There are many amazing places to travel to around the world, so it can be hard to pick a destination. Cruises are a great way to see the world because they make stops in multiple locations, allowing you to see more. They are also very convenient because the hassle of finding lodging and transportation is all taken care of for you. So if you’re considering going on a cruise, here are 8 of the top cruise destination ideas.
The Caribbean is one of the most frequently visited and most popular destinations for cruise ships for many reasons. There are many unique places to visit in the Caribbean and depending on the itinerary and whether it is going to the Western or Eastern Caribbean, a cruise may include stops in Grand Cayman, Belize or the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), just to name a few. Many cruises include these and other Caribbean locations on their itineraries because of the incredible beaches and endless opportunities for excursions such as swimming with dolphins or sting rays and relaxing on beautiful beaches.
Another very popular cruise destination is Mexico. One of the many Mexico cruises include visiting some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, tasting the incredible food and learning history by exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum and Chichen Itza. A few of the stops on a cruise to Mexico include Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Costa Maya. In addition to relaxing on the beaches that are known worldwide, there are also amazing coral reefs for diving and snorkeling.
A cruise to the Mediterranean includes stops in Venice, Rome, Barcelona, the Greek Islands and more. In addition to trying some of the most healthy and delicious cuisine in the world, a Mediterranean cruise is also full of history, with sites including the Colosseum in Rome and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. In Italy, you can visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and view Renaissance artwork such as the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. In Greece, you can see the incredibly blue water and some of the most relaxing and beautiful beaches in the world.
Hawaii is made up of eight islands, but cruises will usually visit Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Lanai and Kahoolawe. Before going on a cruise to Hawaii, learn about what each Hawaiian Island has to offer. Not only are there iconic beaches, there are also many exciting adventures to be had on a cruise to Hawaii, including four wheeling, whale watching, visiting waterfalls and volcanoes and hiking. You can also learn about Polynesian traditions and try the delicious food.
Norway is full of beautiful scenery including spectacular fjords and quaint fishing villages. In the winter, a cruise in Norway also offers the unique opportunity of watching the Northern Lights, an experience you can’t get in many places.
Another cruise destination that is full of amazing scenery is Alaska. Cruises to Alaska often start in Vancouver or Seattle and are great for seeing wildlife such as eagles, bears, sea otters and orcas. Cruises go along the Inside Passage and often stop at Glacier Bay National Park, where you can see glaciers, mountains, fjords and lots of marine wildlife.
A cruise to New Zealand is full of incredible natural beauty in the form of glaciers and mountains. While visiting you can also try delicious wine and lamb that the country is known for and learn about the culture of the Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Japan is known for busy Tokyo, but on a cruise here you can also see the many peaceful lakes, volcanoes, gardens and temples the country has. Kyoto has many temples and a lot of history to learn. In Tokyo, you can try lots of delicious cuisine and visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to see the famous cherry blossoms.
If you are looking for places to go to on a cruise, consider one of these top cruise destination ideas.