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The Best Cruise Destinations

Updated August 2, 2019 4.4k votes 416 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
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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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    Venice
    115
    25

    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
    68
    35

    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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    Cancún
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    31

    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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    Santorini
    85
    30

    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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    Monaco
    143
    32

    Monaco

    Europe
    Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mykonos
    84
    31

    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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    Bahamas
    70
    46

    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
    44
    22

    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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    Cabo San Lucas
    66
    27

    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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    Martinique
    73
    62

    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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    Barcelona
    61
    26

    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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    Dominica
    35
    15

    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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    Amalfi Coast
    92
    65

    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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    Cyprus
    90
    37

    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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    San Diego
    36
    20

    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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    Valencia
    82
    43

    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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    Corsica
    34
    24

    Corsica

    Europe

    Area (km sq.)8680.0

    Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. It is located west of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Victoria
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    38

    Victoria

    British Columbia, Canada

    Area (km sq.)19.68

    Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip... more on Wikipedia
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    Miami
    29
    19

    Miami

    Florida, USA

    Area (km sq.)143.15

    Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of... more on Wikipedia
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    Napoli
    36
    32

    Napoli

    Europe

    Area (km sq.)94.53

    Napoli is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. It is located in the western... more on Wikipedia
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    Sri Lanka
    26
    26

    Area (km sq.)65610.0

    Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known until 1972 as... more on Wikipedia
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    Taormina
    34
    22

    Taormina

    Sicily, Italy

    Area (km sq.)13.0

    Taormina is a comune and small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy, in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Tallinn
    44
    35

    Tallinn

    Europe

    Area (km sq.)159.3

    Estonia

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    French Polynesia
    13
    16

    Area (km sq.)4167.0

    French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic; collectivité d'outre-mer... more on Wikipedia