Be honest. Chances are that before you took your first cruise, you secretly thought that cruises are exactly like the ones you saw on Love Boat. Cruising was all about sunny, tropical destinations like Bermuda, Mexico and Hawaii.
Since traveling by cruise ship is more popular than ever before, thanks to its affordability, you can not only go to those sunny destinations but also to more unusual ports like Hong Kong, Alaska, Norway and the Amazon River.
Warm waters are still ideal for cruising. Most people who go on a cruise the first time, often go to the Caribbean. Areas such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, are certainly some of the most popular. Many travelers also love the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Usually, cruise ships heading for the Caribbean set sail from ports along the Eastern United States coast as well as Florida. Ships heading to Bermuda depart from the same ports.
People who live on the west coast find it more convenient to cruise to Hawaii. Some of those travelers mostly dig the thought of seeing the black sandy beaches of Punaluu. Alaska cruises are wonderful also thanks to the many side trips one can go on while there. One can see the glaciers either by land, by walking tours, or even by helicopter. They can go salmon fishing or relive some of the history of the Gold Rush days at some of the Alaskan ports. These cruises also offer up some wildlife in the process. It is not too hard to see humpback whales, wolverines, moose, sea lions and bears.
During the American winter months, some of the most popular cruise destinations are in the warm lands of South America, such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Some of the more adventurous may decide on an Amazonian cruise or choose to cruise the Galapagos Islands.
The Indian Ocean may appeal to some with an eye for less commercialized ports of call. African islands such as Madagascar, the Seychelles and the Spice Islands, are all wonderful locations. And you can just imagine the thrill of going on a Kenyan safari.
The Mediterranean Sea is wonderful for anyone who enjoys historical sites. These locations include Italy and especially sites such as the Colosseum. Greece is another Mediterranean destination with great historical appeal. The islands of Corfu and Crete are often included in a Grecian cruise. Visiting other parts of Europe are a must for those seeking a travel back through time. From Scottish castles to the Latin flavors of Barcelona, Spain, there is something for anyone.
Choosing a destination is the hardest thing to do when one decides to go on a cruise. Many of us base our vacations on budget. Want a warm, sunny place or a cool cruise to Alaska? Even if your budget is fairly low, you will surely find a cruise package that is right for your needs.