Ready to make up for lost time and head out on the high seas?
We don’t blame you. Endless food & drinks, and the sound of the ocean, all while waking up every morning in a new, amazing place just waiting to be explored? Sounds pretty perfect to us.
Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you.
We’ve rounded up 7 of the most beautiful and scenic cruise routes around the world, all just waiting for you to pick a ship and set sail.
1. The Mexican Riviera
Over the past couple of years, cruise ship travelers from all over the world have been flocking to the Riviera. The land of tequila, white sand beaches, and azure-colored waters. Not only will cruising through the picturesque towns of Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán leave you speechless, but the food alone will be worth the trip.
We only ask that you please save us some tacos al pastor.
Alaska is by far one of the most talked-about cruise routes in the world and it’s easy to see why. Not only will you sail past glaciers and icebergs as you head through the Inside Passage, but there are some really cool cities to explore as well. We suggest making sure that Juneau and Ketchikan are a part of your cruise itinerary.
Did we mention the wildlife you’ll have a front-row seat to here? From salmon fishing to black bears and whale watching, the wildlife in Alaska is nothing short of spectacular. We think this notable cruise destination is worth visiting for the stunning terrain of land and sea alone.
3. The Greek Islands
Cruising through the Greek islands with your special someone might just be the most romantic thing you do this year.
There is truly no better way to see the sun-soaked white buildings of Greece than by sea. Leaving the boat each morning, you’ll be quickly swept away by each island that greets you. Be it Santorini, Mykonos, Hydra, or Zakynthos, the sparkling blue ocean, kind locals, delicious seafood, and jaw-dropping cliffside views will leave your adventure-loving soul feeling full.
Norway is full of awe-spiring surprises, not to mention the experience you’ll have enjoying it from the comfort of your cruise ship. With one of the most extensive coastlines in the world, there’s no shortage of land for you to explore.
Beyond the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the northern lights, you’ll experience waterfalls, eagles flying in the skies above, and whales swimming in the fjords below.
One of the best parts of cruising to this beautiful country is that you get the best of both worlds. Aside from the magic of the land itself, there are some pretty unique cities to check out. Be sure to save time to explore picturesque Oslo and Alesund, famous for their respective histories, and beloved by foodies worldwide.
5. South Africa
Picture it now: you on a cruise ship, sailing the coastline of South Africa.
From experiencing the iconic penguins in Cape Town to visiting Table Mountain, you will never be worried about running out of things to do once your cruise reaches land.
South Africa has several amazing ports to visit by ship. First, of course, the more obvious Cape town, but cities like Port Elizabeth and Durban will be well worth squeezing into what we assume will be a busy itinerary. Visiting the gold sanded beach in Durban, also known as the Golden Mile, will be an experience not soon forgotten. We also think you’ll be pretty impressed by the beautiful Dutch and British architecture these old cities boast.
The best part about traveling through the Hawaiin islands by cruise ship is that you avoid hopping on a plane or renting a car each time you want to experience a new island. As a result, you’ll spend more time at sea and actually experience more of the unique beauty of each island than you would if you had to travel in-between them on your own.
Norwegian cruise lines, for example, have a cruise route that begins and ends in Hawaii. Leaving you plenty of time for soaking up that Hawaiian sun, eating enough poke to last you a lifetime, and maybe even renting a surfboard and “blue-crushing” it for a bit.
Sounds pretty magical to us.
7. The US Virgin Islands
There’s a reason why Kenny Chesney prefers to spend all his off-tour time here, and it most likely has to do with the amazing island vibes that greet you as soon as you step off the ship.
Life on the US Virgin Islands is pretty simple. These islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and you’ll likely want to spend most of your days off the boat enjoying them. We recommend beginning your trip in Saint Thomas and making your way to Saint Croix and Saint John. We suggest making a rigorous itinerary of having no plans at all. Kick off your shoes for the foreseeable future, sip on a nice frozen cocktail and enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters that are featured on postcards all over the world.
If you do feel like getting a little crazy and attempting some type of activity while you’re there… we suggest centering it around the water with either snorkeling, scuba diving, or kayaking in a clear-bottomed kayak. Experiencing the coral and marine life underwater in the islands is nothing short of a dream.
We know we’ve left you with a tough decision to make, but we’re 99.9999% confident that one of these cruise destinations, will without a doubt, quickly become that trip that you just can’t stop talking about.