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The Best Cruise Destinations

Updated August 2, 2019 4.0k votes 419 voters 27.0k 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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