Maps certainly help us understand the world, including the size, distance, and location of cruise destinations. Maps are a useful cruise planning tool. Whenever I read about a new city or natural wonder, I often pick up my world atlas and seek out the location, trying to determine if I can visit there on a cruise. I'm sure many of you might do the same. These cruise maps provide an overview of some of the cruise destinations to consider for your next cruise.
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Caribbean Cruise MapsA Caribbean cruise map can be useful in planning your cruise or finding the ports and distances to interesting sites nearby. Many of the Caribbean itinerary ports are islands, but countries in North America, South America, and Central America all include Caribbean cruise ports of call.
This gallery of maps includes many of these Caribbean islands and countries of the Americas with Caribbean ports visited by cruise ships, along with the Bahamas, which are in the Atlantic Ocean and Bermuda.
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North and Central America Cruise MapsAlthough the world is filled with marvelous cruise destinations, some exciting destinations are close to home for those of us living in the Americas.
On the Pacific Ocean, cruisers can sail to Alaska, Hawaii, or along the Pacific Coast of North America. In addition, they can visit the Mexican Riviera or stopover in one of the countries of Central America on their way through the Panama Canal. Cruises repositioning to or from South America also often visit Pacific Ocean ports in Central America, the USA, or Canada.
On the Atlantic Ocean, cruises often visit New England and Atlantic Canada in the fall. Caribbean cruises visit Mexico and Central America.
03 of 11Like North America, cruise travelers can visit South America from three oceans--the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Caribbean. South America can be a long flight, but covers only three time zones. The far eastern coast of Brazil is three hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, Buenos Aires is two hours different, and the western coast of South America is on Eastern Standard Time.
04 of 11Twenty-three countries spanning three continents surround the Mediterranean. Some countries like Italy, Greece, Spain, France, and Turkey have many ports of call. Others like Croatia and Morocco are just discovering what cruise tourism can do to help their economies. Finally, some countries are way "off the beaten path" for cruise tourism, but you might be able to find a small or boutique cruise ship if you are determined to visit them.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
05 of 11Dozens of cruise ships sailing the northern Atlantic Ocean or the Baltic Sea stopover in several of these 17 countries of northern Europe. In addition, river ships cruise the Russian waterways, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
Northern European cruise itineraries most often feature the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, but others cruise the Norwegian fjords or the United Kingdom and Ireland.
06 of 11River cruises enable travelers to see some of the great capitals of Europe along with medieval villages and fascinating towns along the way.
River cruise itineraries cross Europe between the Black Sea and the North Sea, using the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers or portions of these rivers. Other river ships sail either the Seine or the Rhone and Saone Rivers in France, the Moselle or Elbe Rivers in Germany, the Douro River in Portugal, or the Vistula or Oder Rivers of Poland. Spring river cruises feature the tulips of the Netherlands and Belgium. Moreover, river ships sail between St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Black Sea on the rivers and waterways of Russia.
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Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific Cruise MapsThe South Pacific and the islands of Oceania are becoming popular cruise destinations, with ships circumnavigating Australia, sailing between New Zealand and Australia, cruising the islands of French Polynesia, and exploring the smaller islands of Oceania.
These maps demonstrate the large number of islands (and the continent of Australia) making up Oceania in the South Pacific.
08 of 11South and East Asia are rapidly becoming popular cruise ship destinations. The ports are exotic and interesting, the culture and history are fascinating, and the area is an excellent choice for cruises in the winter, spring, and fall.
Many cruise lines base ships in South and East Asia for a part of the year, and others include Asian ports on world or extended-length cruises.
These 19 maps will help cruise travelers plan their cruise to South or East Asia and also help identify the ports of call.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
09 of 11War in the Middle East (or more properly Southwest Asia) has kept many travelers from visiting this region, but a cruise is a good way to tour there in relative safety. These maps show the most popular ports of call in Southwest Asia, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea.
Repositioning cruises between the Mediterranean and and Far East stopover in countries along the Red Sea, as do many world cruises. Dubai has become so popular that some cruise ships are based there in the winter months.
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Africa Cruise Maps
Africa has cruise ship ports on three oceans--the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. Although Africa is not usually thought of as a cruise destination, these 20 countries are visited by cruise ships.
Many of these ships are on world or extended-length cruises from Europe, North America, or Australia. However, some cruise ships are based in southeast Africa during the winter months while the weather is cold in the northern hemisphere.
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