When you haven't even dealt with Thanksgiving dinner, it may seem premature to focus on your pre- or post-holiday escape to the sun this winter. But it's not. The most popular cruises can sell out months in advance, and for many lines this is the best time to get deals for early reservations.
Here are our picks of 10 cruises to book now with something for everyone, sailing seas and rivers, near and far:
Celebrity Reflection, Eastern Caribbean sampler: If you like that new-ship smell, book a stateroom on the Celebrity Reflection, which just launched this month. The ship is the fifth in the Solstice class line and includes the signature Lawn Club and staterooms that start at a relatively generous 183 square feet. There are still rooms available on the three-night inaugural cruise departing from Miami on Dec. 5 and headed to the Bahamas, or you can opt for any of the seven-night cruises this winter, also departing from Miami and calling at ports in Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Staterooms from $1,398. 800-647-2251, celebritycruises.com
Norwegian Epic, Miami to St. Maarten and back: Norwegian is attempting to change the world of cruising with its new Haven-class suites, a "ship within a ship." These staterooms with concierge services and balconies share their own courtyard with a pool, and a private restaurant and lounge. Of course, you are never confined to the Haven section of the ship, so you can enjoy all the amenities of a mega ship (20 dining options, Blue Man Group performances) while retreating from the crowds whenever you want. Haven suites on seven-night Caribbean sailings cruises start at $3,758; inside staterooms start at $958. 866-234-7350, ncl.com
Carnival Breeze, Caribbean's top ports: Carnival's latest ship launched in June, but while the ship may be new, the offerings are similar to those on its Dream-class sisters. It's all about "Fun 2.0" on the Breeze, and that means the signature abundance of fast-food options from burritos to burgers, a crowded lineup of comedy acts and the WaterWorks, with its slides and Power Drencher. Carnival's strength isn't fine dining or academic lectures, but instead nonstop entertainment at a bargain price. On their weeklong Caribbean trips, you also get three chances to stretch your legs on dry land, at Nassau in the Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Grand Turk. Staterooms start at $698. 800-764-7419, carnival.com
Disney Fantasy, Mexico's Yucatan and western Caribbean: Disney Cruises kicked it up a notch when they launched the Disney Dream. While the line's first two ships had a capacity of 2,700 passengers, the Dream -- and now the new Fantasy -- have room for 4,000. The ship's design is inspired by the grand days of cruising, with art nouveau and art deco elements meeting Disney's state-of-the-art entertainment technology -- 3-D films and lavish productions of "Aladdin" (at a kid-friendly 45 minutes). Weeklong western Caribbean sailings departing from Port Canaveral call in Mexico, Grand Cayman and Disney's private Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. Staterooms from $2,526. 800-951-3532, disneycruise.disney.go.com
Silversea's Silver Spirit, Luxury in the eastern Caribbean: Luxury cruisers in search of an intimate atmosphere can opt for the 540-passenger Silver Spirit, the newest ship in the Silversea fleet. The ship has the largest staterooms Silversea offers -- 95 percent of them with verandas -- and a spa that measures an impressive 8,300 square feet. Silversea's definition of "all-inclusive" is as, well, inclusive as they come: drinks, mini bar and even gratuities are all included. This means, however, that their sailings have a higher price than some competitors. The Silver Spirit weeklong sailing to Barbados, with stops at some of the Caribbean's poshest ports (including Tortola, St. Bart's and Antigua) provides a taste of luxe life. Staterooms from $7,998. 877-276-6816; silversea.com