures or casino gaming. Many ports also offer romantic dinner and dancing cruises. Check with the harbor of your choice to see what is available in your area, or in the ports of call during a longer cruise.