If you’ve never taken a cruise before, it’s time to give them a try. Whether you’re interested in setting for an Alaska wilderness adventure, a Caribbean paradise island expedition, or something else altogether, cruise ships are just waiting all over the world to take you wherever you need to go. And with so many different cruise lines currently offering routes and schedules all over the globe and trying to compete to be the best and earn your loyalty, prices for cruises have never been better either.

As the first month in summer, June is one of the most popular months in which to take a cruise. There’s nothing better than welcoming in the summer sun than by heading off on a beautiful, luxurious cruise ship and enjoying some time on the beach, in the water, and exploring various fascinating and beautiful locations around the world. All sorts of cruises can be enjoyed in June, from island getaways to coastal exploration. Read on to learn more about some of the best June cruises you might like to take and start planning your next wonderful vacation today. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Carnival - 7 Night Mexican Riviera - Carnival Panorama

Carnival - 7 Night Mexican Riviera - Carnival Panorama
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Heading off from Long Beach in California and making a trio of stops before heading home, the '7 Night Mexican Riviera' is a great option for those in need of a June cruise. It's affordable, accessible, and well-suited for travelers of all ages. Not only that, but this cruise also gives you the chance to explore three beautiful locations in the space of just one week, so it really is a great choice for those who want to make the most of their vacation and really pack a lot of excitement into each day.

For this cruise, you'll have the pleasure of traveling on board the amazing Carnival Panorama. One of the latest and greatest additions to the Carnival fleet, the Panorama is a stunning cruise ship with a lot to offer for guests of all ages and dispositions. You'll find lots of state-of-the-art features and amenities on board, with this ship excelling in every single aspect. Whether you're looking to have a good time with friends, a relaxing moment with your partner, a fun evening for all the family, or a great meal with your fellow travelers, you'll find it on board the Panorama.

This '7 Night Mexican Riviera' cruise sets off from LA and makes its first stop at Cabo San Lucas, a highly intimate and romantic beach resort area with lots of white sands, sky blue waters, and mystical caves and coves to check out. Next, you'll head over to Mazatlan, a hugely popular resort destination that has a lot of fun and games to be enjoyed by all the family. Finally, you'll visit Puerto Vallarta, a great spot for friends to enjoy some cocktails and make some magical memories while families relax and play on the beach and out in the water.

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2.Royal Caribbean - 3 Night Bahamas - Navigator of the Seas

Royal Caribbean - 3 Night Bahamas - Navigator of the Seas
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Maybe you're just looking for a long weekend cruise this June, or maybe you've never taken a cruise before and wish to test the waters with a mini cruise to see what these kinds of experiences have to offer. Either way, if you're looking for a short, affordable, and enjoyable cruise this June, the '3 Night Bahamas' cruise is an excellent option to choose and has been very highly rated by past guests.

Your home away from home for this Caribbean cruise in June will be the Navigator of the Seas. One of the most storied ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, the Navigator of the Seas has made a lot of journeys over the years and undergone a lot of redevelopment and renovation too in order to remain fresh, vibrant, and exciting for all guests. You'll find plenty to see and do on board this ship, with swimming pools, a spa, outdoor movie nights, an ice rink, fitness machines, sport courts, duty free shops, luxury accommodation, and so much more.

After leaving Miami, FL, this June cruise makes its first stop at Coco Cay, which is actually a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. Only Royal Caribbean passengers get to enjoy this island, so it never gets too noisy or crowded and is one of the cleanest and most pristine spots in the whole Caribbean. It's a great place to have fun with the family and live out your tropical island dreams. Next, you'll visit the busy capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau. There, you can do some shopping at the various shops and market stands, as well as visiting local landmarks and relaxing on the beach before heading home.

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3.Carnival - 5 Night Key West & Cuba - Carnival Sensation

Carnival - 5 Night Key West & Cuba - Carnival Sensation
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Despite being only 5 nights long, this '5 Night Key West & Cuba' cruise from Carnival really offers a lot of variety in terms of the ports of call it makes and the activities you can enjoy along the way. You'll visit three very different locations over the course of this journey, making it one of the best cruise options in June for people who want to enjoy a varied vacation and see plenty of unique things in a short amount of time.

For this cruise, you'll be warmly welcomed on board the Carnival Sensation. Fitted out with a burger joint, a sushi bar, speciality restaurants, and more, the Sensation is a big hit with foodies and really excels in the dining department. It's also a good spot to do some shopping, relaxation, swimming in the various pools, and more. You'll find some great live entertainment on board, along with countless friendly crew members working hard to make your journey truly unforgettable.

This June cruise sets off from Miami, FL and makes a first stop just a little further south around the Sunshine State coast in Key West. There, you can visit the southernmost marker of the contiguous United States, as well as checking out the historic local trolleys and lighthouses. Next, you'll head over to Havana, the capital of Cuba and home to some unique historic landmarks, colorful homes, beautiful old architecture, and much more. Finally, your cruise will take you to the third and final destination of Nassau in the Bahamas. There, you'll be able to soak up some more Caribbean life and sunshine, as well as enjoying some local food and visiting the beaches of the Bahamas.

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Attraction Spotlight: Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center preserves the natural, cultural, and social history of interior Alaska through a variety of interactive exhibits and educational programming. The vision for the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center dates back to 1998 and is the nexus of three major cultural organizations in the Fairbanks area.

History

Throughout the 1990s, the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center outgrew their existing facilities and began talks to create a new shared facility for the means of tourism promotion and interior Alaskan visitor information. Plans for a cultural center were also being explored by the Tanana Chiefs Conference, as a means of preserving traditional Athabascan language, knowledge, and elder teachings. An initiative spearheaded by Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens proposed the idea of the three organizations joining together to create a unified facility.

Following discussions between the organization, the new facility was envisioned as a dedication to prominent 20th century business and civic leader Morris Thompson, a Koyukon Athabascan who served as commissioner for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and CEO of Doyon Limited, an Alaska Native Corporation. Throughout his life and service, Thompson was known as a prominent cultural ambassador between Native and non-Native communities in Alaska and across the United States until his death in 2000. The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center was opened to the public in September of 2009.

Permanent Exhibits

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is located in downtown Fairbanks, along the banks of the Chena River. As a visitor center for the interior Alaska area, the Center provides tourist information and maps related to local attractions and nature preserve areas. The Center is open seven days a week, excluding major national holidays, and serves as the headquarters for the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, the Tanana Chiefs Cultural Program, the Denakkanaaga Alaska Native Elders’ Organization, and the Alaska Geographic Store.

Opened in September 2009, the Center’s How We Live: The People and the Land exhibit celebrates the natural and cultural history of interior Alaska, using dioramas and interactive artifact exhibits to illustrate the history of area indigenous groups. Life-sized dioramas depict the changing seasons of Alaskan weather, featuring replicas of the area’s famous Northern Lights and a reconstruction of of the Nuchalawoyya area at the intersection of the Yukon and Tanana Rivers. An Elder’s Hall within the exhibit informs visitors about historic and contemporary aspects of Athabascan culture, including artwork and tool crafting. The exhibit was designed by Andre and Associates, emphasizing themes developed through a collaborative process with a number of interior Alaskan communities and social groups.

An Antler Arch is showcased on the visitor center’s grounds, crafted by local artist Sandy Jamieson. Constructed from more than 100 caribou and moose antlers collected throughout Alaska’s interior, the arch stands as a monument to personal hunting stories from diverse groups across the region. The monument was assembled through the assistance of Wright Air Service, Everts Air Cargo, and the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, and is monitored 365 days a year by a live webcam feed.

Ongoing Programming and Events

A variety of daily cultural programming is presented at the Center, including film showings related to Alaskan historical, natural, and cultural topics, shown seven days a week at the Center’s high-definition theater. 100 seats are offered within the theater, with showings beginning on the hour daily. Film schedules are subject to change and are available for inquiry by contacting the Center directly.

Regular cultural programming is presented by the Center’s cultural groups, including performances by Alaska Native youth dancers and traditional music and storytelling presentations by Athabascan performers. First Friday cultural events offer receptions for gallery openings of works by interior Alaskan artists and workshops related to traditional crafting practices. Other cultural programming includes family portrait opportunities in traditional Athabascan attire, allowing visitors to interact with Native garment artifact holdings, and maker events with Alaska Native artists.

Educational programming is offered in conjunction with the National Park Service, including I SPY scavenger hunt programming offering worksheet materials to encourage young visitors to identify a number of animal and bird species throughout the Center’s exhibits. Customized educational programming for K-12 students is offered by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, providing field trip opportunities of the Center led by National Park rangers. Field trips include exhibit exploration and a film showing at the Center’s theater and may be scheduled by contacting the Center’s educational staff via phone or email.

101 Dunkel St, Fairbanks, AK 99701, Phone: 907-459-3700

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Attraction Spotlight: Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum is located in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Wedgewood Resort, a Fountainhead Hotel. The 30,000 square foot museum displays historic automobiles and clothing, showcasing the evolution of both fashion and cars from the Victorian Age of the mid 1800’s through the Art Deco era of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The permanent collection of over 80 vehicles represents the full spectrum of historic modes of transportation, such as horseless carriages, electric cars, steamers, speedsters and midget racers.

Permanent Collection: Highlights of the collection include Alaska’s first car, which was built in 1905 by a man who had never before seen an automobile. An 1898 Hay Motor Vehicle is the oldest in the collection, and the only one of its kind ever built. Other standouts include a 1906 Compound Model 7 ½ Light Touring, and a 1920 Argonne Model D 2-passenger Roadster. The 1921 Heine-Velox Victoria is also a rare find, the only one of its kind to be built. The newest car in the collection is a 1938 Southwest Chrome Special Elto Midget Racer. Many of the vehicles are still operational, and are driven each summer through the resort. An extensive bicycle collection includes a Sawyer Boneshaker Bicycle dating back to 1865, as well as several other models from the late 1800’s. Additional vehicles in the collection include a Cleveland Lightweight motorcycle from 1917 and an Edwards Pioneer Road Grader from 1928. Several engines and motors from the early 1900’s are on display, including a Fairbanks-Morse engine, which once powered Alaska’s telegraph system. The fashion collection at the museum includes over 100 period ensembles, as well as special exhibits related to the history of clothing. The 100 outfits include over 600 items of clothing from the 1700’s through the mid 1900’s. Both men’s and women’s luxury fashion is represented as well as antique shoes, hats and jewelry. Garments on exhibit are rotated every 4 months. Supplementary museum exhibits include period artifacts, an antique gasoline pump, a Ford Model A sawmill, a sparkplug collection, paintings and drawings, and archival videos. A display on the historic Valdez-Fairbanks Trail educates guests on the roadway which first allowed access to Fairbanks and the Alaskan interior year-round. Guests may dress up in period costumes and take photographs aboard an antique car in front of a replica of the Sourdough Roadhouse, a traveler’s haven along the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail since 1903.

History: The history of the automobile in Alaska began in 1905 when a young man named Bobby Sheldon built a car to impress a woman he’d met. Although he’d never seen a car before, he was able to assemble a boat motor, two bar stools and a chassis. The early vehicle was capable of traveling 15 miles per hour. Three years later, in 1908, production automobiles reached Alaska by steam ship. Extreme cold, poor road conditions, the lack of experienced drivers, and the lack of repair shops required Alaskans to be resourceful with repairs and modifications. The collection at the museum was begun in 2007 by local Fairbanks resident and entrepreneur Tim Cerny, president of Fountainhead Development Inc. Cerny carefully selected each of the cars for either its rarity, historical significance or technological innovation. Recognizing that cars and fashion have evolved hand in hand as luxury items, the museum displays the two together to offer a wider perspective on the style of the times. The museum is an attraction of the Wedgewood Resort, and receives its funding from the Fountainhead Hotels. The Fountainhead Hotel group operates four hotels in the Fairbanks, Alaska region.

Ongoing Programs and Education: The museum offers self-guided audio-tours, or a docent guided tour. Schools and other groups can participate in the audio tours, or book a docent as a guide. Docent-led group tours focus on the history of the automotive industry in America, and the particular struggles pioneering Alaskans faced with automotive transportation. All tours last approximately 45 minutes, but guests may wish to stay for an additional 45 minutes to complete a group activity such as the scavenger hunt provided by the museum. A book about the museum by Nancy DeWitt is titled “Extreme Motoring: Alaska's First Automobiles and Their Dauntless Drivers” and explores the history of the automobile in Alaska, the Last Frontier.

What’s Nearby: Guests of Fountainhead’s Wedgewood Resort and Bear Lodge receive VIP access to the museum, and may even see the historic vehicles being driven around the hotel grounds during the summer months. The resort also offers nature trails and a wildlife sanctuary.

212 Wedgewood Drive | Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, Phone: 907-450-2100

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