Recent years have been less than kind to travelers. Despite countless setbacks and challenges, the pandemic held at least one major upside for the travel industry: It was a chance to brainstorm and build. Amid this historic downturn, many AAA cruise and airline partners went back to the drawing board, taking major steps to expand their fleets with new cruise ships, test new routes, and reimagine their onboard amenities. With numbers now moving steadily upward, the result is a travel landscape ripe with innovative new offerings to satisfy our long-overdue wanderlust.
Without further ado, let’s dig into this the hottest 2024 cruises and flight itineraries. As always, your dedicated AAA Travel Advisors are standing by to make this your best travel year yet!
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
The all-new Firenze and Spirit make their debut in 2024, with West Coast routes to the Mexican Riviera and Hawaiian Islands, respectively. The complete Carnival Cruise Line 2024 lineup features stops in Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, New Orleans, and all points between.
- Venture through the western U.S.: Delta’s newly announced routes feature nonstop and twice-daily service from the carrier’s sprawling Atlanta hub to Santa Barbara, Fresno (gateway to Yosemite National Park), Seattle, and Dallas.
Celebrity Constellation new cruise ship ready to set sail winter 2024; Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises will bring its total sailings close to 500 this year, with routes featuring all seven continents and more than 70 countries around the globe. Explore the carrier’s first-ever seasonal deployments to the Caribbean and new service along Alaska’s coastline in 2024.
The Disney Treasure is scheduled to set sail December 2024; Photo courtesy of Disney
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Inspired by Walt’s love of exploration, the new Disney Treasure will embark this year from Port Canaveral, Florida, to points throughout eastern and western Caribbean. Learn why cruise fans are buzzing about Treasure’s unique design and interior motifs.
October will see the unveiling of Princess’s largest ship to date, the 4,300-passenger Sun Princess. First in the line’s Sphere class, the ship will be powered by liquefied natural gas. Read about the groundbreaking science behind this European-based nautical wonder.
Royal Caribbean's new ship Icon of the Seas; Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean
Passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of the Seas can see the world from a three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse, complete with white picket fence—and that’s just the beginning. New Asia routes, award-winning entertainment, and much more is in store for 2024.
Viking Sea and Viking Venus cruise ships in Valletta Malta waters; Photo courtesy of Viking
VIKING RIVER CRUISES
History buffs will get their fill this year aboard Viking, whose new itineraries pay homage to WWII, Romanesque architecture, Scandinavian culture, and more. Can’t choose just one region? Traverse the globe in 180 days aboard World Voyage I, with stops in 37 countries and 85 ports.
For river cruisers, there’s nothing more romantic than blending world-class food and music with charming local culture. AMA Waterway’s newest itineraries are uniquely curated to help you make the winding waterways of Europe and South America your home away from home this year.
- Wander south of the equator: This year, Alaska Airlines will expand its reach south with new options from Los Angeles, Seattle, and Las Vegas to points including Guatemala City, Nassau, and San Luis Obispo. Spirit and Southwest Airlines will follow suit starting June 4, introducing low-cost direct flights from the U.S. to Tulum, Mexico, and Cancun, and other Latin American destinations.