Explore the Most Popular Cruise Destinations
The world is an awesome place. If you are seeking to cruise to exotic places then you are thinking in the right direction. There are numerous popular cruise destinations that will let you take in this beauty and awesomeness. These destinations either have stunning scenery, lots of interesting activities you can engage in, or culture and history that you are dying to witness, or in some cases, all of these. Since it is unanimously agreed that a voyage to these popular cruise destinations is the best way to experience these stopping-places, your choices are Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe among others.
The Caribbean islands generally have it all: the sun, sand, and great culture. Calypso, Reggae, Soca, and Zouk are just a few among the many tunes that wait to please your ears.
Notable Caribbean ports of call: St Johns, Antigua; Oranjestad, Aruba; Bridgetown, Barbados; Belize City, Belize; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; George Town, Grand Cayman; Willemstad, Curacao; La Romana, Dominican Republic; St Georges, Grenada; Roatan, Honduras; Falmouth, Jamaica; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis; Castries, St Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; St Croix, US Virgin Islands; St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Cruise Lines’ Private Islands: Labadee, Haiti (Royal Caribbean International), Harvest Caye, Belize, (Norwegian Cruise Line), Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (Carnival Cruise Line), Catalina Island, Dominican Republic (private beach reserved for Costa Cruises‘ passengers)
No beaches with sand are so inviting like the Bahamian ones. The waters are also clear blue and bespeak of the pleasure the country harbors.
Notable ports of call: Freeport, Nassau, Bimini Islands
Cruise Lines’ Private Islands: Castaway Cay (Disney Cruise Line), Perfect Day at CocoCay (Royal Caribbean International), Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian Cruise Line), Half Moon Cay (Holland America Line), Ocean Cay (MSC Cruises), Princess Cays (Princess Cruises)
Bermuda has characteristic pink-sand beaches that you have to try. There are enough cricket games to go around as well and if that isn’t enough, then you can always shop!
Notable ports of call in Bermuda: Hamilton, Kings Wharf, St George
The Americas, New England and Canada
The Northern Hemisphere west of the Atlantic has some very scenic places worth visiting. The Californian coast, Canada and New England are obvious items on this list.
Notable US ports of call (Alaskan and Hawaiian cruise ports are excluded on this list, find them below): Baltimore, Maryland; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York City, New York; Port Canaveral, Florida; Portland, Maine; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington
Notable ports of call in Canada: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Montreal, Quebec; Quebec City, Quebec; Saint John, New Brunswick; St Johns, Newfoundland; Vancouver, Canada; Victoria, British Columbia
Alaska with its beautiful glaciers and diverse wildlife also beckons. A visit to the Last Frontier can also mean engaging in sport fishing.
Hawaii slightly to the south and on a sunnier orientation has warm inhabitants. Their Aloha spirit will give you more love than you can imagine.
Notable ports of call in Hawaii: Nawiliwili (Kauai), Honolulu (Oahu), Lahaina (Maui), Kona and Hilo (Hawaii, „The Big Island”)
The Orient is open to those who want to explore. There are numerous cultures, cuisines, religions, architectures, histories, and almost everything that can amaze you.
Notable ports of call in Asia: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Tianjin, China; Xiamen, China; Cochin, India; Mormugao (Goa), India; Mumbai, India; Benoa, Bali, Indonesia; Komodo, Indonesia; Beppu, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Fukuoka, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Okinawa, Japan; Aqaba, Jordan; Penang, Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Yangon, Myanmar; Muscat, Oman; Boracay, Philippines; Manila, Philippines; Doha, Qatar; Singapore, Singapore; Busan, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hualien, Taiwan; Ko Samui, Thailand; Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand; Phuket, Thailand; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman, Bahrain; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
Down Under on the other hand is just plain beautiful. Australia, New Zealand, and the surrounding South Pacific Islands (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Loyalty Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea, Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga.) welcome all visitors seeking to soak in diverse activities that range from hiking and swimming to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
Notable ports of call: Adelaide, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Darwin, Australia; Fremantle, Australia; Hobart, Tasmania; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Fjordland National Park, New Zealand (Cruising); Napier, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Lautoka, Fiji; Suva, Fiji; Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Isle of Pines, New Caledonia; Mare, New Caledonia; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Moorea, French Polynesia; Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia; Vava’u, Tonga; Pago Pago, American Samoa
The Mexican Riviera has always been one of the most popular cruise destinations because of its easy access from the United States, its warm sun, diverse cultures, and flavorful cuisine. Whether you’re interested in ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, or mariachi music and margaritas – there is something here for you!
Notable ports of call in the Mexican Riviera: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa)
The Mediterranean region holds enough delights to please anyone. History and mythical enthusiasts as well as romantics will all have a huge slice of this delightful pie. The sun is awesome, the cultures are great, and the people are intriguing in a good way.
Notable Mediterranean ports of call: Dubrovnik, Croatia; Limassol, Cyprus; Ajaccio, Corsica; Cannes, France; Marseille, France; St Tropez, France; Villefranche (Nice), France; Chania, Crete (Greece); Corfu, Greece; Iraklion, Greece; Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Rhodes, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Ashdod, Israel; Haifa, Israel; Bari, Italy; Cagliari, Sardinia; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Genoa, Italy; La Spezia, Italy; Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Messina, Sicily; Naples, Italy; Savona, Italy; Venice, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Kotor, Montenegro; Alicante, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; La Coruna, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Vigo, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Northern Europe (Iceland, Scandinavia, the Baltic & Russia)
Northern European cruises float through panoramas that have been the inspiration for authors, poets, and musicians for centuries. Fjords, castles, ruins, ancient landscapes, and old cities full of magic and charm become the typical fare when you set out on a cruise through the north of Europe.
Notable cruise ports: Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Kiel, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Akureyri, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; Alesund, Norway; Bergen, Norway; Flam, Norway; Geiranger, Norway; Honningsvag, Norway; Kristiansand, Norway; Oslo, Norway; Olden, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; Tromso, Norway; St Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark;
British Isles & France
Historians rejoice! Cruises through the British Isles and France are packed to the brim with opportunities to experience history, architecture, and folklore. From the Stonehenge to Loch Ness to the Eiffel Tower and beyond, there is no shortage of adventures in this part of the world.
Notable cruise ports: Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland; Dover, England; Liverpool, England; Southampton, England; Le Havre (Paris), France;
Canary Islands, Madeira & Portugal
The Canary Islands, Madeira and west side of the Iberian Peninsula is known for its beautiful weather and unrivaled culture. From its rich cultural history with roots in Islamic cultures and nomadic artists to its tapas bars and friendly locals, this is the perfect destination for a vacation.
Notable cruise ports: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands; St Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands; Tenerife, Canary Islands; Funchal, Madeira, Lisbon, Portugal
Panama Canal & Central America
The Panama Canal is an architectural wonder in and of itself, but when you pair that with the opportunity to explore lush rainforests, white sand beaches, and the remains of ancient Mayan civilization, it’s not difficult to see why cruises to the Panama Canal and Central America remain so popular amongst travelers worldwide.
The bottom of the world is one of the most popular cruise destinations out there. Because it is still a relatively new option for the casual traveler, not many have had the honor of witnessing the natural, untouched beauty of Antarctica – nor have they witnessed the glaciers, penguins, and salt flats that mark the way!
Notable cruise ports: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ushuaia, Argentina; Ilha Grande, Brazil; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; Cartagena, Colombia; Manta, Ecuador; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Callao (Lima), Peru; Montevideo, Uruguay;
It is easy to be spoiled for choice considering the many available vacations to go on. You can visit all these places starting with a destination you feel most attracted to right this minute. Book now!