Cruise Destinations Around the World

One of the most important elements of a cruise is the itinerary and the destinations or ports of call. With over 75 percent of the earth covered with water, it is not surprising that you can cruise all seven of the continents of the world. This page has links to information and pictures of cruise destinations and ports of call around the world -- Africa, Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Caribbean, Eastern Canada, Europe, Hawaii, Panama Canal, South America, and the South Pacific.

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Africa Cruises and Ports of Call

Great Pyramids of Egypt in Northern Africa
Linda Garrison

Africa is one of the most exotic cruise destinations in the world. The huge continent features many fascinating ports of call such as Cape Town, Cairo, and Tangier. A once in a lifetime cruise opportunity (for those who love ancient history) is sailing on the Nile River. 

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Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call

Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier (c) Linda Garrison

Alaska is filled with spectacular natural wonders and wildlife, many of which can be seen from the sea. Cruises to Alaska include the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska and ports of call such as Juneau, Seward, and Ketchikan.

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Antarctica Cruises and Ports of Call

Gentoo parent and baby at Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Linda Garrison

Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and a cruise ship is the best way to see the White Continent.

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Southeast Asia Cruises and Ports of Call

Hong Kong - Star Ferry between Hong Kong and Kowloon
Hong Kong (c) Linda Garrison

China, Japan, Korea, and the countries of Southeast Asia are exotic destinations and sometimes difficult to navigate on your own. However, many travelers have discovered how easy visiting this part of the world on a cruise ship can be. 

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Southwest Asia Cruises and Ports of Call

Ancient valley of Petra in Jordan
Linda Garrison

Southwest Asia cruises include such amazing destinations as Petra, ports on the Red Sea, and Dubai. 

  • Ancient Lost City of Petra
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Valley Beloved by T.E. Lawrence
  • Sharm el-Sheik on the Sinai Peninsula
  • Across the Sinai Desert to St. Catherine's Monastery
  • See the Celebrated Site of the Burning Bush
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Australia and New Zealand Cruises

Wallaby at the Rainforestation at Kuranda, Australia
Kuranda Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Australia and New Zealand are filled with unique wildlife and magnificent scenery. Since they are island nations, a cruise is a great way to see parts of both.

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Caribbean Cruises

Eurodam at St. Thomas in the Caribbean - Holland America Eurodam
Eurodam Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The Caribbean is the world's most popular cruise destination, with ships visiting the many islands and ports on eastern Mexico year-round. Most visit the Caribbean for its amazing beaches, but the region features outstanding cultural and historical sites, too.

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Southern European Ports on the Atlantic Ocean

Vineyards on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands
Lanzarote (c) Linda Garrison

 Information on cruises and ports of call in countries located in the Atlantic Ocean in southern and western Europe, including the Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal, western and northern France, southwest Spain, and Gibraltar.

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Northern European Ports on the Atlantic Ocean

Fjords of Norway - Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Many people think all northern European cruises go to the Baltic states. However, cruise ships also visit the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, the British isles, northern France, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

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Baltic Sea Ports of Call

Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison

 A cruise is a great way to see the Baltic capitals, and ships visit Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany, and Norway.

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Western Mediterranean Cruises

Florence, Italy
Linda Garrison

 Western Mediterranean cruises include such ports of call as Rome, Florence, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Corsica, Malta, Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseilles, Monte Carlo, the French Riviera, the Italian Riviera, and the Cinque Terre.

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Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece
Athens (c) Linda Garrison

Eastern Mediterranean cruises also include ships sailing the Adriatic and Ionian seas and port of call like Venice and those in Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Turkey.

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Hawaii Cruises

Haleakala Volcano on the island of Maui, Hawaii
Photo Credit: Pierre Leclerc/Getty Images

Cruise ships sail around the Hawaiian Islands, giving guests the opportunity to see many of the different ports of call on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii without having to change rooms.

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Mexico Cruises

Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
Cabo San Lucas (c) Linda Garrison

Mexico has ports of call on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The ports of call are often small towns, but some of the best known cruise ports in the world. 

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Canada and USA Cruises

Cruising the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest
Linda Garrison

Sometimes people forget that the continental USA offers river cruising in the Midwest and in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, ocean ships sail to New England, Atlantic Canada, and down the St.Lawrence River. 

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Panama Canal and Central America Cruises

Panama Canal
Linda Garrison

Transiting the Panama Canal on a cruise ship is a memorable vacation, and Panama and the other countries in Central America are fascinating and have interesting history and cultures.

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South America Cruises

Buenos Aires Casa Rosada (Pink House)
Buenos Aires Photo (c) Linda Garrison

South America is a delightful cruise destination for those looking to get away during the winter months. Cruise ships feature ports in almost all of the countries that border the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the ports of call are terrific.

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South Pacific Cruises

Tuamotu Islands in the South Pacific
Linda Garrison

The South Pacific is filled with islands, and most are perfect for cruising. Cruise ships sail the Society Islands around Tahiti and visit other island groups like the Tuamotus and Marquesas.

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