5 Must-Visit Cruise Destinations

5 Must-Visit Cruise Destinations

Whether you're a regular cruiser or planning your first-ever cruise vacation, Norwegian Cruise Line has the perfect cruise for everyone. Adventurous travelers who want to get in touch with nature can opt for a trip through Alaska's waters, where they'll spot wild whales and gorgeous glaciers; art lovers and foodies can cruise around the Mediterranean for the best art and eats Europe has to offer; and beachgoers can island hop around the crystal blue waters of The Caribbean—just to name a few of our favorite picks.

With an ever-growing list of journeys, destinations and shore excursions, there's never been a better time to board a cruise ship and explore the world by sea. From getting lost among Old Havana's baroque facades and cobblestone streets, to relaxing trips around the Hawaiian Islands, we've partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line to round up this year's top cruise destinations.

The Mediterranean & Europe

Picture this: You're standing on the balcony of your suite watching quaint, whitewashed buildings pass by, as the bright, blue waters of the Mediterranean lap the shoreline. Of course, you have a glass of wine in-hand. Sounds pretty dreamy, right? With Norwegian Cruise Line, you can discover a new, stunning European city nearly every day—and you only have to unpack your bags once.

Although gorgeous vistas abound, trips around the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea have a lot more to offer than stunning views. With Norwegian's shore excursions, cruisers can relax on the pristine beaches of Mykonos, walk the jagged cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, and explore Rome's Vatican City. Want a closer look at European culture? Cruisers also have the opportunity to visit many of Europe's world-renowned landmarks and museums, ancient cobblestone streets, and locally-loved cafes and restaurants.

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Despite a few common misconceptions, Americans can still travel to Cuba—and one of the best ways to get there is a cruise. That way, you can soak in the sights and sounds of Havana, the capital of Cuba, as well as the gorgeous blue-green waters of The Caribbean Sea.

Norwegian cruises from both Miami and Orlando, Florida, and offers an overnight stay in Havana, so you have more time to explore. There, you'll find beautiful, historic buildings with baroque facades, colorful, classic cars, weathered cobblestone streets from colonial days, and a seriously larger-than-life culture. Plus, there's no better place to learn how to prep your own delicious, freshly made mojitos!

If you're a history buff, don't miss the scenic esplanade Malecón or Havana's 16th century fort, Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro; if you're a foodie, be sure to indulge in local fare, like tostones, ropa vieja, and arroz con pollo; and if you're a music lover, be sure to check out Havana's Tropicana Cabernet, a legendary music club and widely loved stop on Norwegian's Havana excursions.

And to top it off, some Cuba cruises offer trips to Norwegian’s idyllic private island, Great Stirrup Cay, where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy Norwegian's Free Unlimited Open Bar. Cheers.

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There's a lot to love about the 50th state—like its lush, green landscapes, colorful beaches (some of Hawaii's sands are pink, red, black, and green!), and festive, spirit-filled culture—but the Hawaiian Islands may sometimes feel like they're a world away.

One solution: Sailing the seas around Hawai’i can make all of the main islands feel much more accessible. Norwegian Cruise Line offers a totally unique, inter-island itinerary that visits four islands (Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island) with two overnight stays—the only itinerary of its kind. Plus, you can admire the gorgeous, blue water, Napali Coast, and maybe even some volcanic activity from your very own suite.

Norwegian's Hawaii cruise itineraries can help you experience Hawaii's landscape and culture up close, too. If you're feeling adventurous, take a thrilling helicopter ride over the Kilauea volcano, the Earth's most geologically active location, or snorkel through Kealakekua Bay's sea caves and lava tubes. Looking for a more laid back excursion? Visit the historic city of Kona, where you can admire St. Benedict's painted church and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, a former political and religious sanctuary. Or, why not both?

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With its icy fjords that tower over the Pacific, colorful fields of wildflowers, and the wildlife that calls it home, Alaska's snowy tundra can feel boundless—but exploring the Last Frontier is more doable than you might think!

Norwegian's newest ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, cruise through Alaska's numerous ports and waterways, including the ever-popular Inside Passage, to offer passengers some seriously stunning travel experiences. Here, it's not uncommon for cruisers to see humpback whales diving, herds of moose grazing, or icy glaciers racing by—all from the comfort of Norwegian's 180-degree observation lounges.

Although it's true that there's so much to see from the water, Norwegian also offers unforgettable excursions that can help cruisers explore Alaska by land, too. Love the outdoors? Join a kayak adventure along Juneau's coast with sweeping views of the Mendenhall Glacier where you'll be able to silently approach any wildlife in the area, including porpoise, seals, sea lions, or even whales.

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Harvest Caye & The Caribbean

Did you know The Caribbean is comprised of 7,000 individual islands in a 1 million square mile region? In other words: There's no shortage of places to visit during your Caribbean cruise. Whether you want to relax on a gorgeous beach with some local rum, visit historical sites and ancient architecture, or explore the region's countless rainforests, cruise itineraries around The Caribbean have something for adventurers, beachgoers, and history buffs alike.

Popular destinations for Caribbean cruises include some of the major islands, like Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Maarten, and Curacao. But for a more intimate—and equally stunning—experience, consider spending the day in The Caribbean's premier, resort-style destination, Harvest Caye in Southern Belize. This 75-acre island may be small, but is home to some big attractions. Think: Sandy white beaches, locals-approved bars and restaurants, adventurous zipline courses, and the world's second largest barrier reef.

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