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The Best Cruise Destinations

Updated August 2, 2019 3.7k votes 415 voters 26.9k views54 items

What are the best cruise destinations? Whether you're thinking warm, tropical and relaxing or hustling, bustling, historical cities, there is truly an idea cruise destination for everyone. The best cruise lines in the world offer a diverse selection of cruises with various destinations to suit almost anyone's cruising tastes. This list includes some of the most popular cruise destinations worldwide, so be sure to vote for your favorites (and add any of your favorite destinations that are missing).

Having fun while on a cruise ship is really important, but for many cruisers, it's all about the destination - not the journey. Which cruise ports are the most popular? That's easy: anywhere in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, along with several ports in Mexico (both Cancun and Puerto Vallarta). Are these the best destinations when cruising? That depends on what you want.

The more adventurous among us might prefer some more unusual, remove cruise destinations. Examples include cruises to the Galapagos, Antarctica and to Norway, to see the famous fjords. And for those who want to live in the lap of luxury while getting to a destination, the best luxury cruise lines are a must when planning a vacation.

For those traveling with young children, destinations on some great cruise ships for families (like Disney's Dream) might include the Bahamas, the Mexican Riviera, and even the Mediterranean.

Honeymooners: Listen up! Some great cruise destinations include some of the most beautiful, favorite honeymoon locations in the world, including several locations in Hawaii (Maui and Kauai), Fiji and the romantic Italian cities of Venice and Florence.

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    Kauai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Kauai

    Hawaii, USA

    Area (km sq.)1430.5

    Kauaʻi or Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3... more on Wikipedia
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    Martinique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Martinique

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)1128.0

    Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area... more on Wikipedia
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    Venice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Venice

    Veneto, Italy

    Area (km sq.)414.57

    Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by... more on Wikipedia
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    Alaska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Alaska

    Western United States, USA

    Area (km sq.)1717854.0

    Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent.... more on Wikipedia

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    Monaco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Monaco

    Europe
    Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate,... more on Wikipedia
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    Cancún is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Cancún

    Quintana Roo, Mexico
    Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán... more on Wikipedia
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    Saint Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Saint Martin

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)53.2

    Saint Martin, officially the Collectivity of Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of... more on Wikipedia
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    Santorini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Santorini

    Thira, Greece

    Area (km sq.)73.0

    Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea,... more on Wikipedia
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    Amalfi Coast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Amalfi Coast

    Province of Salerno, Italy
    The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula... more on Wikipedia
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    Bahamas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Bahamas

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)13940.0

    The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is an island country of the Lucayan... more on Wikipedia

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    Bermuda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Bermuda

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)53.2

    Bermuda, also referred to in legal documents as the Bermudas or Somers Isles, is a British... more on Wikipedia
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    Mykonos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Mykonos

    Cyclades, Greece

    Area (km sq.)105.2

    Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos.... more on Wikipedia
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    Cabo San Lucas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Cabo San Lucas

    Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Cabo San Lucas, commonly called Cabo in American English, is a city at the southern tip of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jamaica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Jamaica

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)10991.0

    Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest... more on Wikipedia

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    Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Barcelona

    Catalonia, Spain

    Area (km sq.)101.9

    Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Valencia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Valencia

    Province of Valencia, Spain

    Area (km sq.)134.65

    Valencia, or València, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third... more on Wikipedia
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    Dominica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    14

    Dominica

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)754.0

    Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles... more on Wikipedia
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    Barbados is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Barbados

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)431.0

    Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres in length... more on Wikipedia
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    Maui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Maui

    Hawaii, USA

    Area (km sq.)1883.5

    The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is... more on Wikipedia
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    Key West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Key West

    Florida, USA

    Area (km sq.)19.17

    Key West is a city in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The city encompasses the island... more on Wikipedia
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    Saint Lucia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Saint Lucia

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)617.01

    Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with... more on Wikipedia
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    San Diego is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    San Diego

    California, USA

    Area (km sq.)964.51

    San Diego is a major city in California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern... more on Wikipedia

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    British Virgin Islands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations

    Area (km sq.)153.0

    The Virgin Islands, commonly referred to as the British Virgin Islands, is a British overseas... more on Wikipedia
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    Cyprus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    13

    Cyprus

    Europe

    Area (km sq.)9250.0

    Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean... more on Wikipedia

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    Corfu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
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    Corfu

    Corfu, Greece
    Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands,... more on Wikipedia
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