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3 Reasons to Take a Cruise This Mother’s Day

She helped you with your homework and tucked you in at night. Her kindness brought you soup when you were sick and cheered you on from the sidelines at games and practice. She scolded you when you did wrong and praised you when you made her proud. She will always love you unconditionally.

Moms are the best.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and children of all ages are in search of the best way to celebrate such a special day. She loved your macaroni art in grade school, but this year, it might be nice to show Mom how much you really care.

If you haven’t considered taking Mom on a cruise this Mother’s Day, we highly suggest looking into it. Whether it’s a day cruise or a weeklong tropical getaway, Mom will love spending time with her family while enjoying all the activities onboard. Here are some of our favorites!

Spa Day

Cruise Ship SpaEnough with the flowers and cards. Show Mom you really love her with a spa day aboard a cruise liner. Cruise lines take luxury seriously and the spa onboard is usually a prime example. Hot stone therapy, saunas, skin treatments, and full-body massages are just some of the amenities you’ll find at a cruise ship spa. Newer ships take beauty and wellness to a whole new standard, offering treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and hydrotherapy pools. It’s the perfect escape for a busy Mom who needs some much deserved me-time.

Viking Ocean Cruises’ LivNordic Spa utilizes traditional Nordic hot and cold therapies in pursuit of beauty and wellness. Hot water vapor opens pores and cleanses the skin while the snow grotto helps Mom feel her best by improving circulation. 

RELATED: MSC Cruises Introduces Vinotherapy Spa Treatments

Luxury Dining

Don’t worry about getting a reservation at that exclusive restaurant for Mother’s Day, there’s alwaysMother's Day Cruise a table waiting onboard a cruise ship. Great dining is a staple on the high seas. Modern ships feature numerous food and drink options from the ultra luxurious to fun spots the whole family will love. Skip the cooking and cleaning and enjoy fabulous dishes and flavors from cultures the world over. Sip fine wine or spirits without worry because your stateroom is just a short walk away!

Windstar Cruises recently added sommeliers on many of their ships to aid guests in choosing the perfect wine with every meal. 

RELATED: 5 Dining Options on Your Next Cruise

Adventure Awaits

Shore ExcursionZipline through the jungle or swim with the dolphins, there’s no shortage of activities and shore excursions to choose from when you book a cruise to an exotic locale. Mom will love exploring glaciers in Alaska or hiking volcanoes in Hawaii. Maybe a sunset horseback ride on the beach is more her style? How about a romantic catamaran sail for two? Mom will love all the options offered by major cruise lines.

If she’s a history buff, Carnival Cruise Line offers an unique excursion to the ancient Mayan city of Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Every shore excursion is something new and different to enjoy!

RELATED: Holland America’s New Culinary Shore Excursions

Trust us. Skip the flowers and card this Mother’s Day. Treat Mom to a vacation she’ll never forget!

— Evan Gove

Now in its 25th year, Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine is published bi-monthly and available worldwide through digital subscription. It offers the latest news in cruise and travel, with in-depth features on voyages, new ships, the best destinations, readers' picks, onboard cuisine, entertainment, and more!