10 Best Cruise Destinations to Visit in the World

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The seven seas offer numerous opportunities to explore exotic destinations and visit attractions and landmarks. If you are planning to go on a cruise, you should check these 12 destinations which have the distinction of being the best for cruise travelers. Whether you want to escape the chilly winter and snow or you want to spend time on sandy beaches, there are cruises to satisfy your yearning.

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1. Alaska

Alaska

The Last Frontier, Alaska, offers one of the most scenic cruises in the world. From rugged and stark natural beauty to lush forests, Alaska has it all. Most cruises to Alaska depart from Vancouver or Seattle and drop anchor in stunning locales, like Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord, and the Inside Passage. These cruises are perfect for wildlife watching, including orcas, eagles, bears and sea otters.

2. Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal is an engineering marvel that has created the shortest route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. However, it is also one of the best cruise destinations. You can visit the Amazon Rainforest and enjoy river cruises to feed alligators, photograph a plethora of bird species, go piranha fishing or frolic with pink dolphins. You will also be able to see a unique natural occurrence when you head to the confluence of the dark-colored Negro River and the light-colored Solimoes River.

3. The Bahamas

The Bahamas

If you are looking for a tropical paradise to enjoy a cruise, you cannot go wrong with the Bahamas. It is less than 200 miles from Florida and its crystal clear waters have attracted travelers from across the world. Work on your tan, snorkel in the azure waters, enjoy conch at Nassau and shop till you drop at the iconic Straw Market.

4. The Caribbean

The Caribbean

There is no doubt that the Caribbean is one of the most coveted cruise destinations as it allows you to visit several island nations. You can opt for a Western Caribbean cruise that covers the Cayman Islands, Mexico, and Jamaica; or an Eastern Caribbean cruise, which covers Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts, and Dominica. You also have a choice to cruise through Southern Caribbean and explore Aruba, Trinidad, and Tobago. If you like, you can visit Castaway Cay and Half Moon Cay. All the beaches in the Caribbean offer a range of activities, including horseback riding and swimming with dolphins.

5. Mexico

Mexico

Mexico is a popular destination for those looking to bask in the tropical climate. However, opting for a cruise to Mexico allows you to visit the iconic Acapulco Beach, Ensenada, the west coast, and/or east coast. You will find that Mexico is a unique cruise destination, with its bustling villages, varied wildlife and ancient artifacts, and monuments. There is something for everyone, including the rich and delicious Mexican cuisine.

6. Europe

Europe

Discover the wild and glitzy beauty of Europe on a Europe cruise. There are numerous destinations within Europe where cruise ships drop anchor. Spain, Italy, Greece, and Scandinavia are popular Europe cruise destinations.
You can choose the cruise based on whether you want to enjoy the beaches of Curonian Spit in Lithuania, watch history come to life in Rome – Italy, trace Viking history in Norway, enjoy the sun in Spain or find out more about Celtic folklore in Ireland.

7. Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a part of Ecuador and lie about 563 mi from the coast. When you opt for a cruise of this archipelago, you will be able to visit the island that inspired Charles Darwin to come up with his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. A cruise of the islands allows you to see the giant tortoises, sea lion, iguanas and a plethora of unique bird species not found anywhere else.

8. The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean in Southern Europe allows you to absorb the natural beauty of the region and learn the diverse cultures. A cruise of the Western Mediterranean region will take you to Rome, Venice, and Sicily in Italy, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona. You can opt for a cruise of Eastern Mediterranean that will take you to Turkey and the Greek islands of Santorini, Crete, and Mykonos or a Southern Mediterranean cruise that will enable you to visit Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. If you are looking for luxury, ensure your Mediterranean cruise touches down at the French Riviera.

9. River Cruises

River Cruises

In case you are looking for some peace and serenity during your cruise, opt for a river cruise. This way, you will be visiting less crowded ports and be able to visit historic and cultural destinations in Europe, the UK and even Southeast Asia. Cruising along the Rhine or the Danube will be one of the most fulfilling experiences you have.

10. Vietnam

Vietnam

Of late, Vietnam has become a popular cruise destination as it gives an opportunity to visit the cities and towns located along the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. You can even cruise along the Mekong River and enjoy the spellbinding natural beauty and biodiversity. A cruise through the Mekong can be a revelation, with its Buddhist temples, genocide museums, POW camps, and the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.

So, now you know the 10 best cruise destinations you should add to your travel bucket list. Go ahead and book your cruise today!

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