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The Best Cruise Destinations  

Island Hopper Dan
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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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Santorini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Thira, Greece
Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular ...more
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Mykonos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Cyclades, Greece
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres and rises to an elevation of 341 metres at its ...more
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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
arun added Western United States, USA
Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent. Bordering the state to the east is the Canadian territory of Yukon and the Canadian province of ...more
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Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Catalonia, Spain
Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and the country's second largest city, with a population of 1.6 million within its administrative limits. Its ...more
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Venice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
EricAsher added Veneto, Italy
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the ...more
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Bahamas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is an island country of the Lucayan Archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of ...more
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Bermuda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Bermuda, also referred to in legal documents as the Bermudas or Somers Isles, is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, located off the east coast of North America. Its ...more
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Collectivity of Saint Martin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Saint Martin, officially the Collectivity of Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of France located in the Caribbean. It came into being on 15 July 2007, encompassing the northern 60% of ...more
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Monaco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Europe
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France on three sides; one side ...more
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Barbados is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 kilometres in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres. It is situated in the ...more
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Kauai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Hawaii, USA
Kauaʻi or Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles, it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, and the ...more
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Cyprus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
zxray added Europe
Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member ...more
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Jamaica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres in area, lies about 145 kilometres ...more
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Maui is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Hawaii, USA
The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is part of the State of Hawaiʻi and is the ...more
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Corfu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
PanagiotisStavropoulos added Corfu, Greece
Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece. The ...more
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Saint Lucia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint ...more
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Key West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Florida, USA
Key West is a city in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The city encompasses the island of Key West, the part of Stock Island north of U.S. 1, Sigsbee Park, Fleming Key, and Sunset Key. ...more
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Valencia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
devil_95_xp added Province of Valencia, Spain
Valencia, or València, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the ...more
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British Virgin Islands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
The Virgin Islands, commonly referred to as the British Virgin Islands, is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the ...more
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Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
zxray added Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of land area and also the island group's historical capital. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes ...more
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Sri Lanka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
tozer added Asia
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near the south-east of India. Sri Lanka has maritime ...more
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Amalfi Coast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Province of Salerno, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for ...more
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Ios is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Thira, Greece
Ios is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini. It is about 18 ...more
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Martinique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
Americas
Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1,128 square kilometres and a population of 386,486 inhabitants. Like Guadeloupe, it is an ...more
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Curaçao is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cruise Destinations
GregMoser added Americas
Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, north of the Venezuelan coast, that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean. The Country of Curaçao, which includes the main island ...more