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Memorial Day cruise sales for your next weekend getaway

From cookouts to getting away for the long weekend, we have a few ideas for how to spend your much-deserved day off.

Memorial Day, the Virgin Voyages way

Memorial Day. The day that those of us in the United States honor those who put their lives on the line while serving in the military. And we’re incredibly grateful for their service.

It’s also become the unofficial start of summer. That sweet day off. Laptops closed. Sun on your face. Falling on the last Monday of May, it marks the first long weekend for so many of us where we get to attend BBQs, host BBQs, or skip them all together and give ourselves a little me-time. And maybe you’ll even be on board with us, in which case, we can’t wait to host you — doing all the grilling and the dishes. Sun on your face included, of course, from the Caribbean to the Med.

Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

No plans yet? Need a little inspo for Memorial Day Weekend? No prob — because we have a few Virgin Voyages-inspired ideas to make your long weekend count.

Host a cookout

Ahh, the classic Memorial Day BBQ. Where the grill is hot all day long, the hot dogs and burgers fly freely, and a nice cold beer really hits in just the right spot. And a cookout can look like anything — it doesn’t have to be fancy, because it’s really just an excuse to hang out with friends and enjoy that fresh summer weather. So fire up the group chat, make sure that grill is still working, and be the one in the friend group who makes sure there’s an event to look forward to. Want to bring a little Virgin Voyages to your cookout? Wear a splash of red. Sure, it’s giving Americana, but it’s also coyly bringing in a little bit of Scarlet Night energy to your party. And for those of you who have attended Scarlet Night on board, you know that energy is exactly what a party needs.

Give yourself a spa day  

Okay, so this isn’t a traditional way to spend the holiday, but why not spice it up and do something nice for yourself? We love a spa day (and yes, we are partial to ours), but until you can climb on board, hit a spa nearby and indulge in a massage. Or hot and cold pool dips. Or a manicure and pedicure (our nail salon has sea views, but views are absolutely not mandatory for self care). Because getting ready for summer can look like anything — and treating yourself after a long winter is exactly what you deserve. 

Travel for the weekend

And if the oh-my-gosh-I’m-so-glad-summer-is-finally-here vibes have inspired you to travel (further), may we suggest a seaside getaway in the Mediterranean? So let the celebrations continue well past this weekend; letting us host you in some of the most gorgeous places in the world. So give yourself something to look forward to after the blues of a long weekend ending sets in (we know, we know — don’t think about that just yet). But future epic plans on your cal? That’ll keep anyone’s spirits up long after your BBQ guests have gone home.

Unsurprisingly, we’re big on the importance of travel, even if it’s not with us. Change up your scenery and take a drive to the beach. Or a lake. Or hike that stunning place nearby you keep seeing other people go to on Instagram. With an extra day off on Memorial Day, you might as well give yourself a little change of perspective — letting nature back in before opening up that laptop again on Tuesday. Because even if you aren’t traveling on the high seas this weekend, we know how truly restorative travel can be; even if it’s just a mini-getaway.

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Weekend cruises to the Caribbean

You don’t need to take off for a whole week to make the most of your Memorial Day holiday. Even if it’s just a long weekend getaway, a 4- or 5-night cruise to the Caribbean can be the perfect way to maximize your time off. This is especially true for parents who might be in desperate need of an adults-only vacation from their kids. In just a few days, you can visit multiple white-sand beaches across a variety of colorful Caribbean islands, our legendary Beach Club at Bimini, and spend plenty of time enjoying all the relaxing amenities onboard.

Cruise dining options

BBQs might be a Memorial Day tradition, but they’re a lot of work and you simply might not have the energy or motivation. Luckily, on Virgin Voyages, we do the cooking for you. 20+ eateries are included with your cruise fare, ranging from Italian fine dining and elevated Mexican street food to a casual pizza joint. That means you could spend one night throwing back shots with new friends at Gunbae, our Korean BBQ restaurant with communal dining, and the next indulging in Michelin-style small plates at Test Kitchen. And of course, there’s always the classic Memorial Day burger at Razzle Dazzle.

Hot summer vacation deals

No matter where you want to sail, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our special deals for summer travel. We’re offering 80% off your second Sailor on all Mediterranean sailings, and 70% on all Caribbean sailings, valid for all voyages through October 29, 2025. So celebrate Memorial Day the right way and start planning for an epic summer of cruise travel.

Memorial Day Weekend Cruises from Miami, Florida

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Memorial Day Weekend Travel Q&A’s

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, 2024.

Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971 to honor the fallen men and women who served in the U.S. military.

For many Americans that have off on Memorial Day, traveling is a way of starting off their summer vacation.

Because many cruise lines have Memorial Day sales, and May being one of the best months to take a cruise, many people book cruises to save on vacation travel and to explore multiple destinations for relaxation and adventure.

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