So you've finally decided to take a much deserved cruise, but you're not sure where to go. How do you make this big decision? It's never too early to start doing some research. The further in advance you book your vacation, the more likely you'll be able to take advantage of the early bird discounts. Whatever you're looking for a brief cruise like Carnival's weekend excursions to Mexico or a longer cruise like a Celebrity Europe cruise, your dream cruise destination is out there. But before booking your trip, consider these top cruise destinations.
Widely known as the most popular cruise destination in the world, the Caribbean is filled with fun activities to exceed the expectations of any traveler. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other or you're traveling with a group of family and friends, the tropical islands of the Caribbean creates the perfect setting for any vacation. If you decide to explore the Western Caribbean, you may stop at these fun ports: Cozumel, Cancun or Progreso in Yucatan Mexico; Havana in Cuba; Nassau or Princess Cays in the Bahamas; Punta Cana in Dominican Republic; San Juan Puerto Rico; Montego Bay in Jamaica; and Grand Cayman Islands. You can also cruise through Barbados, which will take you to the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Louis. Lucia, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago. The best thing about Caribbean cruises is you they are offered all year round.
There are hundreds of destinations in Europe to choose from and the Mediterranean is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. One of the most popular ways to explore Europe is through a Western Mediterranean cruise. This will take you through Barcelona, Cartagena, Marbella and Palma in Spain; Cannes and Marseille in the French Riviera; Venice, Rome and Pisa in Italy; and Athens, Mykonos and Santorini in Greece. You can also opt for the Eastern European cruise which will take you through Istanbul and Izmir in Turkey; Odessa and Yalta in Ukraine; Alexandra and Port Said in Egypt; and Valletta in Malta. Although cruises to the Mediterranean are typically offered year round, the best time of year to visit this region is during the summer.
The west coast of North America has plenty of cruise destinations to explore, from Alaska down to Mexico. Alaska is without a doubt the most popular destination in the Pacific Northwest. It may not be the most exciting for the lively young crowd, but cruisers of all ages can appreciate the beautiful scenery, whales, glaciers and shore excursions in the snow. Cruises to Alaska are offered between late spring and early fall, so July and August would be ideal months to visit Alaska because of the warmer weather.