Cruises have become more and more popular for their all inclusive amenities, vacation affordability and especially for their destination-itineraries. Whether travelers are set on fun in the sun, or have a once-in-a-lifetime location in mind, the best cruise destinations are those that combine breathtaking scenery with time to absorb every bit of it. Cruises sail from a few days at a time, to month-long excursions and offer a variety of both port and sea activities. Traveling by cruise ship allows passengers to experience a variety of new locations in one vacation, in addition to enjoying fine cuisine, live entertainment and getting a luxurious vacation for an affordable price tag. 5 popular cruise destinations are:
The Hawaiian Islands, The Caribbean and The South Pacific
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands is an iconic paradise-vacation. Experiencing Hawaii from a ship means getting to visit the archipelago of up to eight major islands. Lush greenery and pristine blue ocean set along a backdrop of rugged, volcanic cliffs and Polynesian cuisine make this itinerary exceptionally great for families and romantic vacationers alike. Similar to Hawaii, Caribbean cruises offer thrilling activities like para-sailing, time aside for enjoying gorgeous white, sandy beaches and for sampling multi-course delicious seafood fare by sunset. Coined one of the most beautiful places in the world, cruising the South Pacific is popular for its picturesque tropical destinations where vacationers can experience Moorea reefs and rare botanicals. While these three warm, dreamy destinations are noted, cooler climates are also popular cruise destinations for their comparably gorgeous landscapes.
Alaska and Scandinavian Cruises
Embarking on an Alaskan Cruise allows travelers to experience awe-inspiring, rugged wilderness from the comfort of a luxurious ship and observe wildlife while relaxing, playing and dining. Alaska is a popular cruise destination either via one-way or round trip and are both scenic and enriching. While experiencing the majesty of glaciers is reason enough to explore cruising Alaska, the inside passage routes and cruise ports deliver native culture as well as history, art and bold landscapes. Scandinavian oceanic cruises are both award wining and elegant. Destinations like Norway, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Iceland combine dazzling, ice-berg accented seas with once-in-a-lifetime sights like the Aurora Borealis.
Regardless of chosen destination, cruises are available for everyone. Families, single vacationers, travelers desiring romance, senior-specialty trips and kid-oriented vacations are all awaiting cruise patrons. The US alone has over thirty home ports, so travel from virtually any destination makes cruising all the more worthwhile and attainable. Further, embarking on a cruise vacation requires a moderate amount of pre-planning. Vacationers can essentially set a date for future travel, opt-in on travel insurance and work towards their sail date by making incremental payments, setting aside vacation funds to enjoy while cruising and staying within budget since all costs associated with a cruise vacation are known in advance. With out impromptu expensive dinners, excessive rental car expenses and adversely having to shell out for extra activities, vacationers can actually sit back, relax and enjoy every moment of their vacation.